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black festivals in january

California, San Diego -   The San Diego Black Film Festival  -  The San Diego Black Film Festival was established in 2002 and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of African American and African Diaspora cinema as well as the education of media arts. Held each year in late January, the San Diego Black Film Festival is one of the largest black film festivals in the country.

Conneticut, Trumbull -   Empowering Through Beauty Expo -  Beauty visionary and creator of Empowering Through Beauty, Tanisha Akinloye has birthed the most influential beauty expo of its kind. Empowering through Beauty Expo is designed to celebrate the intelligence, strength, courage and determination of women and girls, and the dynamic beauty professionals who inspire our community.

Florida, Eatonville -   Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities  -  Will feature Jazz, Latin rhythms, and Spoken Word performances.

Florida, Fort Lauderdale -   The Grown & Sexy Cruise -  5 nights of theme parties and events.

Florida, Fort Lauderdale -   The Smooth Jazz Cruise  -   The Smooth Jazz Cruise is proud to present The Greatest Party at Sea and even prouder to present this amazing lineup of hosts, stars and special guests.


Florida, Tampa Bay -   Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival  -  Celebrating the heart and soul of Tampa Bay.

Georgia, Atlanta -   The Honda Battle Of The Bands -  The Honda Battle of the Bands (sometimes abbreviated The Honda or HBOB) is an annual marching band exhibition in the United States which features performances by bands from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Sponsored by the American Honda Motor Company, the Invitational Showcase takes place in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia in late January.

Iowa, Des Moines -   I'll Make Me a World in Iowa -  A Gala with a Goal. Held in January at Polk County Convention Complex, Des Moines, Iowa non-stop performances on three stages, culture, art, history, displays, entertainment, soul food, kids activities and much more.

Michigan, Boyne Falls -   The Black Ski Weekend  -  All day and all night partying! The largest Urban Professional ski event in the world! The event covered 4 days and 3 exciting nights - There was no sleeping, only passing out. 20 themed activities, snow and fun on the slopes! Other activities at Boyne Mountain Resort include: Snow Mobiling, Tubing, Ice Skating, horseback riding, Sleigh Ride, Zip-Line, Cross Country Skiing, Spa/Massages, Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park, Games, bonfires, hot tubbing, and more!!!

New York, Harlem -   Harlem Fine Arts Show -  The Harlem Fine Arts Show is the premiere showcase for modern and contemporary African Diasporic art. Next year, we're extending to the voice and reach of the show with the addition of the Harlem Fine Arts Show Magazine. The magazine will premiere as an insert in the Sunday edition of the New York Times.

Tennessee, Gatlinburg -   Winter Ski Fest  -  The BIGGEST Ski Trip In The South-East... There is only one Winter Ski Fest.

Tennessee, Memphis -   International Blues Challenge  -  International Blues Challenge will feature Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition.


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California, Long Beach -   Aquarium of the Pacific Event  -   The festival will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and more.

California, Long Beach -   Ragga Muffins Festival  -   Held at the Long Beach Arena. Long Beach Ca. (310) 515-3322

California, Los Angelas -   Pan African Film Festival -   The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation in Los Angeles, California that states its goal to promote "cultural understanding among peoples of African descent" through exhibiting art and film. It hosts a film festival and an arts festival in Los Angeles in February of each year. The Los Angeles Times in 2013 called the film festival "the largest black film festival" in the United States.

California, Mammoth -   Mammoth BlackOut  -   Party on Mammoth Mountain with over 600 professionals from across the country at California's premier winter resort.

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California, Oakland -   Ragga Muffins Festival  -   The Annual Ragga Muffins Festival. The Fox Theater, Oakland.

California, Pasadena -   The NAACP Image Awards  -   An NAACP Image Award is an accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature. The award ceremony was first presented in 1967 and was first nationally televised in 1994 on the Fox Network. The first live broadcast of the event, also on the Fox Network, occurred in 2007 for its 38th edition (up until 2007, the ceremony had been broadcast with tape delay) and the annual ceremonies usually take place in or around the Los Angeles, United States area, in February or early March. The 44th edition aired on NBC.

California, San Diego -   Ragga Muffins Festival  -   The Annual Ragga Muffins Festival. Valley View Casino Center.

California, San Francisco -   Black Choreographers Festival -   Honoring the Legacy & Celebrating the Next Generation is theme of the Annual Black Choreographers Festival.

