African Festival Returns for Labor Day

India Irie, Bootsy Collins headline music stages

By Marcus Riley
|  Monday, Sep 5, 2011  |  Updated 10:16 AM CDT
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It's a safe bet you'll see plenty of drumming all weekend.

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The largest neighborhood festival in Chicago hits the South Side Labor Day weekend.

The African Festival or the Arts will be held in Washington Park (5010 S. Cottage Grove) Sept. 2-5. The park will be transformed to resemble a simulated African village, complete with drummers, arts and food vendors, plus a film and fine arts pavilion.

Live entertainment will be presented all weekend long, with a list of performers that include India Arie, Bootsy Collins, Mary Mary and more.

The Author and Book Pavilion will be highlighted by appearances by singer Tyrese, who will be signing copies of his book "How to Get Out of your Own Way," and actress Pam Grier sharing excerpts from her memoir "My Life in Three Acts."

The kids can hang out in the children's area, with games, music, dance, storytelling and more throughout the weekend.

Tickets are available for $10 in advance and $15 at the gate, or a weekend pass for $30. Admission is $5 for children under 10 and seniors.

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