Visit the world...right here in Spartanburg!
Long a hub of investment from businesses all over the globe, Spartanburg is truly an international city, with residents from more than 75 countries and more than 100 international businesses. To celebrate Spartanburg's global appeal and its corresponding diversity the City of Spartanburg hosted its first International Festival in 1985.
Today that festival has grown to become one of our city's most popular, with more than 12,000 people descending on Barnet Park annually to celebrate and explore world cultures through food, music, dance, folk art, and much more.
2017 Honored Country: Finland
Visit the many displays depicting life in Finland, featuring art, music, culture, and much more...including a traveling Sauna!
Finland will be represented throughout the 2017 festival, with Finnish pastries in the food court, crafts in the kids' zone, hockey (featuring Greenville's Swamp Rabbits team), and in the global sports zone with a life-sized Angry Birds game!
International Festival hours, Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- All food & beverages are purchased with tickets. Four ticket booths are located along the International Boulevard of Food. Each ticket costs $1. Tickets are non-refundable, so please purchase them wisely. All sales are cash only and three ATMs are located on the festival site.
- Restrooms are located at the bottom of the hill on the left hand side of the park, and in the Pavilion on the right side of the park. Additional portable bathrooms are located throughout the festival area.
Alcoholic Beverages: How do you have a German Bratwurst without a "bier" to go with it? You can buy a beer right beside the food booth from Germany near the top of Converse Street. Anyone wishing to purchase an alcoholic beverage must be 21 years of age or older, present a valid ID, and purchase a $1 wristband. Alcoholic beverages must be purchased with festival coupons.
- First Aid: EMS Bicycle units will be riding throughout the festival area.
Passports: Kids get your Passport under the Pavilion in the Kids Zone (right side of the park.)
Lost and Found: Located at the tent in the Chapman Cultural Center parking lot that also serves as Volunteer Check-In.
A few things to remember
Get in for FREE
Bring cash & ID
Bring the family
Smoke at this event
Bring your Pets (wagging tails & crowds just don't mix!)