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Can't choose?  No problem! Multicultural festivals, museums and permanent exhibitions let you experience the art, cuisine, music and dance of several different cultures at once.  Here are some of the best:

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

An annual tradition held on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates the regions and cultures of the U.S., with an added focus on extraordinary cultures worldwide.  It brings traditional artists, musicians and dancers (some of whom have never travelled before), to share their cultures with an amazing array of performances, exhibits, and hands-on activities.  Next scheduled for June-July 2024, it's well worth planning ahead. 

Museum of International Folk Art

Art lovers of the world will adore the Museum of International Folk Art, located in Santa Fe, NM.  Boasting the world's  largest collection of international folk art, this fantastical museum features more than 130,000 objects from over 100 countries, yet somehow manages to stay approachable and family-friendly.  When you can tear yourself away from the amazing art, you can explore American Indian artistry just steps away at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

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The joy of exploring world cultures has a long and happy history, and the International Cottages are a vivid proof.  Built in San Diego's breathtaking Balboa Park for a 1935 International Exposition, the cottages continue to delight, with each of the 31 houses dedicated to a specific world culture.  Exhibits are homey and hands-on, and houses take turns hosting the frequent dances and festivals.

Looking for something closer to home?  Many communities offer local multicultural festivals, so keep an eye out for local events.  Here are just a few of the many festivals scheduled for October 2023:
     10/7   26th Annual Multicultural Festival, Oxnard, CA 
     10/7   Multicultural Parade and Festival, Brooksville, FL
     10/14  Irvine Global Village Festival, Irvine, CA
     10/17  Plano International Festival 2023, Plano, TX

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