Special Message

A Letter From The Mayor

Greetings! As Mayor of Columbia, I would like to congratulate Columbia International Festival on another wonderful celebration here in our fair city. Over its 22-year history, this annual festival has become a signature event offering families here in Columbia and throughout the Midlands a truly unique opportunity to explore other countries and cultures without ever leaving the state! It is a great family outing and a valuable learning experience for all. I am confident that it will continue to grow and enrich our community for years to come.

Again, I am proud to welcome Columbia International Festival back to the capital city. I look forward to another year of celebrating the rich diversity of peoples and cultures from around the world we enjoy here in Famously Hot Columbia, SC.


Stephen K. Benjamin

City of Columbia
1737 Main Street
P.O. Box 147
Columbia, SC 29201