Diversity Festival in Somervillle Oct. 9

Diversity Festival in Somervillle Oct. 9

Posted on October 8, 2021

Somerset County to Host Third Annual Diversity Festival on Oct. 9

Save the Date to Celebrate –Don’t Miss Out on Free Fun for Everyone!


In recognition of Global Diversity Awareness Month in October, Somerset County will host its third annual Diversity Festival, on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 12 to 4 p.m., in Somerville located along Grove Street, at Veterans Memorial Plaza and on the courthouse lawn across from the County Administration Building. The creative event will showcase and embrace diversity with multicultural entertainment, games, local restaurant participation, free prizes and exhibitors that promote the theme of the festival “Somerset County – Everyone Belongs Here.” Somerset County Commissioner Director invites residents to the Diversity Festival, https://bit.ly/ShanelRobinsonInvitetoFestival.

Social Distancing

Somerset County requires visitors to wear masks when entering the Administration Building to use the restrooms.

Patriotic Opening Ceremony

Join the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners at the opening ceremony for the “Pledge of Allegiance” and a rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” performed by a local vocalist and interpreted by an American Sign Language expert. The ceremony will conclude with brief welcoming remarks from Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson.

Multicultural Entertainment

Enjoy exciting entertainment at several locations along Grove Street including performances from bands that play a diverse range of music such as Israeli, Irish, Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, and Latin Swing.

Free Games, Giveaways, Exhibitors and Prize Drawing

Children and adults will enjoy free diversity-themed puzzles, games and giveaways, interactive art projects and selfie stations. Participants can visit exhibits and get materials from advocacy groups, community organizations, county departments, and agencies that promote diversity. Enter a drawing and win a gift certificate for a game of golf, hotel stay, art classes, restaurants, and more. All prizes were generously donated by members of the Somerset County Business Partnership. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2021DiversityFestivalDrawing

Taste Food from Around the World

On the day of the festival, certain Somerville restaurants will offer special “passport” menus featuring multicultural food. Menu details and participating restaurants will be available at the festival thanks to the Downtown Somerville Alliance and participating Somerville restaurants.

Free Parking

Visitors can park for free in Somerville during the 2021 Diversity Festival. Parking is located at the Bernie Field Parking Deck on High Street and the parking deck at 27 Warren St. 

For more information about the Diversity Festival, contact Paul Grzella at grzella@co.somerset.nj.us or for a list of artists and exhibitors, visit https://bit.ly/EveryoneBelongsHere2021.


Source: Sponsored by the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners and co-sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance, the Diversity Festival is one of several Somerset County diversity programs launched in 2019 to promote, embrace and include the county’s multi-cultural residents and to help further create vibrant connections between the county’s communities.