Bimbé Weekday Events


The national award winning Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival will be celebrating its 52nd anniversary in 2022! This family oriented event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, arts, and traditions. Join us all week long at our weekday celebrations leading up to the Festival.

Bimbé Weekday Events Schedule

Bimbé Community Block Party

Wednesday, May 18
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Holton Career and Resource Center Athletic Field, 401 N. Driver Street
FREE | All Ages

Come out and enjoy free music, community performances, dancing, and games for the whole family!  Activities will include bingo, a bounce house, 3 on 3 basketball, arts and crafts, games and recreational activities.  Book Harvest will be giving away books and free haircuts will be offered on a first come first served basis from 5-7pm.  Come hungry and visit one of the food vendors selling hotdogs and Italian ice. 

Bimbé Cypher at the Bull (Organized by OnlyUs Media)

Thursday, May 19
7 p.m-9 p.m.
CCB Plaza, 201 N Corcoran Street
FREE | All Ages

Every Friday night, Med City Cypher gathers youth in downtown Durham in front of the bronze “Major” bull statue to rap, sing, make beats, and create community together. It is named the MED CITY CYPHER because it takes place in Durham, the City of Medicine, and because the weekly ritual is deeply medicinal. At the cypher, youth are challenged to improvise and think on their toes and to build self-confidence and empathy. It’s group therapy through Hip Hop! OnlyUs Media has partnered with us to hold a special Bimbe Cypher at the Bull. Mr. Kevin Rowsey is leading this awesome event.

  • Sign up to participate on-site
  • All ages welcome to participate
  • No cursing
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Kevin “Rowdy” Rowsey is a National Recording Artist, Writer, Actor, and Educator based in the North Carolina Triangle Area. Rowdy has been featured on BET, NPR, PBS Kids, and has given a TEDX talk on the importance of Hip Hop Culture. Rowsey has also been selected as a U.S. Hip Hop Ambassador through the U.S. Department of State and the Next Level Hip Hop Program. He also holds the position of Program Director at the Downtown Durham – Afrofuturist Teen Center Blackspace. Through UNC Greensboro’s Masters of Arts in Teaching Program Rowsey continues his mission to spread southern hip hop at a national and international level through performance, writing and educational workshops inspiring the culture through the craft.

Bimbé Teen Pool Party

Friday, May 20
7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Campus Hills Pool, 2000 South Alston Avenue
FREE | Ages 13-18

Teens! Come celebrate the end of the school year and kick off the summer right at Campus Hills Teen Pool Party! There will be games, music, food, and give-a-ways! Grab your friends to cool off at the pool and turn up to the sound of the beat. Participants must wear appropriate pool attire. Participants 18 years old will be asked to present a valid high school ID in order to participate.

52nd Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

Saturday, May 21
1 p.m.-7 p.m.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive
FREE | All Ages
Visit the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival page for details.