Thanks for your interest in A World A’Fair.  2017 is our 44th year of showcasing and celebrating the different cultures that have made the Dayton area what it is today. 

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Dayton International Festival, Inc (DIFI) is the organizer behind the festival and our Board is made up of the now 32 countries/ethnicities that take part in it.  All of our members are non-profit organizations and DIFI is a 501C3 tax-exempt charity.  With few exceptions everybody connected with running the festival,  manning the booths and performing on our stages is a volunteer.




Food! Dancing! Music!

Obviously we like to have a good time and we try to make sure you and your family will have a good time at the festival.  But in the background our mission is education.   We hope our visitors come away not only well-entertained and well-fed, but also better-educated.



Costumes!  Cultural Exhibits! Fun!


Friday, May 19, 2017: 5 PM to 11 PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017: 11 AM to 11 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2017: 11 AM to 6 PM


We normally quote a three-day attendance of 24,000 but 2016 was a banner year with >30,000 total attendees.  This makes us the Dayton Convention Center’s largest event and the largest international festival in Ohio.   2017 will mark our 44th year, which also makes us the 2nd oldest international festival in Ohio, following Columbus .

May 18, 19, 20, 2018 – Dayton Convention Center