"The ABTF proves that black theater is alive and thriving!!! An amazing group of actors, producers, authors and theater lovers. I enjoyed every minute of the two days I attended!!!  Keep up the great work....see you next year."  ~D. Sappy  



Meet Gilbert Young - Free w/RSVP

Come meet the renowned artist, Gilbert Young during our gallery talk series. Location: Gallery READ MORE

Also join us for the historic unveiling of his latest work... 

"At the Feet of My Ancestors"


Authors' Cafe - Free w/ RSVP

ABTF Book Signing Events featuring the most prolific authors of our time!  Seating is limited. READ MORE

Location: Back Stage Cafe


Int'l Vendor and Artist Market - Free!

Experience our version of "Black Friday" during the ABTF, Oct. 3-6.  Our International Art and Vendors' Market connects you with proprietors that offer the most unique selection of fine and wearable art.  Start your holiday shopping early while keeping community based businesses in the "black"! 

Location: Lobby



Acoustic Accents - Free w/RSVP

The ABTF proudly presents pop-up performances of ATL's most talented artists. We call it a pre (or post) performance appetizer!  Grab a bite and a cocktail at the Backstage Cafe' and savor the sounds and rhythms of Atlanta's underground current.  Spoken word, musicians and and singers.  A daily performance daily, 5:30pm until... during the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival! FREE with reservation.


It's Time to Celebrate w/ Chicken & Waffles - $20+

Town Hall Breakfast: It's Time to Celebrate!  Thu. Oct. 4 @ 9:30am 

Theatre (especially Black theatre) has been "dying" for decades. What has sustained us? How do we prepare for the future in a booming digital world? Featuring: Chicken & Waffles!    Town Hall Moderated by Kiplyn Primus, Host of The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Atlanta’s Jazz Station. (Proceeds benefit the ABTF)  

Location: Back Stage Cafe

To check out the incredible panel



ABTF Comedy Theatre - $10+

Fri. Oct. 5 @ 11:00pm - ABTF Comedy Theatre (NEW!) presents a laugh-out-loud late night comedy show with Boss'See and friends.  It's like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get! READ MORE

Location: Black Box


Private Donors' Reception (Invite Only)

If you are donor and you have not received an invitation, please CONTACT US. 

"Black is Beautiful" Closing Celebration


Closing Gala: Sat. October 6, 2018 @ 7:30pm - $35+

  •  Red Carpet Opening
  • Closing Performance 
  • Gala Awards Ceremony
  • VIP Champagne After-Glow* (VIP upgrade required.)

Attire: Gon' wit your bad self, 1960's cocktail party style.  So make it funky! 

Location: Main Stage  READ MORE 


"Black is Beautiful" Gala: Performance & Awards Ceremony


About the Closing Performance: 

The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at the Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years

"[S]ure stage wizardry, immensely funny!"  ~D.L. Groover, Houston Press 

The Nacirema ("American" spelled backwards) Society of Montgomery, Alabama introduces a refined group of debutantes during their 100th anniversary cotillion. Every detail has been perfectly planned until aristocrat "Grace Dunbar", a pillar of the community, becomes entangled in a... READ MORE

 Location: Main Stage