Small World Festival

Hinesville Small World Festival 2020 Logo

The Hinesville Small World Festival is managed and coordinated by the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority (HDDA).

This FREE festival takes place on the first Saturday in March in Bryant Commons and is a celebration of the melting pot of cultures in Hinesville. Featuring the Global Learning Village, cultural entertainment, a vintage car show, the World Marketplace, International Food Court and more - the Small World Festival has something fun for the whole family.

The next Small World Festival is Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Bryant Commons (438 W Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville). 

The HDDA is currently seeking sponsors for this event. To view sponsorship levels and packages, please contact our sponsorships from the Sponsor Coordinator, Karen Durham, at kdurham@hinesvilledowntown.com.  

Need more information about the festival? Contact the HDDA Executive Director, Karen Durham, at kdurham@hinesvilledowntown.com.

Applications deadlines for the 2020 Small World Festival have passed. Please contact the HDDA for late applications at 912.876.4332 or programassistant@hinesvilledowntown.com.

Entertainment Stage:
In keeping with our theme from Carnival, we have a full day’s lineup of music and entertainment to offer our attendees – so make sure that you bring your dancing and workout shoes with you, because there will be plenty to keep you moving.

10:10 – 10:30 a.m.: YMCA of Liberty County Mini Zumba Class
10:35 – 11:05 a.m.: Liberty Elementary School Honors Chorus
11:15 – 11:45 a.m.: Snelson Golden Band/Dance
Noon – 1:15 p.m.: Raynbird Band (Reggae)
1:25 – 1:55 p.m.: Cruzin’ County Dancers
2:15 – 4 p.m.: Savannah Steel Drum Band

Festival attendees are also invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the entertainment stage and enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2020 Small World Festival.

International Food Court and World Marketplace
Visitors at the Small World Festival can get a taste of the celebration of Carnival and their local favorites at the International Food Court. Food vendors will be on-site with for-purchase items such as fish, smoked sausages, veggie rings, coffee, smoothies, soft drinks and more. Don’t forget to stop by vendors in the World Marketplace to see local arts and crafts vendors, along with wares with an international focus!

Global Learning Village
Explore cultures from the countries Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Australia and South Africa and get an inside look at the local culture of the Gullah Geechee in the Global Learning Village!

Kids will learn about the cultures of some of the countries that celebrate Carnival and make crafts inspired by these cultures, including feather masks, paper flowers and paper plate maracas!

Festival Attractions
In addition to the vendors, food and music, the 2020 Small World Festival will feature the Flags for Heroes display, hosted by the YMCA, and the Child ID program registration drive, hosted by the Hinesville Masonic Lodge 271. The ITPA Telephone Museum will also be open during the event and host an art exhibition during festival hours. Featured artists are Yvette, Glenda Jones and Leslie Merrill. Paul Spence will be doing live painting. Works will be exhibited inside the museum and on the back lawn.

Parking and Transportation
Bryant Commons is located at 438 W Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville. Limited free parking is available on-site. However, this year’s Small World Festival will feature FREE shuttle service for attendees!

Through a partnership with Liberty Transit, HDDA is proud to offer free shuttle services for the 2020 Small World Festival with service from the downtown Municipal Parking Lot (located across the street from the Hinesville Police Department) to Bryant Commons. Service will begin at 9:45 a.m. and buses will run every 15 minutes. The final PICKUP inside the park to return to downtown will be at 4:30 p.m. Downtown pickup will be at the existing Liberty Transit stop next to the parking lot. Bryant Commons drop off will be at the statue garden inside the park. Attendants will direct shuttle riders inside the park to pick-up locations. This service is FREE and open to the public.

The 2020 Hinesville Small World Festival: A Celebration of Carnival, hosted by the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority and sponsored by the City of Hinesville, will be Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Bryant Commons. This event is FREE and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Weather and other festival updates will be posted to the HDDA and City of Hinesville Facebook pages, along with the Small World Festival Facebook event group. To learn more about this event, please contact the HDDA 912.877.4332. To stay up-to-date about the 2020 Small World Festival, join our Facebook event group. For more information about the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority (HDDA), please visit hinesvilledowntown.com or call 912.877.4332.