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June 09, 2016

Annual Odunde Street Festival returns to Graduate Hospital

Odunde is the largest African-American street festival in the country

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Odunde Street Festival G. Widman/Visit Philadelphia™

A Philadelphia favorite for more than 30 years, the Odunde Festival celebrates the Yoruba New Year, beginning with a spiritual procession to the Schuylkill River and ending with a lively street fair.

The Graduate Hospital neighborhood will lend 12 blocks to the 41st Annual Odunde Street Festival on June 12, beginning at 10 a.m. The daylong, family-friendly festival features an authentic African marketplace with vendors from around the world selling merchandise from African nations, the Caribbean and Brazil.  

The festival's concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, and their new year celebration. During the day, there will be a procession from the block party to the Schuylkill River to offer fruit and flowers to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river. 

Besides the marketplace and procession, there will be food, music and performances. Live performances by musician Biz Markie and the group Brand Nubian will take place on stage. Traditional African dance by Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble will also take place.

The festival is free to attend and ends at 8 p.m.

41st Annual Odunde Street Festival

Sunday, June 12
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Free
23rd and South streets