African Marketplace

Come explore the African Marketplace, with a wonderful assortment of African art, clothing, crafts, musical instruments, CDs, and DVDs available for purchase. The Marketplace also provides an opportunity to learn about and support nonprofit organizations that are working with the people of Zimbabwe and South Africa. Your purchases from these nonprofits will benefit many lives in Southern Africa.

Marketplace Hours
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Friday, August 4
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Friday, August 4 (Night Market)
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday, August 5
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Saturday, August 5 (Night Market)
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday, August 6

McNary Hall on the eastern side of the OSU campus will house Zimfest participants and some workshops. All concerts and the marketplace will be held in McNary Field (also known as Lower Campus) across Jefferson Way to the north. The Marketplace will be situated in a grassy area with scattered trees adjacent to the concert stage, allowing people to relax on the lawn while listening to music and shopping. As evening concerts will be held at the outdoor stage this year, vendors may also sell their wares during the Friday and Saturday evening concerts in a first-ever Zimfest Night Market.

We know that vendors will be pleased with the ease of unloading and loading in this location. Secure storage will be available in McNary Hall.

Lisa Carlson is the 2023 Onsite Marketplace Coordinator.

2023 Vendor Applications will open on April 1st.

Zimfest 2022 Marketplace

Zimfest 2022 Marketplace – photo by Larry Israel
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Zimfest 2022 Marketplace Vendors

Africa Mama

Africa Mama will be selling beautiful handcrafted, handwoven, handcarved African arts & crafts, traditional & fashion clothing, textiles, costume jewelry, baskets, and more. Info:

Haus of HLNE

Haus of HLNE will be selling handmade African jewelry and wares. Info:

Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center

Kutsinhira’s mission is: 1. Teaching and sharing the music of Zimbabwe by providing classes, workshops, performances and lectures; 2. Providing humanitarian relief to disadvantaged communities in Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Community Development Project; and 3. Providing music and cultural arts instruction to its local and extended community by hosting teachers from Zimbabwe through its artist-in-residence program. We sell Zimbabwean crafts, Kutsinhira branded t-shirts, hats, hoodies, music CDs and lightly used African clothing. Info:

Mambokadzi Distributors

Mambokadzi will be selling clothing, arts & crafts, and fabrics. Info:


Marimbaworks will be selling a complete line of quality mallets for playing Zimbabwean-style marimbas, as well as hosho and mini soprano marimbas in multiple tunings. Info:

Matanho Project

Matanho Project and Friends of Matanho will be selling mbiras, dezes, hosho, leg rattles, African fabric & attire, jewelry, and art. Info:

Sandals on My Feet

Sandals on My Feet will be selling a variety of musical instruments, baskets, fabrics, clothes, slippers, hats, jewelry and statues from Nigeria and Ghana. Info:

Zimfest Booth

As always, this year’s tee shirts and a limited supply of posters will be on sale at the Zimfest Booth, along with previous years’ merchandise at reduced prices. Zimfest has been fortunate to have had two different individuals donate their collections of African outfits, cloth and miscellaneous instruments to be sold at the Booth. 2022 Booth Coordinator is Carrie Rodlend. Info: