Pearland announces first International Festival

The countdown begins now for the first Pearland International Festival, spotlighting Germany and its rich heritage. A country known for its vast array of beers, sausages and Oktoberfest, Germany is also famous for its wealth of fine art and culture. This festival will have a slice of everything German, including a beer garden.

The Pearland International Festival is set for Saturday, September 21, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Pearland's Independence Park, located at 3919 Liberty Drive. In addition to the German culture and cuisine, festival goers are sure to enjoy tastes and sounds from around the world, including Asian, Latin American and African cultures. With more than 50 acres, the park provides plenty of space to spread a blanket to relax and enjoy the entertainment at three stages.

The Pearland International Festival is going to be filled with live music, cultural dancing performances, activities, international food and vendor booths, a kids zone, as well as a Wine and Fine Arts VIP tent. There are endless sponsorship opportunities for businesses who want to participate. All levels of sponsorship are tax deductible.

The infamous Jazz band, Gary Michael Dhal Band, is set to headline the event on the main stage, along with Grupo Kache, a lively Latin band. Other cultural entertainment includes everything from clogging to Bollywood by Infused Performing Arts, an Indian hiphop dance. Local singer, Sanni M'mairura, who made it through to Hollywood on American Idol is scheduled to perform in addition to a number of culturally diverse talent. The entertainment will be as varied as the countries represented.

In the Wine and Fine Arts VIP tent, you can enjoy local art on exhibit while also learning the proper German way to order a beer in a pub, where you use your thumb instead of your index

finger. Under the tent, wines from around the globe along with local wineries will be on hand to offer samples.

The Pearland International Festival is an event for the entire family. Admission is $10 per person and children 12 years and under are $5.00. With admission, each person receives a festival passport to stamp as they travel around the world, learning facts along the way. Adults get a special passport that allows them to taste international wines, lagers and ales and write down their favorites.