DC, Washington -   DC Fashion Week  -   DC Fashion Week is held twice a year during the months of February & September. A partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models, DCFASHIONWEEK (DCFW) was created to increase economic development in the area of fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling, and to enhance the visibility of the nation's capital as a center of international fashion.

Florida, Boca Raton -   Black Enterprise Women Of Power Summit  -  Gain access to and learn from industry leaders about how to optimize your potential for professional advancement. Participate in interactive workshops and sessions that examine corporate trends, leadership and management skills, and small business issues.

Florida, Fort Lauderdale -   Sistrunk Historical Festival  -   Sistrunk Historical Festival is a cultural organization that celebrates the accomplishments of people of African descent. The organization is named in honor of Dr. James Sistrunk, one of the first African-American Physicians in Broward County.

Georgia, Conyers -   Black Heritage Art Show -   The Black Heritage Art Show is the largest African American celebratory event held in the Mid-Atlantic region in February.

Maryland, Baltimore -   Black Heritage Art Show  -   Features original works by African American artists from across the nation.

North Carolina, Charlotte -   Charlotte African American Festival -   The festival will include gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, and hip- hop artist, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, a marching band competition, speakers, vendors, special awards and recognitions and much more.

North Carolina, Charlotte -   Charlotte Black Film Festival -   The Goals of the Charlotte Black Film Festival is to: Promote diversity through cultural expressions, dialogue and understanding, Promote and display works that express the African-American experience.

North Carolina, Durham -   Hayti Heritage Film Festival -   SJHF is dedicated to advancing cultural understanding through diverse programs that examine the experiences of Americans of African descent — locally, nationally and globally.

South Carolina, Charleston -   Lowcountry Blues Bash -  14 days, 25 venues, 59 acts, 100 shows.

South Carolina, Hopkins -   Annual Strong Threads African American Festival -   The ever popular STRONG THREADS event is a unique opportunity to celebrate and educate the community through entertainment about their African American History, the people, and the rich heritage of Lower Richland County.

South Carolina, North Charleston -   Charleston Blues Festival -   2013 will feature Millie Jackson, Mel Waiters, TK Soul, Latimore, Theodis Ealey, and The Klass Band.

South Carolina, Savannah -   Savannah Black Heritage Festival -   Cultural education and exposure to the performing and visual arts, as well as ethnic cuisine, crafts, fun and family are emphasized throughout the celebration.

Tennessee, Memphis -   Memphis Black Expo  -  The goal of the Memphis Black Expo is to address the needs of the community by serving as a catalyst to improve conditions in the African-American community by creating a family-oriented environment that celebrates, empowers and cultivates the community including small businesses, nonprofits, community based organizations and corporations.


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California, Huntington Beach -   BBJazz Festival -  Featuring Smooth Jazz, R&B and Contemporary artists in the city of Huntington Beach, California. Join in on the festivities this season by supporting live music and at the same time the proceeds will benefit various charities.

California, San Jose -   San Jose Winterfest Music Festival -  The “cool” counterpart to our wildly popular Summer Fest, our winter jazz festival features a genre-busting mix of young artists taking jazz beyond the expected.

Florida, Miami -   Ultra Music Festival -  Ultra Music Festival Miami is the world's premiere electronic music festival. It is like the Olympics for electronic dance music (EDM)

2014 Jazz in the Gardens - Sizzle Reel

Florida, Miami Gardens -   Jazz in the Gardens -   A stellar line-up, great exotic foods, affordable ticket prices and amazing weather. Miami Gardens, Florida.

Georgia, Atlanta -   National Black Arts Festival  -   A celebration of culture.

Georgia, Atlanta -   The Atlanta Comedy Festival  -   The nations premier bi-annual progressive & urban comedy showcase.

Georgia, Savannah -   Savannah Music Festival -   SMF gives attendees a chance to hit the dance floor with four dance parties - Cuban, Cajun, Funk, and Zydeco music - scheduled throughout the festival.

Louisiana, Lake Charles-   Black Heritage Festival -   Mouthwatering food, terrific music and great family fun.

Michigan, Southfield -   Annual I'm Every Woman Expo -  All women, regardless of their race, age, or social class, will have the opportunity to experience what our exhibitors, attendees, speakers, sponsors, and committees experience.

