The African American Cultural Festival is a multi-day, multi-discipline festival celebrating African American history and culture, with free events, open to everyone. We strive to be a welcoming venue for people of all ages and abilities.

For answers to questions about access, please call our office at 919-977-4027 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Drop-off locations will be provided at: the corner of Hargett St. and Fayetteville St. proximate to the Village Tent and the corner of Lenoir St. and Fayetteville St. proximate to the Main Stage. Vehicles with disability plates or placards will be admitted to the drop-off locations.

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 our 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.


Female ASL interpreter on Main Stage