Africa is coming to the streets of one of Philly’s oldest neighborhoods. The annual Odunde festival, which celebrates the coming of another year for African-American people around the world, is a Philadelphia tradition that dates back to 1975. Today, the 12-block party is the largest African celebration on the east coast, and attracts guests from around the world.
The festival begins with a all-inclusive spiritual procession to the Schuylkill River, where offerings of fruits and flowers are made to the Goddess of the River, Oshun. The gathering then returns to 23rd and South streets for the festival. African, Caribbean, and soul food delight strolling visitors, with delicacies like fried fish, curry goat, fried chicken making the festival a popular culinary destination. In addition to the food, over 100 vendors sell crafts, clothing, jewelry, and more from countries spanning Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. The festival presents American vendors, but also ones from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and Guinea. Stages will host performances from a variety of African dance groups and musical ensembles as well.
The Odunde festival offers a day of vibrant traditional dress, African food, cuisine, and celebration from around the world. Check this out if you enjoy great food, a day outdoors, or experiencing a variety of cultures.
For more information, check out the event website here.
10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m.
Main 23rd & Lombard streets to Grays Ferry Ave & Christian Street;
20th & South streets to 24th & South streets
Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia