Info for Festival-Goers 

Festival Times

Saturday, August 30th
Festival Hours  11:00am - 9:00pm
Family Village Hours  11:30pm-6:00pm

Sunday, August 31st
Festival Hours  1:00pm - 9:00pm
Family Village Hours  1:30pm-6:00pm

Festival Location

The 2014 African American Culture Festival will take place in the heart of Downtown Raleigh -- along Fayetteville Street, from Martin Street through City Plaza.

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.


The Sheraton on South Salisbury St in Downtown Raleigh is offering a special rate of $104.00 per night to festival goers (rate does not include tax). The group rate is available until August 20th and is subject to availability. To book a room, visit the website here or call 919-834-9900 and mention the African American Cultural Festival.


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 audience members. 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.