Looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend? Consider riding to the 25th annual African Festival of the Arts at Washington Park. Boasting more than 300,000 attendees, it is the largest neighborhood festival in Chicago. This year’s theme, Cultural Connection, is an opportunity to celebrate, promulgate and educate the general public about the shared rich cultures of people of African ancestry. Explore special-interests pavilions featuring African drumming; colorful and rich fabrics; hand-crafted fine arts; interactive demonstrations; health and wellness workshops; spectacular jewelry; children’s programming; author and book readings; and captivating entertainment.
Enjoy free bike valet! Park your bike in racks provided by Working Bikes. The valet will be hosted and monitored by Blacks in Green, a nonprofit based in West Woodlawn that builds local living economies in “blighted, colonized, and/or gentrifying black communities” by encouraging greenhouse gas reduction strategies such as “walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play villages.” After you drop off your bike, learn more about Blacks in Green and Working Bikes at the Green Village Pavilion.
The African Festival of the Arts Chicago runs from Friday, August 29 thru Monday, September 1 at Washington Park. Tickets can be purchased for $10 here, or at the gate for $20.