6 Black Music Festivals You Can’t Miss This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Black music and culture, and these festivals offer a unique opportunity to do just that. From the iconic Essence Festival to the boundary-pushing Afropunk, there’s something for every music lover to enjoy. So grab your friends, pack your bags, and get ready for a summer filled with incredible music and unforgettable experiences.

Whether you’re looking for a mellow vibe, a place to turn up, or somewhere that celebrates music and the cultural experience, aspireTV has you covered with vibrant festivals taking place all summer long. 

Check out these 6 festivals that we’re looking forward to attending!

Food, Wine, and Fete – Miami, Florida May 18th

Vanessa James Media presents the highly anticipated return of Food, Wine, and Fete, Miami’s premier all-inclusive Soca experience. This festival celebrates Caribbean culture with some of the Caribbean’s finest chefs, mixologists, artists, and musicians all under one roof. Featuring renowned chefs like Chef Irie, Chef Mimi, Chef Alain Lemaire, and Celebrity Chef Paul Griffith, attendees can indulge in Caribbean-inspired dishes that showcase the rich flavors of the region. Get ready to dance to the captivating beats of Soca music with performances by renowned artists Teddyson John and King Bubba. With live demos, savory pop-ups, and cultural experiences, Food, Wine, and Fete promises to be an unforgettable celebration of Caribbean cuisine and culture in the vibrant city of Miami.


TwoGether Land – Dallas, Texas May 25th-26th

TwoGether Land, the newest urban music festival in the Southwest, is set to take place at the historic Fair Park in Dallas. Featuring a lineup of top-tier urban music artists, this festival promises a weekend filled with electrifying performances, immersive experiences, and vibrant energy. Attendees can expect to groove to the latest beats and connect with fellow music enthusiasts in the heart of Dallas. Don’t miss out on the inaugural edition of TwoGether Land for a memorable celebration of urban culture and music.

Attendees will hear sounds from Summer Walker, Gucci Mane, Three 6 Mafia, The Dream, and more!


Roots Picnic – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania June 1st

Curated by The Roots, Roots Picnic celebrates the best in hip-hop, R&B, and beyond. Known for its eclectic lineup and lively atmosphere, it offers a unique blend of established acts and emerging talent. This year’s line up includes performances by Philly natives like Jill Scott, The Roots as well as other heavy hitters that include Lil Wayne, Nas, Victoria Monét, and more!


Essence Festival – New Orleans, Louisiana July 1st- 4th

Essence Festival is the ultimate celebration of Black culture, featuring top artists in R&B, hip-hop, and gospel music. With empowering speakers, thought-provoking panels, and a lively atmosphere, Essence Fest is a must-attend event for anyone looking to be inspired and entertained.

While the full list of performers has yet to be announced, Essence has confirmed that Cash Money Records will be taking us back and reminding us of when they took over for the ‘99’s and 2000’s with the first-ever reunion of the label spearheaded by Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams in the birthplace of its legendary artists like Lil Wayne, Juvenile, BG, and more.


Broccoli City Festival – Washington, D.C.July 27th-28th

Broccoli City Festival combines music with sustainability and social impact, promoting environmental awareness and community engagement. Alongside performances by top-tier artists, attendees can participate in wellness activities and discussions on social change.

With a new venue, Broccoli City Festival will feature performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Sexyy Red, Key Glock, and more. They are also adding live experiences to the event featuring Intros with Issa Rae, Trapsoul Karaoke hosted by Bryson Tiller, and more.


Afropunk Festival – Brooklyn, New York August 27th-28th

Afropunk Festival celebrates Black punk culture and creativity, offering a diverse lineup of musicians alongside art installations and discussions on social justice issues. It’s a vibrant convergence of music, art, and activism that promises an immersive experience.

In past years the event has featured performances by Vince Staples, Teyana Taylor, Baby Tate, and more.


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