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Save the Date: 42nd Annual UNC Charlotte International Festival
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10 am - 6 pm

In and Around the Student Activities Center (SAC)

Once again, the UNC Charlotte International Festival will take place in and around the Barnhardt Student Activity Center! (Read below for event details and use the login above to access the volunteer opportunities when they become available.)

UNC Charlotte’s longest running tradition continues to attract twenty thousand student, faculty/staff, and community attendees each year to experience the sights, sounds, dances, food, and cultures of the world.

Save the date and plan on spending a couple hours or the whole day wandering through tents of brightly-colored displays, tasting authentic cuisine from around the world and enjoying an atmosphere of song, dance, and story. Admission and parking are free.

The UNC Charlotte International Festival website will be updated as timing and other additional details become available:

VOLUNTEER: This magnificent and large scale event could not run without the help of our volunteers each year. We have moved to an ALL NEW Volunteer Sign-Up System. Please go to to find out how YOU can get involved.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Office of International Programs at 704.687.7755 or



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The 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 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 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 festival continues to recognize the region's growing diversity. Attendance at the festival in previous years has been estimated at over 20,000.

In accordance with UNC Charlotte's Pet Policy: Helper Animals Only.

The 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 704‑687‑7781.