22nd Annual African American Cultural Celebration

  • Dates: January 28, 2023
  • Venue: North Carolina Museum of History
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 10:30am-4:30pm
  • Admission: Free


The African American Cultural Celebration is held on the last Saturday of January and serves as the statewide kickoff to Black History Month in North Carolina. For over 20 years, this celebration has brought together African American community members, organizations, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, scholars and more around a central theme to highlight the contributions that African Americans, past and present, have made to North Carolina’s history and culture. Multiple demonstrations, presentations and performances reach thousands of people, whether the celebration is held virtually or in person. A virtual Education Day was added in 2022.

Opening kickoff, with procession, welcoming remarks and musical performance, is 10:30-11am.

Music on the Lobby Stage will run from noon-4:30pm.

Music on the Auditorium Stage will run from 11am-4:30pm.

Literature and spoken word will take place in the Demonstration Gallery from 11:15am-4:30pm.

Various food trucks and vendors from the Black Farmers Market will be outside from 10:30am-4:30pm.

There's so much more, too! See a full schedule of music, hands-on activities, educational speakers and more here