5 Black Festivals Around The World That You Don’t Want To Miss In 2020

By Leah Freeman-Haskin


Celebrate music, dance, visual art, and black culture at these iconic festivals in 2020. From Brazil to Brooklyn, these events take place in some of the most popular travel destinations in the world, combining art, travel, and community in one electrifying experience.

Afropunk Bahia

Bahia, Brazil

The dates for Afropunk Bahia have been released and it’s time to start saving your coins. Come November 28 – 29, everyone will be in Brazil celebrating. “It’s important for us to show up and show out for all Black bodies across the world. Brazil, having grown to be the second-largest Black population outside of Africa, we are dedicated to elevate and celebrate Afro-Brazilians,” says the website.  

Photo via afropunk.com

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Essence Festival

New Orleans, LA

It’s the largest global gathering of Black culture and the biggest party of the summer. Tickets are now on sale for Essence Festival 2020. The annual event that gathers in New Orleans takes place July 1-5 featuring concerts, comedy shows, underground performances, and more.

Photo via essence.com

ONE Music Fest

Atlanta, GA

We are still waiting on the 2020 dates, but rest assured once they are announced, tickets will sell out quickly. ONE Music Fest takes place in Atlanta every year and always impresses with a list of artists that have included SZA, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, and Janelle Monae in the past. Food trucks and art exhibits are also on display through the festival.

Photo via onemusicfest.com

OVO Fest

Toronto, Canada

This annual music festival hosted and founded by Drake and Noah ‘40’ Shebib, will feature pop stars, hip hop artists, and R&B bands like Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, and Kevin Hart among others.  OVO Fest 2020 tickets should be on sale soon.

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Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

Brooklyn, NY

Approaching its tenth year now, the BHF has represented music well: the festival has attracted legendary headliners such as Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, De La Soul, KRS-ONE, Big Daddy Kane, Lupe Fiasco, and Brand Nubian. In additional to live music, enjoy discussions, exhibitions, films and workshops at various venues around Brooklyn.  “The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has celebrated it all: both the people that love Hip-Hop and the people that live it.”

Photo via instagram.com/bkhiphopfest
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