Ready to get back to your favorite Music Festivals? So are we!!!
Live Music is back and bigger than ever. What were some of your favorite Black Music Festivals in 2019 ? Here is a current list of all the Black Music Festivals for 2021 that we could find! Have a group of people you want to travel with to a Black music Festival? We have a Group Travel Department that can help you plan your trip together. Click Plan My Group trip today
Afropunk Festival Atlanta
The Afropunk Festival (commonly referred to as Afropunk or Afropunk Fest) is an annual arts festival that includes live music, film, fashion, and art produced by black artists. AFROPUNK Atlanta is an evolving, open cultural space and it will feature extraordinary music, art, film, conversations, food and the honest expression of youthful Black concerns by the leading voices. An inspiring cornucopia of culture, offers sights, sounds, and perspectives. AFROPUNK Joburg will bring together the vibrancy of a limited audience with the hyper connectivity of a larger digital family to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a huge global spectacular – December 2021 Johannesburg South Africa.
Essence Festival of Culture a Virtual Experience for 2021
New Orleans June 25-27 & July 2-4, 2021
For the past 25 years Essence without a doubt is one of the top black music festivals. Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Miguel And More Headlined the 2018 Essence Festival. Loni Love, Missy Elliott, Mary J Blige, H.E.R. & RBRM were just some of the performers in 2019. In 2021 the Essence Festival of Culture will be strictly virtual. It will be streaming on Streaming on Essencestudios.com
ONE MUSIC FEST
April 17th, 2021
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 8th 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.
Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival: Music Fest 2021
Tampa Bay, FL Saturday May 8th and Sunday May 9th, 2021
This two-day celebration includes live entertainment, exciting cultural events, 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. MUSICAL LINEUP: Saturday, May 8 ❖ Joyce Irby & Klymaxx ❖ Guitar G Force Sunday, May 9 ❖ Jonathan McReynolds ❖ Sheila E. Prefer to enjoy this year’s Music Fest – VIRTUALLY click to purchase a virtual pass
Miami Haitian Compas Festival
Mana Wynwood, Miami
May 14-16, 2021
In honor of May 18th 1803, creation of the Haitian blue and red flag, the Haitian Compas Festival in Miami was born. 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. Past performers include Harmonik, Tabou, AJAKOUT, Nu Look, Kai, Klass, ADA, DJ FMA, Gabel, T-VICE and more. HCF presents a Flag Day 3 day weekend event series in South Florida May 14th – 16th, 2021. Events on Friday and Sunday night at the Hollywood Live Restaurant & Lounge in Hollywood Florida and Saturday night events at Revolution Live in Ft Lauderdale.
Afro Nation Festival
July 1-3rd, 2021 Praia da Rocha, Portugal
The world’s biggest Afrobeats festival. Afro Nation is a Portuguese Afrobeats, hip-hop, dancehall, bashment and R&B festival held each summer on the beautiful Praia da Rocha beach, just south of Portimão. After having to postpone 2020’s edition to July 2021, Afro Nation is raring to go again as it returns to the sunny shores of Portugal for another weekend in the company of some of urban music’s biggest artists. Afro Nation’s esteemed 2021 lineup will feature sets from the likes of Chris Brown, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Skepta, Davido, Beenie Man, Popcaan and many more.
Be a part of the World’s Largest natural beauty festival which happens in July 2021. CURLFEST New York takes place every July at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. It is truely a celebration of everything about African American beauty. The festival usually runs from 12 pm to 7 pm and a ticket is required to attend but weekend combo tickets are also sold.
Reggae SumFest 2021
Montego Bay, Jamaica
July 18th – 24th, 2021
Sumfest has earned a reputation as the Caribbean’s premier music festival, showcasing Jamaica’s indigenous music, as well as other popular global genres of music. A week of events held in Montego Bay, Jamaica during the 3rd week in July every year. It features the best in reggae and dancehall music over 2 main festival nights and 5 lead up events. 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, Akon, Alkaline, Mavado, Tory Lanez, TJ, Sizzla, Mystery Star and Deep Jahi.
