35th Annual African Street Festival coming to Hadley Park

2 young drummers perform at a recent African Street Festival. (Photo credit: Joseph Bazelais)

2 young drummers perform at a recent African Street Festival. (Photo credit: Joseph Bazelais)

The African American Cultural Alliance is once again proud to be presenting their highly popular community event, and this year it will be the 35th Annual African Street Festival. It is happening on the weekend of Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Hadley Park, located at 1039 28th Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee. This year’s theme is “Strengthening the Family.”

Nashville’s Annual African Street Festival is hosted by the African American Cultural Alliance (AACA). This phenomenal, family-oriented festival has continuously grown each year and it now attracts thousands of attendees who are interested in African and African-American culture. The best part about the festival is that it is FREE!

The festival kicks off on Friday, September 22th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with an international block party featuring local artists. The festival then continues on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. The African Street Festival is not just a social event… it’s a cultural and educational experience for all.

The festival activities include the Art Pavilion featuring local artists, and the Children’s Pavilion featuring arts and crafts, drumming, dance, storytelling and more. All attendees can enjoy local artists, music and movement, spoken word, presentations on local history, drama, dance, physical fitness, games, language & literacy, and health.

Attendees can also enjoy authentic African, American and other cuisines representing the entire African Diaspora; an eclectic mix of live music and other performances, such as African, Reggae, Latin, R&B, Jazz, Gospel, Neo-Soul, Country, Blues, African Drumming; dance; puppet shows; spoken word; and see products from 110 International vendors from across the globe.

The AACA is particularly excited this year to announce their first celebrity softball game, which is to be held on Saturday, September 23, beginning at at 11:00 a.m., at Hadley Park’s Baseball Field.

Children and youth are invited to take part in the Quiz Bowl on Saturday, September 23 at 12 Noon and the Spelling Bee on Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m.; both events will be indoors in the Hadley Park Community Center.

The AACA’s goal is to provide more engaging, interactive, educational activities and arenas that will provide information and resources on the fascinating people, places, and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora, several of which are represented in the Nashville Metropolitan area.

The African Street Festival has continuously grown since its debut in 1983, attracting well over 50,000 people from all over the region, and it remains free and open to the public. It has gained well-deserved national media attention, and it remains one of Nashville’s premiere events because of its history as a long-running, family-oriented cultural event. Persons of all ages, races, religions, and cultures are always welcome and invited.

The 35th Annual African Street Festival is free and open to the public Sept. 22 – 24 at Hadley Park. For more information on the and / or this event please call (615) 942-0706, simply check out their website: http://www.aacanashville.org/