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International Festival Turns 29 This Year

The 29th Annual International Festival is coming Sept. 9. There's a lot happening that weekend, so get ready, and Restaurant Week is planned to last two weeks again.

Summer is winding down, but preparations for the 29th Annual International Festival are in full swing.

Peabody’s rich celebration of its multicultural heritage is set for Sept. 9 in Peabody Square with homemade cuisine and delicacies from around the world, along with other artistic and cultural exhibits. 

This year’s ethnic festival, which typically draws tens of thousands, will be held from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Entertainers will perform on three stages, over 70 booths will feature food from many of the ethnic groups that make up the community, North Shore artists will display their works in the International Festival Galleria, and of course there will be Kids Day and the .

First up this year is the addition of . Fleming will perform in Wiggin Auditorium at on Sept. 7 (8 p.m.) and Sept. 8 (7 p.m.). Tickets to the concerts are available through the Mayor’s office. Call 978-538-5704.

The annual Kids Day Celebration will be over at the  that Sunday (Sept. 9) — bring your kids for a day of fun and games.  is the major sponsor of the event.

The 11th annual Progeria 5K road race and two-mile fun run/walk is slated for Saturday and starts at  at 9 a.m.

The festival is free and open to the public. The rain date will be Sept. 23 (11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.).

If you didn't get your fill of ethnic food at the festival, that Sunday also marks the beginning of the 5th Annual Peabody Restaurant Week, although it's technically a fortnight of food.

Restaurant Week goes from Sept. 9-13 and then again from Sept. 16-20 at participating downtown restaurants, which usually covers a range of palates. The final list of restaurants is not available yet, but the deal would include a two-course meal for $15 and/or a three-course meal for $20 at any of the restaurants.

Last year, Peabody's international festivities finally made it to the World Wide Web and festival organizers have been updating both the website and Facebook page with information on this year's festivities. Restaurant Week also has its own Facebook page.

For more information, call the Mayor's office at 978-538-5700.

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