The City of Irving, home to the most diverse ZIP code in the United States, will celebrate its signature event, spotlighting the arts and culture of those within the community and beyond. It also highlights one of the city’s crown jewels, the Mandalay Canal.

The cultural festival will feature entertainment with three stages on the street and canal levels. The Irving Arts Center Cultural Stage will include performances, such as folk and cultural dancing and live drumming, from artists representing countries around the globe. The Frontier Communications Arts Stage will include magic, stunts, and performances from former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns.

An indoor exhibit will feature a variety of art forms in the art gallery on the canal level. Area artists will be able to gain public exposure, and the public will have the opportunity to meet talented local artists. Free canal-level activities for children include hands-on crafts and face painting. At the street level, the Arts Zone will offer adults the opportunity to have a caricature drawn, their fortune read or get a henna tattoo. Attendees can purchase a personalized, airbrushed hat for $5 to help support a local nonprofit organization in Irving.

Canal Fest is returning to Irving’s Urban Center to celebrate the diverse array of cultures found in Irving. The event will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. June 11 at the Las Colinas Urban Center, 200 E. Las Colinas Blvd.

For attendees looking to expand their cultural dining horizons, the event will feature a food court with Indian and Latin American fare, as well as traditional festival staples such as pizza and barbecue.

Admission to the festival is free. For more information, visit IrvingEvents.org and check out the City of Irving’s YouTube page for the 2014 Canal Fest highlights.

Presented by City of Irving

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