Seattle Center Festál continues with Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest, an in-person festival Friday through Sunday in the Seattle Center Armory Food & Event Hall, the Fisher Pavilion Rooftop and the Mural Amphitheatre.

This year’s festival, which is free and open to the public, has a lineup of performers, vendors and food  in celebration of Juneteenth and Father’s Day.

Guest artists from across the country will convene in Seattle, including The Bar-Kays, Rick James’ Original Stone City Band, The Queens of Soul Jazz, Saeed Renaud and Kalimba.

Other activities feature an art gala, youth drill and dance teams, a children’s village, an African dance troupe and African drum circles.

Other festival highlights include a marketplace with over 60 vendors, Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers, and the American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths.  

“The Black arts scene is alive and well in Seattle and this is an exciting opportunity to engage and celebrate,” said Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell in a press release. “Let’s build One Seattle through vibrant artistic expression, honoring our dynamic communities and sharing common experiences with one another.”

Festival Sundiata celebrates Black culture and educates the community on the contributions of African Americans who form a melting pot of cultures. 

Festival Sundiata is the longest-running African American festival celebrated in the Pacific Northwest and Seattle, holding its first festival in 1980.

The festival is named in honor of Sundiata Keita, the historic and legendary Mansa (King of Kings) of the Mali Empire in West Africa. King Sundiata rescued his people’s griot and created one of the most significant cultural and economic kingdoms in Africa.

Information on the festival is available at festivalsundiata.org and www.seattlecenter.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Seattle Center Festál cultivates a deeper understanding of the cultures and ethnic diversity that contribute to the vibrancy of the Pacific Northwest.

The series links together 24 free festivals presented on weekends from February to November, each with its own cultural focus, identity and range of engaging activities.