The Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival (BCAACF) presents its 21st annual event on Saturday, September 16.

The streets surrounding the historic Towson Courthouse complex will come alive with entertainment, vendors, and exhibits for the entire family. This year’s festival will include two music stages featuring local and regional artists, an Education Village offering discussions on issues affecting the African-American community, health and wellness exhibits, and a children’s area with exhibits and entertainment from the Maryland Zoo, the National Aquarium, the Walter’s Art Museum, the Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Museum and more.

This year’s event will also continue a 20-year tradition of awarding of five scholarships to Baltimore County high school graduates, and a newer tradition of honoring African American men and women of the military for outstanding service with Hero/Shero Awards.

The BCAACF was founded by Maryland State Delegate Adrienne Jones and former Baltimore County Executive and current U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersburger, as a platform to inspire and preserve the rich history of African-American culture in Baltimore County. The festival highlights local and national entertainers, and businesses of all sizes with over 10,000 attendees and raises funds to support charitable programs and scholarships for Baltimore County’s African-American community.

For more information on the Baltimore County African American Culture Festival and to view a full schedule, visit

Rachel Bone

Rachel Bone is a regular contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl.