“One love, one heart—let’s get together and feel alright.” It’s not just a Bob Marley song, it’s a way of life at Cleveland’s annual One World Day. C-Town offers a range of cultural diversity—the One World Festival allows an opportunity for members of all communities to join together and celebrate a culture they are so proud of. Learn from the stories of Israelian immigrants, sample the traditional Colombian dish bandeja paisa, or immerse yourself in a live performance of the German Schuhplattler. Follow our guide for all of the must-see stops during your trip to One World Day. Want to get more of Northeast Ohio’s best festivals? Download our Vacation Guide for all of the best information about city happenings!
Everything You Need to Know About One World Day
There’s so much to do and see at the One World Day festival. With just 24 hours to visit it all, it can be difficult to map it out. Follow our guide to be sure that you see all that the event has to offer!
Watch the Parade of Flags
The Parade of Flags is a parade like no other. The ceremonial procession inaugurates the day with a display of flags from around the world. Festival-goers can expect to see colors flying from Mexico, Palestine, Indonesia, Canada, Brazil, and so many more. Want to represent your roots in the parade? Simply complete the application form.
Explore the Cultural Programs
The park provides over 30 cultural gardens during One World Day. Each garden features an artist, musician, poet, or philosopher from their designated country. Travel to Poland and listen to the sounds of Frédéric Chopin or wander to India to learn from Mother Teresa. Discover the art and music from different regions or even learn a few words from a new language! This is a truly unique opportunity to take a walk around the world!
Shop the Cultural Vendors
Plan to spend a good portion of your day pursuing the diverse vendors. Pick up a handmade trinket from around the world or enjoy a one-of-a-kind lunch in the market. From klompens to kalua, the diverse vendors do not disappoint. Bring a piece of history home from the One World Day festival merchants.
Catch a Show
While you’re scouring the cultural gardens, be on the lookout for revolving performances. Singers and dancers from around the world put on distinctive shows throughout the day to keep visitors engaged in the fine arts of their home nation. Don’t miss out!
Ride Lolly the Trolley
Hop on the garden’s iconic Lolly the Trolley for a free ride between cultural displays. The trolley goes slow enough to ensure you’re still able to hear and see the sights you’re passing, but quick enough to get you to each one before the day ends. Bringing the family? Kids will love riding along in the big, red trolley!
Passport to Peace
When you enter the festival, be sure to pick up your passport to peace. Follow along learning new facts and completing activities to earn your stamp for each country. The passport is the best way to get everyone involved in the fun of One World Day! It also makes the perfect souvenir to commemorate your visit.
Rest Up at The Lakehouse Inn Resort
After a day of touring around the world, you’ll want a comfortable place to unwind. Book the Lake Erie suite and revel in a king size bed, oversized whirlpool tub, electric fireplace, and a private sitting room. Satisfy your tastebuds at Crosswinds Grille where our highly acclaimed chef mixes up farm-to-table creations daily. Enjoy your five-star dinner on our expansive patio overlooking the lake. Let us pamper you with one of our many facials, massages, or body treatments at our in-house spa. What are you waiting for? Start planning your Ohio getaway today!