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Celebrating the Tastes, Sounds, and Spirit of Richardson

In honor of our globally oriented community, the City of Richardson will celebrate the inaugural Culture in the CORE event on Saturday, June 4 in Downtown Richardson. The free event takes place from noon-5 p.m. and will feature a variety of international cuisines and vendors, as well as multicultural dance and music performances.

Hundreds of different cultures are represented within our 28 square miles. It's what makes Richardson special. We're known as the International Business Capital of North Texas by the Texas legislature, and named "best foodies city" in Texas as one of the most diverse areas in Dallas-Fort Worth region for ethnic food. In fact, one in every five Richardson residents were born outside of the United States.

Come feast on international cuisine, shop for treasures from around the globe, and enjoy multicultural entertainment as local cultural groups share their music and dance traditions.  We're bringing together Richardson's diverse communities to have fun, to learn, and to experience the music, dance, foods, and arts of different cultures. 


Parking and admission are free. 

Planning is underway for this event. For questions, please contact Cidnee McCutchen at

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Schedule - Saturday, June 4 | 12:00pm - 5:00pm


Event Map

A large parking lot is located at Texas Street and Kaufman Street for festivalgoers, with overflow parking at the RISD Administration Building. An event bus will be rotating between the RISD Administration Building and the event from 11:00am to 6:00pm. See map below for more details on event locations and parking. 

Event Map

Participating Restaurants and Retail Stores

Visit one of our participating Downtown restaurants and retailers during the festival and help support our local businesses. 

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Participating Restaurants- Storefronts (See Map)

  1. Maria's Chinese Bakery - Chinese

  2. Gopal Vegetarian Restaurant - Indian

  3. Kirin Court - Chinese

  4. His Tea - Taiwanese

  5. First Emperor Chinese - Chinese

  6. Staycation Coffee - American

  7. Del's Charcoal Burgers - American

  8. Yummy Burgers & BBQ - American (Halal/Zabiha)

  9. Madina Mediterranean - Mediterranean

  10. Main Street Tavern - American

  11. Isabelly's Chocolates & Sweets - American

  12. First Chinese BBQ - Chinese

  13. Boba Latte - Taiwanese 

  14. Chameli Restaurant -  Bangladesh, Indian, and Pakistan

  15. Fratello Pizza & Grill - Italian (Halal)

  16. Sweet Shop Dallas - Middle Eastern/American Desserts, Turkish Coffee, Italian Soda 

  17. Sultan Cafe - Mediterranean

  18. Afrah Mediterranean Restaurant and Pastries- Lebanese and Mediterranean

Festival Food Vendors (Located on Main Street Lawn)

  • TBA

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Participating Retailers - Storefronts (See Map)

  1. Caraway Strings

  2. Lone Chimney Mercantile 

  3. Middle Eastern Boutique 

  4. Star Pipes

  5. Prana Haven

  6. Shell Convenience

  7. SmartLooks

Festival Vendors (Located on Main Street Lawn)

  • TBA


Vendors are managed by Boho Market, and must register with Boho Market for this event. Please note Boho Market does not allow MLM, direct-sales or non-product based businesses to set up as a vendor. No alcohol will be sold during this event. 

Main Stage

  • Grace Hula Dance - Hula is a Polynesian dance form accompanied by chant or song. It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. The hula dramatizes or portrays the words of the oli or mele in a visual dance form.​

  • Mariachi Orgullo de LV Berkner High School - Mariachi is a genre of regional Mexican music that dates back to at least the 18th century, evolving over time in the countryside of various regions of western Mexico. 

  • STV Almrausch - Traditional Bavarian and Tirolean folk dancing. The Schuhplattler is a traditional style of folk dance popular in the regions of Bavaria and Tyrol (southern Germany, Austria and the German speaking regions of northern Italy).

  • Arathi School of Dance - Originating 2,000 years ago in southern India, Bharata Natyam is one of the most graceful, subtle and sophisticated styles of dance art. It is rooted in The Natyashastra, a treatise on dance, music and drama written by sage Bharata about 3,000 years ago.

  • Theta Mu Zeta Step Team - Step team routines are a form of dancing with roots steeped in African-American culture. At the same time, the modern step teams are all-inclusive, with a diverse range of races, genders, and cultural backgrounds shared by the members. Most of all, though, they share a passion for the dance.

Acoustic Street Performances



Polk St. Pop Up Cultural Art Exhibit - 200 S. Greenville Ave.

Polk Street Pop Up, powered by Central Arts, will be located at 200 S. Greenville Avenue from 12-5pm. Stop by and view incredible pieces by local artist that celebrate diversity and cultures. In addition, winners of the City of Richardson's Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Essay Contest and Black History Month - Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion Art Contest will be featured in this exhibit. To view the essay and art winners, visit

Sponsored by the City of Richardson with the help and assistance of:

  • Richardson CORE District Merchants

  • Artist Uprising

  • Boho Market

  • Richardson ISD

  • First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park

  • Central Arts