Free event to feature global food vendors, music, sports and performances on Monument Circle

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will host a new event⎯the YMCA World Fest⎯on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, on Monument Circle. The free-to-attend celebration of culture will feature international food vendors, music, sports and performers and will kick off the Y’s annual Welcoming Week festivities. The national Welcoming Week Celebration is Sept. 14 – 23, 2018.

Bringing People Together

“Our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good,” says Amanda Moore, YMCA director of diversity, inclusion and global strategies. “The Y appreciates the many individuals and organizations that work to bring people together every day. They are helping us grow into stronger, healthier, more vibrant communities.”

Aspires to be Premier Welcoming Week Event in the Nation

The YMCA World Fest will connect people of all backgrounds in Central Indiana through food and fun. We’d like it to be one of the premier Welcoming Week events in the nation.YMCA World Fest

WHAT: YMCA World Fest

WHEN: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Thursday, September 13, 2018

WHERE: Monument Circle, Downtown Indianapolis

COST: Free Admission!

What is Welcoming Week?

Last year, 75 YMCA Associations in 34 states hosted more than 800 Welcoming Week events nationwide to celebrate what unites us as a community. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis hosted DACA Renewal Day, Day of Service and movie screenings, among other events. Created by YMCA of the USA’s national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week, takes place each year in September, celebrates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. It’s a chance for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community.

YMCA World Fair

The YMCA Before and After School program will once again host the World Fair in February 2019 at Fishers High School. Hundreds of students and families from across the city will gather to celebrate diverse cultures while learning to appreciate and embrace others regardless of their background at this 15th annual, free community event.