The Minneapolis Northwest area is incredibly diverse, with a wide variety of restaurants and businesses that represent the unique flavors of many nations near and far, making it the perfect place to experience and learn about different cultures. Home to two of the most diverse cities in the state of Minnesota – Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park – and IgboFest, a Nigerian cultural celebration that brings together thousands across the country.
Come celebrate the area's cultural roots at this free, family-friendly event celebrating the Igbo culture, the ethnic group native to south-central and southeastern Nigeria. The event brings together more than 5,000 attendees to immerse themselves in this unique and distinctive culture through tasting traditional African dishes and trying African crafts, enjoying a variety of dance performances and processions, and chances to win raffle prizes.
IgboFest is presented by the Umunne Cultural Association of Minnesota and held annually in August at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park. Umunne Cultural Association in Minnesota is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing Nigeria’s deep-rooted cultural heritage to the Minnesota community. The association is an organization of Igbo-speaking people of Nigeria living in Minnesota, reflecting their affinity with one another, and with the shared goal of promoting and preserving the rich Igbo culture.
Umunne Cultural Association strives to accomplish its mission through organized cultural events, including IgboFest; community based educational programs; member volunteer activities; and by establishing relationships with other Minnesota based organizations that share in the cultural diversity mission of the state of Minnesota. They also work to educate Igbo students to build successful careers and professions so that they may become substantial members and positively contribute to the communities in which they live. Learn more and donate here.
Minnesotans know how to celebrate in every season, and throughout the year, Minneapolis Northwest plays home to a number of annual events and festivals. Cozy up to fuzzy baby animals in the spring, celebrate Liberian culture in the summer, and explore one of the state’s largest corn mazes in...