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Welcome to UNC Charlotte's 40th Annual International Festival

2015 International Festival: Saturday, October 17

Everyone from UNC Charlotte, the Charlotte community, and beyond are welcome to join us for the 40 year anniversary of the UNC Charlotte International Festival! To commemorate the success of our longest standing cultural tradition, the festivities will include an evening fireworks display to close the day's program. For returning attendees, be sure to reference our "Event Schedule" information to note a slight adjustment to some of the cultural dance and parade elements between 10am-6pm as well as the plan for our signature event, including a procession of nations and fireworks display (6pm-7:30pm). For new attendees, please read below to learn about the program.

The International Festival is centered around booths arranged in colorful marketplace style representing the cultures of over 50 nations. The booths are staffed by UNC Charlotte international students and members of Charlotte's international community and feature art, crafts and costumes from each participating country. Many booths offer international food for sale.

International Festival outdoor photo with attendees and tents in front of the Student Activity Center

Throughout the day the music and dance of a variety of nations will be presented on indoor and outdoor stages. In addition, the International Festival, which is family-oriented, offers a number of elements such as mimes and face painting designed specially for children.

In addition to the hallmark elements, the International Festival includes an international games zone for attendees of all ages to participate in and learn about the cultural significance of various games. Participants can learn the rules of bocce, play a game of life-sized chess, or join in a soccer match.
Founded in 1975, the International Festival continues to recognize the region's growing diversity. Attendance at the International Festival in previous years has been estimated at over 20,000.
The International Festival is made possible with support from several campus and community partners including Chartwell's College and University Dining Services, Cone University Center, the Office of Business Affairs, the Office of International Programs, and Student Union Activities & Recreation. 

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte at 704‑687‑7755 or send us a message.


2015 International Festival: Saturday, October 17, 2015


International Festival Logo

Festival Pictures

Visit our Flickr site to view pictures from past International Festivals.


Special thanks to our campus and community sponsors for their ongoing support of the UNC Charlotte International Festival. For information on sponsorship opportunities and levels, contact the Office of International Programs at 704-687-7755 or