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Columbia International Festival 2022

The Columbia International Festival showcases the music, culture, food and performing arts of the various cultures, nationalities, races and language groups represented in South Carolina. Since 1996, the event has been bringing together all of the area’s international communities to build better community/race relations between various ethnic/cultural/language groups and with the South Carolina community at large.

Learn about the cultural heritages of around 100 countries, displayed by their foreign-born hosts through pictures, artifacts, and many other items.

International Food Court (Saturday & Sunday)

Sample the exotic flavors of foreign cuisines from around the world. You’ll come back for more!

Cultural Entertainment

Throughout each festival day, groups representing many countries will delight you with staged performances of their national dances.

International Fashion Show

Enjoy this show of the traditional costumes which uniquely garb people from around the world.  Saturday – 4 pm: Adult fashion show, Sunday – 4 pm: Children’s show.

International Bazaar

Shop the many booths for authentic clothing, crafts, jewelry, and souvenirs imported from around the world.

Cultural Demonstrations

Learn how to do something new, like origami, use chopsticks, write in another script, play other cultural games, say Hello, Thank You, Good-bye, or count in another language.

Parade of Nations

Traditionally dressed representatives from nearly 100 countries proudly present their home country’s flag at the 2 p.m. Saturday parade.

Global Education Day

Are you a teacher or school administrator? Invite your students to “travel the world in a day”  Due to Covid 19 and many schools not taking field trips this year, we are not having Global Education Day this year.  Please join us May 21 &22 during the Festival.


May 21 - 22 2022


10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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SC State Fairgrounds
1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29201
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