Alexandria, VA

The largest festival for historically black colleges and universities in the country is going virtual, and all application fees have been waived for this year’s annual event.

The Alfred Street Baptist Church HBCU Festival has been held annually since 2003, and the church is calling for high school students and parents to register. The festival is on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Only about 150 people attended the first festival, despite a massive snowstorm. Last year, more than 70 HBCUs were in attendance, and the event cost $5 per person and was held before the pandemic at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland.

“Over 70 HBCUs will offer onsite admission, choral & instrumental auditions, waived application fees, virtual workshops & much more,” the church said on Facebook.

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