About The Festival
The BCAACF, Inc. was founded in 1996 by Maryland State Delegate and Speaker Pro-Temp, Adrienne Jones, who envisioned a vibrant festival of the arts and culture in Baltimore County that would celebrate the rich and thriving traditions of the African American community.
Annually, the festival celebrates the rich and thriving traditions of the African American community. Drawing in renowned and local entertainers, small and large businesses, and approximately 50,000 attendees, the festival continues to be a vibrant extravaganza that has become one of Baltimore County’s treasures.
The festival is free, family-oriented and is always held in Towson, MD at the Courthouse Square Plaza. Traditionally, the festival is always held on the third Saturday in the month of September. Lastly, the festival serves as vehicle to showcase Baltimore County’s communities and its residents. It also serves as a means of raising funds to support charitable programs charged to the festival such as scholarships, summer camps, and historical preservation projects. The festival is one of the only festivals in the Mid-Atlantic corridor that does not promote or endorse alcohol or tobacco products.
The BCAACF, Inc. is a 501 C (3) tax-exempt organization.
The Festival serves as a vehicle to showcase Baltimore County communities and its residents. However, it also serves as a means of raising funds to support charitable programs charged to the Festival Board.
More than 40,000 people annually attend this one-day extravaganza of cultural activities, entertainment, exhibits, food and beverage attractions and informational exchange displays.
Baltimore County, Maryland hails more than 800,000 residents. Thirty percent of these residents are African Americans. The Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival attracts up to approximately 50,000 attendees each year. Attendees comprise, children, youth, adults, and seniors who reflect multicultural backgrounds and experiences.