Get Involved with International Festival

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Volunteers are needed to keep the May 1, 2021 festival running smoothly. Volunteers working at least a two-hour shift receive free parking and a festival t-shirt. Sign up by emailing your contact information and preferred shift time to Our greatest need is from 6:30 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. to assist with exhibitor unloading.

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The performance application for the 20th Anniversary International Festival on May 1, 2021 will be open from January -  March 1, 2021.

Information for Performers

Applications for the 20th Anniversary International Festival on May 1, 2021 will be accepted from January 2, 2021 until March 1, 2021. Applications are limited to one performance per organization and may be submitted only once. Applications submitted after March 1, 2021 will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. Only US residents may apply. 

Examples of performances at the International Festival include dance, martial arts demonstrations, instrumental acoustic music (without amplification), vocal performances (without microphones), and live music bands. 

Volunteer performances are gratefully accepted and graciously acknowledged, but performers will not be compensated monetarily. Performance groups will receive one free parking admission for every two performers (please carpool!) and special 20th Anniversary International Festival t-shirts as our thanks for sharing their talent and culture.


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    Exhibitor Registration

    Soka University regrets that the 19th Annual International Festival on May 2, 2020 has been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns.  Registered exhibitors may contact to discuss whether they would like use their 2020 registration fee for May 1, 2021 to reserve their location, or if they would prefer that their check/money order be destroyed or mailed back.

    Exhibitor registration is open until April 26, 2021 for Soka University’s 20th Annual International Festival on May 1, 2021. The deadline to be listed in the program is April 1, 2021.

Information for Exhibitors

For any questions, contact

The 19th Annual International Festival on May 2, 2020 has been cancelled dure to Coronavirus concerns.  If you would like to register for the 20th Anniversary International Festival on May 1, 2021, please send check or money order made out to Soka University to International Festival, Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.  Space will not be reserved or assigned until payment is received.  You may also pay in cash.

Registration Fees for May 1, 2021:


  • $40 before March 1, 2021
  • $90 after March 1, 2021 

Artists, Crafters, and Businesses:

  • $130 before March 1, 2021
  • $180 after March 1, 2021 

The 19th Annual International Festival on May 2, 2020 has been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns.  Registration is open for May 1, 2021. 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 the four-page county TFF Application permit package along with proof of non-profit status letter to Soka University along with their registration form by April 1. 

All exhibitors are asked to provide their own tablecloths and extension cords if electrical is requested.  

No charcoal barbecues 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.  

Crafters and businesses may reserve a 6’ table and 2 chairs for $130. No canopies or displays bigger than 10’x10’ will be permitted in one space. If your canopy or display is larger, you must purchase two spaces. Canopies ($35) and electrical access ($35) may be requested on your registration form. 

100’s - Inside of the Recreation Center - No food, tables only, wood floor must be protected from racks, air-conditioned, stage area   

200’s - Recreation Center Walls - FOOD ONLY. Electrical available, 10'x10' canopies permitted, grass, near dining tables with umbrellas

200’S - Recreation Center Plaza - No electrical, 10'x10' canopies permitted, grass or concrete

200’s - Recreation Center Front walkways - No electrical, grass, 10'x10' canopies permitted 

300’s - University Circle — Street in front of Recreation Center on Lake Side - no electrical, 10'x10' canopies permitted, asphalt or grass

300’s - University Circle — Street in front of Recreation Center on Rec. Center side - No electrical, 10'x10' canopies permitted, asphalt or grass, delayed moving onto asphalt until road closes at 9:30 am 

400’s - University Circle on lake side in front of Founders Hall - No electrical, 10'x10' canopies permitted, asphalt or grass, asphalt set-up cannot begin before 8:30 am (422-428 cannot set-up until 9:30 am)

400’s - University Circle — Street opposite lake side in front of Founders Hall - No electrical, 10'x10' canopies permitted, grass only

500’s - Founders Hall Front wall side - Electrical available, tighter spaces, 8'x8' canopies only, stone

500’s - Founders Hall Front lake side - No electrical, 8’x8’ canopies preferred, stone

600’s - Peace Lake, Wall Side - No electrical, 8'x8' canopies preferred

R1-8 - Peace Lake Rims - FOOD ONLY. Some electrical, 10'x10' canopies permitted, stone

700’s - Inside Founders Hall - Electrical available ($35 charge), no food, 6’ tables only, travertine, air-conditioned

800’s - Adventure Land - Children’s area on Founders Walk grass area above Peace Lake stage

900’s - Second floor balcony of Founder’s Hall - Electrical available ($35 charge), no food

Set-up times are by location.

First Set-Up: 5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. on the Friday before the festival and 6:30 a.m.—8:00 a.m. on the morning of the festival. 

