African Street Festival returns to Hadley Park September 16-18

By Cass Teague | Pride Publishing

Annual African Street Festival by the African American Cultural Alliance is on the weekend of September 16 through September 18, 2022 at Hadley Park, located at 1037 28th Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee. This year’s theme is “We Rise To the Beat Of Our Drums.” The upcoming community event will once again honor the legacy of Nashville Civil Rights / Community Activist Kwame Leo Lillard, the founder of the festival and the African American Cultural Alliance.

Nashville’s Annual African Street Festival is hosted by the African American Cultural Alliance (AACA). This phenomenal, family-oriented immersive, 3 day cultural  experience has continuously grown each year and now attracts thousands of attendees who are interested in African and African American culture. The best part about the festival is that it is FREE.

That’s right, a free music festival, marketplace, and journey through African culture. The festival prides itself on bridging our history from Africa to Nashville. It features dance, music, drama, art, dance, health, knowledge, food, shopping and other events. Come celebrate and explore the diversity of African and African American cultures. Enjoy a variety of authentic cuisine and an array of live music performances including acts specializing in reggae, jazz, gospel, blues, African drumming, spoken word and dance performances and classes, et0c.

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With over 5000 festival goers and over 120 vendors in their network, they’ve been championing a powerful cultural community for the past 40 years, driven by the belief that when they provide an African cultural experience to our Nashville community it provides more impact. Come celebrate and explore the diversity of African and African American cultures. Enjoy a variety of experiences at the Art Village, the Children’s Village, the Knowledge Village, the Health & Healing Village, The Marketplace, al starting with the Welcome Tent.

This event is held every September and organized by the African American Cultural Alliance. This festival features dance, music, drama, shopping and other events. Join thousands of visitors as they head to this event for a few days of fun. Sway to the reggae beats as you shop for artifacts, such as Ankhs, from the many vendors on site. Your children could be entertained by the storytellers, while you listen to some interesting lectures or catch a fashion show.

This year’s hours for the African Street Festival, September 16th-18th, Friday, are 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Hadley Park, 1037 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208. Now if you are already impressed, check the website for details on the event, each day’s schedule and starting times, opportunities to volunteer, setting up stalls or even donating to the organizer. Visit to learn more.

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