AFRAM Festival 2016

Happy Tuesday!

This past weekend, I attended the two-day African American Festival in Baltimore aka AFRAM. This was my first time attending the annual festival. It takes places every July 4th weekend. I attended only because I signed up to be a volunteer at the National Museum of African Art’s Culture Village inside the festival.

Culture Village

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The cultural village was not what I anticipated. However, I do think it served its purpose to engage, enlighten and spark dialogue with festival goers. I volunteered for two and a half hours. I helped set up and I encouraged attendees to complete The Heritage Talk survey. Surprisingly, folks sat down to complete this survey. Even my twin did!

Some of the The Heritage Talk Survey questions below.

The Heritage Talks Survey

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My twin stopped by before my volunteer shift ended. #ReppinNaija of course!

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Desmond Tutu and Kwame Nkrumah

Afram 2016-national museum of african art cultural village

I loved this candle holder below.

Afram 2016

Once my shift ended, we met up with my other girls, Becs and Sheila.

Afram 2016

We left the festival and we planned to come back to see Goapele perform but that never

I wish we had checked out the “Festival Experiences” such as the Beauty Pavillion and Brown Girl Village. I totally forgot at the time because RA Sushi was on my mind. My favorite spot to eat at in Baltimore! More like my only spot to eat at because I don’t eat anywhere else when I’m there…lol


waiting for our uberWaiting for our uber. AFRAM was crowded and the parking lot was filled. I was not about to move my car since we were coming back. I paid $10 for parking earlier that morning and I didn’t want to come back from RA Sushi and struggle to find a parking spot.

RA Sushi!!!!

I captioned each picture  below with the name of the sushi dish and my drink. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the last sushi dish. However, I HIGHLY recommend everything below including my drink!

Viva Las Vegas Roll

RA Sushi Viva Las Vegas Roll- East Harbor

Crunchy Shrimp Tempura Roll

RA Sushi- Crunchy Shrimp Tempura Roll

Rainbow Roll

RA Sushi- Rainbow Roll

RA Sushi- East Harbor Baltimore

Blushing Geisha

RA Sushi- Blushing Geisha

Dessert in Little Italy

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We had desert in “Little Italy” at  Vaccaros Italian Pastry. I was CRAVING Tiramisu.

Vaccaros Italian Pastry- Tiramisu

We then walked around Little Italy as I kilt my Tiramisu in motion. #yum

 Harbor East Waterfront

Waterfront Harbor East Baltimore

We then made our way down to Harbor East waterfront and watched the sunset while we chatted some more.

Waterfront Harbor East Baltimore sunset

Final Thoughts

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In the words of Ice Cube, “it was a good day”. We did return to the festival and it was BEYOND crowded. This was after 8pm and Joe Thomas was performing. We only returned to get my car and leave. I am not sure about AFRAM. I could possibly give it another try but during the day it was underwhelming for such a large space. Perhaps I should check out those “festival experiences” next time. I will say that it was EXTREMELY crowded in the evening, uncomfortably crowded. I am glad I volunteered but I wouldn’t do that again. The best part of the day was RA Sushi and chilling with my girls! To learn more about AFRAM 2016, click here. To learn more about RA Sushi, click here. To learn more about Vaccaros, click here or Little Italy, click here. My hair and outfit details, click here.

Thanks for reading!

~Amma Mama

  • Melissa
    July 5, 2016

    This was cool! Glad you had a great time. I am also happy you starting blogging again. I need to make a trip to Baltimore now 🙂

    • ammamama
      July 6, 2016

      Hey Melissa! Thank you for reading and for always supporting my blog. I am happy to be back! Yes and make sure you eat at RA Sushi when you do! SO GOOD! 🙂

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