Celebrating people and the many cultures that make Central Florida awesome.

FusionFest organizes monthly events that keep the community engaged and connected to the cultural diversity in Central Florida.
Enjoy parades, dining experiences and workshops  from January to October, and the big celebration on Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown Orlando. The free, two-day, festival draws over 15,000 people together to experience music, dance, food, visual arts, spoken word and an interactive village, from 110+ different cultures.

Our Story

It all began when Sam Roberts of the Caribbean American Passport and Yves Bouele of the African Leaders Council approached Terry Olson about creating some kind of international event. While there are dozens of festivals centered around one heritage or another in our community, we thought, What if we all came together at the same time?

In November of 2016, about 40 people from various heritages gathered to brainstorm the best way to share our heritages. In the following month, a Steering Committeebegan to take shape and has been meeting monthly ever since.

Some of the early stepping stones to the festival were bimonthly “Gathering of Nations” events with a few people from every heritage we could find in Central Florida (currently we have more than 140 heritages identified). Each of the Gatherings was focused on a particular aspect of culture  ̶ Food, Dance, Music, Clothing, Games, Literature. These explorations helped us envision what a “fusion” festival would look like – a place where we honored our heritages while celebrating how we influence each other as we shape our own unique identity as Central Floridians.

FusionFest was recognized as a project that positively impacts the community and received the Award of Excellence at the Golden Brick Awards hosted by the Downtown Orlando Partnership, and won 1st place in “Community Outreach Program” from the Florida Festivals and Events Association.

Under the fiscal sponsorship of the Downtown Arts District and support from Orange County Government, the Orlando Downtown Development Board, the Dr. Phillips Center of Performing Arts, and a growing grassroots movement, FusionFest continues to advance and celebrate diversity, inclusion and collaboration in Central Florida.

Thanksgiving Weekend

Nov. 28 & 29, 2020.

20,000 guests from more than 110 heritages will share and enjoy:

  • 3 Stages featuring music, dance, spoken word and fashion.
  • 1 Film Pavilion screening the MYgration Films in partnership with Global Peace Film Festival
  • Diversatistic! Parade of Flags
  • International Foods & Marketplace
  • Interactive Experiences
  • Visual Arts Gallery
  • Fun + Games Station
  • Fly-Anywhere-in-the-World-Raffle
  • Diversitastic! Choir
  • Fusion Contests
  • Prizes
  • Community Panels

Latest News

Steve Schneider


FusionFest encourages creativity and innovation through contests for participants who will fuse elements from different

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