World Festival 2013


Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13
John Marshall High School

Allow us take you around the world in one weekend. Every year we have something new and fresh for you to explore. It is a wonderful time to spend in Rochester and feel like you are traveling the world.

Friday Program

April 12, 7PM to 9PM

Tickets are available at the door. Adults $8; Children/Students $4; Family pack $20. If you would like to reserve tickets in advance, please fill out this ticket reservation form with payment. Then, come to the event on Friday, and pickup your tickets at the door by mentioning your name.

Saturday Program

April 13, 10AM to 3PM

FREE admission.

Children’s activities and crafts. Visit the international community tables. Learn a few things and meet some great people. Buy some great souvenirs from around the world at our World Market. Saturday stage – interactive performers. Food Vendors.



Bronze Sponsors: RCTC, Judy and Jim Sloan Foundation, US Bank, Herold Flags, Olmsted County Human Rights Commission, A.O. and Sharon Tuntland

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our sponsors. The Rochester International Association as a completely volunteer, non-profit organization would not be able to bring the World Festival to our City without your generous support. The fact that this is the 38th year for this event speaks to the commitment of sponsors, volunteers and the community.


Chairperson: Herta Matteson
Friday Show and Saturday Entertainment: Terri Allred
Food Chair: Steve Baumgartner
Beverage Sales: Thuan Nguyen
Cultural Displays/Organizational Displays: Nelpha Malibago
Vendors and Sponsors: Katy Chia
Publicity: Brian Faloon
Children’s Activities: Liz Parry and Margaret Favre
Facilities Set-up, Take-down, Parade, Flags: Sushital Chowdhury
Ticket Sales: Ann Lance
Upward Bound Volunteers: Kathy Richardson
JM Honor Student Volunteers: Liz Parry
Tech Support/Programs: Thomas Yung
Poster: Thien Kim Huynh
Tickets/Printing/Buttons: Glen Saponari
The Board of Directors of the Rochester International Association

Thank you to our Volunteer Students from Upward Bound and the John Marshall National Honor Society for their great help!

A big thank you to all of our great participants, ethnic groups and individuals alike! Without you there would be no World Festival. We are all volunteering to bring this wonderful display of our backgrounds and heritages to the community. It is truly a huge volunteer effort and gift that you are all giving to our city.

We are looking for chairpersons and World Festival committee members for next year. If you are interested in being part of organizing the festival next year, please write to herta.matteson@ria-minnesota.org

Don’t be shy! We really want to include as many new people as possible.

Previous World Festivals

Archives of our previous World Festivals.