Saginaw African cultural festival returns in person for 2021


SAGINAW, MI – The African Cultural Festival of Saginaw returns next month both in person and virtually.

The annual event is scheduled to take place from Friday August 13 through Sunday August 15 at the grounds of the former Morley Elementary School, 2601 Lapeer St. in Saginaw.

The festival kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. with a call to action and a march for voters’ rights. It continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays with the following activities:

  • Official opening ceremony
  • African Drum Circle and Dance
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Workshops and conferences
  • Charles McNair Chess Tournament
  • Food and vendors
  • Information tables
  • Activities for children

The festival ends Sunday with a virtual church service via the Saginaw African Cultural Festival Facebook page.

The Saginaw African Cultural Festival began in 1969 as a downtown arts exhibition, making it the oldest ongoing black arts festival in the country, according to organizers.

Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 52nd Saginaw African Cultural Festival was held virtually. Additionally, event organizers sponsored a virtual black history film festival in February.

Click the gallery above to view photos of MLive from the 51st Saginaw African Cultural Festival in 2019.

For more information or to get involved, call 989-992-9184.

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Darcy J. Skinner

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