Accessibility Plan

In an effort to provide a positive experience for all festival-goers, the African American Festival has created an access plan to help navigate visitors to and around the festival.

Before the Festival

Please contact the Access Coordinator, Essence Moseley at or 410-244-8861 by Friday, July 1, 2016 to request the following services:

  • Large print version of the festival program (A copy is also available at Guest Services, located at the entrances on W. Lee Street and W. Hamburg Street).
  • Guided tour of the festival site for visually impaired festival-goers

Getting to the Festival

  • Ride MTA to the African American Festival! Public Transportation is the most cost-effective way to get to the event. The Camden Yards Metro Subway Station is just steps away from the Festival, and is open until midnight, seven days a week. The closest MTA Bus Lines to the African American Festival are the Nos. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 19, 20, 23, 27, 31, 35, 36, 61, 64, 91 and QB 40, 46 & 48. If the light rail is more convenient, the trains operate 7 AM until 11 PM on Saturday July 2nd and 11 am until one hour after the festival ends on Sunday, July 3rd. Some stops may have earlier service, so be sure to check the MTA timetable at for actual times for your closest boarding location. Now for the first time, our friends from Washington D.C. can use public transportation to get to the African American Festival by taking the new MARC Train weekend service to Penn Station. Check the website for complete schedule listings. Use your CharmCard, Monthly Pass, Weekly Pass or purchase an MTA Day Pass or round-trip ticket at the start of your trip to the African American Festival. MTA services are accessible for individuals with disabilities. For more information on MTA Bus, Metro Subway, Light Rail, MARC Train or Mobility service, call 410-539-5000 or toll-free 1-866-RIDE-MTA or TTY 410-539-3497 or visit
  • The Charm City Circulator (CCC), a free public transportation service that travels through downtown Baltimore, is a fast, friendly, accessible and FREE way to get around town during the African American Festival! The Orange Route runs along Pratt and crosses Eutaw Street – Camden Yards. Please note the CCC The Green Route runs between City Hall, Fell’s Point, and Johns Hopkins Hospital, while the Banner Route connects the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry. More information, including hours, maps, and stop locations, please visit the CCC website
  • Driving and Parking: Visit for directions and a list of accessible parking lots and garages. Hotel and lot parking is located around the perimeter of the Festival grounds and is completely accessible.

At the Festival

  • First Aid/Medical Assistance is located at the parking lot at West Hamburg and Russel Streets during all hours of the Festivl. Basic first aid needs can be addressed at Guest Services (located at the entrances on W. Lee Street and W. Hamburg Street).
  • Visit Guest Services, located at the entrances on W. Lee Street and W. Hamburg Street. Festival staff and volunteers will be available to assist festival-goers with accessibility needs. Guests can also request large print version of the festival program.
  • Please note: The Festival site is very crowded and difficult to maneuver. Festival-goers should know how to operate their mobility devices in a safe and courteous manner.
  • Viewing Area at the Main Stage: There is a reserved viewing area for Festival-goers who use wheelchairs or have mobility disabilities that substantially limit the ability to stand. Space in the area is very limited and on a first-come, first- served basis; therefore, festival-goers in need of the service should arrive early. One guest is permitted to accompany each festival-goer.
  • Indoor venues are wheelchair accessible.
  • Wheelchair accessible portable restrooms are available throughout the festival site. Locations include: the corner of West Lee Street and Russel Street (near Oriole Park at Camden Yards), and at the north east corner of the festival (near the Main Stage).
  • Wheelchair accessible eating areas are located near food sales under the highway overpass.
  • Service animals are allowed at the festival, and must be under the control of the owner, on a leash and alongside its owner at all times. Disruptive or dangerous animals will be asked to leave the site.
  • Medics are roaming throughout the festival site to assist with issues. Please call 911 for all emergency situations.
  • The festival does not provide wheelchair rental or an area to store/refrigerate medications.

After the Festival

Send all comments and suggestions to Essence Moseley at or 410-244-8861.


For general African American Festival information please call 410-244-8861 or visit