Celebrate African Culture at the 2014 Odunde Festival

Celebrating African American culture, the Odunde Festival offers programming through Sunday, June 8. (Photo via Facebook)

In its 39th year, the Odunde Festival is one of the largest African-American street festivals in the country.  This year’s festivities include a lot of fun events happening now through Sunday, June 8, culminating in its big street fair.

Thursday, June 5, come be a part of the Odunde365 Networking Mixer at Ms. Tootsies Restaurant, Bar and Lounge on South Street from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Friday, June 6, there will be a VIP African Diplomatic Ambassador Reception with ambassadors from Senegal, Grenada, the African Union and the Ivory Coast.  The reception will take place at City Hall, Room 400, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, June 7, you can get your groove on at the Guinness World Record-Sized Zumba Class held at the Chew Playground, 1834 Washington Avenue. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the class starts at 9 a.m. Also on Saturday, take the kids to the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park for African Family Day. Children will learn African dance and drumming. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival's big street fair will be on Sunday, June 8 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. It will begin with a procession from 23rd and South Streets to the Schuylkill River and then back to South Street between 20th and 24th Streets for vendors, food, and entertainment.

For more detailed information, visit http://odundefestival.org/