Fall Festivals and Events Worth Adding To Your Calendar

The holidays will be here before you know it.  In addition to Halloween, pumpkin patches & apple picking, there is a lot to do in the fall.  Here is our list of Black Festival & Events Worth attending.

African American Street Festival

Hadley Park, 1037 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 http://www.aacanashville.org/
September 16-18, 2002
This family-oriented festival will feature vendors, food, a children’s pavilion. Entertainment will include a mix of live Jazz, R&B, Reggae, Latin, Gospel, Neo-Soul, Blues, African Drumming, and more. Admission is free. The African Street Festival is held every September at Hadley Park in North Nashville. Organized by the African American Cultural Alliance, this festival features dance, music, drama, shopping and other events. Join thousands of visitors as they head to this event for a few days of fun. Sway to the reggae beats as you shop for artifacts, such as Ankhs, from the many vendors on site. Your children could be entertained by the storytellers, while you listen to some interesting lectures or catch a fashion show.

Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture

1403 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
September 17, 2022
Join Historic Columbia at Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Now in its 44th year, this free outdoor festival brings musicians, artisans, dancers and storytellers together to celebrate South Carolina’s Black history and culture on the grounds of the Mann-Simon Site. Jubilee is a celebration everyone can enjoy and features live music and entertainment, artist demonstrations, and marketplace vendors selling a variety of ware, products and art. Come hungry, because there will also be vendors selling food, non-alcoholic beverages, and beer and wine.

Miami Carnival

A Carnival experience like this is very affordable vs. flying to one of the Caribbean islands. You’ll see over 18,000 masqueraders trailing the Music Truck, wearing a kaleidoscope of beads and feathers, and enormous King and Queen costumes, some more than 15 feet wide and 20 feet tall. You’ll hear the melodies of the steelpan, and a powerhouse line up of acts in concert, like Machel Montano, David Rudder, Super Blue, Stalin, and more. And you’ll taste the islands, too, with jerk, curry, or stew. Arts and crafts, a business expo, the J’ouvert, and a Junior Carnival round out the fun.

Events are in 2 locations.  The first is Central Broward Regional Park 3700 NW 11th Place Lauderhill, Fl 33311. The Junior Carnival is Saturday, October 5th at 12 pm. Panorama is Friday, October 11th from 4 pm to 11 pm.  Tickets are $15 pp plus booking fees.  J’Ouvert is Saturday from 7 am to 3 pm. Tickets are $25 pp plus booking fees for advanced purchases. 

Carnival itself is at the Miami-Dade Fair Grounds on Sunday, October 13th from 11 am to 11 pm.  Pre sail tickets are $30.  A VIP package is available for $125 pp.

Afro Punk Fest Presents Carnival of Consciousness – Atlanta, GA
AFROPUNK’s weekend-long, annual Atlanta celebration, AFROPUNK Presents The Carnival of Consciousness Atlanta, will take place on October 12th and 13th at 787 Windsor in Atlanta, GA. AFROPUNK ATLANTA’s 2019 edition continues to display one of the most exciting and inclusive festival lineups in the world.  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.”

Monterey Jazz Festival
September 27-29, 2019 / 500 Artists / 120+ Shows / 8 Stages / 3 Nights & 2 Days
The 7 Grounds Stages (3 outdoor and 4 indoor) of the Monterey Jazz Festival are scattered over the 20-acre Monterey County Fairgrounds. All Grounds Stage performances on Friday Night, Saturday and Sunday are general admission.  Performers include Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Kenny Barron, Derrick Hodge & Jazzmeia Horn among many other talented musicians.

Michigan BluesFest
Sept 19th – 21st; Lansing, MI; http://www.oldtownbluesfest.com
The 2019 festival will take place Thursday – Saturday, September 19-21.  It takes place in the streets of Old Town Lansing at the intersection of Turner street and E. Grand River Avenue.  East Enjoy outstanding talent, from local favorites to regional and national acts, including many appearing for the first time in Lansing. There’s also great food and craft vendors, an expansive beverage tent, children’s activities and more, all surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries as well as unique retail stores and grand architecture.

African American Street Festival
Hadley Park; Nashville, TN; http://aacanashville.org
This festival features a mix of live music including African, Gospel, Reggae, Latin, R&B, Jazz, Gospel, Neo-Soul, Blues & more.  There is also amazing food representing over 20 ethnic groups, a children’s pavilion and vendors with handmade, unique crafts.  All can enjoy local artist, music and movement, spoken word, local history, drama, dance, physical fitness, games, language & literacy and health. The festival is free.

Black Owned Wine and Spirits Festival
September 28, 2019
Dock 5 Union Market; Washington, DC; http://www.BlackOwnedSpiritsFestival.com
4th Annual festival hosted by Guy Lambert & Michelle Vessels with Black Alley performing live.  Festival runs from 2 to 8 pm African-Americans have played a vital role in the US Spirit Industry from the very beginning. From the early on production of rum during the slave trade to the intrinsic love affair with Cognac during prohibition years; communities of color in this country have historically been the heartbeat of Spirits in the US.   Never before has there been an opportunity where African-American owned Spirit, Wine, and Beer brands have been unified in one place for a single common ground. The Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival will lay a foundation of commerce and education that will inspire and propel a movement towards the widespread support of Black owned Spirits, Wine and Beer. 

Taste of Soul Festival
October 19, 2019 from 10 am to 7 pm
Crenshaw Blvd between Stocker St & Obama Blvd; Los Angeles, CA, http://www.tasteofsoulla.org
Now in its 14th year, Taste of Soul Festival has been dubbed Los Angeles’ largest one day street festival.  It takes place annually in October and features a taste of all things “soulful” including food from local restaurants, live entertainment, displays from local artists, exhibits from local businesses and organizations, access to free health services, economic development for small businesses and job opportunities!  Admission is free.

Women Of Color Empowerment Conference
Fort Lauderdale, FL
July 29th-31st
This national women of color conference will focus on educating and motivating dynamic Women of Color to lead more effectively.  On July 29th at 6:00 PM, there will be a 6:00 PM networking reception overlooking beautiful Fort Lauderdale Beach at the host hotel. July 30th is the main programming day and from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM attendees will hear from renowned speakers, participate in thought-provoking full-group sessions and network with other leaders throughout the state and nation. On July 31st, the weekend will conclude with a powerful off-site and all-white Sisterhood Breakfast on the beach.  Swim suits and flip flops are in order for this rhythmic release experience with yoga starting at 7:00 AM. Our overall message this year is Zen.

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