Soka University's 14th Annual International Festival - May 2, 2015

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Soka University will celebrate the 14th Annual International Festival from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  Enjoy 900 musicians and dancers performing on three stages, and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors.  The 2015 International Festival will again be part of the Orange County's Imagination Celebration, presented in cooperation with Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education.  We are grateful to our Presenting Sponsor, The Orange County Register and Stage Sponsor: 
There will be lots of international food, exhibitors, games and activities, art exhibitions, a children's play area with Superslide and Bounce House, student projects --- and much more!  Peace Lake Stage area 
Admission is FREE for everyone!  Parking is $10 cash on campus and we ask that you carpool and have exact cash available for parking fees to speed up the lines -- we do not take credit cards. 

What will the International Festival be like?  Enjoy a video from 2013 made by an attendee!

Entertainment Schedule 2015        
2015 International
Festival Program 

Map and Directions

Don't forget to bring cash for food, games and shopping.  250 exhibitors will be there to entice you with international food, ethnic clothing, hand crafted jewelry, hand bags, shoes and information!  There will be ATM's in the Recreation Center, Founders Hall and in Soka Performing Arts Center, but they do charge a use fee.

Have your children pick up a Festival Passport at any Information Center.  They can get it stamped at locations around the festival -- and turn it in for a small prize when it is completed.

Disabled Parking is available in Parking Lot A and in Parking Structure B, but please come early because it may fill up.  Shuttle vans will run continuously between parking lots to assist you.  All stages are accessible and any information center can assist you in finding elevators or restrooms.  They are also marked in the program, along with First Aid and Lost and Found stations.

Please note that the International Festival takes place around Peace Lake at Soka University.  No one is permitted in the water and we ask you to please watch young children very carefully when they are near the lake. 

Dogs are permitted but not encouraged due to crowds.  Dogs must be on leash and on pathways and are not permitted in buildings.  Two of the three stages are indoors, so bringing a dog will limit your access to entertainment.

Application for volunteer performers.  This application will be live from January to March 1, 2015.  Late registrations will go on a waiting list in case of cancellations.  Contact: Lisa Lu, or 949.480.4083

Registration for Exhibitors is open for May 2, 2015.  Space allocation is first registered (both registration form and check received), first choice of space.  We will not assign or hold space requests if checks have not been received.   Non-profit agencies with 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 tax status may reserve a table space with a 6' table and 2 chairs for $85 to host an approved fundraising game, food or other sales or activity.  Please attach a copy of your tax status letter to your application if this is your first year applying.  Crafters and businesses may reserve a 6' table and 2 chairs for $175. Canopies ($35) and electrical access ($35) may also be reserved.  Confirmed exhibitors are listed on the Exhibitors Registered To Date page, so you can always check your status.   This IS YOUR CONFIRMATION!  There's a map of the festival layout with FULL areas indicated and locations of stages, parking and shuttle stops on the Exhibitor page.  Contact: Wendy Harder at (preferred!) or (949) 480-4081 if you have questions.  No applications will be accepted after April 25, 2015.

Food may only be served by non-profit groups or SUA Student Clubs, although either group may partner with a restaurant or professional food server if they turn in a Partnership Agreement Form which promises that 100% of the profits will go to the non-profit.  Non-profits serving food are responsible for submitting county health permit waiver request information to Soka University along with their registration form BEFORE APRIL 1, 2015.   Soka University will submit all forms together.  All exhibitors are asked to provide their own tablecloths and extension cords if electrical is requested.  No charcoal barbeques are permitted due to safety issues.  If you are serving hot or cold food, please specify your power source so we know how to best place your space.

Volunteers are also needed to help keep the festival running smoothly.  Volunteers working at least a two hour shift receive free parking and a festival t-shirt.  You can volunteer by emailing your contact information and preferred shift time to

Sponsor and banner opportunities are available for the 2015 International Festival.

Additional Festival Video:    Windows Media    QuickTime           

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If you have not had the opportunity to visit our campus and you would like to do so before the festival, please note that we have regular tours at 10 am and 2 pm Monday-Friday and we’d be delighted to show you our campus.

Please feel free to contact me at or (949) 480-4081 if I can answer any questions.


Wendy Harder
Director, Community Relations