The Charlotte International Arts Festival is an annual celebration of imaginative visual and performing arts from the most creative international and local minds.

Fun for everyone, from families to individuals, we invite you to stay awhile, play, and welcome curiosity as we begin to see our city through new eyes. With over 200 attractions, many for free, this festival has something for everyone.

Where Charlotte meets the world, and the world meets Charlotte.


The Charlotte International Arts Festival (CIAF), a Blumenthal Arts Original, uniquely brings together Charlotte's local and international communities with global artists in a cultural celebration filled with live performances, art installations, food from around the world and more.