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3rd Annual

Welcome to the Marafiki Center's annual African Cultural Celebration! 

This is our 3rd year celebrating the diverse culture of Africans living in Lexington. 

Swahili Day is a one-day festival celebrating African culture and the Swahili language as the 3rd most spoken language in Lexington.

Join us for African music, food, arts & crafts, dances, drums, fashion, and a live band.

From bustling market stalls to a lively lineup of dancers and musicians to delicious food, this dynamic event is fun for the whole family. 

Come and celebrate multiculturalism in Lexington with us.

All are welcome!


In 2023, the Mayor of Lexington honored Marafiki Center with a proclamation recognizing the contributions of the African community in Lexington and declaring June 3rd the official "Swahili Day." (This year we are celebrating on Sat., June 1, 2024).


This dynamic event showcases Lexington's African and Swahili cultural diversity. We invite everyone to come and experience the culture, food, music, and arts of Africa. Support African-owned businesses selling goods in the market stalls. The center stage will feature performers in dance, drums, music, and a fashion show. Learn some Swahili too!

Swahili Day is made possible by the generosity of donors and volunteers from the community. Each year we fundraise and offer sponsorship opportunities. Consider making a donation to the Marafiki Center. All funds raised by the Marafiki Center are used to host Swahili Day and to provide cultural programs throughout the season.

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Marafiki Kids Corner

Bring your children and let them enjoy an array of activities including face painting, cultural crafts, and a bounce house.


African Market Place

Commercial and informational stalls selling African products such as clothing, fabrics, home wares and accessories.


Live Music & Performances

Enjoy Afrobeats from our event DJ and a center stage filled with lively performances including artists, dancers, drummers, and other unique cultural performances.


Cultural Fashion Show

Two carefully curated showcases by African designers inspired by traditional African fashion. 


Local and Cultural Food Vendors

African foods, drinks and treats from all walks of life and some of Lexington's favorite food trucks and vendors.


Community Partners

Collect information from booths set up by helpful community partners and organizations.


BCTC Newtown Campus
500 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40508


  • DJ and Live Congolese Music Band

  • Food Vendors

  • African Drumming

  • Cultural Fashion Show

  • Dance Performances

  • Bounce House for Kids

  • Face Painting

  • Learn some Swahili phrases with us!

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