(BPT) - You feel the beat pulsing through your body and the crowd's energy encouraging you to move with the music — you haven't felt this alive in years. The thrill of listening to live music at a festival, surrounded by hundreds of people coming together for the day, is an experience many never forget. The African American Festival offers this kind of exhilarating live music, along with 16 acres of free fun and learning for every family member.
The largest free cultural festival on the East coast, the African American Festival welcomes all ages and includes a wide range of unique activities unlike any other festival around. When the festival is over, you'll find plenty of reasons to stay and enjoy the rest of the city. All summer long, you can experience free cultural events, as well as world-renowned museums, attractions and historical sites. Baltimore keeps the whole family entertained even on a tight budget.
Here are five reasons to visit Baltimore and attend the festival this summer:
This festival is fun for the whole family!
You don't have to plan a separate vacation to attend this cultural festival. The African American Festival offers wide-ranging experiences, including children's activities, to give the entire family a chance to celebrate summer.
Mouth-watering festival food introduces you to new tastes.
With more than 50 food and food truck vendors, you'll never go hungry at the African American Festival. These vendors offer cuisine from all over the world and provide a small taste of what to expect from the Baltimore food scene. After the festival, be sure to stay in town to try the cuisine Baltimore is best known for: seafood. The city has numerous crab houses and seafood restaurants, where you can go to delight in the local delicacies any day of the week.
The culture continues long after the festival.
The African American Festival is just one of the many ways to experience culture in Baltimore. When you need a break from the crowd, head out to cozy and historical neighborhoods like Little Italy, Federal Hill and Fell's Point, where you'll find not only restaurants, shops and activities to keep you entertained, but also premier museums honoring the history of African Americans, like the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. All are family-oriented destinations to check out while you're in Baltimore.
Industry experts reveal the newest beauty trends and products.
When you're ready to take a break from technology and wellness, stop by Beauty Pavilion to learn new brands, expert tips and the latest trends in hair and makeup. BrownGirl Village is specifically set up for young girls who want hair, makeup and fashion tips.
The African American festival celebrates a world of cultures.
The African American festival wants to bring people together from all cultures to celebrate diversity. Stop by Culture Village to hear more live music, taste delicious food and learn creative dances from a number of unique cultures from around the world.
The African American Festival, which takes place July 2-3, provides a wide range of entertaining, educational and empowering activities. When you're preparing for your trip, be sure to check out all of the other fun art and cultural events Baltimore has to offer as well, like ARTSCAPE, LatinoFest, the Caribbean Festival and the P.C.A.M. Polish Festival. For more information on Baltimore’s special events, deals and discounts, visit www.Baltimore.org.