The District Cultural Arts Fest

Presented by Six Square

Saturday, September 1st at 2:00pm
Six Square Austin’s Black Cultural District
1152 San Bernard Street
Austin, TX 78702
United States

Event Description:

Presented by Six Square, the District Cultural Arts Fest is an exciting celebration that honors the rich legacy and cultural contributions of Central Texas’ Black community. On September 1, 2018, join Six Square - Austin’s Black Cultural District as they continue creating a nexus of thriving Black arts and culture in East Austin.

Visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, chefs and more will reanimate six sites of historical significance in The District, including: Oakwood Cemetery, the Carver Museum, Doris Miller Auditorium, Six Square’s headquarters and Huston-Tillotson University. The daytime portion of the festival will feature installations across five sites, and attendees will have the option to take guided or virtual tours of The District. From interactive storytelling to engaging theatrical performances,  each site’s events will provide a new context to the location’s history and a curated menu of unlimited food and adult beverages provided by Wines of Dotson Cervantes.

Festivities will culminate at our sixth and final site, the historic Huston-Tillotson University, with musical performances from international, national and local acts inspired from Africa and the African Diaspora. Food and retail vendors are welcomed.

Tickets are now available. Details* on each site’s events, logistics and registration information can be found below.

*The festival’s music showcase lineup will be released on June 14, 2018. The festival’s retail and food vendor lineup will be released on June 28, 2018.​



Guided bus tours, conducted by Harrison Eppright of Visit Austin, will begin at 2:30 and 4:30 PM. Join us on a Tour of numerous sites of national, regional, and local historic significance and celebrate African Americans and others who played important roles in creating the vibrancy of Austin and The District, while discovering the diversity of one of Austin’s most storied and exciting communities. Registration for bus tours can be found below in the “Get Tickets” section. Seats are limited.


Daytime events will be held at Sites 1 through 5; attendees can  select two sites to visit. Site 6, Huston-Tillotson University, will be open to festival attendees from 5 PM to 10 PM. It  can be attended in conjunction with Sites 1 through 5 or individually.

Site 1 — Six Square Headquarters: Poetry, Art, & Wine 
In addition to serving as the headquarters for festival registration and Six Square tours, the Six Square HQ will host spoken word performances and poets throughout the day. Enjoy a sneak peak of works by Emmy Award winning watercolorist, James Gayles. An array of satisfying soul food options provided by Desire Catering, paired with wines from Wines of Dotson Cervantes will be available. 

Site 2 — Doris Miller Auditorium 
Doris Miller Auditorium will be transformed with performances of African dance and drumming from troupes across Central Texas. Join us for a showcase by Austin-based Afro-pop and Jazz group Zoumountchi, Houston-based Abubakr Sory Kouyate and Dallas-based drum troupe Bandan Koro. Vibe to the drumming while dining on Jamaican cuisines from Chef Michael Harris, accompanied by a sweet mix of pineapple juice & coconut rum.

Site 3 — Oakwood Cemetery 
Animated by Spectrum Theatre, Austin’s oldest city-owned cemetery will come to life for one day. Spectrum Theatre will tell the stories of Austin's past by providing historical re-enacments of prominent persons buried at oakwood. Enjoy the show while indulging in specialty desserts as well as a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage.

Site 4 — Givens Park
Givens Park will feature "Ghost House,"  a temporary art in public places project from local artist and educator Nick Schnitzer. While primarily an homage to the rapidly disappearing two bedroom bungalow - a fixture of post-war American life nationwide - the project also looks at how the shifting macroeconomic climate has affected the housing market in East Austin. Along with the art installation there will be  a selection of refreshments from Juiceland and tender BBQ from Easley's BBQ.

Site 5 — Secret Location

Stay tuned for information to be released later for the secret location.

Featuring a headlining set by national Grammy-award-winning artist Mali Music and multi-genre performances by Sona Jobarteh, Tobe Nwigwe, Magna Carda and Carolyn Blanchard, our daytime events will close with a music festival and exhibition of food and retail vendors at Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s first college.