Cultural Expo 2024

SAVE THE DATE for the 61st Expo!

Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 9 am to 2:30 pm - Educational Day (School's RSVP here)

Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 11 am to 2 pm - Food and Entertainment Day (live stream here:

Beck Ballroom, Surbeck Center - South Dakota Mines campus


The Cultural Expo is a two-day showcase and celebration of cultural and international diversity through education, entertainment, and food! This event is hosted by groups from the South Dakota Mines as well as the community. Cultural groups from the community are encouraged to participate in this annual festival, which is sponsored by international students, faculty and staff, the Student Association, and the Ivanhoe International Center at South Dakota Mines, along with International Students Inc., and Black Hills Energy.

Thursday's Event

Thursday is geared towards area schools, with educational exercises and activities for students. The hours of the event are from 9 am to 2:30 pm

  • Watch this video for more information on the different activities
    • see more information on the activities below.
  • Interested on attending? RSVP here.
  • For the Educational Activities and downloadable information, see below. 

Saturday's Event

The general public is invited to attend the Expo on Saturday between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

  • Food sampling begins at 11:30 am until food runs out. Cost is $10 per person.
  • Cultural performances and displays from around the world and in the U.S. will be highlighted. There is no cost for these.

Educational Activities

Thursday's educational activity was completely reimagined in 2019 by some of our very own South Dakota Mines students!

  • Passport Activity
    • Gives attendees the chance to learn about many different countries from community members and college students representing their own cultures but in a new interactive and engaging approach!
    • Please see the linked PDF below to read the instructions of the activity (instructions vary by grade). Passport Activity Instructions
  • Storytime Corner
    • Stories, including oral retellings, are one of the basic and fun ways to communicate. Learning about different cultures and countries can be done through those children's stories. It shows the cultural and gender norms of that culture/country and creates basic images of that society. It also gives visitors a chance to ask questions to a native of that culture/country. 
    • For more information, please see our Children's Story and Cultural Learning handout and a question sheet for meaningful discussion of a story.
  • Craft Corner
    • Every hour we have a new cultural craft students can create. It is a fun way to learn more about a certain culture and you get to take the craft home.

See the 2023 Cultural Expo video

For further information, please contact the  Ivanhoe International Center at 605-394-6884 or by email at

Contact Us:

Ivanhoe International Center
South Dakota Mines
501 E Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
Phone: 1.605.394.6884
FAX: 1.605.394.6883
WhatsApp and Google: 1.605.388.2003

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