Black Music Festivals 2018

Black Music Festivals 2018We’re highlighting some of the best African American Music Festivals in the U.S. and Caribbean.

Black Music Festivals 2018

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival & Music Festival
Tampa Bay, FL
Jan.11-20, 2018
This ten-day celebration includes live entertainment, exciting cultural events, relevant health tutorials, business advising seminars, renowned speakers, food vendors, craft vendors, a music fest with national recording artists and more. Tampa Bay’s annual family-friendly festival commemorates the many contributions and influences African Americans have made in our society. The headliner will be David Sanborn.

Jazz in the Gardens Music Fest
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens
March 17 & 18, 2018
The 2 day festival will include new and old school artists including Will Downing, Marion Meadows, Chante Moore & Betty Wright.

Coachella Valley, CA
April 13-15, 2018 | April 20-22, 2018 (unofficial dates)
This festival includes many genres of music including rock, indie and hip hop.  2017 performers included Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, Stormzy & more. No line up has been announced for 2018 yet, but rumor has it that Beyonce may headline since she had to pull out in 2017 due to her pregnancy.

Soul’d Out Music Festival
April 2018 (final dates not announced)
Portland, Oregon
In it’s 9th year, this festival features a mix of jazz, funk, electronic, fusion and hip-hop artists from around the world to Portland’s most popular venues.  The festival aspires to unite music lovers of all generations and provide a platform for new artists as well.  Performers include Solange, Big Freedia, Dead Prez, Travi$ Scott, Flying Lotus and The Ohio Players.

Kaya Fest
Long Beach, CA
April 28-29, 2018
Reggae music festival.  Past performers include the Marley Brothers, Sean Paul Wyclef Jean and Inner Circle with special appearance by Ms. Lauryn Hill.

Miami Haitian Compas Festival
Bayfront Park, Miami Fl
May 2018 (final dates not announced)
In honor of May 18th 1803, creation of the Haitian blue and red flag, the Haitian Compas Festival in Miami was born. This will be the festival’s 20th year, and it has been ranked among the Best in Live Music Entertainment events by Billboard Magazine. The festival highlights different genres of Haitian music including Hip Hop, Konpa Direk, Nouvel Generasyon, Kreyol and more.  Attended annually by over 25,000 people. Performers include Djakout #1, Tvice, Carimi, Klass, Nu look, Kreyol La, Disip, K-Zino, Gardy, Girault, Nicky Mix, Francky Mixalot, Valmix, Power Mix,  and hosting by DJ Greo and DJ Gousse

Soul Beach Music Festival
May 23rd-29th, 2018
The 18th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival will offer a unique combination of excitement and sophistication nestled in an intimate setting, all on the beautiful island of Aruba. Be part of the action, because our festival is sure to amaze you with sultry day and night events, the hottest internationally renowned performing artists in music and comedy, all in one jam packed weekend of music, fun and sun!  Past performers include Usher, Mary J. Blige, The Roots, Faith Evans, DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Chubb Rock.

Hot 97 Summer Jam
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
June 2018 (final dates not announced)
Last years performers include Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Trey Songz,  Fat Joe & Remy Ma, Migos, Joey BADA$$ and more on the main stadium stage.  On the festival stage they also feature emerging artists such as Young M.A, A Boogie, Don Q and Lil Yachty.

St. Kitts Music Festival
June 2018 (final dates not announced)
By blending exciting music with exhilarating performances, The St Kitts Music Festival is now the most diversified musical show in the Caribbean.  Past performers include 50 Cent, Damian Marley, Morgan Heritage & the O’Jays.  This years line up includes Mavado, Shabba, Ricardo Dru, Jah Cure, Ed Robinson and Phyllisia Ross.

Essence Festival 2018
New Orleans
July 5th – 9th, 2018
For the past 24 years Essence without a doubt is one of the top black music festivals.  John Legend, Diana Ross, Solange and Mary J. Blige are just a few of the acts set to perform this year.

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Brooklyn, NY
July 2018 (final dates not announced)
Established in 2005, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture by highlighting Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change.  In the last ten years, the Festival has achieved a number of memorable milestones with an impressive roster of Hip-Hop acts that include Grammy winner Lupe Fiasco, the front man of Jimmy Kimmel’s late night band Black Thought of The Roots and VH1 Hip-Hop Honoree Big Daddy Kane.

Reggae SumFest 2018
Montego Bay, Jamaica
July 15-21, 2018
Jamaica’s Premier Reggae Festival.  Its organizers intended for Reggae Sumfest to be a testament to Jamaica’s indelible impact on music in international genres like R&B, hip-hop, soka, and reggaeton. Today, the event has no problem attracting elite performers and tens of thousands of attendees and from all over the world. Past performers include Beyonce, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott and Akon. 2017 performers include Alkaline, Mavado, Tory Lanez, TJ, Sizzla, Mystery Star and Deep Jahi.

Dream Weekend: Jamaica’s Premier Independence Music Festival
Negril, Jamaica
Aug 2 – 6, 2018
Dream Weekend is Jamaica’s #1 and most anticipated music festival held on the white sand beaches of Negril, Jamaica. Enjoy 5 days of parties with high energy genres of music, inclusive or liquor and food.  Appleton Rum is the main sponsor and the parties for Dream Weekend include Yush, Twisted Spiritz, Igloo, Daydreams, Dream Live and other events.

OVO Fest (Drakes Event)
Toronto, Canada
August 2018 (final dates not announced)
Every summer, hip hop megastar Drake curates, hosts, and performs at the OVO Fest, hands-down the biggest rap festival north of the border – and with headlining acts like Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Machel Montano, Future, and Beenie Man.

AFROPUNK: The takeover
Harlem, NY
Aug. 2018
Described by the New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US,” the word AFROPUNK itself has become synonymous with open-minded, non-conforming and an unconventional community, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture inspired by alternative music. Performers this year include Gary Clark Jr., Michael Kiwanuka, Kaytranada, Sza, Soul II Soul and Macy Gray.

Breakaway Music Festival
Columbus, Ohio
August 2018 (final dates not announced)
The Breakaway Music Festival highlights EDM, indie, pop and hip-hop music.

Made in America
Ben Franklin Parkway in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
September 2018 (final dates not announced)
Created & curated by Jay-Z and sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, this annual music festival is a massive musical celebration.  Rihanna, ColleGrove, Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, DJ Khaled, Travi$ Scott, Coldplay and several other acts will perform this year.

Atlanta, GA
September 2018 (final dates not announced)
ONE Music Fest is the Southeast’s largest annual urban progressive music festival featuring a diverse range of music that includes everything from classic and next generation hip-hop, and soulful R&B, to alternative and rock.  Now in it’s 7th year, ONE Music Fest pulls together the best in progressive music for an eclectic mix of talent that expands the boundaries of the urban genre. Past performers include SZA, The Roots and Janelle Monae. 2017 performers include Ice Cube, Big Boi, Cee Lo, Erykah Badu and Busta Rhymes.

Music Midtown 2018
Piedmont Park – Atlanta, GA
September 2018 (final dates not announced)
Hip hop, electronic, pop and indie rock festival held in downtown Atlanta.  This year it will feature more than 30 artists on 4 stages.

Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival
Downtown Houston
September 2018 (final dates not announced)
The annual Houston Black Heritage Festival is a Texas-sized African-American cultural celebration that takes place in the heart of Downtown.
Gammy award winner Monica will perform as well as Blushhh Music, Brian Jack, Endurance, DeeSmuve and H.I.S.D. The event also emphasizes empowerment and features highly-regarded speakers and discussions on topics like education, health, wellness and economic literacy.

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