Information for Festivalgoers

Festival Times

Saturday, September 2nd
Festival Hours  11:00am - 10:00pm (art and vendor booths close at dusk)
Family Village Hours  11:30am-8:00pm

Sunday, September 3rd
Festival Hours  1:00pm - 10:00pm (art and vendor booths close at dusk)
Family Village Hours  1:30pm-8:00pm


Festival Location

The 2017 African American Culture Festival will take place in the heart of Downtown Raleigh -- along Fayetteville Street, from Martin Street through City Plaza.


Hotel Information

The Sheraton Raleigh sits within the Festival footprint, and it affords guests a convenient location from which to experience all the Festival has to offer.  We have a special room rate for AACF visitors at the Sheraton.  Click on the link below to access the Sheraton Raleigh web page devoted to the Festival: 



The Raleigh Marriot City Center is also within the Festival footprint, closer to the Main Stage.  To access the special room rate for AACF visitors at the Marriott, click the link below.  Last day to book this rate:  August 31, 2017



Directions from I-40

Take exit 298B, South Saunders Street, going North toward downtown Raleigh. South Saunders Street becomes McDowell Street as you enter the downtown area. The festival is two blocks east of the corner of McDowell and Davie Streets, along Fayetteville Street.



Parking decks and surface lots surround the downtown area. City-owned lots and decks will be open all weekend, although a small daily fee may be charged. State government visitor lots are typically available for free parking during weekends. For more information about parking in and around downtown Raleigh, visit the Downtown Raleigh Alliance's website. The free R-Line Downtown Circulator bus can also help you get around downtown.


Tips for Attending the Festival:

  1. Please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs to the festival, especially if you'd like a seat near the stages. Of course, we welcome everyone to get up and dance!
  2. Please watch the weather forecast and plan accordingly. There is no rain venue, so please bring umbrellas or raincoats if necessary.
  3. Please note: private coolers and alcoholic beverages not purchased from the festival concession are not permitted.
  4. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but please be respectful of other attendees. At times, the festival site can be very busy and may not be suitable for some animals.
  5. It can be very hot Labor Day weekend and this is an outside festival - so please stay hydrated! There will be water sold at the festival, but you may also bring your own water bottle.