Harambee Black Arts Festival. Photo by Rossano Paul Photography.

7100 Kelly Street
August 4, 5, 6
Various times

All weekend long, Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Harambee Black Arts Festival, which promotes pride and unity throughout the black diaspora across the region and beyond.

The festival’s HQ is 7100 Kelly St., where free events, activities and performances—as well as retail, culinary and health and wellness vendors—will be showcased. Don’t miss the kick-off on August 4 at 6 p.m. with the festive Soul Stepping Parade.

Explore yoga, movement and gardening during workshops with Creative Balance 4 Empowering People, pop into the mobile Legacy Art Gallery to view work by local artists and cheer on teams during basketball tournaments.

Featured performers include Sankofa Village, Gemini Children’s Theater, the Aami Jazz Band and many others. Additional entertainment will include gospel music, steel pan drumming, West African dance and more.

For all-ages fun, visit the Homewood Children’s Village, which will feature bouncy houses, games, a petting zoo, and activities led by Carnegie Science Center, Reading Is Fundamental and Buzzword.

Five decades strong, the Harambee Festival has served to strengthen community unity and support black art and culture.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP and participate in a community survey.

For more events, go here.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...