Information for Festivalgoers

Festival Hours

Saturday, August 31st
11:00am - 10:00pm (art and vendor booths close at dusk)
Family Village Hours  11:00am-7:00pm

Sunday, September 1st
1:00pm - 10:00pm (art and vendor booths close at dusk)
Family Village Hours  1:00pm-7:00pm

Festival Location

The 2019 African American Culture Festival will take place in the heart of Downtown Raleigh -- along Fayetteville Street, from Hargett Street through City Plaza. All events are free and open to the public.

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. Metered parking on the streets surrounding Fayetteville Street is free on the weekend. State government visitor lots are also 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 concessions 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. And, be aware that extremely hot pavement is harmful to 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.