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23rd Annual Afrikan American Festival Returns To Downtown Hampton, Virginia June 28-30, 2013

Event Features Live Music, Arts, Crafts, and Food

This June 28-30 join the Peninsula Association for Sickle Cell Anemia (PASCA) and the City of Hampton as they present the 23rd annual Afrikan American Festival. The fun takes place at Mill Point Park (100 Eaton Street Hampton, VA 23669) in downtown Hampton and includes live music, arts & crafts, clothing, and ethnic food vendors.

During the weekend, over 60 vendors will be on site selling authentic and original Black art, artifacts, handmade crafts, and more. For hungry patrons, local and regional food vendors will be selling a variety of cuisines; however alcohol will not be sold at this event.

Live music will entertain throughout the weekend, with Stan Hampton, Wind Jazz Band, and Ra Jazz performing on Friday, June 28. On Saturday, June 29, Chester B (WPCE) Motown Review and Bobb J headline. On Sunday, June 30, enjoy live music by Bill Boylins Gospel Review.

In previous years, admission charge to the Afrikan American Festival was a $4.00 donation. This year, admission to the festival is ABSOLUTELY FREE. Hours for this year’s event are 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28; 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Saturday June 29, and 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday June 30.

Afrikan American Festival Musical Lineup
June 28, 2013
  • 5:00 p.m. Stan Hampton
  • 6:00 p.m. Wind Jazz Band
  • 7:00 p.m. Ra Jazz
June 29, 2013
  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Local Jazz Bands
  • 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Chester B (WPCE Motown Review) and Bobb J
June 30, 2013
  • 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bill Boylins Gospel Review

More information on the Afrikan American Festival can be obtained by contacting the Hampton 311 Call Center at (757) 727-8311 or the Sickle Cell of the Peninsula office at (757) 947-1507. Free parking is available throughout downtown Hampton.

Established in 1972, PASCA provides leadership on a local level to create public awareness of this serious hereditary blood disease that affects mainly people of black ancestry, but has been found to occur in Greeks, Italians, Arabians, Sicilians, and Turks. The Peninsula Association not only distributes educational materials about the disease, but also encourages screening programs and genetic counseling. Sickle Cell Anemia occurs in 1 out of every 400 black births.

Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the 344,000 sq. ft.-Hampton Roads Convention Center, is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Hampton is the site of America's first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, among others.