On Sunday, March 5, 2023, the 8th annual Weston World Fest will be held in Weston Regional Park from 12:00 noon-4:00 pm. This annual cultural event is put on by the Arts Council of Greater Weston in partnership with the City of Weston.  Last year’s event attracted over 5,000 attendees, so mark your calendars now – you won’t want to miss this one.

Carol Lema, creator and director of the festival, announced, “The theme for this year is Animals of the Planet, highlighting native wildlife of the air, land and sea around the globe. All 20 international country booths as well as the Theme Village area will feature the event theme. Due to park rules, of course, there will be no live exhibits, but rather plenty of visual displays and information.”

There will be interactive activities for children and educational displays for adults. A passport program for children elementary through middle school age who complete the journey will give them access to additional activity stations. The Arts Council asks attendees to be sure and check in at the front gate to receive the festival event program as well as kids’ passports.  

New for 2023 is an expanded restaurant and dining section, following unprecedented attendance and demand in 2022. Expect to taste both sweet and savory specialties from such countries as Lebanon, Greece, Italy, Spain, Singapore and Turkey along with beverages such as bubble tea and U.S. coffee concoctions.

Onstage you can enjoy international artists bringing instrumentals, dance and drum performances throughout the day. Attendees can look forward to the return of Ronin Taiko, an acclaimed Japanese taiko drum ensemble which has wowed past audiences, as well as new acts such as the Paraguayan bottle dance.

The ACGW is excited to announce that they are taking part in a national survey at the event which helps assess the economic impact of arts and culture in our community. The survey is being completed in partnership with the Broward Cultural Division and the City of Fort Lauderdale. Surveys will be available at the Arts Council check-in booth the day of the event.

Annalisa Walker, Special Events Manager for the City of Weston, says, “We urge everyone to take a few minutes and participate in this survey.  We want to ensure events like this return year after year and show the need for additional outreach to our diverse, thriving community.”