In 2010, more than 15,000 people attended the inaugural African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County, and this year is expected to be even bigger and better. The African American Cultural Festival is a family friendly celebration of African-American arts and culture in downtown Raleigh. The 2011 festival takes place during Labor Day weekend.

During this event, the main stage of City Plaza will come alive with featured performances by legendary artists, and the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel will be home to an exhibition by black artists from across the state. Kids can take part in the fun too, by visiting the Family Village with crafts and entertainment geared towards children.

This year, the main stage will feature performances by Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trouble Funk, African Children’s Choir, Troop 41, and many more. The Family Village stage will host performances by The African American Dance Ensemble, Kenya Safari Acrobats, and The Purple Charlotte Steppers, to name a few.

Come celebrate African-American arts and culture in the second year of this fun and engaging event. For more information, visit this site.