A World A’Fair is a 3-day international festival held each May at the Dayton Convention Center, in Dayton Ohio. We presently showcase booths from 34 organizations representing over 50 countries, all of whom are non-profits as the organizers also are. We run two full-time stages with performances from both the local groups as well as regional, national and even international performing groups.
Friday, May 17, 2019: 5 PM to 11 PM
Saturday, May 18, 2019: 11 AM to 11 PM
Sunday, May 19, 2019: 11 AM to 6 PM
Food! Dancing! Music!
Costumes! Cultural Exhibits! Fun!
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.
In 2018 we had >25,000 total attendees. This makes us the Dayton Convention Center’s largest event and the largest international festival in Ohio. 2019 will mark our 46th year, which also makes us the 2nd oldest international festival in Ohio, following Columbus .
Dayton International Festival, Inc (DIFI) is the organizer behind the festival and our Board is made up of the now 34 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.