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.
Recognized among the Top 20 Events in the 10-State Southeastern Region by the Southeastern Tourism Society in 1999, 2000.
• The largest yearly international event in South Carolina and neighboring states.
• An indoor event attended by 17,000 – 22,000 people in each year (pre-COVID)
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!
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.
Shop the many booths for authentic clothing, crafts, jewelry, and souvenirs imported from around the world.
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" during Global Education Day (Friday). Students can also compete for prizes in the CIF art contest. See details at cifonline.org/ged.
Taste the culinary richness of over a dozen nations.....
See artifacts, curios, costumes and more from up to 100 countries....
Learn about the variety of cultures that are represented.....