Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

BimbeThe national award winning Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival has been a tradition in Durham for 48 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.

49th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Noon - 8 p.m.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr.
Rain or Shine

FREE admission to the festival!
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

All weekday events are free!

Bimbé Community Block Party
Wednesday, May 16
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Holton Career and Resource Center Athletic Field, 401 N. Driver St.
All Ages

Bimbé Basketball Classic

Thursday, May 17
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Southern High School, 800 Clayton Rd. (Gymnasium)
All Ages

Bimbé Teen Pool Party
Friday, May 18
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 
Campus Hills Pool, 2000 S. Alston Ave.
Ages 13-18


Check back soon for details!

Family Fun Zone 

The Family Fun 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
  • Inflatables
  • Face Painting



Free parking will be available at the Durham County Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr.

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

Please check back soon for volunteer opportunities.

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