Alif Institute - Atlanta Georgia

11th Annual Atlanta Arab Festival - April 23 & 24, 2016

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Location: Alif Institute
3288 Marjan Drive
Atlanta, GA 30340

SAT  April 23: 11:30 am - 7pm
SUN April 24: 12:30 pm - 6 pm

Admission:  $5 per person, Children under 12 are FREE!

Parking is FREE. Please follow the signs on Presidential Parkway.


Invite your family and friends and join the celebration on April 23 & 24, 2016 !

Enjoy a week-end filled with Arabic flavors, sights and sounds! Enjoy unique live performances on the stage. Embark on a culinary tour at the Arab world food court. Shop for little treasures at the bustling souk. Explore fun activities and enjoy the games and rides. Then when you feel like relaxing, visit one of the exhibits on display or just enjoy a unique experience in an Arabian tent sipping some Arabic coffee! 


Stay tuned for more info, and check out the details from last year's festival: 


Our deepest gratitude goes to our major sponsors for their trust in Alif Institute! 

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Embark on a culinary tour at the Arab world food court

The largest selection of Arabic restaurants and caterers will be in our food court to embark you in a flavorful culinary experience! 

Al Madina - Aladdin's Restaurant - Cafe Raik  - Jerusalem Bakery - Mediterranean Grill - Samad Med. Grill - Leon Internatinal Food


Shop for little treasures at the bustling souk

Paintings, jewelry, embroideries, art work, decorative items, Arabic food, and so much more to browse through and take home with you! 

Abjad Awaz - Adam Travel - Anera - AT&T - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Green Land Food - Hoda Kamal's Handmade Jewelry - Interactive College of Technology  - Ivy Preparatory Academy - Kennesaw State University - Kuck Immigration Partners - Leon Internatinal Food - Moe Awad, Certified Agent - Nada's Art Gallery - PCRF - S.A. Creation  - Storycorps - Tiny Towne - U-Beyond - US Attorney’s Office - Vonage - Young Living Essential Oils 



Enjoy unique performances

Tentative Performance Schedule:


11:00 AM   Festival Begins
11:30 AM   Welcome Speech/Festival Spirit
12: 00 PM  Opening Flag Ceremony
12:30 PM   Poetry Reading by Mr. Abraham Melech
1:00 PM     Oud Music – Suheil Sedran
1:30 PM     Fashion Show – Alif Institute
2:00 PM     Dabkeh Dance Alif Institute – Mohamad Khalaf
2:30 PM     Arabic Pop & Modern Songs - Ali Waad
3:30 PM     Peace Team from Syria –
                  Fadi Al-Sayar and Dareen 
4:00 PM     Arabic Songs Trivia – Perla Osta
4:30 PM     Folk & Dabkeh Songs - Sammy Jaraysi
5:30 PM     Music from Egypt – Mansour Ismail
7:00 PM     End of Day 1

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015

12:00 PM  Festival Starts
1:00 PM    Oud Music - Suheil Sedran
2:00 PM    Dabkeh Dance Alif Institute – Mohamad Khalaf
2:30 PM    Arabic pop & modern songs - Ali Waad
3:00 PM    ATL Phoenicians Group - Amin Amich/ Samer Kanbar
3:30 PM    Folk & Dabkeh songs - Sammy Jaraysi
4:00 PM    Peace Team from Syria – Fadi Al-Sayar
4:30 PM    Arabic and International Dance Performances –
5:00 PM    Music from Egypt – Mansour Ismail
5:30 PM    Closing Flag Ceremony
5:45 PM    Big Prize Ruffle
6:00 PM    Festival Ends

Visit all the Exhibits:

  • Tour the Arab Nations  - A tour to explore and discover beautiful lands and landmarks.
  • Posters of Arabic Poetry 
  • Posters of Prominent Arab-Americans
  • Folk Art of the Arab - World Displayed in Alif’s main hall. To get the best of this exhibit, visit during one of the guided tours.
  • Windows to the Arab World: From the MidEast to the South East


Relax in an Arabian Tent

The largest Arabian tent in Atlanta will be set-up on the grounds of the Alif Institute. You will have the chance to experience the 


Explore the Fun Activities, and Enjoy the Games and Rides:

Arts and crafts, Henna, Arabic Calligraphy, Face painting

Carnival style games, Bouncing castle, Obstacle course, and for the adults backgammon games.


VOLUNTEER at the Festival

The Atlanta Arab Festival is coming up quickly on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, promising a fun and unique celebration of the food and culture of the Arab world! It is a great event for the entire family. Many hands are needed to stage this event every year, and volunteers are still very much needed!  

Please visit the Volunteer page and sign up to task and time slot of your choice.

All Volunteers are invited to attend one of the two orientation sessions on Friday, April 17, at 10am or Friday, April 17, at 7pm. You will also receive your volunteer package and thank you gifts.


2011 festival


2013 festival

In 2006, Alif Institute organized its first Arab American Family Day. The event featured educational displays about the Arab culture and Arab Americans, live music performance, folk dancing, traditional Arab costumes show, and various activities for children.

In 2010, the Family Day was grown to a two day event and renamed Atlanta Arab Festival. The Festival also included the participation of local artists, food providers, businesses and organizations.

Over the years, the event became an annual tradition that the community enjoys and looks forward to. In 2013, the Atlanta Arab Festival grew in numbers and drew over 3,500 attendees, more than double the number reached in 2010!

Continuing in it's path of growth, 2014 was the biggest year ever! Over 5,000 visitors enjoyed the largest selection of restaurants, vendors, children's activities, and performances! Several community/humanitarian organizations joined the festival and contributed to educate and engage the public. On the festival stage the performance by the National Arab Orchestra musicians impressed everyone. After all of these wonderful activities, Atlanta Arab Festival guests were able to relax in the largest, authentic Arabian tent in Atlanta!




Below is some information from previous year's festival


For additional information contact Alif Institute at




Leon Internatinal Food
Abjad Awaz, L.L.C.
Adam Travel
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Green Land Food
Hoda Kamal's Handmade Jewelry
Interactive College of Technology
Ivy Preparatory Academy
Kennesaw State University
Kuck Immigration Partners, LLC.
Moe Awad, Certified Agent
Nada's Art Gallery
S.A. Creation
Tiny Towne
US Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Georgia
Young Living Essential Oils 

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  • 3288 Marjan Drive,
    Atlanta, GA 30340

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    PO Box 29067,
    Atlanta, GA 30359, USA

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