A peek inside this weekend's Festival of Nations

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Featuring more than 90 ethnic groups and plenty of food, the Festival of Nations is Minnesota's largest multi-cultural event.

The festivities, which kicked off for students on Thursday, are open to the public through the weekend.

It has a long history, dating back to 1932. That makes it the longest-running event of its kind in the Midwest.

Saturday morning was set to feature family-friendly celebrations, complete with dancing, storytelling and other shows.

While the schedule for Saturday night was set to explore the "darker side" of this year's theme, Folklore and Fairytales.

For example, Krampus is an evil, mythical Christmas beast – St. Nicholas' dark counterpart – originating from Germany and Austria. And the Yeti – or Abominable Snowman – is said to live in the mountains of Asia.

In addition to stories, Festival of Nations features more than 300 dancers and musicians, 35 ethnic food cafes, interactive exhibits and the opportunity to shop 68 counties.

Get a glimpse of the action in the photos and videos below:











The Festival of Nations is at the St. Paul RiverCentre and will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can get tickets at the RiverCentre's box office.

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