ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Want to travel around the world in one day? Well, now you can! On May 20, the Star City will celebrate the different cultures that make Roanoke unique with its annual ‘Local Colors Festival.’

The festival is a celebration of different cultural heritages through music, arts, crafts, food, attire, language, and more. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with an opening ceremony and a Parade of Nations. During the festival, residents in Roanoke will gather in Elmwood Park to show pride in their cultural traditions while carrying their country’s flag.

Following the parade, guests can experience the tastes of different cuisines across cultures through local food vendors. But the cultural experience doesn’t stop there.

Performers will take the stage to show traditional dance and parade goers can learn about cultures with several exhibits, and purchase handmade goods and local crafts representative of different areas of the world.

The festival will also have a children’s activity area where they can create international crafts. At this station, children can participate in the ‘Passport Program,’ where they can travel across town filling up their books with different countries represented at the festival.

The iconic LOVE sign will be back in town for plenty of photo opportunities. Attendees are encouraged to take pictures and embrace their LOVE for everyone that make up the Roanoke community.

Admission to the festival is free. For more information regarding the festival, visit their website here.

Local Colors celebrates ethnic heritages from around the globe and promotes the values of inclusion and multicultural understanding through year-round events culminating in our annual festival the third weekend of May.”

Local Colors of Western VA