If you’re someone who plans to be outside for the second half of the year, there are several Black music festivals and events confirmed for 2021. COVID-19 has not completely disappeared, but cities across the world are finding safe ways to bring back some things tourists and residents love.
*All dates are subject to change due to Coronavirus social distancing guidelines*
- One Music Festival: Oct. 9-10
- Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
- For 10 years, the festival has been bridging the gap between old and new. Past lineups have included the likes of Wu-Tang Clan and Musiq Soulchild alongside Gucci Mane and Summer Walker. This year’s headliners include H.E.R., Lil Wayne, and the Isley Brothers.
- Broccoli City Fest: Oct. 2
- Location: Washington, DC
- This year’s star-studded line-up includes something for every musical taste. Lil Baby, Snoh Aalegra, Moneybag Yo, Lucky Daye, Rubi Rose, Justine Skye, and Soulection are only a few of the artists on the ticket. This Black-owned festival partnered with Live Nation Urban in recent years to make the event bigger and better.
- Lights On Festival: Sept. 18-19
- Location: Concord, CA
- Not only is singer H.E.R. an Academy Award and a Grammy award winner but she also runs her own music festival known as Lights on Festival. The versatile crooner kick-started her ambitious festival dedicated to R&B in 2019. The second edition of her festival will see some top-notch performances from headliners Erykah Badu, Bryson Tiller, and Ari Lennox.
- Club Quarantine Live: Aug. 29
- Location: Hollywood, CA; Brooklyn, NY; Atlanta, GA
- D-Nice’s Club Quarantine virtual parties on Instagram brought millions of people together during stay-at-home mandates. Now everyone’s favorite quarantine DJ is hitting the road, and he’s bringing his favorite musical talents with him. Musical guests for the first event of the series include The Isley Brothers, Common, Trey Songz, Deborah Cox, Amerie, Carl Thomas, Tweet, Mary Mary, and Kiana Lede. While the Hollywood Bowl event is sold out, you can still catch other shows in Brooklyn and Atlanta this fall.
- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest: Oct. 8-17
- Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
- This year’s two-weekend event promises to be bigger and better than ever. Great music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work. Everyone from Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Buffett, Lizzo, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., Norah Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Beach Boys, Ludacris, Melissa Etheridge, Wu-Tang Clan feat. The Soul Rebels, Boz Scaggs, The Isley Brothers, and many, many more.