The Groove City Culture Fest Committee was formed in 2018 by local community members wanting to organize a celebratory community event on National Historic Pine Street, Cambridge, MD. The name Groove City Culture Fest represents two historical moments in the local African American community. Between 1974 and 1979 Black Culture Day was a three-day weekend event held at Calvin Mowbray Park on Weaver Ave, Cambridge, MD. The second moment occurred during the time when DJing at parties and clubs was on the rise, which started around 1977. When the 80s rolled in, the DJ groups, like “NYCS” and Chapter One” gave Cambridge its moniker "Groove City." The name “Groove City” spread throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland and wherever the DJ groups performed.
The first Groove City Culture Fest was held August 16, 2018. The City of Cambridge supports our efforts and ordained the 3rd Saturday of every August as Groove City Culture Fest day.