This weekend marks the city of Lakewood's annual Sister Cities International Festival, where the culture and history of other countries from across the globe come to life during the three-day event.
This year the sights, sounds and cuisine of Okinawa City, Japan will be on display. Other countries including the Philippines, China and Korea will also be recognized through various activities.
Festivities start Friday with the annual ArtsFest, held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus, 9401 Farwest Drive SW. Student and military art exhibits will be on display and a "meet the artists" reception will be held.
The free, family-friendly sister cities event runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Activities include a performance by members of the Miyagi-Ryu Minoruno Kai-Megumi Matsuda Dance Institute from Okinawa City, Japan. Other entertainment includes performers and troupes from Korea, Guam, India, Thailand, Samoa, Afghanistan, Philippines and Ireland.
There will also be a public market featuring arts and crafts and food vendors. A Kids Corner with face painting, calligraphy lessons and origami will also be set up.
All events will be held at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus.
Visit www.lsca.us for a full list of vendors and more information.