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Saturday, September 17th
11 a.m. — 6 p.m.
Jubilee: Festival of Black History and Culture
Mann-Simons Site : 1403 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Thank you to everyone who made the 44th annual Jubilee: Festival of Black History and Culture such a success! We appreciate everyone who attended and look forward to next year's 45th annual festival on Saturday, September 16, 2023.
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Join Historic Columbia at Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Now in its 44th year, this free outdoor festival brings musicians, artisans, dancers and storytellers together to celebrate South Carolina’s Black history and culture on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Site.
Jubilee is a celebration everyone can enjoy and features live music and entertainment, artist demonstrations, and marketplace vendors selling a variety of ware, products and art. Come hungry, because there will also be vendors selling food, non-alcoholic beverages, and beer and wine.
Please note concealed firearms are prohibited at the festival.
Time Performer 11:00 am Jubilee Choir 11:30 am Benedict College Gospel Choir 11:55 am Jeffrey Lampkin and the Francis Marion Gospel Choir 12:25 pm Felton Eaddy 12:30 pm Camm Wess 1:15 pm Darius Starks 2:00 pm Stois Atelier Fashion Show w/ DJ Kelly Kel 2:30 pm Hip Hop Aerobics with Xtreme Jonez Steppaz 2:45 pm Donald Ceasar & the Creole Band 3:30 pm FatRat DaCzar 4:30 pm Keke Wyatt 5:15 pm DJ Kelly Kel: House Music Concert
Felton Eaddy, poet Mary Graham Grant, sweetgrass basket and jewelry artist Mary Ann Moore Anderson, gourd artist Thomas Mosley, instrument making and percussionist James Robinson, African drumming and culture 54th Massachusetts Regiment, Civil War reenacting Sam Davis, blacksmithing
NEW in 2022! The Columbia (SC) Links, Incorporated are proudly hosting the first Kids Zone at the festival with TONS of family friendly entertainment. "Jubilee Juniors" can experience the following demonstrations:
Time Demonstrator 12:00–12:30 pm Yoga Activities with YogaCheer
Join April Glenn James to learn yoga techniques to improve concentration, relaxation, and reduce stress.
Riverbanks Zoo Animal Ambassador Visit
Experience an up close opportunity to learn more about wonderful creatures whose home is the Riverbanks Zoo.
1:30–2:00PM Storytime with L. Kobie and Ashlye Wilkerson & Tori
Enjoy a high energy story time as you travel through the magic of reading.
2:15–2:45PM Cooking Demonstration w/ Chef Judy @ Celeb Studio
Health-conscious fitness coach Judy Etheredge will demonstrate easy and delicious snack prep for kids.
A Visit from SCETV's Smart Cat
Our Jubilee Juniors have the opportunity to meet PBS Kid's mascot, Smart Cat!
Kid Safety Talk with Richland County Sheriff’s Office
Meet our community partners, RCSO, as they share important information to keep us safe.
Robotics is the intersection of science, technology and engineering. Join the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance's STEM department and Lower Richland High Schools' robotics club to learn about the coolest and most innovative live robot you've ever seen!
All Day Vendors
- 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment
- FREE BOOKS in the Columbia Links "Read, Read, Read Zone"
- Ebenezer Lutheran Church Play Space
- Prisma Health
- SC Afterschool Alliance
- SC Dept. of Health and Environmental Control
- SC ETV Education
- SC Dept. of Natural Resources
- Stoi’s Design Company
Keke Wyatt to headline 2022 Jubilee
Historic Columbia is excited to announce that R&B artist Keke Wyatt will headline the entertainment lineup for the 44th annual Jubilee: Festival of Black History and Culture on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland Street. Keke Wyatt will bring her confident vocals to the festival as one of R&B's most dynamic vocalists. In 2000 at age 15, Wyatt first gained popularity after a collaboration with R&B singer Avant on the single “My First Love,” which remained a top 10 song in the U.S. for several weeks. Her platinum debut album, Soul Sista, was released in 2001 by MCA records and earned its spot at number 33 on the Billboard 200 after selling over a million copies. Since then, Wyatt has released four albums, Who Knew (2006), Unbelievable (2011), Rated Love (2016), Keke Covers (2017), and an EP in 2014 titled Ke’Ke featuring Neyo and Cristyle. In 2012, Wyatt joined TV One’s reality show, R&B Divas: Atlanta. The show documented the lives of five 1990s R&B singers as they worked to rebuild their careers in Atlanta, Ga. Wyatt and her husband, Michael Ford, joined the cast for the sixth season of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars on WE TV.