May 31, 2022 - Things to Do

Philly's Odunde Festival readies for in-person return this summer

People dancing on stage during Philadelphia's Odunde Festival.
Photo courtesy of A. Ricketts/Visit Philadelphia

Odunde — the largest African American festival in the city and nation — returns next month for the first time in two years.

Driving the news: The festival's CEO, Oshunbumi Fernandez-West, and Mayor Jim Kenney are gathering with city officials and artists Tuesday morning to announce Odunde's return to South Philly on June 12.

The big picture: The festival has grown into a massive economic driver for the city in its more than 45-year history.

  • The event annually attracts up to 500,000 attendees and has an economic impact of $28 million for the city.

Details: Odunde will take over more than a dozen blocks from 10am-8pm on June 12. It'll span 18th-24th Streets along South Street, and 23rd and Naudain to Grays Ferry Avenue and Christian Street.

  • There will be live entertainment and more than 100 vendors, featuring food, drinks, and arts and crafts, among other things.
  • Events leading up to the festival are scheduled between June 8-11.

What they're saying: Fernandez-West told Axios that vendors have remained committed to the festival after it was canceled in 2020 and 2021.

  • "The fact that Odunde is able to withstand the pandemic and is still going on, that's the blessing," she said.

Go deeper: For more information about Odunde, visit the festival's website.

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