International Festival

Hosted by International Place of The Claremont Colleges

Saturday, April 14, 2018
12:00 – 3:00 PM
CMC North Mall

A Celebration of the International Community at The Claremont Colleges


International Place of The Colleges hosts one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year at The Claremont Colleges: International Festival!

Guests from the entire community may spend the afternoon sampling international cuisine and enjoying live performances of music and dance from around the world, by both student and professional artists.

This year will be the 40th annual International Festival, and we hope to make it our best!

Event Details


International Festival will offer authentic food and beverages from countries around the world. In addition to delicious international cuisine from local vendors, guests will have the opportunity to sample tastings at our Student-Led Booths.

Food and beverage items may be purchased with tickets sold for a small fee at our ticket booths.

For this special anniversary, we will have a new addition of 3 professional food vendors and a beverage booth with international drinks!

Our guests will be able to enjoy:

  • Cuisine from Falasophy
  • Chicken Satay
  • Boba Milk Tea
  • Japanese Wagashi
  • French Pastries
  • ...and more!

In addition to our professional food vendors and items offered at our student-led booths, guests will also be able to purchase fresh baked goods from our community bakery booth!

Student-Led Booths

The student-led booths are the heart of International Festival. For over three decades, students from across The Claremont Colleges have come together and put in their time to represent a country, culture or region of the world through activities, local cuisine, and other cultural displays.

Guests will be able to “travel around the world” during the event to our student-led booths, and visit places such as:

  • Argentina
  • Bhutan
  • China
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Southern Africa
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam
  • ...and more!

Parking & Cost

Parking is free & abundant. There is no admission fee for International Festival.

Visit the Tickets Booth to receive $1 tickets in return for cash, Flex/Claremont Cash, or credit card payment.

Items at our student-led booths will be priced at 2 tickets.
Food from our professional vendors will be sold for 4-6 tickets.

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Live entertainment at the center stage will begin at 12:00 PM. Enjoy music, song, and dance from both professional and student performers.

Performances by:

  • Hālau Nā Pua Lehua I Ka Ua Noe
  • Claremont Colleges Irish Music Ensemble
  • Vietnamese Student Association
  • Ballet Folklorico Tierra, Flor, y Canto
  • Shogo Taiko
  • Umzwilili

In addition to these performances, guests will be able to enjoy music from DJ BIG Mobile!

Participate in International Festival

International Festival would not be successful without the hundreds of volunteers who offer their time to help our four-person office pull of the event.

Thank you to all of our helpful volunteers!


Helpful Links

2018 International Festival Sign-Up Form – Now Closed

International Festival Participation Page