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Join the Aquarium of the Pacific as it hosts its sixteenth annual African-American Festival, celebrating the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures.

The weekend will feature live entertainment and arts and crafts. Festival performers include Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers.

Festival Schedule

SATURDAY
10:00 a.m. African-American Dance – Fantasia
10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition – Baba the Storyteller
11:45 a.m. African-American Song and Dance – PISE (Positive Images of Self Expression)
12:20 p.m. West African Dance – Dembrebrah
12:30 p.m. DJ Seven Seize
12:55 p.m. The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners
1:40 p.m. Heritage Award Ceremony honoring Sharon and David McLucas
2:30 p.m. Interactive Drum Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz
3:10 p.m. Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew
4:00 p.m. Music performance by Per Se
SUNDAY
10:00 a.m. Flute performance – Abdul-Salaam Muhammad
10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition – Baba the Storyteller
11:45 a.m. Interactive Poetry, Music, and Yoga – Deep Red
12:20 p.m. West African Dance – Dembrebrah
12:55 p.m. The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners
1:40 p.m. Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew
2:30 p.m. Interactive Drum Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz
4:00 p.m. Jazz music ensemble – Music in the Moment

All programs subject to change and weather dependent.
Ocean Theater and Ocean Science Center — See monitors for shows and times.

Cultural Demonstrators & Exhibitors / Great Hall

Saturday and Sunday
Fashionwear and Music – Charles Whitehead
African Craftwork – Welcome 2 Afrika
Cultural Fashionwear – Zags Clothing
Beaded Art – Piasart
Forgotten Images – A Celebration of African and African-American History
George Washington Carver Museum of California
Saturday only
Art Display – Betty Evans
Sunday only
End Malaria Now

Heritage Award Presentation

Honorees: Sharon and David McLucas

Saturday Award Ceremony
February 24 at 1:40 p.m.


Special thanks to our community advisor Naomi Rainey, president Long Beach Branch NAACP

Mardi gras dancer with African American Festival text overlay
Archived Event Information
When Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Cost Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
Coupon $10 off Adult Admission
Info (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
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