KuumbaFest is San Diego’s longest running and premier celebration of African-American expression, culture, and heritage.

The three day festival will include traditional African art and pageantry, drama, educational workshops, community leadership awards, an African marketplace, a health fair, Hip Hop Showcase, tribute to the famed Apollo Theatre “Live at the Lyceum,” a Gospel Concert, and powerful guest speakers and artists.


Looking for something to do between shows? Then, make sure you don't miss out on the awesome events and educational sessions Kuumba Fest has to offer! Whether your leaving an event I trying to wait for the next, Kuumba fest always has an exciting market place packed with entertainment & education.
The Healthiest You was the theme for year 2011 and there were exhibitions and demonstrations...
African Market Place draws exotic, creative cultural products locally and abroad...
During Kuumba Fest the celebration at the Underground Stage host talent in an...



Founded in 1993, Kuumba Fest began as an offshoot of the San Diego Urban Warriors' gang diversion program. Founder Dajahn Blevins taught arts to at-risk youth as a means of social development, cultural enrichment and self-empowerment. The students presented a sold-out performance at the San Diego Repertory Theatre at the end of the program, and the feedback from the community was so strong, Kuumba Fest was born. Co-produced by the Rep and its African American Council, Kuumba Fest is the county's longest-running celebration of African-derived culture and commerce.

Kuumba (Swahili for "creativity") Fest brings together community leaders, local performers and celebrities for an annual audience that averages 5,000. From gospel to hip-hop and theater to dance, San Diego's Kuumba Fest present a wide showcase of arts that celebrate Black American culture in all its variety. Kuumba Fest will offer a three-day festival that includes educational workshops, hip-hop dance and speech competitions, performances of plays, Late Night Live (San Diego's version of Late Night at the Apollo), and as always, a gospel concert finale. An African Market Place featuring arts and crafts for sale by local vendors will also be presented in the lobby of the Lyceum Theatre at Horton Plaza Shopping Center.