Portsmouth's annual Umoja Festival returns Memorial Day weekend

2022 Portsmouth Umoja Festival
2022 Portsmouth Umoja Festival
2022 Portsmouth Umoja Festival
2022 Portsmouth Umoja Festival
2022 Portsmouth Umoja Festival
Posted at 6:16 PM, May 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-27 16:36:08-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The annual Umoja Festival is set to return to Portsmouth on Memorial Day weekend.

The 2022 Umoja Festival will be held from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29, in Festival Park.

This festival is a time for the community to join together to celebrate African American culture and heritage while promoting cultural diversity and unity.

Organizers say this family event will have food, live music, arts and crafts, and market-style shopping.

The Umoja Festival was scheduled to open on May 27 at 5:30 p.m. with a ceremony on the Main Stage, with local musical sensation RaJazz set to perform at 6 p.m. However, due to inclement weather, the festival was canceled for this day.

The opening ceremony will resume Saturday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m., and festival activities will resume as planned beginning at noon.

Chaka Khan is still scheduled to headline at the Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion at 8 p.m. on May 27. A spokesperson at the venue's box office told News 3 the concert is rain or shine. If there is lightning, guests are asked to sit in their vehicles until it passes.

On Sunday, May 29, at 7 p.m., the 70s Soul Jam will be hosted by Jimmy “JJ” Walker. To purchase tickets, click here. Call 757-333-0921 for more information, or visit the box office at 16 Crawford Circle.

With the exception of the Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion ticketed performances, all other performances will take place on the Umoja Stage in Festival Park and are free and open to the public.