African American Festival Kicks-Off This Weekend in Baltimore

African American Festival Kicks-Off This Weekend in Baltimore

This Saturday (July 2) thru Sunday (July 3) the city of Baltimore will gather at the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Complex for two days of celebrating 40 years of African American life, music, and culture at the 2016 African American Festival (AAF).

One of the largest cultural festivals on the east coast of Baltimore, AAF welcomes over 200,000 attendees annually to be entertained by the sultry sounds of national recording artists and emerging talent while enjoying attractions on wellness, beauty, technology and more.

Grab your family, friends, and loved ones to take advantage of this vibrant celebration of blackness.

Hosted by actress and producer Vivica A. Fox and actor and writer Jonathon Slocumb, this year’s festival sets out to be bigger and better than the last, by featuring additional cultural activities and services for the community; not to mention an exciting performance line-up.

The confirmed line-up includes:

  • Common
  • Goapele
  • Angie Stone
  • Joe
  • Anthony Brown
  • Estelle
  • A special tribute to Baltimore’s DJ Reggie Reg

In addition to enjoying the weekend’s performances, be sure to take advantage of the festival’s additional attractions including:

  • Brown Girl Village — where young girls will be introduced to Brown Girl Code, a session which will expose brown girls to STEM and the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As well as, Your Black Is Beautiful, a discussion showing young girls how to embrace and love themselves in the skin they are in.
  • Community Connection — An interactive festival area that will include obstacle course games and team-building exercises.
  • Bronner Brothers Beauty Bar — a fashion & beauty pavilion that will introduce festival attendees to new products and services that help maintain or create a new look.
  • Health and Wellness Pavilion — where you may obtain health screenings, fitness demonstrations, and information on achieving optimal health.
  • Citywide Prayer — join in as prominent pastors come together on Sunday for fellowship and a citywide prayer.
  • Culture Tent — where you will have the opportunity to research your DNA and genealogy while enjoying African dancing, drumming, carnival mask-making, and more
  • Next Level — an employment & education tent that includes education institutions and employers who will provide resumé enhancement tips, interview formalities, education, and career opportunities.

This will undoubtedly be an experience for the books. For more information on the African American Festival, including festival updates, feel free to log on to and follow on Twitter using hashtag: #BmoreAAF40, #BmoreAAF @BmoreAAF.