We are once again holding the Festival of Nations between May 3rd and 6th 2018 and heartily welcome everyone back to spread the same joy as in previous years.

2018 School Hours:
Thursday, May 3rd: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday, May 4th: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Please note that while April 27, 2018 is the deadline for ordering tickets, any tickets ordered after Friday, April 20th will incur a $50 processing fee! Each ticket includes access to all areas of the event.

Students: $8
Adults* (18+): $11
*If order is completed before April 7, 2018, schools will receive one (1) complimentary adult ticket per every 20 student tickets.
Passports (optional): $1

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2018 Festival of Nations School Activities & Curriculum

Cultural Exhibit Passports
Passports can be purchased in advance from the Festival of Nations office or at the Festival Information Booth for $1.00 each. Visiting the different Cultural Exhibit booths will get you a unique passport stamp from each of the exhibitors– some of the exhibitors will even write your name in their language! Participating teachers can bring their completed passports to the Student Activity booth to receive the Teacher License Renewal Certification. The passport activity itself will count toward 1 hour of Teacher CEUs.

Green Card Voices
Green Card Voices was designed for individuals to learn more about life stories of first-generation immigrants and to address commonly held stereotypes. Additional Green Card Voices materials are available online. This activity will count toward 2 hours of Teacher CEUs.

Continuing Education Units
The Festival of Nations is proud to offer teachers from Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin the opportunity to receive up to six hours of time toward the renewal of their teaching license. Each individual school district re-licensure committee will vary, so please check with your committee as to which activities and hours would be accepted and how to go about submitting the necessary materials. Relevant CEU materials are available at the Student Activity Booth located in the Kellogg Lobby of the St. Paul RiverCentre.

Festival of Nations Curriculum Materials

Use the links below to access the supplementary curricular materials. Certain materials will also be available at the Student Activity Booth located in the Kellogg Lobby. Several of the activities count towards 1 hour of Teacher CEU’s

University of Minnesota Immigration History Center Partnership

The Festival of Nations is proud to be partnering with the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) at the University of Minnesota to offer new and exciting curricula resources for our educators and school groups.

Immigrant Stories

The Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) has been creating, sharing, and preserving digital stories (short videos) with recent immigrants and refugees since 2013 through their Immigrant Stories project. IHRC’s collection – which is on the MN Digital Library as well as the Digital Public Library of America now has 260 stories representing over 50 different groups. Check out some of our favorites that we recommend for classroom use here.

Digital Story-Making Website

IHRC recently launched a new (and free) digital story-making website that allows anyone to write, create, edit, and share their own digital story all within our website! In addition, they are also offering free curricula to help high school, college, ELL learners, and organizations make their own stories using the website.

Learning About Immigration

IHRC has also developed their “Learning about Immigration” free curriculum for grades 8-Adult, which examines why and how people immigrate to the US. Created with The Advocates for Human Rights, these lesson plans include fact sheets, maps, and in-class active learning worksheets.

Global Race, Ethnicity, and Migration (Global REM) Modules

IHRC’s Global Race, Ethnicity, and Migration (Global REM) Modules allow educators to browse over 20 topics organized by region, theme, and age level. These lesson plans are adaptable to different classroom settings and include thought-provoking questions and suggested readings to further dialogue about important issues in immigration history.

Citizenship-Specific Materials

U.S. Branches of Government
Learn more about United States government branches.
Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen
This list provides some of the benefits you receive once you become a U.S. citizen.
Eligibility & Document Checklist
Learn about the requirements for becoming a U.S. citizen.
Naturalization Mock Interview & Test
See if you and your students can answer the questions asked during citizenship interviews.
Naturalization Application
This is the initial application required to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Additional Activities

Ethnic Groups without Borders
There are many ethnic groups around the world that do not have officially-recognized countries or borders. In some cases a group’s nomadic lifestyle may cause them to exist in several neighboring countries simultaneously or depending on the season, while other groups may constitute one of several different ethnic minorities within a particular nation. This activity allows students to explore different ethnic groups without borders in order to learn more about their unique cultural products, practices, and perspectives.
Multi Cultural Exploration
This activity has been designed for the students to further their knowledge about a country of their choosing. This activity can also be transferred to the classroom after the students’ have experienced the Festival. Students can work independently or in partners on this activity. To enhance the learning experience, students can research their country at school or at home prior to the Festival. Using the KWL Chart is a good way to get started.

