Doll Events

This page shares information on upcoming doll shows, conventions, and doll events.  Check back often for new entries and updates.


7th Annual Detroit Doll Show
Saturday, November 10, 2018
11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Double Tree by Hilton
5801 Southfield Freeway
Detroit, MI 48228

"We are excited to bring some Black PantherKingdom of Wakanda action to Sandy's Land 7th Annual Detroit Doll Show by way of our celebrity cast member Janeshia Adams Ginyard.

"Our mission is to celebrate history, culture, our BEaUty and self love with Dolls of Color. This year's event will include face painting, game room, arts & crafts, doll look alike contest, coloring, workshops, panel discussion -Redefine Your BEaUty, Doll Makers, Action Figures and Figurines.

"We will see you on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11am - 6:30pm at the DoubleTree By Hilton, 5801 Southfield FWY, Detroit MI 48228.

Early Bird tickets are on SALE at $5 at the door it's $10


Festival of Black Dolls show and Sale

Saturday, November 10, 2018
African American Museum & Library at Oakland, California
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For more info:  (800) 579-5495
Vendor applications available online at

The raffle doll, shown above, honors Linda Brown of the landmark civil rights case, Brown v The Board of Education which led to the outlawing of school segregation in 1954. 

Read more about the Festival of Black Dolls Show and Sale here.


William Grant Still Arts Center

38th Annual Black Doll Exhibit

“Double Dutch: A Celebration of Black Girlhood”

December 8, 2018 - February 16, 2019

December 8, 2018 – February 16, 2019

The William Grant Still Arts Center is in the process of selection for its 38th annual Black Doll Show. With this year’s theme, “Double Dutch: A Celebration of Black Girlhood” we honor, the diversity and uniqueness of Black Girls, through a multimedia exhibition of Dolls.   


“Double Dutch: A Celebration of Black Girlhood” chosen by the curator, Myshell Tabu, seeks to showcase the many nuances of Black Girlhood, including play, activism, education, the Black experience, and hair. On a deeper level, the show intends to affirm Black women and girls through illustrating the depth, diversity, and dynamism of Black girlhood. Black girls are as innocent as they are strong and as creative as they are challenged.

As a creator and collector, Myshell Tabu has always been enthralled specifically with handmade dolls. As an educator, her pedagogy incorporates dolls for role-play with students to teach both language and self-expression. Her two daughters, Mma-Syrai and Ella, are also helping to curate the exhibit. The girls have upwards of twenty dolls and are currently learning to make dolls from socks.

Read more here.


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