People from countries from all over the world live in Charlotte, making their new home a more vibrant, interesting place. Many cultural groups generously share their celebrations with the whole community, and we all benefit.
Throughout the year there are festivals where you can experience the music, dance, art, food and other traditions from different cultures. Some of the biggest festivals are the Charlotte Dragon Boat Race and Asian Festival in May, the Charlotte French Festival in July, the Bon Odori Japanese Festival and the Festival of India in August, Yiasou Greek Festival in September, and Hola Charlotte in October.
At UNC Charlotte’s International Festival, which has been taking place every September for more than 40 years, students and staff from dozens of countries share their culture through games, performances and food.
But there are cultural festivals all year that you might not be aware of. Try out a new one. It’s a good way to get to know your neighbors and to get a taste (literally) of a new culture.
Read on to see a list of the next few cultural festivals coming up around Charlotte. Most are free, and all are $10 or under for admission. You might have to pay parking in some cases, and food and some activities will be extra. Some of these festivals host a cultural marketplace, which is a great way to shop for unique gifts and to support your community.