Bimbé Celebration

Band and dancer performing at Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

Bimbé Celebration

It’s time for a Bimbé Celebration! This event will consist of some of the highlights of our usual Bimbé Festival including great music, speakers, and tasty food! Enjoy concerts and speakers from the comfort of your vehicle or bring your own chairs and sit directly in front of your vehicle in the marked space provided. Multiple time slots will be available for participants to sign up for their favorite talk and band combination. 

This family-oriented event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, arts, and traditions. Visit the Bimbé History page for information on how the festival has evolved throughout the years.

Event Details

Saturday, May 15, 2021
11 a.m.-2 p.m., 3 p.m.-6 p.m., or 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Gates open one hour before your scheduled event time.
Durham County Memorial Stadium Parking Lot, 750 Stadium Drive

Event Registration

This is a free event, but preregistration is required. Reserve your parking spot beginning Thursday, April 15 at 9 a.m., only one reservation is needed per car. Three different timeslots will be offered. Each timeslot will accommodate up to 80 vehicles. Cars are limited to 4 people, so please plan accordingly!

Registration is currently full! Sign up for the waitlist and staff will reach out if spaces become available.

Listen Online: The 7 p.m.-10 p.m. show will be available via YouTube Live.

School Supply Drive

We will be collecting school supplies for those in need in our community. If you are able, please bring an item from each person in your car. Supplies will be collected at check-in. This is not required but we hope to collect a bounty of supplies to share with those in need. Any school supplies will be accepted but the following items are the most needed: 

  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils 

Bimbé Celebration Performance & Speaker Schedule

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Schedule

Feature DJ: Brian Dawson

TimePerformer/SpeakerMusic Genre/Speaker Topic
11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.Dwayne JordanBlack American
11:45 a.m.-12 p.m.Community Health CoalitionMental Health and COVID
12 p.m.-12:45 p.m.CJ Baker Band90’s/2000’s R&B
12:45 p.m.-1 p.m.William Jennette, Jr.Physical Fitness
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.Brevan Hampden QuartetJazz
1:45 p.m.-2 p.m.DJ Medley

3 p.m.-6 p.m. Schedule

Feature DJ: DJ Fannie Mae

TimePerformer/SpeakerMusic Genre/Speaker Topic
3 p.m.-3:45 p.m.John Violinist & CstaggzUrban Violinist
3:45 p.m.-4 p.m.Toney GreenCredit
4 p.m.-4:45 p.m.Sahara Reggae Band
4:45 p.m.-5 p.m.Kristen HopkinsBlack Social-Emotional Learning Matters
5 p.m.-5:45 p.m.Damarais JoiWorld
5:45 p.m.-6 p.m.DJ Medley

7 p.m.-10 p.m. Schedule

Feature DJ: DJ Double J

TimePerformer/SpeakerMusic Genre/Speaker Topic
7 p.m.-7:45 p.m.Gavin MaestroR&B
7:45 p.m.-8 p.m.Jason RedmondInsurance
8 p.m.-8:45 p.m.Mavis SWAN PooleSoul
8:45 p.m.-9 p.m.Maya Jackson & Beverly WilliamsCradle to Classroom: Durham's Early Childhood Supports
9 p.m.-9:45 p.m.Uptown Swagga BandGoGo
9:45 p.m.-10 p.m.DJ Medley

Listen Online: The 7 p.m.-10 p.m. show will be available via YouTube Live.

Food Trucks

The following food trucks will be available so be sure to bring your appetite or feel free to pack your own picnic.  

  • Tropical Delights
  • R&B Grill and Concession
  • Levy's Jerkstand
  • Magnificent Concessions

Important Safety Information

You must remain in your car or in the space provided in front of your car unless you are visiting a food truck or the restroom. While outdoor mask use is no longer required, it is still recommended — especially in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. 


Learn more about our Bimbé Celebration volunteer opportunities through ivolunteer.

Inclement Weather

The Bimbé Celebration is rain or shine.

Events may be canceled in the case of severe inclement weather. Cancellation updates will be posted on this page, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Event status updates can also be accessed by calling the weather line at 919-560-4636, and pressing Number 8.

Event Contact

For event information, email Kristin Perez or call 919-560-4355.

The City of Durham assumes no responsibility for injury, property loss, illness, or damage of any kind. City Staff reserve the right to adopt or change any rule at any time, with or without notice, to best serve our customer and staff's safety as well as our best business practice.