25 BEST FESTIVALS FOR SPRING/SUMMER IN 2015

The Roots Picnic (Philadelphia, PA)

Date: May 30, 2015

The Roots Picnic 2015

Created by Philadelphia’s hip-hop  groups The Roots, the eighth annual Roots Picnic is back for another year. The event ,which takes place on Saturday, May 30, at Philly’s Festival Pier in Penn’s Landing features Erkyah Badu, the Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Rae Sremmurd and the legendary leader of funk Afrika Bambaataa.

Cost: General admission $81.75 (including all taxes and fees) on Ticketmaster.

Website: rootspicnic.com

@rootspicnic, or #rootspicnic

Governor’s Ball (New York, NY)

Dates: June 5-7, 2015

Governors Ball Music Festival 2015

With an incredible lineup such as Drake, the Black Keys, Lana Del Ray and DeadMau5, if you’re into different genres of music.No concert snobs at this show—it’s fun for everybody.

Cost: Three-day general admission passes are $260. Just note: there are online purchase fees and shipping fees.

Website: governorsballmusicfestival.com, @GovBallNYC, or #govballnyc

Atlanta Greek Picnic (Atlanta, GA)

Dates: June 2nd- June 7th

The Atlanta Greek Picnic weekend is the #1 yearly event amongst 9 other similar events across the country designed to provide members of the prestigious Divine Nine Greek letter organization a unique experience that caters to them. This event has grown from its subtle beginnings to becoming the most popular destination and focal point for all Greek Chapters, Line Brothers, Line Sisters and Sands to reunite and socialize for one exciting weekend of unity, Service and bonding.

Websitehttp://www.atlantagreekpicnic.com , @Atlgreekpicnic or #AGP2015

Capital Jazz Fest (Columbia, MD)

Dates: June 5, 2015 – June 7, 2015
Capital Jazz Fest 2015

The 23rd annual Capital Jazz Fest takes place June 5-7, 2015 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland and will feature nearly 30 national acts on two big stages., including Chrisette Michele, Eric Benet, Meshell Ndegeocello, India Arie and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, plus a “Catch a Rising Star” showcase of new talent.
Cost: $56.50 General Admission to $450.00 for VIP packages

Hot 97’s Summer Jam (East Rutherford, NJ)

Dates: June 7, 2015
summer jam 2015 nyc
Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Fab & Friends, Childish Gambino, Omarion, Ty Dolla $ign, Travi$ Scott, B.o.B, Joey Bada$$, DeJ Loaf, Teyana Taylor, Fetty Wap, and Charles Hamilton will be hitting the iconic hip hop concert’s stage.

Cost: $63.00 General Admission to $250.00 for packages at ticketmaster

Websitehot97.com/summerjam, @HOT97, or #summerjam

American Black Film Festival (New York, NY)

Dates: June 11, 2015 – June 14, 2015
American Black Film Festival 2015
The American Black Film Festival is a four-day event dedicated to showcasing stories by and about people of African descent.Four days of films, panels, parties and more…from the star-studded opening night screening to the closing “Best of the ABFF” Awards Ceremony.

Cost: Individual Passes go on sale May 15th. Day passes starting at $150.

Website: abff.com @ABFF

Odunde Festival (Philadelphia, PA)

Dates: June 14, 2015
Governors Ball Music Festival 2015
The largest African American street festival on the east coast with 500,000 people, over 12 city blocks, and two stages of live entertainment.

Website:facebook.com/THE-OFFICIAL-ODUNDE-FESTIVAL, @ODUNDE365

Black Enterprise’s The African American Festival (Baltimore, MD)

Date: June 20, 2015 – June 21, 2015
The African American Festival in Baltimore, MD
An annual free celebration of life, music, and culture. It includes stellar performances, empowerment seminars, and non-stop fun for the entire family.

Website:africanamericanfestival.net, @BmoreAAF

Bet Experience at L.A. Live (Los Angeles, CA)

Dates: June 25, 2015 – June 28, 2015
BET Experience at L.A. Live 2015
Only have time for a weekend of ratchetness? This pre-BET Awards event will get you right with Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube, The Roots, and Miguel.

Website: bet.com/shows/bet-awards/bet-experience, @BETExperience, or #BETX

Essence Festival (New Orleans, LA)

Dates: July 2, 2015 – July 5, 2015
Essence Festival 2015
In its 21st year, the Essence Festival will feature performances from Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Common, Erykah Badu, Teedra Moses, Robert Glasper and Tweet.

Website :essence.com/festival, @essencefest, or #EssenceFest

Henny Palooza (Bermuda)

Dates: July 3, 2015 – July 6, 2015
Henny Palooza in Bermuda 2015
Henny Palooza and LIV (formerly Gemini Dream Weekend) have partnered to host Wet Dreams “The All White Pool Party” in beautiful Bermuda. Henny Palooza started as a small gathering of friends but has transformed into an international house party featuring Hennessy, of course.