Mississippi, Greenwood -   The Mississippi Blues Fest  -  The Mississippi Blues Fest is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving blues music in the birthplace of the art form - the Mississippi Delta. Each March and October the concert draws blues lovers from all over the world.

New York, Brooklyn -   Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival -   New York Citys longest continually running grass roots festival dedicated to classic jazz.

North Carolina, Wilmington -   North Carolina Black Film Festival -   Celebrating years of fine film.

Pennsylvania, Reading -   Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest -   One of the largest jazz festivals in the U.S., including over 130 scheduled events!

South Carolina, Charleston-   Charleston Black Expo -   Taste of Black Expo. South

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March 21st - 22nd, 2015, at SunLife Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida


MIAMI GARDENS, FL – January 22, 2015 - The City of Miami Gardens is proud to announce the addition of Erykah Badu, Run-D.M.C., Sheila E. and Jazz in the Gardens All Stars Ronnie Laws, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Tom Browne to the 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) music festival at SunLife Stadium. The two-day music festival from March 21-22, 2015, will also feature artists Maxwell, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, Men of Soul's Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson and Freddie Jackson, and Brian Culbertson. Comedians and nationally syndicated radio personalities D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley will co-host the festival.

Jazz in the Gardens will feature local artists, over 40 exotic food vendors, a Vendor Marketplace, and the most anticipated lineup for the City's milestone 10th year of its signature event. On Saturday and Sunday, doors to the festival will open at 3 p.m. and the show will start at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or http://www.jazzinthegardens.com.

The Women’s Impact Conference and Luncheon (WICL) will kick off the Jazz in the Gardens Weekend on Friday, March 20, at the Miramar Cultural Center with the theme “THERE’S NO ‘S’ ON MY CHEST BUT A HERO LIVES WITHIN.” The event will feature keynote speaker reality show personality Omarosa Manigault and a surprise guest promised to “wow” the crowd. That same night at the Center, Rickey Smiley and a few special guests from his morning show will host the Official Jazz in the Gardens Pre-Party featuring a comedy show, live entertainment and dancing.

"Without a doubt, this is our most exciting lineup yet," said City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. "And by the reports on ticket sales, there’s no denying it. There is no sunnier, breezier, or better place to enjoy your favorite exotic food, good friends and amazing live performances than in the Gardens in springtime. We welcome our guests who travel from all over the world to celebrate our milestone 10th year of the fastest growing jazz & R&B festival in America."

Predicted early on to break last year’s record of 68,000 tickets sold, tracking a 15% increase in ticket sales, JITG ‘10 is well on its way to breaking its record for an anticipated 71,000 tickets sold.

Official Site: www.jazzinthegardens.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jazzinthegardens
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jazzgardens
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jitg10

Media Inquiries:
Suzan McDowell
(305) 576-3790

About City of Miami Gardens
The City of Miami Gardens celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. Miami Gardens is the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. With a population of approximately 110,000, it is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami Gardens is a solid, working and middle class community of unique diversity. It is the largest predominantly African-American municipality in Florida and boasts many Caribbean and Hispanic residents. The City hosted the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl™, Super Bowl XLIV™, 2013 Orange Bowl and 2013 BCS National Championship game. The City has demonstrated steady growth in the areas of community and economic development, and has gained a reputation for being a hot destination in South Florida


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Alabama, Mobile -   Mobile Crawfish Festival  -  Eating Tails & Slurping Heads inside the waterfront crawfish festival located in Mobile Bay. The Ragin Cajun Crawfish Festival is a fun summer family destination.

Arizona, Litchfield Park -   Arizona Jazz Festival  -  Arizona Jazz Festival April at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ. A great weekend of entertainment and music by some of your favorite Smooth Jazz artists. This Smooth Jazz Festival is star studded and should not be missed!

Arizona, Glendale -   Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival  -  Glendale’s award-winning Jazz & Blues Festival will feature an equally phenomenal lineup of headlining acts when music takes center stage in downtown Glendale.

California, Huntington Beach -   BBJazz Festival -  Featuring Smooth Jazz, R&B and Contemporary artists in the city of Huntington Beach, California. Join in on the festivities this season by supporting live music and at the same time the proceeds will benefit various charities.

D.C., Washington -   African American Family Celebration -  The event is open to all, come join us for a day of fun, learning and celebration.

