Top 15 African-American Events and Festivals in the USA
From Fort Lauderdale in Florida and right across the USA to Seattle in Washington, Top Events US showcases the 15 most popular African-American Festivals.
See below for more about the main 15 African-American USA events.
Sistrunk Parade and Festival
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
One of the 15 most popular African-American Festivals attracting thousands of people for over 30 years, the Sistrunk Parade and Festival celebrates the achievements of USA citizens of African descent. Fun parts of the celebrations include a large parade with colorful floats, marching bands, drill teams, and dancing performers, as well as special international cuisine offerings, local and international entertainment, and family oriented activities.
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Africa in April
A cultural awareness festival that has been a growing success for over a quarter of a century, Africa in April is an increasingly popular four-day event honoring the republic of Mali by highlighting the culture, fashions, arts/crafts, music including jazz, gospel, reggae music and more on the International African Music Day, history, and cuisine of Mali.
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Heralded as "The Grandest Festival of the Year on the Greatest Street on the Planet", the Sweet Auburn Springfest emphasizes and recognizes historical African-American culture and commerce. Festival attendees enjoy a number of festival venues that include the Atrium's Artist Market, the Business and Technology Expo, a Car and Bike Show, the South’s largest outdoor Health and Fitness Fair, a Senior's Pavilion, the NBA/WNBA Nation, a Literary Marketplace, the Kids Fantastic Fun Zone and the Just For Women’s EXPO. Artists from across the country and as far away as London and Jamaica join some of the nation’s hottest new talent performing on ten stages of continual entertainment.
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Attracting up to 500,000 people, Odunde is the longest-running and largest African-American street festival on the East Coast of the USA. Spread over 12 city blocks of one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods, showcasing two stages of live entertainment and featuring more than 200 arts and crafts and food vendors, the Odunde Festival celebrates the diversified African and African-American culture with everything including a Family Village with crafts and entertainment geared toward children and much more.
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Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest
end June - beginning July
A popular event for over 32 years, the annual celebration of the Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest named in honor of Sundiata Keita the historic and legendary King of Kings of the Mali Empire in West Africa, features African-American Heritage, culture, arts and history in relevant local and regional entertainment, art and photography exhibits, food offerings and a wealth of children’s activities in the same theme.
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African American Festival
A celebration of African American life , the 2-day, family-oriented African American Festival showcases 3 stages of entertainment of music and culture with celebrity artists and entertainers, children’s activities, arts, history, education, financial literacy, health & wellness and more. A regional tradition for over 30 years, the African American Festival also has a rich variety of cultural exhibits and contests, and over 150 vending booths and attractions.
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African American Festival
A popular event for over 8 years, the family oriented African American Festival begins with the Prayer Breakfast showcasing local pastors and a much anticipated and very popular parade, and continues with concerts showcasing national recording artists and local talents, as well as all sorts of fun and even vendors and special offerings for children.
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Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
mid - late July
Summer Celebration is the largest African-American event in the nation, with over 300,000 people in attendance. The programs and events over an 11-day period includes business workshops, health and wellness, employment opportunities, spiritual enrichment, exhibits, youth activities and entertainment. Local and national celebrities along with individuals, families and members of the corporate community all join in celebration of African-American heritage and culture.
Harlem – New York, New York
Actually lasting over a month rather than a week, Harlem Week, capturing the history and culture of this vibrant neighborhood, began over 40 years ago and now features everything from various performances, fashion displays, port events, films of every topic, and the main event which is the two-day street fair on the third weekend of August, featuring even more live music, art, activities for children and educational booths. Harlem Week is one of the main 15 African-American USA events
For more information visit : http://harlemweek.com/
AfroSolo Arts Festival
end July to end October
San Francisco, California
A popular event for more than 18 years, the AfroSolo Arts Festival is celebrated through-out August and September. Designed to feature African Americans and others of African descent, popular events of AfroSolo include those promoting black theater artists, music performers, dancers and actors, artists and writers, panel discussions and a comedy concert.
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National Black Theatre Festival
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
An international media event, the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem has been a success for over 12 years showcasing the very best in black theatre. A popular event attracting more than 60,000 visitors, the National Black Theatre Festival features more than a hundred theatrical performances by more than 50 respected celebrities, an Opening Night Gala, the Readers' Theatre of New Works, the Youth/Celebrity Project, International Colloquia, the International Vendor's Market, a poetry slam, and various workshops and seminars.
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Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival
Established to promote the diverse cultural arts of African-Americans, the 2-day Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival in Henry Nutter Park, Seaford celebrates African-American culture and history with music, pageants, cultural and food vendors, a parade, children's events, dance, entertainment and more. There is also a Pre-Festival Basketball Competition & Fish Fry on the Thursday before the festival.
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African World Festival
Recognized as Detroit's premier ethnic festival, the three-day African World Festival, presented by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History attracts over a million people each year and celebrates African culture with music, live entertainment, children's activities, an artisans' market and a wide variety of ethnic cuisine from all over the world.
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IFE-ILE's Afro-Cuban Dance Festival
Miami, Southeast Florida
Celebrating Afro-Cuban culture and folklore through the arts, IFE-ILE's Afro-Cuban Dance Festival features everything from traditional and contemporary dance and music performances, lectures, workshops, poetry readings, and other art forms. A successful event for more than 11 years, this festival attracts thousands to the streets of Miami to enjoy and celebrate Afro-Caribbean and Cuban culture.
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