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It’s Lit! 10 Black Summer and Fall Festivals to Attend This Year

Avatar • Apr 3, 2016

#BlackLove, #BlackLivesMatter, #BlackGirlsRock… Black Americans on social media have gathered around their shared joys and challenges in an incredible way. But there’s nothing like unplugging the computer, going outside and experiencing Black culture in real life. This summer and fall, be sure to check out these Black festivals to have a real life #beingblackislit experience.

Houston’s Texas Greek Picnic Weekend: August 4–7

Described as the “krunkest Greek picnic in the country”, the Texas Greek Picnic is a celebration of Black Greek culture.

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Miami Broward Carnival: October 9

If you are a Caribbean gyal who is far from home, or a Black American interested in experiencing the magic of Caribbean Carnival, this is the event for you!

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Concord’s The Kinfolks Soul Food Festival: May 7 in Evans, Georgia, May 14 in Charlotte, North Carolina and June 4 in Buffalo New York, with additional dates to be added

Described as one big family reunion, this festival is a celebration of Black American soul food and multi-generational families.

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San Francisco’s Juneteenth Festival and Parade: June 18

The largest annual gathering of African Americans in northern California, the Juneteenth festival includes a parade, health fair, classic car and motorcycle show, petting zoo, pony rides, 3 on 3 basketball, live entertainment, arts & craft vendors and community information booths.

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Atlanta’s Malcolm X Festival: May 21–22

The Malcolm X festival promotes self-determination and the defense of human rights in the black community.

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New York’s DanceAfrica: May 27–30

DanceAfrica is the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance.

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LA’s JazzReggae Festival: May 30

The JazzReggae Festival showcases jazz, reggae and live art, while promoting environmentally sustainable initiatives. Past performers include Snoop Lion and Erykah Badu.

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Seattle’s Festival Sundiata: June 11–12

Festival Sundiata is the Pacific Northwest’s longest-running Black American festival. It is dedicated to showcasing art, education, culture, history and entertainment of the African diaspora.

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Baltimore’s African American Festival: July 2–3

Held right before the Fourth of July and presented by Black Enterprise Magazine, the African American Festival is a family-oriented celebration of black life, music and culture. The event features celebrity entertainers, children’s activities and information on financial literacy and health & wellness.

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Afropunk Fest in Atlanta: October 1

With the tagline “.…the other black experience” Afropunk is a live music festival dedicated to exploring unconventional and non-mainstream black music, including punk, electro-pop and metal. Afropunk is an inclusive space, with banners that state “No Sexism, No Racism, No Ableism, No Ageism, No Homophobia, No Fatphobia, No Transphobia, No Hatefulness.”

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Ladies, will you be attending any of these events? Do you have any to add to the list?

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ss (short & sweet)
ss (short & sweet)
4 years ago

Philadelphia “Odunde”

mds29
mds29
4 years ago

I went last year and had a blast 🙂

Hood Stock DC
Hood Stock DC
4 years ago

We are having an art event in DC in a week for a great cause!

annabanana2013
annabanana2013
4 years ago

Wow! Thanks for the list!

Kuwala
4 years ago

Caribana in Toronto is beyond lit!

ss (short & sweet)
ss (short & sweet)
4 years ago
Reply to  Kuwala

It’s on my “to-do” list!

Taqwa
Taqwa
4 years ago

Will there not be an Afropunk in NYC this summer? Does anyone know? 🙂

Bre Moore
Bre Moore
4 years ago
Reply to  Taqwa

There will be. It’s the original so I think that’s the one city they’re going to do every year. They haven’t even announced afropunk atlanta for this year, just NYC and Paris.

kinkykhick
kinkykhick
4 years ago

fantastic post! Thank you for the information.

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