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A2 African American Festival

27th Annual

June 1,  2024

N. 4th Ave & E. Ann St. Downtown Ann Arbor, MI, USA

About Our  Festival

The African American Downtown Festival was founded by Lucille Hall Porter, who was also the founder and director of the Community Leaning Post, a nonprofit organization that helped disadvantaged youth and families. The festival was organized to help remember the contributions of those black business leaders and is held in Ann Arbor’s Historic Black Business District.


Today the festival is organized by NANBPWC, Inc.-Ann Arbor Club, MCEC and the AADF Committee, the traditional event aims to cater to all ages. Expect live band performances; jazz, pop and dance music. Mascot characters will also be present to keep spirits high. Vendors sell lemonade, BBQ, jewelry, handmade arts, clothing, books and various beauty products.


We have spent the last 26 years celebrating diversity in southeast Michigan, come out and join us this year on Saturday June 3,  for the 26th Annual African American Downtown Festival!

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THE 2024

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More Amazing Performers

Check out the Schedule

Take a look at some of the other performers and activities featured at the Ann Arbor African American Festival. It promises to be an amazing experience!

Hosted By:
Yolanda Ragland
Tune-Up Man


DJ Helluva


All The Fun At Our Festival

Live Painting and Caricatures by the Amazing Walter Griggs
Be sure to check out the AACHM self-guided Historical Black Business District Tour at AADF 2023-pick up our map and more information at the AADF registration booth (across from the main stage)!


Save The Date

June 1, 2024

AADF is held annual on the 1st Saturday in June!!!

N. 4th Ave & E. Ann St. Downtown Ann Arbor, MI, USA

In Lucille Porter's Legacy...

“It’s Important for young people to know blacks have been here.”

-Lucille Porter


In memory of a more than 50 year resident of Ann Arbor that worked diligently to make it at better place.


Learn more at the Ann Arbor District Library website:

Join us for the Ann Arbor Black Film Festival!


Ann Arbor's celebration of cinematic diasporic African culture during the 2024 A2 AFRICAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL.


Submit your film and be a part of our legacy.

2023 Event Sponsors &  Headliner Sponsor :
Destination Ann Arbor

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