D.C., Washington -   Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival -   Celebrates 25 Years of World Class Jazz at the University of the District of Columbia. A hand-clapping, finger-snapping, foot-stomping good time.

Delaware, Wilmington -   The Delaware Black Expo  -  A FREE day-long event for the entire family will feature entertainment by local artists and fun-filled activities for the kids while spotlighting the products & services of African American businesses and organizations.

Florida, Jacksonville -   Jacksonville Jazz Festival  -   The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is held every April and is the second-largest jazz festival in the nation. Springing the Blues is a free outdoor blues festival held in Jacksonville Beach.

Florida, Tampa -   The Tampa Bay Blues Festival  -   The Tampa Bay Blues Festival is one of the world’s finest blues music events, staged in the tropical setting of Vinoy Park on the shores of Tampa Bay.

Georgia, Atlanta -   Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival  -   The Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival, delivering Cinema in True Colour. Audiences can expect to be entertained and moved by films that showcase a plethora of untold stories.

Louisiana, Baton Rouge -   Baton Rouge Blues Festival -   The Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest blues festivals in America.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   French Quarter Festival  -   FQFI is a nonprofit corporation supported by the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. All French Quarter festivals are free and include the French Quarter Festival, Christmas New Orleans Style, and the Satchmo SummerFest.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival  -   This spontaneous, momentous scene—this meeting of jazz and heritage—has stood for decades since as a stirring symbol of the authenticity of the celebration.

Mississippi, Clarksdale -   Juke Joint Festival -   Juke Joint Festival is "half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta." It celebrates our past AND living history by presenting over 100 blues acts during the course of the weekend.

Mississippi, Vicksburg -   Alcorn State University Jazz Festival  -   The Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival is a masterpiece rich in tradition and talent.

Nevada, Henderson -   The Indie Music Fest -   A unique and special event, with a special element of celebration for the indie artist.

Nevada, Las Vegas -   Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz/Rhythm & Blues Festival  -   The spirit of your festival is in Las Vegas and doing well.

North Carolina, Charlotte -   Annual Best Bachelorette Auction  -   100% of the proceeds of this event to benefit Children affected by Domestic Violence.

Ohio, Cleveland -   Tri-C JazzFest  -   Tri-C JazzFest is the largest music festival in Ohio, and the largest educational jazz festival in the country.

South Carolina, Kiawah Island -   Blues by the Sea -   Enjoy a full spring afternoon and evening of blue-chip blues by some of today?s finest artists at Freshfields Village on beautiful Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Tennessee, Memphis -   Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival  -   Africa In April Cultural Awarenss Festival during the month of April designed to celebrate the arts, history, culture, and diversity of the African Diaspora.

Texas, Austin -   Austin Reggae Festival -   A celebration that brings together incredible music, tasty foods, arts & crafts, plus premium people-watching.

Texas, Houston -   Houston International Festival -   The Houston International Festival is an annual event that celebrates diversity and allows you to learn about different cultures. Check out the culture being celebrated this year!

Washington, Seattle -   Langston Hughes — African American Film Festival  -   This annual event provides provocative films from independent Black filmmakers and works about the African American experience.

soul food festival

WHAT: SoulFood Festival Los Angeles
WHERE: Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037
WHEN: Sat. April 11th, 2015
General gates open 4pm Showtime at 6pm

Early Bird Gen Adm Lawn $35
Gen Adm Lawn $47
Preferred Seating behind VIP $67

VENDORS: Vendor Spaces are available:
*all vendors must be approved, please send requests to: vendors@krprmedia.com
Please send requests for sponsor deck to: sponsors@krprmedia.com
MEDIA FEATURES: Contact KimiRhochelle of KRPR Media / media@krprmedia.com
FOR MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/SoulFoodFestival


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California, Bakersfield -   Bakersfield Jazz Festival  -   An exciting event. With the support of students, faculty, administration and ardent jazz fans in the community, the jazz program at CSUB has grown and flourished.

California, Concord -   Annual Stone Soul Concert  -   The annual KBLX Stone Soul celebration returns to Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord Memorial Day Weekend.

California, Dana Point -   Doheny Blues Festival  -   Held at Doheny State Beach. Big name entertainers at this annual event.

California, Los Angeles -   JazzReggae Fest  -   The Annual JazzReggae Fest held at UCLA.

