Articles for September 2019

Phoenix Fest – 2019 – Durham, NC – Oct 5th – 9 to 6 pm

Come see our Table Fables booth at the Durham’s Phoenix Fest 2019 Festival, on October 5, 2019, from 9 – 6pm. This event is FREE to the public. This year, in addition to celebrating Phoenix Fest’s 18th year on historic Fayetteville Street,  we’ll also celebrate the 150th anniversary of Durham’s founding. African Americans have played a significant role in Durham’s past and figure largely into Durham’s future.
Phoenix Fest has been selected as a celebration site for Durham 150. So get on board with the year-long festivities and let’s celebrate all that’s great and wonderful about Durham and its African American culture.  Phoenix Fest, sponsored by the Phoenix Shopping Centers, is an annual cultural celebration of the business and cultural legacy of Durham’s Hayti community, one of North Carolina’s oldest African American communities.

In celebrating Hayti’s legacy, Phoenix Fest will again live up to its reputation as Durham’s funkiest street music festival when Fayetteville Street is blocked off (between E. Piedmont Avenue and E. Lakewood Ave.) and transformed into a bustling bazaar with an early morning parade, all-day music, delicious food and dazzling vendor displays that will deliver a fun-filled day for thousands of festival-goers. 

From the time the first Africans arrived in North Carolina until the present day, music has been an ever-present and culturally-defining element. Music is the universal language and Phoenix Fest celebrates the diverse musical traditions present in Durham’s African American community from the high-stepping band tradition in the opening parade to the gospel, R&B, reggae, blues, hip hop, and jazz.
   All-day music starts on Center Stage immediately after the parade ends. We invite you to grab a seat under the big tent or bring your lawn chairs and sit awhile to savor our community’s rich talent, both known and unknown. Click here ( ) to see the performance schedule and other details.