African World Festival in Detroit

Celebrate African-American culture Aug. 15-17 2014, at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit for a weekend of educational fun and great performances.


Back for its 32nd year, the African World Festival “Higher Ground” returns Aug. 15-17, 2014 for a weekend of traditions and African folk life that’s fun for the whole family.

Visit the grounds of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to see cultural performances, view work from skilled craftsmen and learn about traditional African-American fashion and style. Plus, set some time aside enjoy the arts and crafts area, games and special shows for the little ones.

On Saturday, learn innovative African-American styling along with a great mixture of natural hairstyles, up-and-coming designers, fashion trends and musical artists. Come back Sunday for the Thunder Drums community drum call and Nigerian Afrobeat, house and soul musical demonstrations.

But before you pack up for the day, take a trip through the international marketplace, where you can explore more than 150 vendors that feature one-of-a-kind artifacts, apparel, fine handcrafts and lots of ethnic foods. Also, stop by the quilt exhibition and stick around for some creative poetry, too.

The annual festivities, which expect to draw in more than 150,000 people, will be held the following times all three days:

  • Friday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

The festival is free for all attendees on museum grounds. However, regular museum admission prices of $8/ages 13-61 and $5/ages 3-12 still apply to those who wish to explore inside the Wright, as well.

See the Metro Parent listing for more on the 2014 African World Festival at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

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