The Festival of Light: Diwali will take place at the Clarke Theatre in Mission on Oct. 26.

The Festival of Light: Diwali will take place at the Clarke Theatre in Mission on Oct. 26.

Festival of Light returns to Mission’s Clarke Theatre

This year the theatre lobby will be transformed into a marketplace where patrons will be able to purchase jewelry, sample foods and more.

The Festival of Light: Diwali is set for Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Mission’s Clarke Theatre.

“It promises to be a multicultural night of food, festivity and fun for the Fraser Valley,’’ said Sanjay Gulati, executive director of Mission Community Services Society.

This year the theatre lobby will be transformed into a marketplace where patrons will be able to purchase jewelry and other accessories, sample foods, visit community booths and have their hands painted by henna artists.

A free ethnic buffet dinner will be served in the cafetorium just after 5 p.m. and features vegetarian fare and dessert.

Approximately 1,200 samosas will be available.

Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with Dasmesh Punjabi School youth dance and instrumental performers; a multicultural component of Irish, Mexican and Ukrainian dance numbers; the University of the Fraser Valley Bhangra team and more.

Even Norden the Magician is making an appearance. Emcees this year are Satti Grewal and Abbotsford City Coun. Kelly Chahal.

A society crew will adorn the Clarke Theatre entrance with more than 1,000 small lights.

Donations of non-perishable food items are being accepted at the event for the MCSS Food Centre.

For more Festival of Light information call Rick Rake at 604-826-3634.