When: Sat., Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2018
Wanda Ravernell named Oakland’s Black-Eyed Pea Festival after the little legume that, to her, represents the resilience of Black culture. Now in its fifth year, the community-oriented festival is proving to be just as resilient as its namesake. Through music, crafts, and, of course, food, the festival highlights and celebrates the culture and traditions of Africa and the African diaspora. With community resource booths and health screenings on site, the event is deeply rooted in the well-being of the East Bay Black community. This year’s festival features Yoruba songs from Ravernell’s own Awon Ohun Omnira Choir and is headlined by bluesy soul from The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol. Be sure to stop by one of the festival’s many food vendors for dishes including and inspired by black-eyed peas.