Ann Arbor’s African American Downtown Festival to return in June

Event marking 25th anniversary this summer

ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor African American Downtown Festival will celebrate 25 years in June.

The event, which includes performances, activities, retail and more, is slated to take place on June 4 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The massive street party takes over the intersection of N. 4th Ave. and E. Ann St. spanning the Old Fourth Ward and Kerrytown -- Ann Arbor’s Historic Black Business District.

The Ann Arbor African American Downtown Festival was founded by Lucille Hall Porter as a way to pay tribute and recognize the contributions of Black business leaders and the community’s vibrant history.

The event is open to people of all ages and features high energy musical performances, kids activities, vendors selling jewelry, clothing, handmade art and delicious food.

According to the event’s website, the performance schedule will be released soon.

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.