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Jacksonville African-American Cultural Arts Festival

In an effort to promote African-American history and culture in Jacksonville, local talents in music and art will be showcased at the Jacksonville African-American Cultural Arts Festival.  The festival will take place at Philip Randolph Heritage Park in Jacksonville.

The Lunch and Learn Health Fair will begin the event on Friday, May 21st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  There is a long list of service providers who will be sharing information about their services as well as a Q&A to provide answers to health questions including those about health-care services and insurance coverage.  At noon there will be a special "Lunch and Learn" session and those attending we be able to buy lunch from one of the many vendors. 

On Saturday, May 22nd beginning at 10:00 m the JAACA Festival opens with a Motorcycle Show and Competition, as well as the Corvette Club exhibit.  ADAMEC Cycle Sales, one of the areas largest distributors of Harley Davidson motorcycles,  will be sponsoring the event.  The show will feature local motorcycle clubs and individuals displaying their bikes and competing for the title, "Best in Show."  Other categories will include: Best Bike, Best Cruiser Harley and Best Custom Chopper.

Also on Saturday, will be performances by numerous artists including Ms. Joy Dennis who just released her debut CD and TNT a R&B band who have performed at venues throughout Jacksonville.  There will be performances by the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County Steppers, DJ Prince of Jacksonville, The Nu Level Band, The IGIVE, The Diamond Dancers and many more.

If it's artwork you're looking for, artist and graphic designer, Thomas Vercher will be exhibiting and selling his works "Art Cognizant of Culture, Spirit and Self."

Also joining and the festivities will be the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Re-Enactors Company "F."  They are a group of actors that over the last several years have performed at various African American festivals and events.  The Re-Enactors portray the role that African Americans played in the military and the Civil War of the 19th Century.

For the Kid's at the festival there will be The Zone which will be an interactive area at the park playground.  It will include interactive storytelling, music, games, magic shows, face-painting, arts and crafts and bouncers.

Plan your weekend around the Jacksonville African-American Cultural  Arts Festival, it's one you don't want to miss.

Philip Randolph Heritage Park is located at  1096 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32206 map

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