2015 Multicultural Calendar




Ongoing Events

International Film Series

Every second Wednesday, 6pm at the library. Free.


English Conversation Group

Come practice your English. Thursdays, 7 - 8:30pm, Meeting Room B on the 2nd floor of the library. Free.


Spanish Conversation Group

Come practice your Spanish. Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30, Mtg Rm A on the 2nd floor of the library. Free.


Mosque Open House

Last Saturday of every month, 11 - 1:30, at Masjed Abu Bakar (17 N Broadway). Meet Muslims and ask questions about Islam. For more information, call 253-6710 or email Rochester.Mosque@ gmail.com





Events & Opportunities


This page is updated frequently. Check back often for new event listings. Last updated March 30, 2015.



March is Women's History Month


April is Multicultural Communications Month


April Fools Day

Wednesday, April 1


Faith Talk Show 5: Seeds of Wonder

Thursday, April 2, 6:30 - 8pm

Rochester Public Library Auditorium

The interfaith discussion series sponsored by the Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam continues with guest Father Nick Mezacapa from Calvary Episcopal Church.


Good Friday

Friday, April 3

Commemorating the death of Jesus Christ.


Total Lunar Eclipse

Saturday, April 4



April 4 - 11

This Jewish festival commemorates the Israelite's escape from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. On the first night, a special symbolic meal called the Seder is eaten. For the remaining week of the festival, observant Jews abstain from eating bread and all other foods with leavening.



Sunday, April 5

Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Holy Friday

Friday, April 10

Commemorates the death of Jesus Christ in the Orthodox calendar.


World Festival

April 10-11

Multicultural stage show, Parade of Nations, exhibits, ethnic food, children's activities, fashion show, ethnic bazaar.


Mobile Consulate Day

Saturday, April 11, 9:30am - 2pm

Hawthorne Education Center

Each year the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul organizes a series of Mobile Consulate Days, travelling to cities around the region to issue Mexican passports and Consular Identification Cards. They also provide information about their services and programs related to civil registry, powers of attorney, immigration, law enforcement, health and education, etc.  



Sunday, April 12

Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Orthodox calendar.



Monday, April 13

Thai/Lao/Cambodian New Year. Celebrate by throwing water at your friends!



Monday, April 13

This ancient harvest festival is celebrated across northern India, especially in the state of Punjab. This date also commemorate the institution of Khalsa, an important Sikh baptismal ceremony.


Yom HaShoah

Thursday, April 16

A day for remembering the Holocaust


International Film Festival

April 17 - 24

Wehrenberg Theatres

Rochester's 20th annual international film festival. Titles and showtimes will be posted at www.rifg.org.


Holi Cultural Festival

Saturday, April 18, 5:30pm

Community Presbyterian Church (3705 55th St NW)

Cultural performances, booths selling exquisite clothing and jewelry, food stalls, kids games. Tickets $5 (not including food).


Women on Wednesdays: Young Women and Their World

Wednesday, April 22, 5 - 7pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

What is important to today's young women? How do they describe the issues that have value and significance for them? It's a changing world... or is it? Presented by Rochester Civic Theatre and the Diversity Council. No fee to attend. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Reservations required by Monday to mari@rochestercivictheatre.org.


Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22


Administrative Professionals Day

Wednesday, April 22


Arbor Day

Friday, April 24

Plant a tree!


Walpurgis Night

Thursday, April 30

A traditional Scandinavian spring festival celebrated with dancing and bonfires.


May is Asian/Pacific Heritage Month


May is National Older People's Month


May Day

Friday, May 1

This ancient holiday originating in pagan England celebrates the end of winter and the first spring planting. Learn more about the history and traditions of May Day and its political significance for peasant uprisings and for the modern labor movement.


National Day of Prayer

Friday, May 1


World Press Freedom Day

Sunday, May 3



Monday, May 4

Wesak is the celebration of Buddha's birth & enlightenment, & in some traditions also his death.


Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday, May 5

Not Mexico's Independence Day, as is commonly thought, this festival celebrates the unlikely victory of the Mexican army over the French at the battle of Puebla. The French loss forced them to withdraw support for the Confederate Army (then embroiled in the American Civil War), contributing to the victory of the Union troops.


Women on Wednesdays: Mothers as Mentors

Wednesday, May 6, 5 - 7pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

More than a biological parent, women from all backgrounds find themselves raising, tending to, or nurturing young men and women and even peers who are exploring potential and striving for healthy, fulfilling lives. Often our greatest support comes from these women who have expanded and deepened the definition of mother. Hear their stories and share your experiences. Presented by Rochester Civic Theatre and the Diversity Council. No fee to attend. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Reservations required by Monday to mari@rochestercivictheatre.org.


Mother's Day

Sunday, May 10


Syttende Mai

Sunday, May 17

Norwegian Independence Day


Day Against Homophobia

Sunday, May 17


Armed Forces Day

Sunday, May 17

Recognizing those who serve.


Victoria Day

Monday, May 18

A Canadian holiday celebrating the birth of Queen Victoria and the reigning monarch of the Commonwealth (currently Queen Elizabeth). The holiday kicks of the Canadian summer season, similar to America's Memorial Day.


International Day for Biological Diversity

Friday, May 22

Diversity is everywhere!


African Liberation Day

Saturday, May 23

African Liberation Day was instituted in 1958 to unite African countries in the struggle to end colonialism and win independence. Today the celebration is used to raise political awareness and organization in African communities worldwide.



Sunday, May 24

This Christian holiday celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the Christian church. Called Pentecost because the commemorated event occurred during the Jewish festival of that name, the two celebrations were separated in the fourth century when the church, influenced by anti-Semitism and a desire to fix church holidays on Sundays, established its own system to determine the dates of Easter and Pentecost. This year the two events coincide in a rare meeting of the two calendars.



May 24-25

Shavuot is the Hebrew name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks. In Greek it is called Pentecost, because it takes place 50 days after Passover (for its relation to the Christian celebration of Pentecost, see above). This Jewish festival commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai and celebrates the harvest season in Israel.


Memorial Day

Monday, May 25


Buddha's Birthday

Monday, May 25


National Sorry Day

Tuesday, May 26

We could all use this Australian holiday!


Joan of Arc Day

Saturday, May 30

Celebrating the young woman who led the French armies in winning freedom from the English.


Pentecost (Orthodox)

Sunday, May 31

Orthodox Christians celebrate Pentecost a week after Protestants and Catholics this year.