Sept. 22 and 23, 2012
Noon to 7 p.m.
Knight Theater (430 South Tryon Street)
$5 for the inside portion. Outside is free.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online.
The Festival of India in Charlotte has been happening yearly for almost two decades now, and there's a good reason it's been going on so long. The annual event provides a great look at Indian song and dance performances, a huge variety of Indian cuisine, shopping for Indian clothing and crafts, a kids art competition and gallery, an adult art exhibition and more.
Each year's festival has a special theme, and this years is, "Festivals in India." Almost every day of the year, one or more festivals are celebrated in some part of the country. Along with religious festivals, there are festivals celebrating different seasons, harvest times, or just a general celebration. Each one brings it's own music, food and costumes as well. This year's Festival of India will showcase many of the different festivals, highlighting the uniqueness of each one and giving the story behind it.
There's also a special display this year of herbs and spices used in Indian cooking, and therapeutic and healing attributes or those spices. Food is a huge part of Indian culture, and many people believe that health begins in the kitchen.
The event is presented by the India Association of Charlotte.
For more information, visit the festival's official site.
For more celebrations around town, check out the complete calendar of festivals in Charlotte.