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Odunde Festival

One of the largest and most longstanding African-American street festivals in the nation

The Odunde Street Festival and African Marketplace

Odunde is one of the largest community-based street festivals in the nation. Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia


June 11, 2017


The annual Odunde Street Festival brings a genuine taste of Africa to South Street and one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods.

Now in its 42nd year, the enormous festival will take over a dozen-block radius in Graduate Hospital on June 11, gathering hundreds of vendors from around the world.

The Layout

Headquartered in Graduate Hospital, streets will be blocked off to make way for the thousands and thousands of visitors slated to pass through the neighborhood.

Festival-goers can stroll the area from 23rd and Lombard streets to Grays Ferry Avenue and Christian Street, and from 20th and South streets to 24th and South streets.

Food and Drink

All sorts of African, Caribbean and Soul food will be readily available at the festival. Look forward to a variety of fried fish and chicken dishes, corn on the cob and much more.

The food is a huge attraction at Odunde, with a variety of vendors rarely seen at other regional festivals, so be sure to check out the awesome cuisine. Also, with large crowds expected, be prepared to wait in line for the best dishes.

Entertainment and Shopping

More than 100 vendors will sell everything from crafts, clothing, jewelry and more at the neighborhood festival. Beyond shopping from local vendors, the African Marketplace at the Odunde Festival promises shoppers items from countries in Africa, the Caribbean and South America.

An array of live music and performances will also take place on designated stages.

Outsider Tip

Odunde is a Yoruba word that means “Happy New Year.” Every year, Odunde draws vendors from not only America but from an array of African and Caribbean countries as well.


Odunde is the creation of its South Philadelphia founder, Lois Fernandez, who launched the festival after visiting similar celebrations in Africa. The concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, and celebrates the coming of another year for African-Americans and Africanized people around the world.

ODUNDE, Inc. is an educational and cultural organization that sponsors year-round programs featuring the African Diaspora as well as the annual Odunde Festival. Traditionally, the festival draws 32-percent of its visitors from outside the Philadelphia region.

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