Central City Festival




11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

1600 & 1700 Blocks of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, uptown

The Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants & Business Association is pleased to announce the10th Annual Central City Festival.  

Festival goers will enjoy the rhythms of a wide range of music, dance performances, arts and crafts vendors, local food trucks and popular food vendors, and various non-profits and health organizations providing information.  There will be lots of activities for children, including facepainting, drumming workshops, crafts, and even writing exercises with Big Class.

This year, we’re Dancin’ in the Streets with:

  • Emcee Hollywood and DJ Kimya all day
  • Central City Dance Team (Boys & Girls Club) at 11am
  • Sistah's Makin' a Change at 11:15am
  • Gospel tribute at noon
  • Big Chief Brian Harrison Nelson & the Nouveau Bounce at 1:15pm
  • Dance group Bookoo Rueda will teach everyone some Cuban dance moves at 2:30pm
  • Alexey Marti & Urban Minds at 3pm
  • Free Agents Brass Band second line with the Creole Belle Baby Dolls at 4pm
  • Bamboula 2000 at 5pm

We love food trucks, so Diva Dawg and La Cubana will be on hand, as well as other popular local food vendors. Beer and soft drinks will be available. Stay on the boulevard for dinner at one of our great restaurants!

The festival is free and open to the public.

The festival is coordinated and presented by the Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Main Street initiative of the Merchants & Business Association, a non-profit 501c3 organization that has been working to revitalize the commercial district for 18 years.  Partners and volunteers in the neighborhood collaborate, and sponsors and donors fund 100% of the activities.  Sponsors benefit from a robust promotions strategy that associates their name with great local talent and community commitment.  Contact us at 504.528.1806 for information below.