Visit More Than 60 Countries in One Day at the Spartanburg International Festival

Monday, April 16, 2012

Visit More Than 60 Countries in One Day at the Spartanburg International Festival

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012

Spartanburg International FestivalWhere the World Comes to the Upstate!

It took Wiley Post seven days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes to fly around the world in his single-engine plane! He was the first solo pilot to accomplish this feat – the year was 1933.  Flash forward to October 2, 2010.  You can see the world on foot in a mere day at the Spartanburg International Festival at Barnet Park.  There is no admission to attend the celebration, scheduled from 11 am – 7 pm.
In its 25th year, International Festival celebrates Spartanburg’s diverse multicultural community. And multicultural it is, as people from more than 60 countries actually call Spartanburg home. 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.

Festival goers can learn about every country imaginable simply by waltzing through the grassy knolls of the downtown park. Visitors can learn about traditions and customs in Latvia, play dominoes the way it’s done in Puerto Rico, watch a Fencing demonstration (originated in Egypt), make an Aboriginal mask from Australia, purchase hand-made clothing from Colombia, and watch Middle Eastern belly dancing on the Global Review Stage.

The fun spills out into the street in front of the park, where the International Boulevard of Food tempts visitors with everything from delectable goodies like New Orleans beignets, German Bratwurst and beer, and even goat from the booth representing Kenya.
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Spartanburg International Festival was named the 2009 North Carolina/South Carolina Festival Association’s Event of the Year. Come see why!

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