Umoja festival returns on Sept. 10


ETSU and the Umoja Cultural Arts Committee continue their partnership for the 25th Umoja Festival, being held at King Commons Park in downtown Johnson City on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Daytime activities will feature booths and activities for children, including face painting, inflatables, and arts & crafts. As always, the selection of festival food and merchandise vendors featuring artwork, jewelry, clothing and arts and crafts is sure to please.

Throughout the festival will be a selection of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues bands and musicians. Gospel will return to the main stage with selections from the East Tennessee State University Gospel Choir and Thankful and Friendship Baptist Church Choirs.

The Main Stage lineup will open with a special dedication at the Opening Ceremony to follow the annual Umoja Festival Parade, which will begin at 11 a.m. at Carver Park. The Calling of Drums will be dedicated to the legacy of Rev. Vincent M. Dial. New Orleans’ Zulu Connection with Shaka and the Watutu Dancers will be performing throughout the day. The Gospel Choirs will grace the stage first, followed by the entertainment kick off with a Block Party with DJ Dunn and Quann the Rapper of Johnson City.

Visit for festival information, news and schedules.


About Author

Comments are closed.