The Odunde African Street Festival returns again to South Street on June 12. The festival holds the distinction as the the longest-running and largest African-American street festival on the East coast. The festival begins with a blessing at the Schuylkill River, then transforms into a joyous street fair centered at 23rd and South Streets, and continues down Grays Ferry Avenue.
It’s always entertaining and uplifting to join thousands in this annual festival complete with live music, dance performances, food, activities and an authentic African marketplace.
The festival hosts up to 300 vendors, many of whom hail from various African countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and Guinea, and live performers will provide the soundscape all day on two stages.
Check out our Photo Gallery from last years Festival Here.
Where: 23rd and South Streets
When: Sunday, June 12, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
More Info: odundefestival.org
ODUNDE attracts over 600,000 people annually and is one of the largest community- based street festivals held in the country. The festival, whose concept originates from the Yorba people of Nigeria, West Africa, celebrates the coming of another year for African Americans and Africanized people around the world. It is an occasion highlighted by a colorful procession from 23rd and South Streets to the Schuylkill River where an offering of fruit and flowers is made to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river. ODUNDE is also known for its authentic African marketplace featuring vendors from around the world selling merchandise from many African nations, the Caribbean and Brazil.Each year, the second Sunday in June, ODUNDE, one of the nations oldest African American street festivals take place. ODUNDE will be celebrating its 35rd year in the traditional south Philadelphia location near 23rd and South streets. The festival started in 1975 with a $100.00 grant and neighbors from Fernandez’s south Philadelphia community. In two years the ODUNDE Festival exploded. The eclectic mix of vendors, entertainment and music started to draw people from around and beyond the region and each year continues to be no different.