Cleveland Cultural Gardens marks 75th annual One World Day

August 29 marks the 75th annual One World Day (OWD) in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. OWD has been an official event of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens since 1946, celebrating over 100 years of Peace through Mutual Understanding. OWD is the historic, continuous, official, one and only, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation event. Though the event was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, this will be considered the 75th annual event.

Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the 30 plus Gardens — not just a few gardens or a small area. There they will be able to eat, drink, learn new things, enjoy entertainment, etc.

The Parade of Flags will feature dozens of nationalities, ethnic costumes, and more. The true diversity of Cleveland on display; similar to the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Ethnic communities that do not have a Cultural Garden are invited to participate. Expect to see units from Indonesia, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Scotland, and other communities marching in the Parade of Flags, along with representatives from the 30 or so communities that have a Garden. We are honored to have Chris Tanaka (Cleveland 19 News anchor) returning as the master of ceremonies (MC). Furthermore, we will have Danielle Wiggins (Channel 3 morning anchor), Tracy Carloss (Channel 5 weekend anchor), and Maia Belay (Channel 8 reporter) serving as co-MCs. That’s the kind of respect and cooperation that One World Day generates.

An inspiring and moving Naturalization Ceremony will welcome about 25 new citizens from all over the world as a federal judge swears them in at 11 a.m.

Passport to Peace: Attendees get a free Passport that they take to any/all gardens and  participate in a free, fun activity to get their Passport stamped. This is for kids and adults of all ages (kids will get a prize when they turn in their passports).

Moreover, attendees can get a One World Day souvenir program book, which includes Garden info, maps, history and more. The book is a collector’s edition and free.

Variety of Ethnic food and drink: Gardens will have food from their represented culture or a food truck/vendor station. This includes some new additions, such as Egyptian street food from King Tut Food Truck.

Variety of ethnic performances throughout the Gardens: To describe these performances, they are very diverse, something for everyone, and contain unique settings. Two exciting featured acts in the new Centennial Peace Plaza – the world-renown Singing Angels – will perform at 3 p.m. An exciting performance of Latin rhythms from Moises Borges and friends will bring the day to a close.

International Shopping and Resources: Visit the Market Place for shopping, food, and cultural resources. Located on Martin Luther King Blvd., between the African American Garden and Parkgate Drive, this year’s vendors and exhibitors include a variety of non-profit organizations, food vendors, merchandise vendors, and community support groups.

We are partnering with Spin to have scooters available during the 75th Annual One World Day! Spin provides Cleveland with dockless scooter share to get you where you need to go. At the 75th Annual One World Day, you can see as many of the beautiful gardens as possible, without breaking a sweat.

One area of the Gardens that will be dedicated to educational fun for children and adults is The Children’s Village. Activities include Story-Telling Tent, where you can learn about Cleveland’s diverse culture through stories, creating upcycles bookmarks, the Cleveland Orchestra Instrument Discovery, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, Children’s Lawn Games, Map of the World, and more

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are spread out over 276 acres. We will follow all city, state, and CDC safety guidelines for events. Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the gardens, and signage will be visible. Keeping you and your family safe is very important. Please keep social distancing and wash your hands often. The large footprint and outdoor venue, along with appropriate behavior, will make the One World Day a safe day for all.

The price is right: Free admission. Free entertainment. Free parking. Free shuttle buses from parking lot to the gardens.

One World Day is on Sunday August 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens (Rockefeller Park on East Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from Superior past St. Clair toward the lake/freeway).