September 5th & 6th, 2015
Fayetteville Street & City Plaza
Downtown Raleigh, NC


The African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County is an annual Labor Day Weekend celebration of African American culture as expressed through art, music, dance, food and community. Explore the work of visual artists in our Art Gallery Walk; music & dance performances on our Main Stage; and interactive family activities in our Family Village!  Come out and celebrate The AACF’s 6th Year Anniversary of teaching, sharing, and celebrating the traditions of African Americans here in NC and from around the world. 


This event is FREE and open for all to enjoy!

We ask for your monetary gifts so that we can continue to give the community the quality festival it deserves.  Gifts of all sizes are appreciated.  They help us grow as we stay true to our mission of celebrating African American art, music, history and culture. The African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh & Wake County is a tax-exempt nonprofit  501(c)(3) organization.

The 2015 AACF HeadLiners Are:


Arrested Development (AD) are true trailblazers within hip-hop music. Since 1991 they've championed colorful sounds, while spreading a unique mixture of consciousness and musicality around the globe.



The word "feel-good" gets thrown around often in music circles. For certain artists, it just works. With her thunderous gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content, listeners won't have to "get on her level". She's already on theirs. 


The African American Cultural Festival Family Village is a great place for festival goers of all ages to have a fun, educational, hands-on experience. Enjoy engaging performances on the Family Village stage by storytellers, dance troupes, drum circles, and much more. Create something of your own in the Make-and-Take craft tents. Learning about African American culture is a unique experience in the Family Village - bring the whole family! 


The Vendor Marketplace lines both sides of Fayetteville Street with tents full of unique products sold by individual business owners and vendors. Browse the variety of clothing, accessories, jewelry, natural bath products, home decor and much more. The African American community has a long history of entrepreneurship - come support small business owners and see what the Vendor Marketplace has to offer. 


The Art Gallery Walk lines both sides of Fayetteville Street with tents displaying original art created by artists from North Carolina and across the country.  Stroll along the street; be inspired by the plethora of paintings, jewelry, photography, sculptures, and mixed media art that the festival has to offer.  Meet the artists, learn about their techniques, and purchase an original creation to enjoy for years
to come.