African Heritage Cultural Festival – "Reaching Back Moving Forward"

Event Date

Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Event Location
Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St.

The Festival theme is "Reaching Back Moving Forward," highlighting the African-American experience from the Civil War era to the celebration of Juneteenth and current events in Alexandria. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Featured performers include Sandra Johnson, contemporary jazz; SAMO’O and the band JFC, with Caribbean sound; Elikeh, Afro funk music; and the Michael Stephens Project (MSP) R & B. Additional performers include the Alexandria Community Children Theater (ACCT); Hot Topics All Stars Cheer Group; Recreation Center youth performances; and performances by the Alfred Street Baptist, Roberts Memorial United Methodist and Shiloh Baptist church groups performances. Festival displays showcase traditional arts, crafts, paintings and souvenirs; a Film Festival in the Alexandria Black History Museum, and exhibits & workshops inside of the Charles Houston Recreation Center. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and the African Heritage Cultural Festival Committee are cosponsoring the festival. The Office of Historic Alexandria and the Alexandria Black History Museum contributed to the planning of the festival.


Visitors to the historic district are encouraged to take the Metro Yellow or Blue lines to the Braddock Road Station in Old Town, take DASH or Metro Buses. Visitors parking in some residential area and metered parking is limited. For DASH schedule information, call 703.370.DASH or visit For Metro bus schedule information, call 202.637.7000 or visit

More Information

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