Chandler Multicultural Festival

Indigenous Enterprise

The Multicultural Festival is a part of the Celebration of Unity annual events held each January to honor our community's heritage and diversity, along with the spirit and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights movement.

In it's 28th year the Multicultural Festival promotes the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, storytelling and more. Enjoy cultural performances, kids' activities, unique vendors and delicious food. 

During the Celebration of Unity we'll announce the winners of the Creative Expression Competition and the inaugural MLK Jr. Award winners, and hear from Dr. Tamkia Sanders at her Be the Change - Finding Your Movement multi-media presentation. The Chandler Public Library will also showcase a variety of micro-events to celebrate unity in the Chandler community. 

Multicultural Festival Identity
Jan. 14, 2023
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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Multicultural Festival Event Information

Time Performer
11 a.m.

Guitarras Latina | Live Band Performances of Latin/American music

12 p.m.

Official Welcome | Mayor Kevin Hartke

12:10 p.m. Victor Hardy | Gospel Singer
12:30 p.m. Intel Equity in STEAM Initiative Grant Winners Presentation
1 p.m. Miss Indian Arizona
1:10 p.m. Indigenous Enterprise| Native American Dancing
1:40 p.m.

Bautistaka Jukenbo MMA | Martial Arts Demonstration

2 p.m. Desert Embers Belly Dance | Group Belly Dance Performance
2:15 p.m. Era Kpop Dancers | Kpop Dance Performance
2:30 p.m. Kriti Dance | Bollywood Dances from India 
2:45 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli- AZ | Traditional Mexican Folklore Dance
3:20 p.m. Halau Hula 'O Ka'anohiokala | Hawaiian Hula Dancing
3:40 p.m. Creative Expression Contest Winners Presentation
3:55 p.m. ABCD School of Dance | Indian Bollywood Dance Performances
4:10 p.m. Mariachi Estrella de Cobre | Live Mariachi Performance
4:35 p.m. Raffle
4:40 p.m. Chilenos Sin Fronteras | Chilean dancing accompanied by live musicians and singers
5:05 p.m. A3X |  Live Band Performance
5:50 p.m. Closing

 

Food Booths

  • Amigos AZ
  • Cairo Streets
  • Croatian American Club
  • PHX Lechon Roasters
  • Wiki-Licious Chandler

Food Trucks

  • Beme's Cuisine
  • Dad’s Ribs and Mom’s Tacos
  • Minburi Thai LLC
  • One Hot Mess
  • Rain Cafe LLC
  • Rock N' Rolled Ice Cream
  • Smokey Blues
  • The Dog Father Gourmet Hot Dogs and More
  • TJ’s Best Taqueria

Merchandise

  • Amor Fashion Shop
  • Belts Bags and Cool Stuff
  • Dreamflow Works LLC
  • Everlasting Strands
  • Gehna LLC
  • Hellen's Crafts
  • Home & Me
  • Jimenez Gifts
  • Laura’s Accessories
  • Linda’s Creations
  • Love Glasses Revolution
  • Mariana’s Accessories
  • OutIsTheNewIn
  • Rain Cloud Designs by GG
  • Rosanna Valentina Art
  • Royal Bling Accessories
  • T&L Boutique Artesanal LLC
  • Touba Gift Shop
  • Vida Mia Creations

Informational Booths

  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
  • Aliento
  • Apache Lake & Marina
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Baha'is of Chandler, AZ
  • Beauty within us
  • Bell Bank Mortgage
  • Bhakti Vedanata Cultural Center
  • Black Girls Do Bike Phoenix
  • Burns Law Office
  • Chandler Center for the Arts
  • Chandler Chamber of Commerce
  • Chandler International Film Festival
  • Chandler Men of Action
  • Chandler Police Department
  • Chandler Pride
  • Chandler Public Library
  • Chandler-Gilbert YMCA
  • Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities
  • City of Chandler
  • Copper Summit Real Estate
  • East Valley NAACP
  • For Our City-Chandler
  • Girl Scouts
  • Her Mobile Massage & Spa
  • JustServe
  • Kenzie’s Kids
  • Mabel Matos Diaz
  • Make Way for Books
  • Mera Chandler
  • Miss Indian Arizona Association
  • Mission of Mercy
  • Renewal by Andersen
  • Somos Dental
  • Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
  • Strategies For Success
  • The FrenchAm Schools
  • The Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Arizona State University
  • The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
  • Thrive Mortgage
  • Vantage West Credit Union
  • Victory Martial Arts Mesa
  • Vision Gallery/Chandler Cultural Foundation

Celebration of Unity Events

Teen Civil Rights Button Making Session

Teen Civil Rights Button Making Session  

Jan. 11 | 2:15 - 3 p.m. | Basha Library | Teens

Create a button to support the civil rights movement. All supplies provided. Program is drop-in, but limited to 25 participants-- first come, first served. 

Celebration of Unity: Multicultural Fashion Show

Celebration of Unity:
Multicultural Fashion Show

Jan. 13 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Basha Library | All Ages

Come celebrate style at the Basha Library! The multicultural clubs of Basha High School are excited to share their cultures through the universal language of fashion. This program is a proud part of the City of Chandler Celebration of Unity.

Family Fun

Family Storytime: Multicultural Unity Day

Family Storytime:
Multicultural Unity Day

Jan. 14 | 11 - 11:30 a.m.
Downtown Library | Ages 0-5, 6-12

Come join us at the Downtown library as we celebrate culture and unity through song, dance, and stories in this all ages family storytime. This program is a part of the City of Chandler's Celebration of Unity and Multicultural Festival.

Grab & Go Kits: Around the World Unity Wreath

Grab & Go Kits: Around the World Unity Wreath

Jan. 20 | Library Hours
All Library Branches | Ages 0-5

Celebrate cultural diversity and unity this January with a Grab and Go craft. Make a special unity wreath out of your child's hands! Supplies will be provided. First come, first served. Especially for ages 3-5, one kit per child.

Family Fun Night: Let's Celebrate Diversity! 

Family Fun Night: Let's Celebrate Diversity! 

Jan. 23 | 5 -6 p.m.
Basha Library | Ages 0-5, 6-12

Let's celebrate the beauty, fun, and importance of diversity! Join us at Family Fun Night for stories, songs, interactive play and a craft! This is an hour program appropriate for all ages that uses the elements of Sing, Read, Talk, Write, and Play to build literacy skills.

Event History

In 1995, the Friends of the Chandler Public Library established the Chandler Multicultural Festival to bring the community together for a fun-filled day of art, music, and dance while also learning a little more about the rich cultural diversity that exists in our community. The festival has grown into a signature event for the City and offers a quality arts experience in the comfortable setting of the downtown Chandler Public Library.