The African American Cultural Festival is a multi-day, multi-discipline festival celebrating African American history and culture! All AACF events are free and open to everyone. Have access questions? Call our office at 919-977-4027 x106 or email Kyma Lassiter, Festival Coordinator, at  These were our offerings in 2017.  Check back in August for our 2018 lineup.

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The NC Association of Black Storytellers performances will be sign language interpreted. The performances will be on Saturday at 4:00 in the Village Tent; and on Sunday 2:15 in The Village Tent. 

Fayetteville Street and the first block of all side streets will be blocked off for the festival. Wilmington and Salisbury Streets will remain open. The North end of Fayetteville street is open for drop-off at the intersection of Fayetteville Street and Hargett Street, there is a traffic director posted at the intersection who can assist. If you would like to use the drop-off location, please contact us for an Accessibility Drop-Off Flyer to put on your vehicle's dashboard

The Moore Square Bus Station is located at 214 S Blount Street, 1.5 blocks from The African American Cultural Festival.

Street parking surrounding the footprint of AACF is free on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Parking decks are available all three days, although parking fees may vary. See all available parking decks in Downtown Raleigh. Decks closest to the AACF footprint include: Alexander SquareCharter SquareHannoverConvention Center UndergroundMoore Square Decks.

A great place to start your AACF experience is at one of the Information Booths, at the intersection of Martin and Fayetteville Streets or the intersection of Davie and Fayetteville Streets. There you can pick up a full schedule of weekend events and ask friendly helpers any questions you might have about the weekend.

Over half of the events taking place at AACF are on the street level with the roads closed off to motor vehicles starting Saturday morning. While this means that some areas of the streets and sidewalks can get crowded, all street-level activities are physically accessible. Do note that some streets have a slight uphill pitch to them, especially the side streets: Martin, Davie, and Hargett. 

Street level accessible restrooms (portable toilets) are located on Martin and Davie Streets. These restrooms will be indicated on the festival map at the information booth.

Although we would like all of AACF events as accessible as possible there are some areas with accessibility challenges. Our Main Stage area in City Plaza tends to get crowded after 4:00pm, which can make this area hard to navigate. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.