Kingston Multicultural Festival is a free family-friendly event organized by members of diverse local communities who come together to create a festival featuring the food, performances, and crafts by the region’s various cultural organizations and ethnic groups.
The 2021 Kingston Multicultural Festival will take place on Sundays, June 13th, 20th, and 27th in TR Gallo Park in Kingston, alongside the Kingston Waterfront Farmer’s Market. Stay tuned here for updates on food, performers and crafts. In the meanwhile, check out our 2021 community craft project.
Are you an artist?
This year, the Reher Center, in partnership with the Cornell Creative Arts Center, worked with cultural consultant Andrea Del Cid and educator Karen Pillsworth to bring the tradition of the Worry Dolls to over 700 students at Kingston's JFK and George
Washington schools. Students heard the story of the worry dolls and received kits to make their own worry dolls out of a popsicle stick or a pipe cleaner, yarn, and scraps of fabric.
To raise funds to bring this project into more classes in the fall, the Reher Center is inviting artists to participate by creating and contributing their own worry dolls to the festival. Festival visitors will be invited to donate in exchange for these artist-made dolls. All proceeds (minus commissions, if the artist so choses,) will go to support the Reher Center's educational programs.
Guidelines: Dolls can be up to 12 inches in height. For smaller dolls made more in the traditional manner, artists can produce multiples to be sold as a group. Artists can also choose a specific personal worry as inspiration.
In 2020 the Kingston Multicultural Festival moved ONLINE. Visit our festival site to encounter the vibrant culture of the Hudson Valley at your own pace!
Click the link to discover videos of Hudson Valley neighbors sharing and teaching the music, languages, foods, and crafts from different cultures.