Michigan Bucket List: African World Festival

Isabella Cannon

| 2 min read

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African History is putting on its 41st annual African World Festival, July 12 to 14. Come celebrate African beauty, strength, and culture at Hart Plaza, Detroit. 
This three-day festival features more than 100 vendors, local and international performers, and countless opportunities for family fun. 
Our gathering this year will highlight and represent our community and our shared past, present, and future,” says The Wright Museum website. “We look forward to exchanging stories and honoring where we've been and where we're going.”

When is the festival open?

This year, the festival is open July 12-14 on:
  • 3p.m.to 11 p.m. Friday
  • 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

How much is admission for the African World Festival?

Museum members get into the festival for free! For the public, admission to the festival ranges depending on ticket type:
Purchased online:
  • $15 – Adult non-member
  • $10 – Non-member senior citizens (65+) and students (over 13)
Purchased at the festival:
  • $20 – Adult non-member
  • $15 – Non-member senior citizens (65+) and students (over 13)
Weekend passes online:
  • $35 – Adult non-member
  • $20 – Non-member senior citizens (65+) and students (over 13)
There is free admission for all kids 13 and under. Purchase your tickets here.

Who will be performing?

Check out some of the nationally recognized and award-winning artists and acts scheduled for the weekend.
  • Featured headliner: Third World: performing a style described as “reggae-fusion" that combines elements of R&B, funk, pop, rock, dancehall, and rap.
  • Larry Lee & the Back in the Day Band
  • Vox Sambou
  • Featured headliner: Rapsody: an American rapper known for her intricate rhyme patterns, metaphors, and wordplay.
  • Mokoomba
  • Fyütch
  • Featured headliner: Thandiswa Mazwai: one of the most influential post-Apartheid singers in South Africa, pioneering bands of the dance music genre Kwaito.
  • Alan Denard Quintet
  • Dumpstaphunk
  • Drey Skonie and the Klouds
  • Mokoomba
  • Mosaic
  • Temate

What else is there to enjoy?

  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Health products
  • Visual arts
  • Lives demonstrations
  • Community resources and information
You don’t want to miss out on this festival filled with culture, family, and fun.
For more information, visit The Wright or email info@thewright.org.

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