Family Day/Culture Fest
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Auburn Avenue between Boulevard Avenue and Jackson Street
In partnership with Sweet Auburn Works (SAW)/Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) and the MLK, Jr. National Historic Site/National Park Service, NBAF presents a day-long Family Day/Culture Fest in the historic Sweet Auburn District. A signature family program that re-launches NBAF’s tradition of an annual free, outdoor, family-centered program, the Culture Fest brings together three organizations that independently and collectively have supported art, culture, cultural patrimony and preservation, have drawn millions of visitors to Atlanta and have for decades been economic and cultural drivers for the City of Atlanta and for the region.
Along with a day-long program of multidisciplinary activities and experiences, this event will be the platform for recognizing NBAF’s extraordinary 28 year cultural legacy of presenting, celebrating and supporting culture, art and artists of African descent and of being a resource for local schools and communities; celebrating the milestone 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and recognizing the work of HDDC and more recently SAW in preserving and transforming the Sweet Auburn District into a vibrant mecca for community, business, commerce, art and culture.
Along with bringing individuals and families of all cultural backgrounds to the historic district to play, learn, participate and have fun together, Family Day/Culture Fest will also offer a unique opportunity to showcase the work of local artists in all disciplines and to participate and collaborate with the local, district and citywide educational, cultural, faith-based organizations and businesses.
- A scheduled program of performances, storytelling and workshop/demonstrations by local actors, dancers, and small scale musical and theatrical performances, along with dramatic readings based on Atlanta’s Civil Rights History.
- Local shops and restaurants will be open to sell their merchandise and serve the public.
- Organized and scheduled walking tours of historic sites throughout the district will be offered by SAW and the National Park Service.
- A Children and Family corner where all types of activities, face painting, puppetry, will entertain and educate children, youth and families.
- Health screenings by local partners will be available.
- A Marketplace with vendor exhibiting and selling unique specialty items.
- A Food Court with food trucks and vendors featuring a variety of international foods with a special emphasis on the foods of the African Diaspora.