African Festival This Weekend


It is officially Festival Season in the City of Lowell.  Last week we celebrated Acre Fest  and the countdown is on until the 32nd annual Lowell Folk Festival  later this summer.  This weekend, eyes turn towards the boulevard and the 19th Annual African Festival sponsored by the African Cultural Association.

Collage Photo Credit: Jen Myers


Then-Mayor Patrick Murphy visits C.K. Mulenga’s Cape to Cairo Clothing Tent

The first African Festival was held in 2001 and drew a respectable crowd of a few hundred people to JFK Plaza.  It has since grown to one of the biggest festivals of the summer with annual visitors in the thousands.


Then-Mayor Edward Kennedy, Ben Opara, and Dr. Salah Khelfaoui at 2017 Opening Ceremony

A few images from last year’s African Festival.  The 2017 keynote speaker was Lowell Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Salah Khelfaoui.  Dr. Khelfaoui grew up in Algeria.


The 2018 African Festival will be this Saturday, June 16th from 11-7 at the Sampas Pavilion and will once again feature all different types of music, dance, food, and more.  This year’s theme is “African Culture: Our Strength, Our Heritage, Our Gift To Mankind.” 



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