Rolling Loud 2021
July 23-27, 2021
World’s Largest Hip-Hop Festival that takes place in Miami and New York City. This July date is for Miami and this year Travis Scott, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Migos, Lil Baby, Roddy Rich, Young Thug, Tyga…and many more will be performing at Hard Rock Stadium.
Pure Grenada Music Festival
St. George, Grenada
Grenada is unique, and the Pure Grenada Music Festival will offer a unique experience due to its picturesque location at Port Louis Marina on the lawn, overlooking the picturesque Carenage, Grenada’s natural habor, welcoming people, going green focus while offering a variety of musical genres of excellent standard. Although you will see some Grammy winners performing, the focus is give exposure to local new artists.
Dream Weekend: Jamaica’s Premier Independence Music Festival
Negril, Jamaica August 5th – 9th, 2021
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 with popular high-energy genres of music, performances from local and international artistes, 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.
August 15-22, 2021
The AFRAM Festival is a celebration of African American life, music and culture. AFRAM is FREE to the public. It will take place in Druid Hill Park Baltimore, the 2021 festival will take place in various parks and cultural landmarks across the city. The 2021 festival will provide Baltimore residents and festival-goers a week-long hybrid format with both in-person and virtual experiences. This years performers include: Busta Rhymes, Wale, Mooski, Chaka Khan, Marsha Ambrosius, and Smokie Norful. AFRAM is a family-friendly event there is something for everyone. Don’t miss one of the largest African American festivals on the East Coast! This 745-acre urban oasis draws crowds of over 100,000 each year, be a part of it!
Breakaway Music Festival
September 3rd & 4th, 2021
The Breakaway Music Festival highlights EDM, indie, pop and hip-hop music. The Breakaway Music Festival kicks-off in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Belknap Park on August 27-28 and then makes stops in Columbus, Ohio September 3-4 at the Historic Crew Stadium, and Charlotte, North Carolina October 1-2 at the zMAX Dragway located at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Past Artists include Travis Scott, Khalid, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Wiz Kalifa and more.
Made in America
Ben Franklin Parkway in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
Labor Day Weekend 2021
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.
Broccoli City Festival
October 2, 2021
2021 Broccoli City Festival is at RFK Stadium and Festival Grounds s a historic sports and concert venue in Washington, DC. This festival is open to all ages. This year features:Lil Baby, Snoh Aalegra, Moneybagg Yo, Lucky Daye, Justine Skye, Rubi Rose, ESTA, Andre Power, Sasha Marie, 30HBlack and many more. Broccoli Fest is considered the largest festival in the US for young people of color.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
October 8-17, 2021
This will be the 52nd year for this festival. Performers and guests alike come from all over the world to be a part of this great event. Jazz and Dixieland are the focal points, but many different kinds of music are performed. At the Jazz Fest site, there are about 10 stages and show areas and the included admission ticket allows the guest to roam between each venue at their own pace on an open-seating basis. The New Orleans Fairgrounds site is a short distance from the French Quarter. Past performers included Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Khalid, Smokey Robinson, Sting and Aerosmith. The musical lineup is usually announced and tickets go on sale near the first of the year.
Rolling Loud Queens
October 28-30, 2021
World’s Largest Hip-Hop Festival that takes place in Miami and New York City. This October date is for the show in Queens New York at Citi Field and this year performers include 50 Cent, J Cole Travis Scott, Lil Baby, Roddy Rich, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Tjay, and many more.
End of December – January 2022 Accra, Ghana
Afrochellais a festival designed to highlight & elevate thrilling and thriving millennial talent from and within Africa. Thousands of people came to the country in celebration of Afrochella 2019. The festival is an interactive event that encourages collaboration, explains and explores culture with a pioneering approach. The festival introduces an interactive event that encourages collaboration, explains and explores the culture with a pioneering approach
Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival
Several Virtual Events for 2021
The annual Houston Black Heritage Festival is a Texas-sized African-American cultural celebration that takes place in the heart of Downtown.Grammy 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.
Where there any Black Music Festivals for 2021 that we missed? Please let us know