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International Festival at Soka (FREE)

*** This event is no host, but will be attended by members.  Meet at the entrance gate between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and then explore this fun festival as a group!***

Soka University will celebrate the 12th Annual International Festival from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Enjoy an expected 900 musicians and dancers performing on three stages and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors.  The 2013 International Festival will again be part of the Orange County's Imagination Celebration, presented in cooperation with Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education.

Presenting Sponsor, The Orange County Register, will print the Festival Program.  There will be lots of international food, exhibitors, games and activities, art exhibitions, ceramic sales and demos, a children's play area with Superslide and Bounce House, student projects --- and much more! This event is also sponsored by OC Metro and OC and

NEW THIS YEAR - Dozens of street painting artists from FunWithChalk Street Painting Festival will be joining us this year -- all day on Saturday and their art will also be open for viewing on Sunday, May 5th from 10:30 - 5:30 pm.  (The International Festival is only open on Saturday.)

street painting

Also new -- Ritz Tours and Air China are sponsoring a 10 Day/8 Night Discovery Trip to China for Two Raffle to benefit Soka University's Scholarship Endowment! Tickets are $5, 6 for $25, or 30 for $100.  The drawing will take place at 2:30 pm on May 4th and winner need not be present. 
Official Rules Entry Form

Admission is FREE for everyone!  Parking is $10 on campus and they ask that you carpool and have exact cash available for parking fees to speed up the lines -- they do not take credit cards.  They will  have about 900 new parking spaces on campus so parking should be much easier this Festival compared to past years.

Ghungroo dancer

Volunteers are also needed to help keep the festival running smoothly. Volunteers working at least a two hour shift receive free parking and a festival t-shirt.  You can volunteer by emailing your contact information and preferred shift time to [masked].

Directions to SUA

Here's last year's program cover and back (2012) and here's the program inside to give you a feel for what to expect! The 2013 program will be posted in mid-April 2013.

Entertainment Schedule 2012 (2013 Schedule will be posted in April 2013)




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  • Patti A.

    Was a fantastic event!!

    May 5, 2013

  • Nicholas S.

    After parking the car I met Carol and Michelljoy we waited for 30 minutes but I guess the main gate was somewhere else; In any case this was a fun event not to be missed. I have some pictures of the Greek dancers and the sidewalk Chalk drawings.

    May 5, 2013

  • Carolyn L

    This was such a fun event. I just wish that I'd been able to get there earlier.

    May 4, 2013

  • Linday

    I also enjoyed the festival alone--but didn't expect to find anyone since I didn't get there until 2. I saw Ken and someone I didn't know with him--don't think he saw me though. It was fun--except I wasn't prepared to pay $10 to park!

    May 4, 2013

  • Barbara Y.

    Liked walking around and seeing all the different foods and things for sale.

    May 4, 2013

  • ziba

    Oky , i was at the mine entrance at 11:30 and no one was there any way i did park my car i enjoy the festival by my self . i asked information center did know about our group . i just came back home but i had fun not bad is could be better with the group , please next time provide the phone number .thank you Roberto

    May 4, 2013

  • kathleen m.

    I waited at the main entrance from 11 till 11:20 and no one was there. Did the festival alone.

    May 4, 2013

  • June

    Mits and I are carpooling and we're running late. Can anyone call us at[masked] or[masked] for the location where to stay inside. Thanks very much! See you all soon!

    May 4, 2013

  • Ray

    Sorry, can't make it!

    May 3, 2013

  • Mits

    would like to car pool, catch lift with someone.. am in Garden Grove,[masked]

    May 3, 2013

  • Ken

    Color us maybe.

    May 3, 2013

  • Dan

    I'm not going to be able to make this event, but I have a complimentary parking pass. If any one wants it, reply yes here and email me your address. I'll put it in tomorrows mail no cost to you. First come first serve.

    May 1, 2013

    • Carolyn L

      I would like the pass & thank you.

      May 1, 2013

  • Carolyn L

    I'll be arriving between 12pm-12:30pm so, I'll have to find you there.

    April 29, 2013

  • ziba

    thank you Roberto ,

    April 29, 2013

  • Linday

    Probably won't get there until 2pm--driving from a previous commitment. Hope I can get someone's phone so we can meet-up?

    April 9, 2013

  • Denise

    Soka University is a beautiful campus!

    April 8, 2013

  • Roberto

    Ziba, and Trish, I will direct you to the very first sentence, which reads, "Meet at the entrance gate between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and then explore this fun festival as a group!"

    April 7, 2013

  • ziba

    trish , if you get the A/N pls let me know , thank you

    April 7, 2013

  • Trish

    How will members find each other at this event

    April 6, 2013

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