The Cincinnati Museum Center celebrates the 25th anniversary of African Culture Fest and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a three-day party. This “Passport to the World” event kicks off Saturday with an “African Village” set up in the rotunda; tales from professional storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku; Oh Freedom! (the Cincinnati Opera’s musical tribute to African-American history); National Geographic’s giant map of Africa (“Know Africa!”); and a performance by the Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Theatre
. Sunday, the storytelling, music and dance continue with a performance by Roger Bacon’s Step-N-Unity Dance Team; a performance by the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company; spoken word by JaHipster; and “Gospel Fest.” Monday, local poet/artist Annie Ruth presents “Dare to Dream,” followed by an African fashion show and Bantaba: Celebrating 25 Years of African Culture Fest
, which honors those who have contributed to African Culture Fest over the years (complimenting an exhibit of the same name in the John A. Ruthven Gallery). A dance and drum ensemble will close this year’s festival at 4:30 p.m. Monday. And open all three days is the African marketplace with merchandise, goods, crafts and authentic African cuisine.
Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Get venue details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.