California, Sacramento -   Sacramento Jazz Jubilee  -   Live Music! Dancing! Party! Jazz, Blues, Zydeco, Latin, Swing, Bluegrass, and more.

California, San Bernardino -   Inland Empire Reggae Music and Art Festival  -   Reggae fun for all.

Atlanta Jazz Festival

California, San Diego -   San Diego Jazz Festival  -  A pleasant experience awaits you at the San Diego Jazz Festival.

California, Santa Cruz -   Santa Cruz Blues Festival  -   Top names in blues and roots music for two days in a natural amphitheater surrounded by oaks and redwoods near the Pacific Ocean. Held in May. Santa Cruz California.

California, Simi Valley -   Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival  -   The annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival will rock once again at Memorial Day weekend, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., in Simi Valley, CA.

California, Victorville -   High Desert Music Festival  -   Award winning entertainment that will satisfy all taste and ages. 2 stages of music and entertainment.

Florida, Gainesville -   5th Avenue Arts Festival  -   The 5th Avenue Arts Festival is presented by the Cultural Arts Coalition. The festival will feature art, entertainment and music which celebrates the rich culture of African-Americans in Gainesville.

Florida, Miami -   Urban Beach Week  -   A ten year old Mega party taking place on the beautiful beaches of Miami each and every Memorial Day Week.

Georgia, Atlanta -   Atlanta Jazz Festival  -  The city’s commitment was to present a free jazz festival. It would, in fact, be named The Atlanta Free Jazz Festival.

Georgia, Atlanta -   Sweet Auburn Springfest -  You can expect to enjoy concerts, carnival rides, film festivals, entertaining parades and a whole lot more!

Kentucky, Louisville -   Kentucky Reggae Festival -  Caribbean marketplace, ethnic foods and, wonderful reggae music.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   Big Easy Comedy Festival  -  Held New Orleans Memorial Day Weekend.

Mississippi, Laurel -   Mothers' Day Blues Festival  -   Bring out the whole family, especially mom, this is a family oriented event.

Missouri, Kansas City -   Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise  -  The World's Only Fully Chartered Blues Cruise | Music Cruise Blues Festival.

Missouri, St Louis -   Blues Week St Louis  -  The event is a 10-day celebration of the deep cultural impact that St. Louis — and its musicians have had on the world.

Nevada, Las Vegas -   Vegas Soulfest  -  Get the VIP hotel treatment and let your hair down with 24 hours entertainment in the city of sin. And remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

North Carolina, Durham -   Taste of Durham  - A celebration of food, music, entertainment and arts with an international twist.

North Carolina, Greensboro -   Carolina Blues Festival  - As a tie-in to the Carolina Blues Festival, Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and the Open Art Society of Raleigh, NC have collaborated to select artists to create blues-themed art installations in downtown Greensboro storefronts. Carolina Blues Festival is the longest running blues festival in the Southeast.

Ohio, Columbus -   The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference  -  The official community, inspiration and networking hub for the BE Entrepreneurs Conference.

Ohio, Toledo -   Kentucky Derby Gala  -  Come out and enjoy a night of Fashion, Food, Prizes, Entertainment and Fun! All event proceeds help support the programs and services Village50 provides the community. See you there!

South Carolina, Atlantic Beach-Myrtle Beach -   Black Bike Week -   Dedicated to Black Bike Week also known as Memorial Day Bike Fest or Atlantic Beach Bike Fest.

South Carolina, Beaufort -   Gullah Festival  -   Celebrates the accomplishments of the blacks of the low-country.

South Carolina, Columbia -   Columbia Black Expo -   Taste of Black Expo. South

Tennessee, Brownsville -   Exit 56 Blues Fest  -   Honors the music of Blues pioneers.

Tennessee, Memphis -   Memphis in May International Festival -   Memphis in May International Festival hosts the city's largest events like the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony.

Tennessee, Murfreesboro -   Main Street JazzFest -   The annual music fest is on pace to once again pack attendees on the Square in Murfreesboro, Tenn. for music, fun and a good time.

Texas, Beaumont -   Beaumont Jazz & Blues Festival  -   Fun for all, presented by the city of Beaumont and the Southeast Texas Arts Council.

Texas, Humble -   The Solo Soul and Blues Festival -   The Solo Soul and Blues Festival will be held at the Humble Civic Center Arena!

