Festival Schedule Saturday, May 27 I 10a.m. – 8p.m. — Sunday, May 28 I 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. — Monday, May 29 I 10a.m. – 6p.m. All activities are held at the World’s Fair Pavilion except where noted. 
Presenters, scheduled activities, times or locations are subject to change.

SATURDAY (Jumamosi)

May 27, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


SUNDAY (Jumapili)

MAY 28, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


MONDAY (Jumatatu)

MAY 29, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.





The mission of the St. Louis African Arts Festival is to provide the community at large access to the richness of African culture and its impact on western culture. We achieve our mission by creating an African village atmosphere that supports a wholesome family environment, engenders fellowship among attendees and exposes them to African culture through education, entertaining activities and culinary experiences.

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For Teens Ages 13-19 Read More... AFRICAN MARKETPLACE Not merely a commercial venue, the African Marketplace serves as a representation of African culture and social organization. Select vendors display unique African and Afrocentric artifacts, textile, jewelry, and clothing. Vendors will share the use and origins of their merchandise in order to promote dialogue and an educational atmosphere. The number of vendors is kept to a minimum. Be among the first to make the best selection! FOOD COURT Food is an important part of African history and culture, and the Festival would not be complete without it. Authentic African cuisine is available among a variety of menu items in a courtyard setting. Don’t miss the jerk chicken, rice & beans, and heady ginger punch! PERFORMING ARTS STAGE Participating artists are typically local performing artists. Presenting local artists is an equally essential component of the festival as it serves to proudly showcase the talent within our community and encourage our patrons to establish long-term relationships with these gifted individuals and groups. CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES An adult must accompany children. An essential component of the African Arts Festival, Artists design events to expose children to various art forms and to engage them in hands-on art activities they can take home. This important component provides various crafts, puppetry, storytelling, dance and drum workshops. CULTURAL DEMONSTRATIONS & ACTIVITIES This area showcases a number of cultural traditions and folk art, such as teaching different forms of making jewelry, basket weaving, head and body wrapping, fashion techniques, specialized African hair braiding, and needle work from knowledgeable presenters. SAFARI TEENS HUT Designed for 13 to 19 year olds to absorb African’s lifestyle, knowledge and experience hands-on memorable activities that have impacted western civilization. Let’s Talk! is the youth sub-committee that oversees this festival component. Members are available to discuss how you can contribute to the committee and help plan for next year’s hut activities. Tell us what your age group would like to see at the Safari Teens Hut in 2018! HEALTH AND WELLNESS VILLAGE This area of the festival is designed to promote active healthy living within our community. Each morning begins with sessions of fitness such as Zumba, double-dutch jump rope or hula hoops. Among many screenings and informational tables throughout the day are HIV/STD, blood pressure and cholesterol. Presentations include topics of raw food facials, body building and healthy cooking such as vegan cupcakes and raw nachos made with purple cabbage instead of corn chips. Watch out — a flash mob may appear!

The St. Louis African Arts Festival is sponsored by the African Heritage Association of St. Louis, Inc. and funded in part by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Office of Minority Health-Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Cultural partners of the festival include the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Muny, the St. Louis Public Library, the Saint Louis Zoo, the Missouri History Museum, and Washington University in St. Louis.