Upper Darby's Second Annual International Festival will literally 'stop traffic' on Saturday, September 22nd with an exciting lineup of cultural, music and dance performances, plus global cuisine with retail and craft vendors celebrating the townships's diversity!

“We are thrilled to bring the Upper Darby International Festival back to the 69th Street Business District for the second year in a row,” said Mayor Tom Micozzie. “ (last year's) inaugural festival was a bigger success than we could’ve hoped for with more than 4,500 local residents coming to sample different ethnic foods and learn about the cultural diversity that makes our township so special. We hope to build on that success with an even bigger celebration this year.”

On the day of the festival, 69th Street between Market Street and Chestnut Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to allow vendors to set up and to accommodate pedestrian traffic. 

More than a dozen local restaurants and food vendors will participate, featuring dishes from Liberia, Pakistan, Peru, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Greece, Jamaica, Italy, England, and America.

There will be more live performances than last year with two separate stages set up to showcase performers throughout the day - a community stage, located near Studio Movie Grill, and the main stage, located outside the historic Tower Theater.

Non-stop entertainment includes a traditional Chinese Lion Dance, Greek dancing, Italian music, a Sikh martial arts demonstration, African song and dance, Bengali music, South American music, Puerto Rican salsa music, Irish music and a Haitian guitar performance.

As part of the celebration the Welcome Sign will be written in dozens of native languages representing township residents -- and the Parade of Nations, scheduled for 6pm, will feature flags from their native countries! 

  • Visit Upper Darby's Multicultural Commission Booth
  • Try on garb from countries such as Liberia and Nigeria, and learn how to wrap a turban from the Sikh community
  • Families will love the Kids Zone's inflatable obstacle course, been bag toss, hoops, and other carnival games
  • Plus lots of International Art & Crafts will be on display
  • The event is co-hosted by Upper Darby Township and the Upper Darby Multicultural Commission

For an official program of events and a list of food vendors, watch for frequent updates at the Upper Darby International Festival Facebook Page