Bowie International Festival

A Day of Celebration and Exploration!

On the first Saturday in October each year, Bowie celebrates the International Festival with a variety of entertainers, artists, crafters, food, and children’s activities at Allen Pond Park. This year's festival is on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

You'll find:
• Entertainment on two stages
• Food from the far reaches of Asia to right here in our own backyard
• Children’s activities with a "passport" to earn a prize
• Vendors selling crafts, clothing, jewelry and other offerings from around the world

2019 International Festival Brochure



Entertainment is planned by the International Festival Committee, which is made up of Bowie residents. If you would like to be considered to be part of this committee, call Matt Corley, Special Events Manager at 301-809-3078 for more details, 

 Amphitheater Stage
11:00 a.m.  Panquility Steel Drum Band Caribbean
12:00 p.m. Mayor G. Frederick Robinson  
12:15 p.m. Thapasya School of Dance India
12:45 p.m. Uhwachu-reh Native American
2:30 p.m. Afro Floetry Band Kenya
4:00 p.m. Celtic Martin Band Ireland

     Boathouse Stage     
11:00 a.m. Washington Spelmanslag Sweden
12:45 p.m. Caporales Ruphay Bolivia
1:15 p.m. Lyman Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Ukraine
2:00 p.m. Apollonia Band Greece
3:00 p.m. Uhwachi-reh Native American
4:00 p.m. Sakie Band Latin

Children's Activities

Children may pick up a passport at any children’s activity booth or the event information booth and participate in various activities and accumulate stamps on their passport. 
Activities include dance/music from different cultures, fitness, and arts and crafts from around the world. At the end of the “trip,” those who earn enough stamps will be eligible to receive an international prize.

Sponsors Needed

The International Festival Planning Committee is seeking sponsorship to help cover the cost of children’s activities and entertainment at the festival. If you own, manage, or work for a local business that would like to be a sponsor, please contact Matt Corley at 301-809-3078 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Names of sponsors will be included in advance publicity and will be posted at this fun, entertaining event.

Vendor Application

The application for the 2019 festival is now available

2019 General Vendor Information
2019 Vendor Application

International Festival Logo