International Festival

Visit the world...right here in Spartanburg!

International Festival crowdLong 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. 

International Festival 2018, coming October 6

Avenue of Nations

One of the International Festival's featured attractions, the Avenue of Nations is also the place where kids stop to get their passports stamped, and offers a chance for some Upstate residents to take a trip "back home" and reconnect with their roots. See one-of-a-kind artifacts, beautiful clothing, and authentic memorabilia as you meet people from all over the world. For information on participating in the Avenue of Nations, please see the contact information below.

Boulevard of Food

With food booths lining Converse Street between Barnet Park and the Chapman Cultural Center, offering tastes from around the world, it's easy to see why the Boulevard of Food is one of International Festival's most popular features. For information on becoming a Boulevard of Food vendor, please see the contact information below.

Festival Information

  • 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

Have Fun!


Smoke at this event

Bring your Pets (wagging tails & crowds just don't mix!)

Forget Sunscreen



Who to know

Pay a Vendor Fee

Follow the link below to pay an International Festival vendor fee.

Fee Payment

International Festival Location 

The International Festival will be held at Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg, 248 E St John Street.

flickr Photostream Photos from 2016 International Festival