Did you know that people from more than 70 countries actually call Spartanburg home? The annual Spartanburg International Festival celebrates Spartanburg’s diverse multicultural community. The event not only brings the cultural spirit of Spartanburg to light, but it also provides an opportunity to share and be a part of such a vast cultural exchange. Come and see the world come together in Spartanburg!
The daylong fall festival at Barnet Park is set for Saturday, October 6, from 11 am to 7 pm. It is free and open to the public. Organizers promise a world of fun and cultures from around the globe, including entertainment, food, music, exhibits, dance, and activities for the entire family.
Visitors will have the opportunity to taste foods from countries around the world, shop for unique gifts and items from around the globe, see one of a kind artifacts, clothing and memorabilia from 37 countries and watch demonstrations of various sports from around the world. Entertainment is always a major highlight of the festival. This year visitors will have the opportunity to catch 28 performances on three festival stages throughout the day as well as several strolling performers. You can see everything from strolling bag pipers to Middle Eastern Belly Dancers.
Be sure to line the sidewalk for the annual Parade of Nations – held at 2 pm. It’s a scene reminiscent of a Disney Parade or the opening ceremony of the Olympics, as all of the represented countries carry their country’s flag and follow the winding sidewalks through the park.
Free parking is available in the nearby St. John Street Parking Garage, as well as the public garages on Dunbar, Magnolia, and Kennedy Streets. Bicycle parking is also available at the event.
Please visit the festival website at www.SpartanburgInternationalFestival.com for all of the fesitval details.