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Celebrate the African Diaspora at the 38th Annual African World Festival Aug. 20-22

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s African World Festival returns to Detroit for its 38th year, Aug. 20-22. More than 100,000 people attend and enjoy the food, fashion, entertainment, workshops, and other cultural experiences every year.

The festival will be hosted on the grounds of The Wright (315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit), but some activities will extend to Peck Park, which is a five-minute walk away.

Attendees can expect more than 150 vendors of authentic Soul, African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latin cuisine and Afro-centric souvenirs, visual arts, clothing, accessories, health products, and other goods. They will also be able to enjoy entertainment by African drummers and dancers and special performances by Sunshine Anderson, Angelique Kidjo, and Tim Bowman Jr.

Sunshine Anderson will perform on Friday, Aug. 20, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Grammy award-winner Angelique Kidjo, Saturday, Aug. 21, from 7:05-9:05 p.m.; and Tim Bowman Jr., Sunday, Aug. 22, from 7:30-8:45 p.m.

View the entire festival schedule here. You can keep track of updates by following The Wright on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

In addition to enjoying festival activities, attendees will also be able to explore The Wright. The museum will feature extended hours during the African World Festival and showcase new and existing exhibits, including Mario Moore’s new Enshrined: Presence + Preservation and the permanent And Still We Rise.

Members will be able to visit the museum for free; otherwise, standard pricing applies ($15 for adults ages 13-61; $12 for seniors ages 62+ and youth ages 3-12; and free for children under 3). Schedule your timed visit in advance.

Ford Motor Company Fund is the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s festival.