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Our 2023 Rice Festival Events

March 2-4, 2023

March 2: “Ancestor Reveal” Event

In conjunction with AfricanAncestry.com, local residents will explore the 

significance of their ancestral origins connecting them to rice-growing regions

of West Africa’s “Rice Coast"

Navassa Community Center  |  338 Main Street, Navassa NC 28451

(6 miles north of Leland via Village Road to S. Navassa Road)

6pm – 8pm  (Free and Open to the Public)



March 3: Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Gala

Dinner & VIP Reception

Featuring “edutainment” by renowned folklore troupe, Gullah Kinfolk, and a mouth-watering Gullah Geechee-inspired menu served by award-winning Chef and Festival Culinarian Keith Rhodes, owner of Catch Restaurant in Wilmington

Leland Cultural Arts Center   |  1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland NC 28451

(5 miles west of Wilmington, 71 miles north of Myrtle Beach)

6pm – 10pm  (Tickets available January 2023)


March 4: Indoor/Outdoor Festival Events

History & Cultural Presentations | Tours & Demonstrations |  Live Entertainment |

Family Fun | Children’s Stage | Gullah Geechee Food Vendors | Arts & Crafts | 

Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson Historic Site | 8884 St. Philip's Road SE, Winnabow NC 28479

(off NC-133, north of Southport/Sunny Point)

10am – 6pm   (Free and Open to the Public)


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