August Quarterly, the Nation’s Oldest African American Festival, Is Coming to Wilmington

Known as the nation’s oldest African American festival, the August Quarterly returns to Wilmington in 2017 on Aug. 20-27. Held at the Harriet-Tubman Riverfront, this annual event promises entertainment, storytelling, shopping, food, activities, and much more for people of all ages, and it’s all part of the festival’s long heritage as a “a celebration of African American Religious freedom in the United States.”

In fact, the August Quarterly is Delaware’s oldest folk festival. Founded Reverend Peter Spencer, the festival has been held on the last Sunday in August every year since 1814. Fast forward to 2017, and the festival will feature a lengthy lineup of performances, as well as a focus on the past.

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