Zimfest 2019 Overview

Zimfest 2019 will be held August 8-11 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. A family-friendly three-day cultural festival, Zimfest has something for everyone: Dynamic concerts, fun educational workshops, African marketplace and more.

Zimfest Features

Music & Dance Workshops
Evening Concerts
Free Outdoor Afternoon Concerts
African Marketplace
Cultural Presentations
Community Conversations
Late-Night Music Parties
On-Campus Housing, Camping and Meals


Registration for Zimfest 2019 opens in early May.

We are pleased to return to the festival-friendly WOU campus, nearly equidistant from Portland and Eugene. The Monmouth area, in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, is also a great point of departure for day trips exploring the beautiful Willamette Valley or heading west to the Oregon coast. We hope to see you there!

Music Dancing Across Borders

The Zimfest Association Board has chosen to carry over the 2018 theme, “Music Dancing Across Borders” for Zimfest 2019. Considering that circumstances for immigrants and citizens both here in the United States and in Zimbabwe continue to be under threat, we remain steadfast in the belief that music and dance are unifying forces around the world. We look forward to dissolving borders and creating togetherness at Zimfest 2019.

Unveiling the 2019 Zimfest Design

We are proud to publish the original design for Zimfest 2019 by graphic artist Rachel Edson. Rachel writes of the artwork: “This design shows dancers cut out from Zimbabwean fabric. The lively color and texture of the fabric honor the joyful nature of this art form. The cutout dancers signify the unity found through movement, with the figures popping out of the borders in the fabric.”

You may download the Save the Date card (intended to be printed in a 5.5 x 4.5” size) featuring the 2019 design below.

Zimfest 2019 - Save the Date

Graphic design by Rachel Edson. Click image to download PDF and print.

Zimfest 2018

Zimfest 2018 was held August 9-12 at Western Oregon University. Details of past festivals are available in the festival archives.