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African-American Heritage Festival

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Staunton's African-American Heritage Festival (AAHF) is an annual celebration of black culture and history.

The 29th annual AAHF will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17 and will include live music, cultural dancing, entertainment, a variety of foods, and crafts from local and regional artisans.

This family-friendly event features face painting, crafts, and fun activities for the kids as well as community resources and health screenings! All events are free and fully handicapped accessible.

The African-American Heritage Festival is one of the largest events of its kind in the Shenandoah Valley and is hosted by a non-profit, volunteer group. It is sponsored by the City of Staunton, Staunton Parks & Recreation, and Staunton's Tourism Department. 

Entertainment & Activities

Saturday’s entertainment includes The Winstons (Memories of Motown Revue);  local rapper, V. Bady; and Joe Pettus & The Soul Shakers.

New this year is a cornhole tournament! Find registration info on the Staunton African-American Heritage Festival Facebook page.

Sunday morning’s church service at the festival will be led by Pastor Reginald A. Early of Community United Methodist Church at 10 a.m.  Sunday’s musical line-up includes Larry Bland & Promise, Sons Of God, and more!

The Winstons

The Winstons

Joe Pettus and the Soul Shakers

Joe Pettus & The Soul Shakers

Larry Bland and Promise

Larry Bland & Promise

 V. Bady

V. Bady

 Sons of God

Sons of God