Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

BimbeThe national award winning Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival has been a tradition in Durham for 47 years. This family oriented event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, arts, and traditions. Visit the Bimbé History page for information on how the festival has evolved throughout the years.

48th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Noon -  8 p.m.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr.
Rain or Shine

FREE admission to the festival!
FREE parking at Durham County Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr.
Festival Activities
  • Live Music
  • Family Fun Zone
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Community Resources
  • Ethnic Food
  • Local Talent
Seating will not be provided, please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The following is not allowed at the festival:
  • No coolers
  • No smoking
  • No alcohol
  • No personal canopies/tents
  • No pets

Bimbé Weekday Event  Schedule

Bimbé Block Party
Wednesday, May 17
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St.

Bimbé Basketball Classic

Thursday, May 18
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Southern High School, 800 Clayton Rd. (Gymnasium)

Bimbé Teen Pool Party
Friday, May 19
7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. 
Campus Hills Pool, 2000 S. Alston Ave.

Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival Activities


Main Stage Schedule
12:00-12:05 p.m. Introductions
12:05-12:40 p.m. Salute to Elders & Dance Presentation - African American Dance Ensemble
12:55-1:05 p.m. Paneh Mime Ministries
1:15-2:15 p.m. Carlitta Durand (Jazz)
2:25-2:30 p.m. No Limitz Dance Company
2:30-3:30 p.m. Shenette Swann (Neo Soul)
3:40-3:45 p.m. Eric Martin
3:45-4:45 p.m. Shursoundz featuring Tish Songbird (R&B)
4:55-5:00 p.m. Eric Martin
5:00-6:00 p.m. Project 919 Band (GoGo)
6:35-6:50 p.m. K97.5's Brian Dawson - DJ Medley
6:50-7:35 p.m. Headliner - TBD
7:40-8:10 p.m. Headliner - TBD
Times subject to change.

Volunteer Information

Interested in volunteering? Visit our Ivolunteer site to sign up. Volunteers will receive a festival t-shirt, snacks and water.

Vendor Information

Food, Educational/Non-Profit, Artist/Natural Craft and Non-food vendor opportunities are available. If you would like to be a vendor, submit a vendor application