Umoja Festival schedule announced

Hannah Swayze • Aug 31, 2018 at 12:20 AM

When: Sept. 7-8.

Where: Downtown Johnson City. 

Who: Umoja Cultural Arts Committee 

With the return of fall comes Johnson City’s Umoja cultural festival. The festival — its name translates to “Unity” — has been taking place in Johnson City in some form or fashion for almost 40 years.

This year, the festival meant to unite the community for a weekend of fun and togetherness will showcase a variety of music and entertainment, kids’ activities, information and craft booths and  much more.

What you’ll do

Organizers released the schedule for the 2018 Umoja Festival, and there’s no shortage of activities to take part in.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 7, festivalgoers can bring the little ones to the children’s area or indulge in festival food while watching boxing and wrestling demonstrations and dancing along with a dance group. Walk along Main Street in downtown Johnson City to peruse tent after tent of vendors offering artwork, crafts, jewelry and clothing.

Children’s Fun Zone

The theme this year for the Children’s Fun Zone is Science and Art. Fun learning activities will be provided by local organizations like the Hands On! Museum and Gray Fossil Site. The Triple H Petting Zoo will return with animals for children to pet and learn about, and Quantum Leap will be on-site with inflatables to play on. There will also be stations to make slime and blow giant bubbles.

Listen to a variety of music

Both Friday and Saturday evening the stage has a full schedule of upbeat music to get you moving.

Friday’s lineup includes Zulu Connection, Shaka Zulu and Watoto Dancers and DJs Sterl the Pearl and Breeze. On Friday evening, dance along to everything from Motown classics to recent dance songs during the performance of The Umoja Band from Atlanta and then again to music provided by DJ Sterl the Pearl.

On Saturday, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” contestant Xavier Lewis, and headliner We Are One Tribute Band.

For more information on the Umoja Festival, visit umojajc.org.

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