International Festival

  • International Festival at Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • International Festival at Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • International Festival at Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • International Festival at Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • International Festival at Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • International Festival at Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • International Festival at Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • International Festival at Clemson University, Clemson, SC

The International Festival is an annual event that symbolizes Clemson’s commitment to celebrating identities and cultures from around the world. A highly anticipated event for campus and greater community members, the festival includes culturally-based foods as well as entertainment and activities for all ages. In addition, the event features local craft and non-profit vendors as well as a children’s area to make it a well-rounded, family-friendly event.

27th Annual International Festival
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Noon – 4 p.m.
Bowman Field
Rain date: April 5th
General admission to the Festival is free; Food provided with ticket purchase.

Committee Involvement
Are you interested in serving on the 2020 International Festival Planning Committee? We have seven (7) committee options to participate in. These include: International Kids Zone, Global Showcase, Global Cuisines, World Market, Marketing and Communications, Volunteer Management, and Accessibility and Risk Management. Sign up here by Friday, September 6th.

Volunteer Information
We are seeking volunteers for the 27th International Festival at Clemson University. Volunteers will assist with various activities before, during, and after the festival. Volunteer opportunities include: Set-Up, Clean-Up, International Kid’s Zone (children’s activities), Global Cuisines, World Market, Registration and Ticketing, Global Showcase, and Parking. Volunteers are extremely important in making sure that the festival runs smoothly, and we greatly appreciate your participation! Sign up here.

  • Register as a Vendor or Performer

    Our Clemson University, and greater Clemson, communities are the backbone of the International Festival. In order to ensure this event can be free to the public, we often rely on our student organizations, campus departments, and community partners to serve as our vendors and performers during the festival.

    Global Showcase
    One of Clemson's Core values is respect, and as Clemson students, we are exposed to a vast amount of cultural backgrounds and identities. The global showcase sector of the International Festival is focused on celebrating and sharing these different cultures through entertainment. We are looking to welcome groups or individuals from any cultural background to perform and to participate in a fashion show that represents their cultural background. The global showcase sector will also include musical groups that represent the cultural diversity of Clemson University. Sign up here.

    Global Cuisines
    One of the central parts of the International Festival is the Global Cuisines station. Global Cuisine allows food vendors to sell food that is an important part of their culture/country. As a food vendor, you can help introduce and bring joy to those that want to try something new and delicious as well as learn information about a culture/country. This is also a great organizational fundraiser as 100% ticket sales go back to the vendor. Sign up here.

    International Kids Zone
    International Festival is family friendly event with attractions and activities for individuals at all ages. Join the International Kids Zone to make the event a fun time for children! In the past, we have had face painting, arts & crafts, and inflatables. This is also a great opportunity teach young children about a new culture in an exciting way. If you are interested in registering as a vendor, please contact rkanthe@clemson.edu and/or ikamien@g.clemson.edu.

    World Market
    In an effort to ensure the International Festival is also an educational event, we have a World Market designed to provide relevant information and artifacts from various cultures. Vendors will be able to host information tables sharing important facts related to their community and have the potential to sell items connected to that culture. In the past, the World Market has included tabling from various groups, Henna, and a Photobooth. If you are interested in participating in the World Market, please contact javierd@clemson.edu and/or gfajard@clemson.edu.

  • International Awareness Week

    Monday, April 8th – April 12th
    International Awareness Week allows our community the opportunity to engage in fun and educational events following the International Festival. In the past, events have included trivia nights, movie nights, yoga, and other events. This year, we also plan to host an Intercultural/Interfaith Dinner giving participants the opportunity to talk about the importance of intercultural competence and how we can build bridges across difference. These events are typically sponsored by a multicultural student organization or campus department. Please sign up if you are interested in hosting an event for International Awareness Week! To get involved, email Jerad Green at jeradg@clemson.edu.

  • Festival Information
    • Food and beverages can be purchased with tickets. Ticket booths will be located through the Festival and each ticket costs $1.00 USD. Tickets are non-refundable, so please scan our food vendors before purchasing tickets. We will have cash and (limited) credit card sales.
    • Gendered restrooms are located in Old Main (Tillman) Hall. If you need a gender neutral restroom, one is located in the University Union on the 7th floor near the elevator.
    • Alcoholic beverages are NOT sold nor permitted at this event.
    • First Aid: The festival will consist of a first aid station with chairs and water for individuals. We will also have CU Police Department, CU Fire Department, and CU EMS on-site for more serious needs.
    • Lost and Found: All items found should be returned to one of the Information tables at the festival.
    • Baby-Stop Station: We will have a station available for adults who need to attend to the needs of young children/infants. This station is primarily for breast/chest feeding, changing, or quiet time. We acknowledge that this may not be the most suitable environment for these activities, so please plan accordingly.
  • Additional Reminders
    • For quicker access to purchase tickets, please plan to bring cash to the festival with you. Additionally, all attractions (except food and drinks) are FREE.
    • Bring the family! This is a family friendly event with attractions for all ages!
    • Bring sunscreen as the event is exclusively outdoors.
  • International Kids Zone
    Activities Include:
    • Passport Activity: Each child will have the opportunity to participate in a passport activity where they’ll be expected to learn key information about each country. Prizes include an autographed football from Coach Dabo Swinney!
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Inflatables!
  • Global Showcase
    • Clemson Steel Drum Band
      The Steel Band includes 18 players and features 4 lead pans, 2 double seconds, 2 cellos, one bass, and engine room. The band performs a variety of musical styles including calypso, soca, pop, classical, and Latin.

    • Transcultural Yazz Band
      Latin American inspired band
  • Global Cuisines
  • Keep in mind that food must be purchased with tickets ($1.00 per ticket)

    • Organizations represented include:
      • Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc.
      • Muslim Student Association
      • Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
      • Black Graduate Student Association
      • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
      • Clemson University Cultural Ambassadors
      • Clemson University Iranian Student Association
      • Latinos Unidos Clemson University
      • Chinese Student and Scholar Association
      • Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.
      • Fullbright Fellows and Friends
      • A.Bevy Collegiate Group
      • Latin Dance Club
      • Pakistan Cultural Association
      • Clemson Dholna
      • Clemson Indian Student Association
      • Nepalese Student Association
      • Saudi Arabian Students
  • World Market

    Various vendors and countries will be represented including:

    • Graduate Student Government
    • Sweden
    • Philippines
    • Kenya
    • Henna
    • Photobooth