Cultural celebration

The Ann Arbor African American Downtown Festival celebrating African American culture and businesses will take over Main Street from N. Fourth Avenue to E. Ann Street on Saturday, June 1. “We have expanded activities for kids this year,” says Teesha Montague, event coordinator and co-chair of the event. Those include face painting, nature-inspired arts and crafts, a puppet show, and interactive activities sponsored by Radio Disney AM 910. Jump rope, checkers and Connect 4 tournaments will also be on hand, and adults will find plenty to do as well. Exhibits include crafts, jewelry, custom and traditional clothing, political and community outreach programs, and edible contests with taste tests. A full slate of health screenings and awareness programs will be on hand, and live entertainment will rock downtown throughout the day, with poetry, gospel choirs, praise dancers (movement with a religious bent), storytellers, hip hop, and bands playing everything from jazz to country. Best of all: the epic day is free. Main Street between N. Fourth Ave and E. Ann Street, directly adjacent to the Washtenaw County Courthouse. Free.