The Harambee Black Arts Festival is a major community sponsored art and cultural event that takes place annually in Homewood. The festival kicks off yearly with a parade and hosts a variety of food and retail vendors, live music and dance performances, nonprofit organization information tables, the Children’s Village, and a mobile art gallery.
In 1967, the Homewood organization Together Inc. hosted the first Harambee Black Arts Festival and ignited a Black Arts Movement in Pittsburgh. While a cultural legacy was built, a platform for Black artists to market their work and spur economic and social development also formed. What began in 1967 as a street performance has grown into an iconic event that promotes African American talent and celebrates community togetherness. The festival is the first of its kind to be held in Pittsburgh and was once the third largest Black Arts Festival in the nation. The Harambee Black Arts Festival celebrates 50 years in 2017.