2019 International Festival

The 2019 UNC Charlotte International Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This will mark the 44th anniversary of this annual campus tradition. 

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! 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, 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.

The International Festival also 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.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte at 704‑687‑7755.

Saturday, September 21 at 10:00am to 6:00pm


Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC)
9290 Barnhardt Lane, Charlotte, NC 28223