The African American Heritage Festival is held the 3rd Saturday in August. Locations are downtown Charles Town, Wright Denny Elementary, and alternative school grounds at Avis and Lawrence Street. This event showcases the history and talent of the African American community in Jefferson County, with vendors, a parade, and live entertainment as well as tours of historical landmarks significant to African American history in Jefferson County, Charles Town, and Ranson.
August 17 - Gospel extravaganza at the Betty Roper Auditorium featuring the Chosen Vessels at 7pm. In addition, a Youth Block Party will take place on the festival ground from 7 to 10pm. This party is being sponsored by the Jefferson County NAACP Youth Council.
August 18 - Parade will begin at 12 noon from West 3rd Ave in Ranson to the Festival ground located at 300 South Lawrence St. in Charles Town. Local school bands and independent marching units from Maryland will participate.
The festival ground activities will include pony rides and moon bounce for the children, health fair, fashion highlights, food and craft vendors, public service vendors, demonstrations and music. Local talent will be displayed throughout the festival. The highlight will be the Signature Live Band in concert at 7pm.
August 19 - The Sunday program will begin with an 8am Niagara Movement Pilgrimage at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park followed by an Ecumenical Service at the Freewill Baptist Church in Harpers Ferry.