Virginia, Chesterfield -   Parkfest Blues Festival  -   This is your introduction to the Parkfest Blues Festival Facebook page. Check it out periodically for new information.

Virginia, Portsmouth -   Umoja Festival  -   Umoja means Unity. Come celebrate it at Portsmouth's Annual African-American Culture and Heritage Festival promoting Cultural Diversity and Unity. Enjoy FREE admission* to all festivities including live music, a heritage tour, kids activities, food, and more.

Spoleto Festival USA’s Go Spoleto! Hotel and Ticket Packages Return for the 2015 Festival this spring

- Festival runs May 22 through June 7 in Charleston, South Carolina -

Spoleto Festival USA
Dianne Reeves
Photo by Jerris Madison

JANUARY 21, 2015 (CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA)—Spoleto Festival USA has announced the return of its popular Go Spoleto! Hotel and Ticket Packages for the 2015 Festival season. Designed for out-of-town Festival attendees, Go Spoleto! packages offer special rates on accommodations at five of Charleston’s most exclusive hotels, plus a 15 percent saving on select Festival performances. Now in its 39th season, Spoleto Festival USA takes place in downtown historic Charleston May 22 through June 7. Known as America’s premiere international performing arts event, the Festival gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the best in opera, music, theater, and dance, while also experiencing the finest in Charleston hospitality. Package details can be found at gospoleto.com.

Charleston is presently an in-demand destination having been voted the No. 1 City in the US by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines in 2014 and topping many other travel “best” lists owing to its rich history, well-preserved architecture, nearby beaches and a celebrated culinary scene, all of which can be enjoyed during the 17-day Festival. The city is more accessible than ever with direct flights available from New York, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Houston, Nashville, Charlotte, Philadelphia and, from March 19, Tampa and Orlando.

Go Spoleto! Hotel and Ticket Packages are available at the following locations:

Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting Street

Rates start at $445 per night. As Charleston’s grand ambassador, Belmond Charleston Place offers the ideal launch point for your foray into Spoleto Festival USA. In addition to the 15% saving on select tickets, Go Spoleto! guests receive dinner for two in the Forbes Four Star Charleston Grill, Continental Breakfast for two in the Four Diamond Palmetto Cafe and welcome amenities. Call 800.611.5549.

Charleston’s Islands: Wyndham Vacation Rentals, 554 Freshfields Lane & 1400 Palm Boulevard

Rates start at $149 (villas) per night / $277 (oceanfront villas) per night. Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers luxury home and villa rentals. Serving Charleston’s Islands for over 30 years: Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes, and Sullivan’s Island. Call 866.361.6944.

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road
A full-service waterfront resort located on the Charleston Harbor at Patriots Point. The resort offers 125 guestrooms, free parking, three on-site restaurants, complimentary hotel trolley, fitness center, pool, private beachfront, a full service marina, and bike rentals. Call 888.856.0028.

Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street

Rates start at $209 per night. Enliven your spirit and immerse yourself in the arts! Spoleto Festival USA exhilarates all who enjoy this premier cultural event ranked as one of the nation’s major arts festival. Your Festival Package includes luxurious overnight accommodations with breakfast for two in the hotel’s own Swamp Fox Restaurant. Hotel reservation must be confirmed prior to receiving the special promotion code for ordering reduced Spoleto tickets. Gratuity, taxes and parking are not included. Rates vary by date. Call 877.756.2121.

Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel, 68 Wentworth Street

Rates start at $299 per night. An upscale location within steps of the festivities, each turn will surprise and delight. Featuring luxurious full-service accommodations, unique designs that meld historic charm with modern sophistication, plus palate-pleasing culinary delights. Call 843.534.0300.

The 2015 season of Spoleto Festival USA includes the world premiere of opera Paradise Interrupted composed by Huang Ruo and designed and directed by visual artist Jennifer Wen Ma, the American premiere and first performances in over 350 years of Francesco Cavalli’s baroque opera Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona, and the first US performances of a new production of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare’s Globe directed by the company’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole and Tim Hoare.

