The 31st Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival Returns To Annapolis City Dock
FREE Family Friendly Festival Featuring Food, Fun, Music, Dance, Education & Culture
The KKHF is a FREE family friendly festival catering to all ages. Festival goers can expect a LIVE fashion show, Global Journey for Children's Global Scholars Contest and an entire schedule of performances to be released, which includes this year's headliners, the legendary Junkyard Band. To maximize the KKHF audience beyond the Annapolis and DC|MD|VA area, KKHF will also be available via a virtual Facebook & Instagram LIVE stream.
This year's festival will be different than the rest as we are currently still in a pandemic and pride ourselves on keeping our attendees safe and healthy. There will be masks, hand sanitizer and wipes provided from the local health department. MASKS ARE RECOMMENDED with or without vaccination.
Our mission at the KKHF is produce an 'edutaining' (Education + Entertaining)
*FREE Family Friendly Festival
*KKHF taking place in the historical city of Annapolis, MD at the Annapolis City Dock where Kunta Kinte was sold into slavery from The Gambia in West Africa
*LIVE Fashion Show | LIVE Music & Dance Performances
*Three (3) LIVE stages
*Festival Headliner | Junkyard Band
*Global Journey for Children's Global Scholars Contest for youth in 6th – 12th grade
*Children's Tent with a children's activities area featuring arts, crafts and more in partnership with Chesapeake Children's Museum
*FREE Shuttle available at several parking destinations including the FREE Calvert Street Garage located at 19 St. Johns St.
HISTORY OF KUNTA KINTE
In 1767, Kunta Kinte was brought aboard the ship Lord Ligonier from The Gambia in West Africa to the Annapolis city dock to be sold into slavery. This legendary character is known from Alex Haley's best-selling novel 'Roots: The Saga of an American Family,' and the recent History Channel remake, 'Roots,' a TV mini-series. Despite many years in bondage, Kunta Kinte never lost his connection to his African heritage. His experience symbolizes the importance for all ethnic groups to preserve their cultural identity.
Tamiko Thomas | Principal Publicist