The 31st Annual International Festival of Raleigh

Let the fun begin!

Don’t miss this opportunity, only once a year, over 65 different cultures come together to celebrate differences and similarities, the arts, history and culture. Over 200 performances, over 35 Sidewalk Cafes, Desserts and Coffee, Bazaars, International Breweries, Cooking and Dance Demos, Bands and so many kids’ activities.

For the price of a movie ticket you will have an experience of a lifetime: hours of non-stop entertainment and fun:an educational value and experience you can only find at the International Festival of Raleigh!  October 14th-16th. Raleigh Convention Center 

In addition to regular non-stop performances here are the  special attractions!


10:00-3:00 Field trips $5 admission- Naturalization Ceremony, performances, cultural booths, bazaars and delicious food all under $5

4:30    Parade of Flags and Grand Opening from NCSU

4:30    VIP Reception – cocktail dinner and drinks

7:00    Folkloric Fashion Show

9:00    Cuban Fever- Music and Performance

2 International Bands



11:00  Future Superstars

3:00    International Weddings

7:00    Brazilian Carival

8:00    The largest International Dance Party

2 International bands



11:00   Future Superstars

1:00     Much anticipated Dance Competition

1:00     Kids’ Talent Show in Kids’ corner

6:02     Collapse from all the fun!


This year we will have “People’s Choice Award”

Attendees get to vote:

1. Favorite Cultural Booth

2. Favorite Food

3. Favorite Dance

Visit our website and buy tickets online, it’s cheaper than at the door. Please share with your friends. Group rates are available, send us a note! 

Don’t miss our signature event “Brew Local, Drink Global” support local breweries and taste international beers!


Volunteer Opportunity:

Our volunteer link is now open. Volunteer for 4 hours and get a free admission to the festival. We need your help:

Currently Marketing and poster distribution- social media

Wednesday and Thursday (Oct 12th and 13th) for set-up.

Friday, Sat and Sun (14th through 16th) opportunities listed in the link

Sunday after 6:00-8:00 Break-down.


Every helping hand is appreciated and will help us make festival even better.

Sincere thank you to our generous sponsors: Raleigh Arts Commission, City of Raleigh, CBS, Wells Fargo, RSM US, LLP, US Foods, Hanna Imports, James Hardie Siding, Relocation Guide, Theo Davis Printing, Highlight Concepts, PTM Photography and Biomilieux. Special thanks to Bob Rankin, long time friend of the festival.

On behalf of the International Focus Board, thank you to all of those who come to the festival every year and those who support our mission of cultural exchange and understanding.  See you in three days!