International Folkfest 2000

This annual event is held in October at Queeny Park in West County. There are exhibitors from many different cultural groups displaying crafts and artifacts from their home country. There are also demonstrations including Japanese Kanji writing (they'll try to interpret your name), sculpting, cooking, handcrafts, drumming, singing, storytelling, etc.
They have two performance stages for folk-dancers and musical groups. They run several hours of programming on Friday evening, all day Saturday (including evening) and most of Sunday.

Mariachi los Compadres

Mariachi los Compadres

Mariachi Los Compadres - perennial favorites, they often perform while the stage is being re-set for the special Saturday evening show.
Ivory Coast dancer
This gentleman was from the Ivory Coast and performed dances from several different tribes of that area.

The Japanese School (in St. Louis) performs traditional dances.

Japanese school

African dancers
This local group is always very energetic and really gets the crowd going. Their youngest performers are only 4 or 5 years old!

Panamanian dancers These Panamanian dancers (seen off-stage and from the back so you can see the detail of their beautiful costumes) also perform at the Hispanic festival every year. I really like watching them perform, they seem to enjoy themselves.

Indian girl

Watching the crowd is fun, many show up in their best native costumes; it's a wonderful sight. This very pretty young lady was waiting patiently for her family.

One of the highlights for us every year is the International Fashion Show (which they skipped for for a couple of years, hopefully it'll be back soon), a spectacular show on Saturday evening. I have more photos of some of these gorgeous outfits and will put them up when I find them.

Korean hanbok
Korean hanbok


These two are original designs based on Meso-American culture and traditions.


Their website is , more later including Year 2002 dates.
Photos from Previous Years

Photos from 2001