Detroit has a proud history of bringing the African Diaspora’s sights, sounds and tastes to life each summer. And, in honor of its big 30th anniversary celebration, the African World Festival in Detroit heads to the city’s black cultural epicenter – the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Running Aug. 17-19, 2012, the festivities happen on the The Wright’s grounds, surrounding streets and nearby green spaces. Outdoor lures include four stages brimming with entertainment, 100-plus vendors ethnic foods, art, crafts and live demos. The museum also opens for special events.
A family highlight is most definitely The Watoto (i.e. Children) Celebration, happening noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. This mini festival of fun in Peck Park – which is located at Brush and Frederick Douglass streets – has stage performances, games, prizes and make-and-take projects.
The Parade of Nations, featuring the International Caribbean Festival Parade and eye-popping costumes galore, is another can’t-miss. It steps off from the Wayne State University campus at 11 a.m. Saturday, moving east on Warren and arriving to the fest at noon for the day’s opening.
An outdoor photo display greets festival goers, along with an indoor array of memorabilia. Look for traditional crafts, demonstrations, dance performances and tribute jam sessions each night on the Nile River Jazz & Blues stage, along with local poets, visual artists and performances.
The festival, centered around 315 E. Warren Ave. in Detroit, is open noon-11:30 p.m. all three days (Friday-Sunday).
To learn more about the 30th anniversary edition 2012 African World Festival in Detroit, click to the Metro Parent listing.