Festival of Nations

Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 W Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Field tripsGetting There

Founded in 1919, the International Institute of Minnesota was created to address the growing need for resources and transitional support dedicated to immigrant families arriving in Minnesota. Today, the Institute remains committed to its mission to “help New Americans achieve self-sufficiency and full membership in American life,” striving to be a beacon for those seeking sanctuary and a new way of life.

For nearly 85 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe.

The Festival is the longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest and collaborates with more than 90 ethnic groups to create a truly unique experience – one that celebrates cultural heritage and provides our community’s immigrants with a platform to express their stories through world-class performances, exhibits, ethnic cuisine, and personal connections.

Field trips (School Days)

For more information regarding school orders and curriculum, please contact Maria Sidorenko, Education Outreach Coordinator, 651-647-0191, ext: 306 or msidorenko(at)iimn.org.

Group size: There is no minimum group size, but those planning to attend during Student Hours should purchase their tickets in advance using the Student Ticket Order Form so that the International Institute of Minnesota knows how many students will be attending the Festival.

Target grade level: school days are designed for children currently in grades 6 through 12

Parent/educator/chaperone policy: All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Sibling policy: While the Festival of Nations doesn't recommend bringing children who are younger than 11 years old, you may use your own discretion. Be aware that student days can get a bit hectic. Younger children may be happier with a Friday evening or Saturday or Sunday visit.

Cancellation policy/Cancellation deadline: Refunds are available until mid April, less a 15% handling fee. All tickets must be returned to the Festival of Nations office in order for a refund to be issued.

For more information, visit www.festivalofnations.com/schools/

Getting there

Parking information: The RiverCentre Parking Ramp is located at 150 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102, next to the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Driving directions: Located in downtown Saint Paul.

From I-35E north, take exit 106B for Kellogg Blvd and turn right.

From I-35E south, take exit 107C for Wacouta St/10th St. Stay left on Wacouta St. Take the 3rd right onto 7th St E. Turn left onto N Robert St. Turn right onto Kellogg Blvd E.

From I-94 east, take exit 241A for W 5th St. Merge onto W 5th St. Turn right onto N Washington St. Take the 2nd right onto Kellogg Blvd W.

From I-94 west, take exit 243 for US-61/Mounds Blvd toward Kellogg Blvd. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Mounds Blvd N/US-61 and merge onto US-61 N/Mounds Blvd. Turn left onto Kellogg Blvd E.


Information subject to change. Please check with Festival of Nations for the most current information. Last updated on Fri, Jul 21, 2017.