African World Festival Detroit at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The 35th annual African World Festival Detroit, Aug. 18-20, 2017, will feature richly cultural fun for the entire family.


Bask, revel and educate the family in African world culture Aug. 18-20, 2017, when metro Detroiters return to The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Detroit for the 35th annual African World Festival featuring a diaspora of African performers, artists, vendors and ethnic dishes to enjoy.

At one of the big annual Charles H. Wright Museum events, feel the beat and move your feet to artists’ music heard around the world – including Eric Benet, Nanou Dijapo, and the Detroit Legacy Drummers, among others.

The Detroit Rocks the Runway Fashion Show will strut its stuff on the main stage Saturday night, when guests can get cultured in the latest trendy clothing, natural hairstyles and up-and-coming designers.

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Poets will enrapture audiences during the festival with passionate performances and stories and everyone can perform by putting on their dancing shoes. Dance until you drop and your stomach rumbles, because once you get a whiff of what local African, Caribbean and African-American restaurants featured at the event are cooking up, you’ll salivate until you get a bite!

Families are invited to hang at the Watoto (Children’s) Village, which will provide arts, crafts and games for children all weekend. Also be sure to stop by the Knight Detroit Book Fair on Friday to find local authors, storytelling, free books for kids and more.

Vendors and merchandise booths offering art, jewelry, clothing and more will also be featured at the event.

The festival is free and open to the public. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Learn more about the 2017 African World Festival Detroit at its official website here. Find even more family-friendly things to do in Detroit in the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2013 and is updated regularly.