Festival of Cultures

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 The Festival of Cultures is an annual event planned by the City of Wheaton Community Relations Commission. The festival celebrates the vibrant cultures that make Wheaton a strong and diverse community.  

This FREE event will take place on Sunday September 12, from 1-5 p.m. at Memorial Park. It will be a fun afternoon of live performances, storytelling, culture and arts. Festival participants can visit nearly 20 culture booths for storytelling, displays, and interactive experiences to learn about the heritage of some of our Wheaton residents.  

Below is the current schedule of events and groups will be present at this year’s festival. We’ll continue to add more groups, so be sure to check back for the latest information. Please note that unlike prior years there will be no food or drinks available.

We hope to see you there!  

Watch a Welcome Video from Community Relations Commission Chair Tony Asta.

Call for Volunteers

The Community Relations Commission is looking for local volunteers to help out during the Festival. Visit  https://forms.gle/p3oiNbu9mMU4JgKY9 for more information and to sign up.

Schedule of Events

1:00 p.m. - Welcome Remarks - Mayor Phil Suess, Festival of Culture Co-Chairs Tony Asta & Erica Nelson (Community Relations Commission), Representative Sean Casten
1:15 p.m. - Murphy Roche
1:50 p.m. - Guest Speaker
1:55 p.m. - Midwest Soaring presents Native American Dance Performance
2:10 p.m. - Nahui Ollin Quetzalyoloti (Mexican Dance Group)
2:40 p.m. - Guest Speaker
2:45 p.m. - Salsa del Norte
3:40 p.m. - Guest Speaker
3:45 p.m. - Funkadesi
4:55 p.m. - Closing Remarks 

Participating Groups

Here’s the latest list of participating groups with more to come, so be sure to check back!  

  • Midwest Soaring
  • Immigration Solidarity DuPage
  • The Fig Factor
  • Sister City Commission - Wheaton Aston, England; Karlskoga, Sweden 
  • Ahiska Turks Cultural Center 
  • Korean Cultural Center of Chicago
  • United for Peace
  • South Sudanese Community
  • Sikh Resource Society
  • Islamic Center of Wheaton
  • Xilin Association
  • Dignity 4 Girls
  • Re:new 
  • Wheaton Public Library
  • Belarusians in Chicago 
  • DEI 200
  • Wheaton Police Department 
  • Racial Identity
  • World Chicago
  • Brazil - Cultural Booth presented by local residents 
  • Diversity Dinners
  • Tony Talwar Art Project
  • Burning Bush Art Project 
  • Renacer Boliviano

2021 Festival of Culture Student Art Contest Winner 

Jovana Cordero, St. Francis High School

Title of piece: "Come Together"
Medium: Pastels and collage

Festival of Cultures - student art

Prior Festival of Culture Events