Black Arts Fest MKE honors African heritage and African American culture, creating a positive atmosphere that unifies all ages. Like many other ethnic festivals this year, Black Arts Fest MKE has also been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will return in 2021.



  • Comply with Safer at Home mandates
  • Cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands with antibacterial soap for 20 seconds
  • Disinfect high touch surfaces frequently such as: door knobs, cell phones, car handles, credit card terminals, and faucets and bathroom fixtures

Although we all enjoy attending the festival, given the disproportionate rate that COVID-19 has affected African Americans, the board has made the difficult but responsible decision to cancel the festival for this year. “We appreciate the value of our annual gathering but prioritize our community’s health and safety above all else.” says Derek Tyus, chairman of BAFMKE’s board of directors.


Black Arts Fest MKE

This annual festival celebrates African heritage and African American culture, exposing attendees to our deep roots and creative arts. Black Arts Fest MKE creates a positive atmosphere that unifies all ages to inspire and strengthen pride in our ancestry. We hope all leave the festival with a greater understanding of our history.

Each year Black Arts Fest MKE is scheduled for the first Saturday of the first full weekend in August and occurs at Henry Maier Festival Park (aka the Summerfest grounds). The festival celebrates many forms of artists showcasing the synergy of African heritage and African American culture. The festival is packed with fun and festivities from 12pm Noon until 12am Midnight.

We Invite You!

Black Arts Fest MKE appreciates and thanks to the support of our community, sponsors and funders! Without you, thousands of fest goers would not have have the ability to celebrate the magnificence of our culture. We look forward to 2021 when members of our community can rejoin the celebration.

Our stages showcase local talent as well as national artists. The children’s area is flooded with cultural activities, free face painting, and diverse entertainment. When you attend the festival, you can explore various art forms from traditional fine arts, a marketplace full of textiles and wares, and so much more.

Meet The Team

The Black Arts Fest MKE Board of Directors are an experienced and highly respected ground of professionals in the Milwaukee business community. Each are dedicated to the growth of the city and are actively engaged in the process through their personal and professional endeavors. Their vision to hold a successful festival for the African and African American community, and the community as a whole, demonstrates their commitment to Milwaukee.

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