Welcome to Afro Nation, the world’s biggest Afrobeats festival happening in Detroit, Michigan!

To be considered a resident, you must live within the following area:

Woodward Ave to Mack Ave

Mack Ave to 75 Service Drive 

75 Service Drive to 375 Service Drive 

375 Service Drive to Woodward Ave


A select quantity of complimentary tickets will be provided electronically to the community. Please be aware we are still planning on the total quantity to be made available, and how best to distribute. We will provide updates once these details are confirmed. 


Roads in the festival area will be closed starting at 10pm on Thursday, August 15, and re-opened on Monday, August 19. Detroit police will be enforcing the new event day non-residential parking rules. Parking placards will not be provided for this year’s event.  

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NOISE AND LIGHTS, as there will be sound and light testing checks prior to the festival’s start.  

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Here’s what you need to know:

  • On Thursday, August 15, sound systems for the festival will be turned on, tested, aligned, and focused. This process will take several hours and involves music or noise being played over the sound system so that each speaker can be tested.  

  • On Friday, August 16, the sound system will be tested again, and equipment will start to be loaded in for the first musical act. Sound checks for the first performer will also be done. Sound checks will be at performance volume levels.  

  • On both Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, from 8 am until 1pm. There will be sound checks for the first performer. Also, there will be sporadic noise, testing of drums and instruments, and entire songs played at show volume levels.  

  • Starting at 2 pm Saturday, August 17, and again on Sunday, August 18, there will be show volume performances happening on the two stages until 10pm.  

  • On both Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, during performances, there will be bright lights, strobes, pyrotechnic effects and concussive sound effects.  

  • The lights for the performances will be set, tested and focused in the evenings of both, Wednesday, August 14, and Thursday, August 15. There will be over 300 lighting fixtures on the stages and many throw beams over 1,500 feet. Light from the show will likely hit many homes in the area. 

Volunteer at Afro Nation!

  • Volunteer opportunities will be available to the community for the festival weekend. Please contact Christopher Vintevoghel at if you are interested. There will be more information to come on available positions and shifts.


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