Other highlights of the 2015 Festival include:

· Scottish Ballet’s acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire

· Performances of influential works by the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts

· Family-friendly productions by Italy’s Carlos Colla and Sons Marionette Company (Sleeping Beauty) and Vietnam’s Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre

· Spoleto Festival USA debuts by Australia’s Casus Circus with its acrobatic show Knee Deep and Canada’s 2b theatre company with the award-winning play When It Rains

· Concerts by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Dianne Reeves and Madeleine Peyroux

· The acclaimed Bank of America Chamber Music series in the historic Dock Street Theatre

· The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra performing film scores on stage for screenings of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and Bill Morrison’s Decasia

· Seven-piece soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones headlining the Wells Fargo Festival Finale at Middleton Place on June 7

· A full schedule of events can be found at spoletousa.org.

About Spoleto Festival USA
For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with over 150 performances by world-renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera, theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. For more information on Spoleto Festival USA 2015, May 22–June 7, please visit spoletousa.org or call 843.579.3100.


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Alabama, Hoover -   The Preserve Jazz Festival  -  The Preserve Jazz Festival is an early summer, world-class, outdoor jazz festival at The Preserve in beautiful Hoover, Alabama.

Alabama, Huntsville -   Jazz-N-June Festival -  Annual Jazz-N-June Festival takes place in the Huntsville-Tennessee Valley area, June with a variety of activities and artists’ performing some of the Southeast’s best jazz.

Arizona, Tucson -   Tucson Annual Juneteenth Festival -  Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Gospel Jubilee celebration.

Hollywood Black Film Festival

California, Healdsburg -   Healdsburg Jazz Festival -   The Healdsburg Jazz Festival continues to promote live performances and education in Jazz in the schools, vineyards and venues in Northern California.

California, Hollywood -   Hollywood Black Film Festival  -   Dubbed "The Black Sundance," the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 6-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Hollywood and around the world.

California, Hollywood -   H&H Wine & Jazz Summer Concert Series  -   Free live jazz under the stars paired with fine wines and cheeses. June-August.

California, Huntington Beach -   BBJazz Festival -  Featuring Smooth Jazz, R&B and Contemporary artists in the city of Huntington Beach, California. Join in on the festivities this season by supporting live music and at the same time the proceeds will benefit various charities.

California, Monterey -   Monterey Bay Blues Festival  -   A non-profit supporting students and the arts. Festival features over 100 performers annually.

D.C., Washington -   Capital Jazz Festival Preview  -   It's a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and of course hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won't see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area.

Delaware, Wilmington -   The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival -   A free jazz music festival held annually in June at Rodney Square in Wilmington, Delaware. The first festival was held in 1989 on the open lawn in the center of the city, and has grown into the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast.

Florida, Miami -   American Black Film Festival  -   Join us in Miami with live performances, bangin' dj's, actors, actresses, producers, the sexiest women, models, with a host of celebrities, entertainers, superstar athletes from the NBA & NFL.

Florida, Miami -   Miami Bahamas Goombay Festival -   Location: Coconut Grove in Miami Florida, Grand Ave/Douglas Rd (S.W. 37 Avenue) through Margaret Street, in Coconut Grove. Admission: Free to attend.

Florida, Tallahassee -   Florida African Dance Festival  -   A 3-day conference that features internationally renowned artists in dance and drum workshops and an exciting performance concert.

Illinois, Chicago -   Chicago Blues Festival  -   The Chicago Blues Festival is an annual event that features 3 glorious days of entertainment by the best blues musicians in the world.

Illinois, Chicago -   Chicago Gospel Music Festival  -   This event is he largest outdoor, free admission event of its kind. 3 days of Gospel entertainment with more than fifty performances.

Illinois, Chicago -   Taste of Chicago  -   Chicago’s tremendous array of culinary delights are located in one place at the ten-day lakefront festival where food choices range from ethnic to exotic to Chicago specialties.

Maryland, Baltimore -   Showcase of Nations Ethnic Festivals  -  Celebrate every weekend of the summer with festivals featuring music, food, crafts, dance & live entertainment.

Maryland, Columbia -   Capital Jazz Fest  -  Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest.

Massachusetts, Cambridge -   Cambridge River Festival  -  Join us for this one-day celebration of the arts, attracting 200,000 annually. Along the banks of the Charles River features jazz, folk, Latin and world music performances.

Nevada, Lake Tahoe -   Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival  -  All day/night event. Door open at 1:30pm with music, food, vendors, and more. All Ages. Special kids pricing.

