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Festival Detail

African Marketplace and FaireEthnic

The annual African Marketplace & Cultural Faire is a cultural festival celebrating the influence of the Pan-African diaspora. With four different stages, an Art Pavilion, Literary Village, Holistic Village, Black Inventors Museum, and the Youth Village, the entertainment never stops. A partial list of activities include a Pow-Wow, Brazilian festival, African festival, Jazz, R&B and in the youth area, carnival rides, games, ponies, entertainment and more. Previous events have included jazz artists such as Brian McKnight and other recording artists recognized globally for their talent. The celebration usually kicks off with a gala held the first Friday night of the event's three-week run.

The title of the African Marketplace and Cultural Fair can be misleading - it is actually an all-encompassing multicultural event that starts with an Indian Pow-Wow and includes a Brazilian Festival. It is held at Rancho Cienega Park's recreation centre.

One stage is devoted to African culture and another to all things Caribbean; others boast everything from blues to world beat tunes, a literary festival and a travel expo. Health fairs vie for space with the children's village and each weekend sees a new round of sports tournaments. Meanwhile, for musical enlightenment, look no further than the Gospel Festival.

Festival has a children/youth component.

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Occurs in: August

Festival Location: Rancho Cienega Park

Contact Information:
African Marketplace and Faire
(323) 293-1612

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