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13th Annual

African-American Festival

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific as it hosts its thirteenth annual African-American Festival, celebrating the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures. The weekend will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and more. Festival performers include Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, tap dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers.

Festival Schedule & Programming

​Provisional festival schedule provided as a courtesy. Events may be weather dependant and can change without notice.

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
  • 1:00 p.m. Spoken Yoga – Deep Red
  • 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
  • 3:10 p.m. Dancing, from Broadway to Hollywood – Harry V. Scott Jr.
  • 3:30 p.m. Children’s African Storytelling – David Lewis
  • 4:15 p.m. Jazz music ensemble – Music in the Moment

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. Dancing, from Broadway to Hollywood – Harry V. Scott Jr.
  • 12:20 p.m. West African Dance – Dembrebrah
  • 12:30 p.m. Children’s African Storytelling – David Lewis
  • 12:55 p.m. The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners
  • 1:40 p.m. Heritage Award Ceremony Honoring Dr. Matthew Jenkins & Roberta Jenkins
  • 2:30 p.m. Interactive Drum Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz
  • 3:10 p.m. Da Hip Hop Wizzard of Oz Preview by LQ’s
  • 3:30 p.m. Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew
  • 4:15 p.m. Music performance by Per Se

All programs subject to change and weather dependent.

Cultural Demonstrators & Exhibitors / Great Hall

  • Art Display – Michael Seale, Jr.
  • Art Display – Opoku Acheampong
  • African Craftwork – Welcome 2 Afrika
  • Art Display – Betty Evans
  • Beaded Art – Piasart
  • Forgotten Images – A Celebration of African and African-American History
  • George Washington Carver Museum of California

Front Plaza

KIIS FM Radio – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Saturday only)

Café Scuba Festival Menu

  • Country Fried Chicken - Mac and Cheese, Market Vegetables, and Bread
  • Blackened Catfish - Brown Rice, Sautéed Spinach, and Pecan Butter Sauce
  • Po-Boy Sandwich - Blackened Chicken Breast, Shredded Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes, Garlic Aioli, and a French Baguette
  • Black-Eyed Peas and Ham

Heritage Award Presentation / Honda Blue Cavern – Sunday 1:40 p.m.

Dr. Matthew Jenkins and Roberta Jenkins

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

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Cost Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
Tickets Members get in free. Simply show your card at the entrance.
Not a member? General admission is required. You can purchase tickets online.
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