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Barnhardt Student Activity Center at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte|9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC | Map

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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 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 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 bocce, play a game of life-sized chess, or join in a soccer match. Come out and join us in celebrating UNC Charlotte's 43rd anniversary of this annual campus tradition! The UNC Charlotte International Festival is held on the UNC Charlotte main campus at 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223. The Festival takes place primarily in and around the 232,000 square-foot James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center (often referred to as the "SAC"). Parking is free although you may want to take the light rail to the UNC Charlotte main station. For more information on directions and parking locations, including bus parking, please visit the I-Fest Directions website.