Website: hennypalooza.com, @hennypalooza

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festioval (Brooklyn, NY)

Dates: July 6, 2015 – July 11, 2015
Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2015
New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture. This year’s headliner is Oscar winner, Common.

Cost: $40-100

Website:bkhiphopfestival.com, @bkhiphopfest

Taste of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Dates: July 8, 2015 – July 12, 2015
Taste of Chicago 2015
Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family.

Website: cityofchicago.org/taste_of_chicago, @TasteofChi2014, or #TasteofChicago

Greatest Day Ever Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Date: July 18, 2015
Greatest Day Ever Brooklyn 2015
The Greatest Day Ever is an all-day carnival cross-genre musical event and party.

Website: hennypalooza.com/greatest-day-ever-brooklyn, #TheGreatestDayEver

Summer Sizzle (British Virgin Islands)

Dates: July 23, 2015 – July 27, 2015
Summer Sizzle Taraji P Henson 2015
Summer Sizzle BVI hosted by Empire star Taraji P. Henson, offers an escape to the Caribbean, combining fashion, decadent parties, island tours, sailing excursions and more.

Website:summersizzlebvi.com, @summersizzlebvi

ColorComm Conference (Miami, FL)

Dates: July 29, 2015 – July 31, 2015
ColorComm Conference in Miami FL 2015
The ultimate business conference for women of color in communications. Innovative programs, presented by the industry’s top practitioners and thought leaders, will address key issues and predict future trends.

Website:colorcommconference.com/events/c2-the-new-reality, @ColorCommntwk

National Urban League Conference (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Dates: July 29, 2015 – August 1, 2015
National Urban League Conference 2015
An inspiring and empowering conference that will provide you with unmatched professional, civic engagement, business development, and networking opportunities.

Website: nulyp.net/event/2015-national-urban-league-conference, @NatUrbanLeague

Uptown Uncorked Food  & Wine Festival  (Napa Valley, CA)

Dates: July 30, 2015 – August 2, 2015
uptown uncorked 2015
Enjoy a uniquely curated, 5-star immersion into Napa Valley culture with private vineyard tours, wine tasting, golf, yoga, live music, spa, comedy and culinary delights prepared by renowned chefs.

Website: uptownmagazineuncorked.com, @uptownmagazine

Made in America Festival (Philadelphia, PA and Los Angeles, CA)

Dates: August 2015
Made In America 2015
Yes two cities, at the same damn time! No official word on the line-up tho.

Website: facebook.com/MadeInAmericaFest, @MIAFestival, or #BudweiserMadeInAmerica

Oakland Art and Soul Festival (Oakland, CA)

Dates: August 1, 2015 – August 2, 2015
Oakland Art and Soul FestivalOakland Art and Soul Festival

Two sensational days of music, food, fun and art in beautiful downtown Oakland.

Website: artandsouloakland.com, @oakartandsoul

DRAKE’S OVO FEST DURING CARIBANA WEEKEND IN TORONTO, ONTARIO

Dates: August 1, 2015August 3, 2015
Drake OVO Fest 2015
Don’t act, you know you love you some Drake. October’s Very Own will host his 6th annual OVO Fest in his hometown Toronto.

Website: caribanatoronto.com/event/ovofest2013, @welcomeOVO

NABJ Convention & Career Fair (Minneapolis, MN)

Dates: August 5, 2015 – August 9, 2015
2015 NABJ Convention
Everyone’s a writer, right? Make some journalism connects at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)’s annual event.

Website: nabj.org/events, @NABJ, or #NABJ15

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (Martha’s Vineyard, MA)

Dates: August 10, 2015 – August 15, 2015
Marthas Vineyard African American Film Festival 2015
Founded by North Carolina-based Floyd and Stephanie Rance of Run and Shoot Filmworks, MVAAFF will present films by African-American directors from around the world.

Website: mvaaff.com, @mvfilmfestival, or #MVAAFF

AfroPunk in Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Dates: August 22, 2015 – August 23, 2015
AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2015

AfroPunk itself has become synonymous with open-minded, non-conforming and unconventional, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture inspired by alternative music.

Website: afropunkfest.com, @afropunk

West Indian American Day Carnival (Brooklyn, NY)

Dates: September 7th, 2015

The annual West Indian–American Day Carnival draws close to two million people to Crown Heights in Brooklyneach year. During the seven-hour New York carnival, steel-pan and calypso bands in elaborate costumes march down Eastern Parkway, and vendors sell homestyle island grub along the route. The pre-parade festivities begin before dawn with J’ouvert (“daybreak” in French), a festival held before the main event.

Website: www.facebook.com/BrooklynLaborDayCarnival

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