On Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., communities from all across Atlanta will converge on Sweet Auburn Avenue to participate in a big street party with a cause. This party is to celebrate and lift-up the culture of the people of Sweet Auburn.
Visitors from across the country and the world are invited to spend a day of fun, educational, enriching and participatory experiences. Family Day/Culture Fest showcases the history, heritage, the arts, culture, and stories that have made the Sweet Auburn historic district the center of African American culture in Atlanta and one of the most visited areas in all of the United States…
Other popular activities and events are the engaging art and cultural events and experiences, including demonstrations by professional dancers, small-scale music performances, local dramatic readings, and much more.
Restaurants, local shops and businesses will promote and sell their products and organized walking tours of historic sites throughout the district will be offered. There will be something for everyone whether a lover of music, the visual arts, theater, dance, spoken word or poetry. Storytellers, face painters, and children’s activity stations and food of the many ethnicities in Atlanta, will make Culture Fest one of the most memorable, fun, family days in the city of Atlanta.
Along with the day’s program of multidisciplinary activities and experiences, Family Day/Culture Fest brings together three organizations that independently and collectively have supported art, culture, cultural patrimony and preservation. The National Black Arts Festival has an extraordinary 29 year cultural legacy of presenting, celebrating and supporting culture, art and artists of African descent and of being a resource for local schools and Atlanta communities in addition to supporting it’s free, family, outdoor program.
The Family Day/Culture Fest also celebrates another milestone anniversary of the National Park Service; and recognizes the incredible work of the Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC), and Sweet Auburn Works (SAW), in preserving and transforming the Sweet Auburn District into a vibrant mecca for community, business, commerce, art and culture.
These groups have drawn millions of visitors to Atlanta and have for decades been economic and cultural drivers for the City of Atlanta and for the region.