School Ticket FAQ

Can we reserve tickets ahead of time using a purchase order?

The only way your tickets are reserved is if we have received payment for them. You can pay using a check, money order, or Visa/Mastercard. Please do NOT mail or fax incomplete order forms or orders lacking payment. Incomplete order forms received will not be kept, and will not reserve a spot for your group. Please request a check from your school well ahead of time.

What is the deadline for ordering tickets?

Please note that tickets ordered after Friday, April 21st will incur a $20 overnight postage fee!

Does the Festival of Nations offer financial assistance to school groups?

At this time, the Festival does not offer financial assistance to school groups. However, we can recommend the Target Field Trip Grant program, which awards $700 to recipients. The submission period is open from August–October.

I need more tickets than I originally ordered. Can I purchase more tickets at the door?

Yes, although only for a few additional students.
Once the Festival begins, only the RiverCentre Box Office in the Kellogg Lobby will be able to handle or accept ticket inquiries and payments. Students will still be $8.00, but adults will be $13.50 on the day of the event.

Can we buy tickets for the whole group at the door?

No, all school orders which require a bus for transportation to and from the Festival MUST order their tickets in advance. We mail out signs for the bus windows, with pick-up and drop-off times, and decide which entrance you will be dropped off at. The St. Paul Police direct all traffic entering the streets surrounding the Festival of Nations, and buses without signs will not be allowed to pass through.

What if I ordered more tickets than I have students who can attend?

Refunds are available through April 6th, 2018, less a 15% handling fee. We urge teachers to order fewer rather than more tickets since additional $8.00 student tickets can be purchased at the RiverCentre Box Office located in the Kellogg lobby on the day of the event. No refunds will be issued past April 7th.

Can my students bring bagged lunches if they wish to do so?

Keep in mind however that there will be no centralized location to store bagged lunches.

Is food included in the ticket price?

Ticket prices include entrance to all areas of the Festival, but any food or merchandise must be purchased separately.

How much money should I recommend my students bring?

We recommend that students bring $5-$10 for food as this will allow them to sample items from the different Cafés. Items in the Bazaar vary in price from $2 to $50.

Where do our buses park once our group has been dropped off?

After initial DROP OFF, all buses can park on Fillmore Ave, a first-come, first-served off-site parking across the river. From Saint Paul RiverCentre travel EAST on Kellogg Blvd and turn RIGHT onto S Robert St. After crossing the river, turn LEFT onto Fillmore Ave. Bus parking signs are located along the street. For more bus parking options please review official St. Paul City website –  Buses can also park for free at the International Institute of Minnesota, although there is no shuttle service to the Festival from this lot. If bus drivers declare themselves at the Teacher Information Booth in the Kellogg Lobby, they will receive a complimentary ticket into the Festival.

Are wheelchairs available for rental?

The RiverCentre Box Office has a number of wheelchairs available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to rent them, but a photo ID must be left at the box office until the wheelchair is returned.

Can students bring backpacks and bottled water?

Students are allowed to bring anything they need as long as they can carry it.

What are “Passports”?

They are a mock version of the real thing, with blank spaces inside. Each educational Exhibit has its own stamp pertaining to the ethnic group it represents. When a student visits this exhibit, they can get their Passport stamped, showing that they were there and can take it home as a souvenir. They are available in advance or at the Festival for $1.00 each.

For information regarding school and group orders, curriculum or recertification, please contact the Education Outreach Coordinator at 651-647-0191 Ext: 306, [email protected]