Bowie International Festival

  1. Bowie International Festival 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19

    Due to gathering limits to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the International Festival is canceled. Instead, we'll showcase performances on this website and on our government channel on Oct 3. We'll also have children's activities to do at home.
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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. 

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

Take a look at last year's brochure and entertainment to see what kind of event you can expect the next time we are able to have this event.

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.

2019 Entertainment Lineup

 Panquility Steel Drum Band Caribbean

Mayor G. Frederick Robinson  

Thapasya School of Dance India

Uhwachu-reh Native American

Afro Floetry Band Kenya

Celtic Martin Band Ireland

     Boathouse Stage     

Washington Spelmanslag Sweden

Caporales Ruphay Bolivia

Lyman Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Ukraine

Apollonia Band Greece

Uhwachi-reh Native American

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. 

If your organization would like to be part of the Children's Activities passports please contact Matt Corley at 301-809-3078 or

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 2020 festival will be available in May.


International Festival Logo