Jefferson City Nonprofit planning Soulfest this weekend

A Jefferson City non-profit is hosting a festival to bring the city together while shedding light on local businesses and fellow nonprofits. 

Building Community Bridges is hosting its 1st Annual Soulfest Community Block Festival Friday, July 23 through Sunday, July 25.  The festival runs each day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

BCB Business Manager and Fashion Director Khiara Brown says the festival will be an old time block party with an air of fun. 

Really going to be like a jazzy vibe bringing in like the Louisiana Masquerade with a little bit of the Harlem vibe, and then a little bit of the Wiz.  So bringing in all these different aspects and making it lively and party like.” 

Friday will concentrate on at least 15 vendors, with a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4-7 p.m.  A dance party for the kids starts at 8 p.m.  Saturday is more vendors and a fashion show from 4-7 p.m. followed by an afterparty.  Sunday is vendors and a gospel concert at 3 p.m.  Brown says each day will include fun activities for the kids.

Have a bounce house, a few of the big Jenga, big ol’ chess and checkers.  It’s going to be a few different items for them to do.  So we’re going to have face painting, I know they’ll have bubbles.” 

But Brown says one of the main goals of the festival is to highlight those who work so hard in and for the community. 

There’s so many, it’s just hidden.  So the goal is to bring light to who is actually working, who is putting in the time, who is trying to give back.  And then as well as just supporting one another.  Being able to bring light to BCB as well with our aspects of trying to connect with other businesses.” 

The majority of festival events will be outside.  But for those indoor events, you should expect a temperature check.  And although masks aren’t required, they are recommended.  Brown says they’ll also be practicing social distancing at all indoor events and will be sanitizing all items in the children’s area.