Laconia Multicultural Festival Celebrating Diversity since 2001
Laconia Multicultural Festival is a signature event in the Downtown. We celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Laconia and the Lakes Region: from our earliest days to recently arrived New Americans. The festival highlights the music, arts, crafts and cuisine in honor of this growing diversity. Authentic artists from cultures represented in our community perform in Rotary Park. In the last thirty years in particular, immigrants and political refugees/New Americans arrived from almost every country in the world. (See list below) They are our friends and neighbors, adding richness to our community.
Laconia Human Relations Committee
The Festival was conceived and is supported by the the Laconia Human Relations Committee. The Laconia Human Relations Committee, a Mayor’s Committee, was created in 2000 by then Mayor Matthew Lahey and Police Chief Bill Baker. Leonard Campbell is current LHRC Chair. The LHRC works to cultivate a welcoming community for all. We educate ourselves, our children and the community at-large about, as well as respond to, prejudice that undermines the dignity of any person. Members have been instrumental in welcoming political refugees over the years and helping in the resettlement process. The Laconia Multicultural Festival is a committee of the LHRC. Mayor Ed Engler and the LHRC committee welcome new members from the Laconia area. For information call Laconia City Hall (603.527.1270) or visit Laconia's website.
Festival Committee
The Laconia Multicultural Committee would like to say THANKS to all of our sponsors and contributors, our vendors & social service agencies, all the entertainers & performers, and all of YOU who have continued to support this great event by attending each year. We are always looking for new members to join the organizing committee and volunteers to help on Festival day. If you are interested, please contact us via Facebook or our website. Personally, I would like to thank all the committee members for their selfless dedication, passion and commitment to the Laconia Multicultural Festival. Many of these people have served on this board for countless years. Becky Guyer, Festival Chair
Members of the Festival Committee
  • Len Campbell
  • Debbie Frawley Drake
  • Larry Frates
  • Arlene & Jim Fortier
  • Umija Gusinac
  • Bob Harrington
  • Mary Jane Hoey
  • Kathy James
  • Martha Kruse
  • Carol Pierce
  • Matt Souza
  • Janet Simmon
  • David Stamps
List of Immigrants and Refugees in Laconia.
  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Bhutan
  • Bosnia
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • Philippine
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey

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Images from Previous Festivals

  • LMF Slide 1