Harrisonburg International CommUNITY Celebration

Harrisonburg International CommUNITY Celebration:

Sept. 27 - Oct. 6, 2013

Join Harrisonburg in this 10-day celebration honoring the diverse cultures and backgrounds that make up the local community. From art and food to sports and entertainment, check out the list of activities below that will be happening around the city during this celebration.









Drumming Downtown & Court Square Film
Kick off the International CommUNITY Celebration and celebrate the world through community music-making. Bring a drum or use one of the many instruments provided. No experience needed! Facilitated by Mike Deaton. Following the drum ceremony, head to Court Square Theater for an international-themed film.
Fri., Sept. 27
(Drumming) 6-7:30pm at Court Square
(Film) 7:15pm

Shop & Dine the World ... Locally!
Harrisonburg is home to a diverse spread of shops and dining options; we're inviting you to explore these businesses and get rewarded in the process! Make a qualifying purchase of $20 at participating international retail stores and/or of $12 (per lunch check) or $25 (per dinner check) at participating international restaurants and you'll be entered to win a gift basket full of goodies courtesy of these businesses!
Fri., Sept. 27 - Sun., Oct. 6. Drawing will be held on Tues., Oct. 8.

Around the World in Rocktown: Food Tours
Explore the diverse culinary scene of Harrisonburg in a specialty food tour by Rocktown Bites!
Fri., Sept. 27 and Fri., Oct. 4



Downtown Wine & Gourmet: International Beer & Wine Tastings
Taste a variety of beers and wines from around the world at Harrisonburg's Downtown Wine & Gourmet, home to a diverse selection of beers, wines, locally-made chocolates, locally-roasted coffee, gourmet foods, and homebrew supplies. Tastings are free and ID is required.
(Wine tastings) Fri., Sept. 27 and Fri., Oct. 4
(Beer tastings) Sat., Sept. 28 and Sat., Oct. 5

Harrisonburg International Festival
Serving as the anchor event for the Harrisonburg International CommUNITY Celebration, the Harrisonburg International Festival will be celebrating its 16th year with an extravaganza of performing, visual, and culinary arts and a world of beautiful people offering a remarkable smorgasbord of mouth-watering delicacies, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language and intercultural learning opportunities, a World Bazaar of exquisite hand-made and imported art and souvenirs, and a world of stories waiting to be shared!
Sat., Sept. 28 - 12-6p.m.

World Cup Soccer Games

Cheer on your favorite country at Harrisonburg's very own World Cup Soccer Games! Teams will be representing Argentina, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea, Ukraine, and USA.
Sun., Sept. 29 - 2p.m.

Latino Film Festival
Court Square Theater presents the annual Latino Film Festival, offering internationally-acclaimed films from Latin countries with English subtitles for your viewing pleasure.
Wed., Oct. 2 - Sun. Oct. 6.


Explore More Discovery Museum: Go Global!
Kids will love the One World Exhibit, where they can learn about other cultures, glance books from around the world, and learn how various cultures celebrate their own traditions. During First Friday, the museum will have free entry and feature a special Go Global! exhibit.
Sept. 24-28 and Oct. 1-5
First Friday FREE admission to International Go Global! Night Oct. 4

Harrisonburg International Festival Community Cookbook
Grab a copy of this brand-new cookbook at the Harrisonburg International Festival. The book features recipes inspired by different cultures around the world with submissions from locals. Proceeds from the sales of this collection will help to keep this cherished festival tradition going in Harrisonburg.

JMU International Week
Celebrate early with James Madison University's I-Week "Borders and Boundaries" and the featured events below: 
Mon., Sept. 23: International Bazaar
Tues., Sept. 24: Photo Contest Unveiling & Border Discussions
Wed., Sept. 25: Documentary Film Screening "Without a Fight" and Beyond Borders & Boundaries Concert
Fri., Sept. 27: Jazz African Music Connection Workshop & Closing Ceremony with live performance
*See visitor parking information here