About the Festival
Food, art, music, and a celebration of Irvine's heritage and culture!
In lieu of holding a large public gathering, the 2020 Irvine Global Village Festival will be presented in a modified online format. The City of Irvine plans to honor the spirit of the festival through an expansive video presentation highlighting the history of the event, its community origins, and place in the fabric of Irvine. The video will be a mix of favorite performances and multicultural heritage presentations. Please check back here in October for more information.
Recognized as one of the premier multicultural festivals in Orange County, the festival is a mosaic of food, dance, and musical performances representative of more than 50 cultures.
The two-day festival traditionally includes three stages featuring live music performances representing cultures from around the world as well as your favorite Top 40 cover bands; an expanded Kids Village with crafts, activities, a petting zoo, and a treat scavenger hunt; cultural and historical exhibits; live demonstrations of dance, music, and more; global cuisine and favorite festival foods; and an Artisans Marketplace, art exhibit, and art demonstrations.
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 2020 marks the 19th anniversary of the Irvine Global Village Festival.