Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

The national award winning Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival celebrated its 50th Anniversary on May 18, 2019! 

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.

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Durham Parks and Recreation would like to thank our sponsors, specifically Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, city administrators and officials, our many community partners and the attendees that helped make the 50th Annual Award Winning Bimbѐ Cultural Arts Festival a huge success. Over 15,000 participants gathered to celebrate and enjoy a day filled with entertainment, food, shopping, and more!

It is our goal to provide family friendly events that the entire community can be proud of. We put a lot of work into the festival and were disappointed in the language used by one of the artists because of our goal and mission as well as the respect we have for our community. As always, prior to securing an artist we communicate the nature of the event along with the demographic that will be in attendance. Unfortunately, one of the artists did not adhere to the agreement that was made with him prior to the event.  

We owe our sponsors, city administrators, elected officials and you, the community an apology. We hope that you will continue to support us as we offer our many programs, activities and events. We will be working to put stronger measures in place to ensure that this does not happen again. You deserve it! Thank you once again for your support.

50th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

Thank you to all that attended the 50th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival on May 18, 2019! 

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Festival Activities

  • Live Music
  • Family Fun Zone
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Community Resources
  • Ethnic Food
  • Local Talent

Seating will not be provided, please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The following is not allowed at the festival:

  • No coolers
  • No smoking
  • No alcohol
  • No personal canopies/tents
  • No pets

The 50th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival is presented by
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina in partnership with
Durham Parks and Recreation.

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Event Cancellation Information

Events may be canceled in the case of severe inclement weather.

  • Call the weather line at 919-560-4636 and press Number 8 for the status of the event.
  • Visit Facebook and / or Twitter

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!

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