Festival of India returns to Uptown Charlotte, but with a twist!

Charlotte, N.C. (May 15, 2024) - As part of our growing partnership with CIAF (Charlotte International Arts Festival), we are spreading our wings and have decided to return to our previous model of a full weekend Festival of India in the Fall, but with a twist. The festival is expected to draw more than 20,000 visitors on the weekend of September 14-15, 2024. The Saturday event will take place at Belk Theater and on Tryon Street. from Noon to 8:00 PM, and the Sunday event will be held at Ballantyne’s Backyard from Noon to 6:00 PM.

Join us for our 28th annual Festival of India, a vibrant celebration of India's rich cultural heritage. Over two electrifying days, immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colors, sounds, and flavors as we bring a tiny glimpse of Indian art and culture to the Queen City.

  • Day one at the Belk Theater, features captivating performances blending Bollywood glamour and classical Indian dance, with breathtaking choreography and soul-stirring music. Explore vibrant showcases of art, crafts, attire, and cuisine from across India, and shop for Indian clothing and jewelry outside on Tryon Street.
  • On day two, experience cultural immersion and exploration at the Festival of India at Ballantyne Backyard, set amidst natural rolling hills and lush greenery. Enjoy live workshops, learn Indian dance moves, and try your hand at traditional Rangoli-making. Indulge in the intricate art of henna design or adorn yourself in a luxurious silk sari, with the chance to capture the moment with a memorable photo keepsake.

Presented by the India Association of Charlotte, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing Indian culture and celebrating the artistic and cultural diversity in an attempt to nurture an inclusive community. We are delighted to be part of the CIAF, whose mission is to uniquely bring together Charlotte's local and international communities, with global artists in a cultural celebration of live performances, art installations, food from around the world, and more.

Our festival receives financial and logistical support from many local organizations and business entities. Food Lion continues as our title sponsor, while Bank of America as the Gold Sponsor. Additionally, the Arts & Science Council and Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority are crucial partners in helping us grow the festival as a premier cultural event in the Queen City. The honorable mayor, as in the past years, will proclaim September 14, 2024 as “India Day” in Charlotte. We can’t wait to see you there!

 About the India Association of Charlotte

The festival is organized by the India Association of Charlotte (IAC), an IRS 501(c)(3) Non Profit cultural organization (EIN: 56-1907586) established to serve the Indian American community in the Charlotte area. The core mission of the organization is to highlight and share the rich cultural diversity of the land of our birth with our friends and neighbors at large around the Carolinas. The organization also strives to educate the community about public policy issues of particular concern to our community.


Tickets - $5 (at the gate)

Rain or Shine the Festival will go on ...

Festival Dates & Location

September 14, 2024 (Noon - 8 PM)

  • Belk Theater
  • 130 North Tryon St
  • Charlotte, NC 282202

 September 15, 2024 (Noon - 6 PM)

  • Ballantyne’s Backyard
  • 11611, N Community House
  • Charlotte, NC 28277