  • Locations in the 100’s, 200’s, 400’s on the grass only
  • 500’s, 600’s, R1-8, 700’s, 800’s and 900’s

Second Set-Up: 8:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m. on the morning of the festival.

  • Locations in the 300’s and most 400’s (except 422-428)

Third Set-Up: 9:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m. on the morning of the festival. These spaces are in unloading areas.

  • Spaces 311-313, 316-318, 422-428

100’s, 200’s, 300’s, 600’s, or R 1-4 — in front of the Recreation Center

400’s, 500’s, 700’s, or R 5-8 — in front of Founders Hall

800’s (Adventure Land) — Parking Lot C (just past the Recreation Center)

Please come during your designated time period and be prepared to park, unload quickly (we will have someone to watch your things on the day of), then park in Parking Lot A and come back to take your things to your exhibitor location. Please bring your own dolly or cart if needed. 

Important: University Circle closes at 9:30 a.m., so if you arrive late, you will have to unload from Parking Lot A.

Confirmed Exhibitors

The 19th Annual International Festival on May 2, 2020 has been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns. If you are a confirmed exhibitor, please email to let us know if you’d like us to tear us your check/money order, mail it back — or use it to pre-register you for May 1, 2021 so that you can confirm your space for next year.

Registered exhibitors FOR MAY 1, 2021are listed below, so you can always check your status. If you have a “C” after your name, you are confirmed and your space is reserved. This is your formal confirmation. No space is reserved until payment has been received. If your status is NOT PAID, we have received a registration form but no payment and no space has been assigned. * indicates a return exhibitor. A map of the festival layout indicates locations of stages, parking lots, and shuttle stops. Map numbers are subject to change. 

Ability Awareness Project - Recreation Center Front 252, Kindness Cards for donation, 6’ table, 2 chairs C

Air1 Radio - MEDIA SPONSOR - University Circle 429, Information, 6’ table, 2 chairs C

Archery Club of SUA - Adventure Land 804, Bounce House, 6’ table, 10 chairs, canopy, electrical C

Boy Scouts of America - El Camino Real District* — Recreation Center Front 262, Snow Cones, 6’ table, 2 chairs, electrical C  

Capstone Federal Credit Union* - RIDE SPONSOR - BANNER C

Ceramics of Soka University* - Founders Hall Front 500-503, 4 tables, 4 chairs, tablecloths C

City of Aliso Viejo* - University Circle 357, Recreation class and camp information, 6’ table, 2 chairs C

CreativeEgo* - University Circle 300, Handmade jewelry, clothing, bags, 6’ table, 2 chairs C

Dinora Creazioni* - University Circle 314, Amirugumis, bags, handmade crocheted items, 6’ table, 2 chairs — owe $5

Energy Mechanic* - University Circle 337, Jewelry, candles, apothecary, 6’ table, 2 chairs C

Forever Heart* - University Circle 312 and 313, Hats, sunglasses, two 6’ tables, 4 chairs C

Hands for Africa* - University Circle 331, HFA t-shirts, handmade jewelry, 6’ table, 2 chairs C                             

HOPE for SMA* - Recreation Center Front 238, 239, Tacos, quesadillas, gorditas, burritos, 6’ table, 2 chairs, electrical C  

Keller Williams Realty* - University Circle 333, Information, water bottles, 6’ table, 2 chairs C

Koto Club of SUA with Smooth Operator* - Peace Lake Rim R3 and R4, Smoothies, funnel cakes, caramel apples, T, 2C, E - need to finalize payment

Jewelry Design by Amy Jahn - Recreation Center Front 246, Jewelry, 6’ table, 2 chairs C

Latalove* - University Circle 336, Clothing, jewelry, 6’ table, 2 chairs C

LeafFilter North, LLC - Founders Hall 2nd Fl Balcony 911, LeafFilter Gutter protection display, 6’ table, 2 chairs, electrical C

Positiveencouraging100.3 - MEDIA SPONSOR - University Circle 430, Information, 6’ table, 2 chairs C

Priti Henna Art* - Founders Hall Front 509, Henna art, 6’ table, 2 chairs C

Senegence (LipSense)* University Circle 353, Skin care and cosmetics, 6’ table, 2 chairs C

Soka University Book Store* - Founders Hall Inside 708-709, Festival t-shirts and SUA items, two 6’ table, 2 chairs C

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER* - Presenting Sponsor, Banner, University Circle 428, 6’ table, 2 chairs, canopy C 

The TIYYA Foundation - Peace Lake Rim R1, Food, 6’ table, 2 chairs, canopy C  

YoderDo Quilling Cards* - University Circle 415, Handmade quilling greeting cards, space only C

International Festival Map