Neighborhood News: Inaugural African-American Cultural Festival



Raleigh residents are invited to enjoy their Labor Day weekend at the first ever African American Cultural Festival. The festival will be a celebration of African-American art and culture and will be held on City Plaza , Charter Square and the 400 block of Fayetteville Street September 3 through September 5.

After a welcome reception on Friday, September 3, Saturday and Sunday will feature African-American arts and crafts, specialty items and food vendors. At City Plaza , the “main stage” will be filled with local, regional, and nationally recognized acts. Scheduled performers include:
  • Chuck Davis and the African-American Dance Ensemble
  • The Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars
  • The Soul Rebels Brass Band, and others 
  • Headliner act for the day will be Chuck Brown and His Large band

Located adjacent to City Plaza at Charter Square will be the site of a family-friendly “village” featuring entertainers and performances. The day also will include educational and interactive programming for children highlighted by a performance by “Magic of African Rhythm.”
For a complete list of performances and additional information, visit

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