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The African American Cultural Festival, in partnership with the City of Raleigh and Wake County, is proud to present a family-friendly celebration of African American arts and culture in downtown Raleigh.  The Festival takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend along Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

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  AACF 2013 Festival Schedule

Labor Day Weekend 2013

August 31st, 2013: 11AM - 10PM
September 1st, 2013: 1PM - 9PM

View the 2013 Saturday & Sunday Schedule
  2013 Festival Location
The 2013 African American Culture Festival will take place in the heart of Downtown Raleigh -- along Fayetteville Street, from Martin Street through City Plaza.

For A Map of Downtown Raleigh click here.

Directions from I-40
Take exit 298B, S. Saunders St, going North toward downtown. S. Saunders St becomes McDowell St as you enter the downtown area. The festival is two blocks east of the corner of McDowell and Davie Streets.


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.

Please feel free to bring your own Lawn Chairs to the festival, if you'd like a seat near the stages. Of course, we welcome everyone to get up and dance!

Please note: Private coolers and alcoholic beverages not purchased from the festival concession are not permitted. 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.