African Festival of the Arts Chicago

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Date(s) - 09/01/2017 - 09/04/2017
10:00 AM

Washington Park


The 28th African Festival of the Arts takes place September 1-4, 2017 on Chicago’s South Side. This year’s main stage highlight include Wyclef Jean, a hip-hop award-winning musician who will perform on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

The festival will feature different musical themes and line-ups that reflect the arts and culture of the African Diaspora. Below are the highlights.

Friday, September 1 – Millennial Night
Focused on a youthful audience the music line-up includes: WizKid, Taylor Bennett, Kid Wond3r, Tha Pope and more local Chicago musicians.

Saturday, September 2- Reggae Block Party
Top Chicago reggae dj and performers will be on the main stage throughout Saturday.

Sunday, September 3 Р Inspirational Night
Wyclef Jean will lead the music on the mainstage along with local musicians Obisoulstar, Ugochi, DJ TopDonn and more.

Monday, September 4 – Soul Fest
Soul music artists Heatwave, Gros Ngolie Pokossi, and Mamadou fantasic Band will perform on Labor Day.



African Festival of the Arts Chicago also feature a Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art, Film and Video, Food Court, Seniors and Quilting, and the African Marketplace.

Festival hours: 10am-10PM Daily

Tickets: Available in advance at African Festival of the Arts Website