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The third annual D.C. Africa Festival is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs. While we don’t know for sure whether the mayor will be there, it would be a treat to catch the Mayor for Life at the festivities, given his professed love of West African garb: As Marion Barry told Washington City Paper’s Alan Suderman last month in a tweet, “My dashikis are no joke.” But even area residents who don’t have a closet full of kaftans should attend, because they’ll be able to buy a variety of traditional attire from the many vendors on hand. There will also be an “Afropolitan Fashion Show” to give you even more apparel ideas—bright ankara cloth is all the rage, but don’t sleep on the muted beauty of mud cloth. If sartorial statements aren’t your thing, there will be live music, food, a children’s village, and tunes from DJ Underdog, who knows the sounds of the African diaspora better than anyone. And that’s no joke.
The D.C. Africa Festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. at Banneker Community Center’s Upper Field, Georgia Avenue and Euclid Street NW. Free. africafestival.eventbrite.com. (202) 727-5634.