Summer is winding down, and it’s time to start filling up that September calendar. The start of autumn means that fall festivals are springing up every weekend, and Annapolis has some of the best.

If you’re in town on Saturday, September 28th, don’t miss annual the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival. It’s been held at the Annapolis City Dock near Red Hot & Blue Annapolis since 1987. This free, family-friendly event is a celebration of the history, perseverance, and culture of Africans, African-Americans, and Caribbean people of African descent.

Enjoy a mouth watering lunch of Memphis-style barbecue at Red Hot and Blue Annapolis and then head over to Susan Campbell Park to check out the festival. It honors Kunta Kinte, one of nearly 100 slaves brought to Annapolis from Gambia, Africa in 1767 on board the ship Lord Ligonier. Despite surviving an arduous journey to America aboard a slave ship and years of bondage, he was determined to maintain his cultural heritage. One of Kunta Kinte’s descendants, the author Alex Haley, depicts his life’s story in his famous novel “Roots.”

This year’s festival marks the 30th year of celebrating education, human perseverance, and African cultural heritage. The event features a full day of fun activities for the whole family. There will be two separate areas of live entertainment including music and dance performances. Over 80 booths will be offering arts and crafts projects, community artisan vendors, and educational presentations.

If you didn’t have a chance to stop by for lunch and are still hungry after the festival ends at 7 pm, there’s still time to come on over to Red Hot & Blue Annapolis. We’re open until 11 pm on Saturdays and will be serving up the best barbecue around. For more information on Red Hot & Blue Annapolis and Annapolis events, visit our website at www.redhotandblue.com/annapolis.