Dallas hosts first international festival at ex-Valley View mall space
Dallas is a very international city. It has an International Film Festival, an International Guitar Festival, and now, thanks to the City of Dallas, will have the first-of-its-kind Dallas International Night Market, celebrating the city's diverse culture, food, and art.
It'll take place September 9, and where else but The Dallas International District, AKA the former Valley View mall area.
The market will feature food vendors from all over the world, local artisans selling handcrafted goods, live entertainment, art, and CAP performances by Flamenco Fever, Arinze Oji, and Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation, supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.
There will also be nonprofits and community partners who support the Dallas International District's mission including the European American Chamber of Commerce Texas, Dallas Cotillion Club, Ukrainian Cultural Club of Dallas, DFW Network Chamber, and Dallasites101, who will share their official passport collection which a release says is similar to the Night Market in the way it connects individuals from across DFW to restaurants and businesses.
The Dallas International District's "mission" is its readiness to become a multicultural live-work-play-visit community, anchored by Dallas International Commons, a 20-acre park.
The District is already home to numerous "international" restaurants and a diverse residential community.
A redevelopment in the works will transform the 450-acre area into a regional downtown that will include a Pre-K to 12th grade International STEAM Academy, hotels, residences, and retail, connected by pedestrian, bike and public transportation.
The release says that the Dallas International Night Market is inspired by the Atlanta International Night Market and other night markets that are found around the world. The Dallas version is produced by Dallas residents Elle Congelliere and Sarah Chung in partnership with the Dallas International District and City of Dallas.
Vendors include Break Bread Break Borders, Angel Touch Kitchen, Stratus Boutique & Henna, Colibri Panaderia, Drama Tacos, Ross Rowdy Bees, Texas Sun Goods, Aloha Jewelry, Chuckwagon Nutcakes, and Golden Cocoa Books. Sounds international!
The market will take place from 4-11 pm in the Dallas International District at 5580 Peterson Ln. and is free to attend, pet-friendly, and open to all ages. Attendees are encouraged to check in at the information booth to get a ticket for the raffle.