Cancellation of the International Festival 2020

After much deliberation and consultation with the University administration, the Office of International Programs regrets to inform you that we will be canceling the International Festival for Fall 2020 in the interest of the health and safety of all. 

We know that this will be most difficult for our student groups and community members who look forward to the International Festival each year. We hope that after a year's hiatus the International Festival will be back in full strength for our 45th anniversary in Fall 2021. During these unprecedented times, the Office of International Programs remains committed to celebrating our diverse and globally-enriched campus and Charlotte community which we call home. 

Please direct any questions to: globaleducation@uncc.edu


The 2021 UNC Charlotte International Festival  date will be announced in the summer of 2021. This will mark the 45th anniversary of this annual campus tradition. Please check back later for updates about the 2021 International Festival!  See below to learn more about this 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. Festival entry and parking are FREE!!! The International Festival is open to the Public. We highly recommend you consider bringing cash with you to the event. While some booths may accept credit cards, many only accept cash; there are several ATMs on campus, but in past years, the lines can be quite long!

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 especially 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 archery, 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. It is also made possible through a generous grant from the Arts and Science Council.

Security announcement:  For the safety of all guests, vendors, and artists who will be attending I-Fest, additional security measures will be in place.  To expedite entry into the I-Fest grounds, we advise all guests to leave large bags at home.  All guests should allow themselves extra time for security screening measures.

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