The Plant City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Arts Festival is a 5-day cultural event held in Plant City FLORIDA during the month of January. A Ole School Gala, Opening Ceremony, Saturday Freedom Parade through historic downtown, Saturday Street Fest with excellent ethnic cuisine & vendors, Drumline Competition, entertainment, health fair, & concessions, goods, Sunday Leadership Breakfast, Day of Community Service and educational exhibits at the Plant City Bing Rooming House Community Museum highlight the Plant City MLK Festival. The non-profit organization Improvement League of Plant City, Inc., hosts this event annually for the past 29 years.
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We invite you to come join us in celebrating cultural diversity. In preparation for the upcoming festival, please click on the links below to download the various applications. Click on latest news for info.
MLK National Holiday
Timed to coincide with the national holiday commemorating the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Festival provides an all-inclusive setting in which citizens of every ethnic background and culture can experience and celebrate the contributions of African Americans.
Tourist Opportunities- Check out the Plant City African American Heritage Trail while you are here. There are six significant sites, museums and landmarks within a six mile radius. Click on "event schedule" link above and scroll down to TOURISM SITES to get more details, location and information. The Bing Rooming House African American Museum will be open for public tours and educational presentations on Plant City’s Black Heritage. Anchoring the Laura Street Restoration District this facility is located at 205 South Allen Street, Plant City. www.plantcitybinghouse.com
Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
The Plant City Dr. MLK Cultural Arts Festival promotes increased diversity awareness and opportunities for citizens of Plant City and surrounding West Central Florida to actively engage in gaining knowledge, and history of African culture. Leading this effort is the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, providing 21 days of cultural experiences in partnership with the City of Tampa, St. Petersburg and City of Plant City. The Plant City MLK Festival has worked with the organizers of the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival for 12 years now.
The Bing Rooming House Museum is committed to preserving the history of the local African American community, educating the general public about the experiences encountered by African Americans during the era of segregation, and sharing the role of the Plant City community in overcoming the stigma of segregation.
MLK Parade featuring Buffalo Soldiers- Tampa