About the Festival

Celebrating 20 Years of Food, Art, Music & Irvine's Diverse Heritage and Culture!

Make plans to attend the City of Irvine’s signature festival on Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. at Great Park in Irvine.

The 2021 Irvine Global Village Festival will celebrate 20 years of community fun, in tandem with the 50th anniversary of the City of Irvine's incorporation. The annual festival incorporates the best of Irvine’s historic fall festivals to offer more food, art, and music over a full day at Great Park.

Families will delight in an expanded Kids Village with crafts, interactive activities, and a petting zoo. Attendees of all ages will enjoy local and global cuisine, an artisan’s marketplace, music, art, and exhibits, all while attending Orange County’s premier festival.

On October 9, celebrate our multicultural community through music, art, food, and fun:

  • Taste a variety of food items, ranging from global cuisine to festival staples, with prices ranging from $3 to $6 per item.
  • Watch music and dance performances representing diverse genres and cultures.
  • Shop for a variety of handmade goods and art in the artisan's marketplace.
  • Browse art exhibitions and displays showcasing traditional dress, culinary and religious traditions, and history.
  • Play in the expanded Kids Village, featuring a petting zoo, crafts, and interactive activities.
  • Ride the Great Park Balloon and Carousel. 

Find more details on festival happenings below:

 


Festival History

In 1988, a group of residents established the City's first Multicultural Festival to help promote understanding and build harmony within cultures. A second festival in 2000 sparked interest to expand the event to a larger venue, enabling attendance and participation to grow. In 2002, equipped with a new name and location, the Irvine Global Village Festival moved to the Irvine Civic Center, where it drew an estimated 4,000 visitors. The dedicated residents who initially started the festival went on to form the Irvine Multicultural Association, where they continue to actively guide the planning and development of the annual event as it grows each year.

In 2009, Irvine Global Village Festival was voted Best Festival by OC Weekly. The year 2011 marked the 40th anniversary for the City of Irvine and the 10th anniversary of the Irvine Global Village Festival. That year's event drew a record crowd of more than 20,000 attendees and began the tradition of the United Nations Art Miles Mural Project, in which younger guests promoted global peace by painting their own message of nonviolence. In 2012, the City received the Cultural Diversity Award from the National League of Cities for its role in developing creative and effective programs, such as Irvine Global Village Festival, that improve and promote cultural diversity.

Now the City's signature event, the festival continues to highlight Irvine's vibrant and diverse community. It has grown to include more than 100 musical, dance, and demonstration performances on multiple stages, and features a variety of local and global cuisines, kids' crafts and activities, cultural exhibits, and an artisan's marketplace. The year 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Irvine Global Village Festival and the City of Irvine's 50th anniversary.