Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

BimbeThe Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival has been a tradition in Durham for 46 years. This family oriented event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, arts, and traditions. Visit the Bimbé History page for more information on how the festival has evolved throughout the years.

Seating is not 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

47th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

Free admission to the festival! 

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Noon - 8 p.m.
Due to muddy field conditions at Rock Quarry Park, the festival will take place in the Durham County Stadium Parking Lot, 750 Stadium Drive

Festival Activities
  • Live Music
  • Kids' Zone
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Community Resources
  • Ethnic Food
  • Local Talent

Bimbé Weekday Schedule

All weekday events are free!

Bimbé Old School Block Party
Wednesday, May 18
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park, 1309 Halley Street

Bimbé Alumni Basketball Classic
Thursday, May 19
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Southern High School, 800 Clayton Road (Gymnasium)

Bimbé Teen Skate Party
Friday, May 20
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
W.D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville Street (Outdoor Roller Skating Rink)

47th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival Headliners

112 (Performing at 4 p.m.)


Bobby V. (Performing at 7 p.m.)

Bobby Valentino

Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival Activities

Main Stage Schedule
12:10 p.m. Introductions
12:15 p.m. Salute to Elders - African American Dance Ensemble
12:25 p.m. African Dance Presentation - African American Dance Ensemble
12:55 p.m. Cool John Ferguson (Blues)
2 p.m. Danté Lewis (Jazz)
3 p.m. Crucial Fiya (Reggae)
4 p.m.  112
4:55 p.m. Really Real (Spoken Word)
5 p.m. R'mone Entonio (R&B)
6 p.m. Really Real (Spoken Word)
6:25 p.m. Youth Performance - DREAM Fashion/Society Modeling Group
6:40 p.m. K97.5's Brian Dawson - DJ Medley
7 p.m. Bobby V.
Really Real (Spoken Word) will perform at various times throughout the festival.

Special Guest
Bern Nadette Stanis, American actress and author will be available throughout the day to take pictures and sign autographs. She is best known for her role as Thelma Ann Evans-Anderson, on the CBS sitcom Good Times (1974-1979). After Good Times, she made appearances on several television shows, including The Cosby Show and What's Happening Now!!. She is the author of four books, Situations 101: Relationships, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, For Men Only, Situations 101: Finances and The Last Night

Kids' Zone
The Bimbé Kids’ Zone will celebrate the spirit of African community, engaging kids of ALL ages to bring out the “Kuumba,” (koo-OOM-bah) or creativity, within each of them. Join us for a fun-filled day exploring African cultural traditions!
  • Drum circles, arts & crafts, and story telling with the Durham Arts Council
  • Wood workshop with The Home Depot
  • Inflatables
  • Face Painting
  • Free Child ID Cards from the Durham Police Department


Free parking will be available on the visitors side of the Durham County Stadium which can be accessed from Wisteria Ave.

Event Cancellation Information
Events may be canceled in the case of severe inclement weather.
  • Call the weather line at 919-560-4636 and press #8 for the status of the event.
  • Visit Facebook and / or Twitter.
Volunteer Information
Interested in volunteering? Visit our Bimbé volunteer page to sign up!

Vendor Information
Education / non-profit, artist / natural craft, food and non-food vendor opportunities are available. If you would like to be a vendor, submit a vendor application

Event Sponsorship
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the media sponsorship coordinator or the festival sponsorship coordinator for details. 

For information, call 919-560-4355 or email Amber Walker
Thank You To Our 2016 Sponsors!
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The Home Depot Logo
Cricket Wireless
Foxy 107.1-104.3 FM
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