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Elk Grove’s Cultural Diversity Awareness Week Culminates in 5th annual Multicultural Festival

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Press Release - Elk Grove’s Cultural Diversity Awareness Week Culminates in 5th annual Multicultural Festival

Posted: 08/19/2016

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Recognized in 2015 as the seventh most “Racially and Ethnically Diverse” city in the country by WalletHub, the City of Elk Grove is celebrating its diversity with a festival featuring the sights, sounds and tastes of its many cultures at the fifth annual Elk Grove Multicultural Festival
on Saturday, August 27 from 10 am to 5 pm at
Elk Grove Regional Park.

The Elk Grove City Council has designated August 21-27, 2016 as Cultural Diversity Awareness Week in Elk Grove. The week encourages community members to learn more about Elk Grove’s ethnic and cultural diversity. The City will welcome thousands of participants to a day-long festival featuring a blend of world music, art, fashion, food and activities for kids. The Festival is Elk Grove’s signature community-wide celebration of diversity and is hosted by the City of Elk Grove’s Multicultural Committee. In 2015, the Festival attracted an estimated 10,000 guests.

Opening ceremonies for the Festival begin at 10 am on the Diversity Dance Stage and are scheduled to include a special Key to the City presentation to local historian and educator, Elizabeth Pinkerton. The entertainment will continue through 5 pm with more than 20 dance performances from Native American, Hmong, Sikh, Russian, Chinese, West African, Filipino, Peruvian, Mexican, Indian and Punjabi cultures and musical performances from Way Out West, Chalice Star, Gary Mendoza Band and Kumandee. View Entertainment Schedule

Check out more than 100 art show entries on display in the festival pavilion representing painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media works. Guests can contribute to the festival awards program by voting for their favorite in the “People’s Choice” category and contribute to a community mural.

Interactive activities include an international petting zoo, free art activities, Pokestops for festival trainers, and a new car show hosted by Corvettes of Elk Grove. A photo booth and pledge forms will allow participants to sign the Elk Grove Diversity Pledge and commemorate their day at the Festival.

Grab some ethnic cuisine and find a chair to check out the “Taste of Diversity Cooking Contest.” This event returns for the second year featuring a friendly competition among home cooks with dishes containing the key ingredient of tomatoes. Award winning Chef Ray Duey will create and display cultural carvings from melons and other produce in the new Hill Physicians Culinary Corner.

More than 90 cultural, religious, community, and service organizations will have booths at the festival to promote awareness, education and local programs, products and services.

Participants are encouraged to share their festival experience on social media throughout the day using the hashtag #EGMCF.

The 2016 Multicultural Festival is presented by Hill Physicians and sponsored by V101, KHITS, Univision 19, Lasher Automotive Group, Crossings TV, Elk Grove Citizen, Dignity Health, Elk Grove Artists, Cosumnes Community Services District, OneMain Financial, Frontier Communications, SMUD, Sutter Health, Ardent Magazine, SAFE Credit Union, Jackson Rancheria, Rhino Chiropractic, East Lawn, Metro PCS, Pappas Investments, Realty Roundup, Xfinity, Solar City, My Kid’s Dentist, Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce, McDonald’s, Apollo Physicians, and Republic Services.

Festival admission and parking is FREE. For more information about the 5th annual Elk Grove Multicultural Festival, visit

 What:    Elk Grove Multicultural Festival

Where: Elk Grove Regional Park (9950 Elk Grove-Florin Rd)

When:  Saturday, August 27, 2016

Time:     10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cost:      FREE

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