May 23, 2014
Spring Festival Alert: The Odunde Festival Brings A Lively Celebration Of African-American Culture To South Street West, June 4-8
The excellent Odunde Festival, one of the longest-running and largest African-American festivals, is set to return for its 39th year from Wednesday, June 4 to Sunday, June 8.
Odunde, a local cultural organization with a mission of serving the need for cultural enrichment in the African-American community, hosts its marquee event annually, celebrating traditions originating with the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa.
A variety of events are slated to take place at various locales throughout the city beginning on Wednesday, June 4 with am Odunde365 talk from influential Philadelphians at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Come the weekend, events include a Guinness World Record-sized Zumba Class on Saturday, June 7 and the blockbuster street fair on Sunday, June 8.
The enormous street fair on Sunday, June 8 covers 12 blocks, features more than 200 food and artisan vendors and is one of the largest community-based street festivals in the country taking over streets from 23rd and Lombard to Grays Ferry and Christian, and along South Street from 20th to 24th streets.
A full calendar of events is available online and check back for additional information as the festival draws near.
2014 Odunde Festival
When: June 4-8; Street festival, Sunday, June 8
Where: Locations vary; Festival, 23rd and South streets
More info: www.odundefestival.org