In 1987, a few international and multicultural student groups created Unity Fest by setting up booths to sell cultural food as a fundraiser for their respective organizations and to promote cultural awareness. Over time, the event grew from a few dozen booths and 1,000 participants to a celebration that features more than 50-100 booths and attracts more than 5,000 people.
In the spring of 2007, the event was renamed to Festival of Communities and continues its mission to celebrate the rich cultural traditions and diversity of UNLV, Las Vegas, and the world. The festivities now include live entertainment, activities, craft vendors, and cultural food.
In a commitment to environmental justice, Festival of Communities strives to minimize unnecessary waste. All plates, cups and utensils provided at the event are biodegradable so please use the appropriate green composting bins for these items.
This year, Festival of Communities has joined with Rebel Preview in a greater effort to have prospective students share in the celebration of diversity and global awareness. All UNLV students, faculty, staff, alumni, prospective students and community members are encouraged to take part in this year’s Festival of Communities!