In the past residents and visitors alike would file into Arcadia Creek Festival Place in downtown Kalamazoo during an extended weekend in July to celebrate black arts and the black culture in general. They wander around the park as they have the opportunity to buy or enjoy different kinds of art, food, drinks, music, and other things that are significant to black culture.

Things had to pause for a little bit while the entire world dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic which shut us all into our homes and ended festivals as we know them. After a short hiatus, the Black Arts and Cultural Center decided to move the festival over to Bronson Park, right in the heart of the city. This year the festival is back and is looking to showcase Black culture for all to enjoy.

This year the Black Arts and Cultural Center will be hosting the Black Arts Festival on Saturday, July 8th at Bronson Park. The festival is now a one-day event as activities and such will be going on from 11 am to 8 pm this year. There is a long list of vendors and entertainers set to bring the best of the Black culture to share with Kalamazoo.

This year there are only 8 food vendors this year but 21 local artists will be taking the stage, there will be countless games and activities to enjoy, and there are 35+ local vendors in attendance as well.

Above are the food vendors and local artists that will perform at this year's festival.

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