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.

Below is the list of 2018 events which were designed to accommodate people with disabilities. The 2019 list will be posted here in August.

Art Gallery Walk Guided Tour
AACF, in partnership with ArtsAccess, is providing a sight guided tour of our Art Gallery Walk for the visually impaired. This will be offered on Sunday, September 2nd at 12PM.

ASL Assisted Performances

Saturday, Sept. 1st: Family Village Stage
2:00- 2:45 A Game Apart, One-man show about the life of Jackie Robinson performed by Mike Wiley

Saturday, Sept. 1st: Village Tent
4:00 - 4:45 North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers

Sunday, Sept 2nd: Family Village Stage
2:15 - 3:00  A Game Apart, One-man show about the life of Jackie Robinson performed by Mike Wiley

Sunday, Sept 2nd: Village Tent
2:15 - 3:00 North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers
6:15 - 7:00 Spoken Word Workshop with the Bull City Slam Team 

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. If you would like to use the drop-off locations, 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.


Female ASL interpreter on Main Stage