Nevada, Las Vegas -   Reggae In The Desert  -  Showcasing both the unifying power of Reggae music & the Caribbean lifestyle.

New York, Bronx -   The North Bronx Juneteenth Festival  -   The North Bronx Juneteenth Festival held June at Comras Mall at Bronx Park, Lydig Avenue and Bronx Park East.

New York, New York -   Rhythm & Soul Music Festival  -   Rhythm & Soul Music Festival features primarily independent and unsigned artists with a few headliners. It takes place twice a year-June in NYC and November in Atlanta.

North Carolina, Charleston -   Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival  -   Wear a wonderful costume and dance through the streets of Charleston.

Ohio, Canton -   Canton Blues Fest! -   Boogie woogie your way to Northeast Ohio’s premier Blues Festival for a lineup that’s sure to strike a chord with blues fans large and small!

Ohio, Columbus -   Juneteenth Ohio Festival  -   Why is Juneteenth Celebrated? It symbolizes the end of slavery. Juneteenth has come to symbolize for many African-Americans what the fourth of July symbolizes for all Americans -- Freedom.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia -   ODUNDE Festival  -   ODUNDE attracts UP TO 500,000 people annually and is one of the largest community- based street festivals held in the country.

South Carolina, Greenville -   Greenville Black Expo -   Taste of Black Expo. South

Tennessee, Memphis -   Sisterhood Showcase  -  The Sisterhood Showcase was established to create, promote and facilitate programs which foster health and education for women of color. Sisterhood Showcase offers an experience filled with entertainment, shopping, fashion and beauty, health screenings and informative panels.

Texas, Houston -   National Black Book Festival -   Dozens of authors, thousands of readers all under one roof.

Texas, Linden -   T-Bone Walker Blues Fest -   The festival is a celebration of "The Blues" that brings music lovers together in the birthplace of musical giants – Linden, Texas. Linden is the home of native sons Scott Joplin (Ragtime Jazz), T-Bone Walker, and Don Henley (The Eagles Band). The festival is sanctioned by the Estate of T-Bone Walker and is hosted by his daughter, Bernita Walker.

Virginia, Hampton -   Hampton Jazz Festival  -  The Hampton Jazz Festival has a 3 day exciting lineup of top blues, soul, pop and jazz talent from all over the world.

Washington, Seattle -   Festival Sundiata - African-American Celebration  -   The festival celebrates the arts and educates the community about people of African descent who form a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities.


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Alabama, Florence -   W.C. Handy Music Festival  -  Area restaurants offer live music most nights, and artists often perform in Wilson Park or along streets downtown.

California, Hayward -   Hayward Russell City Blues Festival -   If you even mildly like Blues music, you will enjoy this event! There are so many talented artists involved!! It is a joy to watch!

California, Oakland -   Bill Picket Invitational Rodeo Tour -   Bill Picket rodeo in Oakland California.

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California, Oakland -   The Oakland Jazz Festival  -  A day-long-music festival at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estates featuring live performances by some of the top Jazz and R&B artists in the industry.

California, Palm Springs -   Party In Palm Springs Celebration  -  This Party In Palm Springs Celebration is for sexy, and single professionals over the age of 27.

California, San Francisco -   Fillmore Jazz Festival  -   The Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast. Vendors, several stages with hot cultural music, good eats and alot of friendly people.

Colorado, Denver -   Colorado Black Arts Festival  -   Presenting the best of visual and performing arts to celebrate its Annual Festival in the month of July in historic Denver City Park West. Learn of the wonderful artistic contributions African Americans have contributed to American culture. This green, affordable, and family oriented event that is free and open to the public.

Florida, Miami Beach -   Miami TakeOver!  -  Former NBA great Alonzo Mourning Celebrity Weekend event, and don't miss the "All White South Beach Parties."

Georgia, Atlanta -   FunkJazz Kafé Festival  -  The FunkJazz Kafé is a multi-faceted arts and music festival. A “special interest” mixture of style and substance linking fashion, virtual and visual arts, food, wellness, dance, spoken word, new media, bazaar vending and interactive suites with our favorite main ingredient: Music.

Georgia, Atlanta -   National Black Arts Festival  -  International marketplace resource for information.

Georgia, Decatur -   Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Music Festival -  The family-fun event will fuse and celebrate Left Eye's original style and eclectic taste in music, fashion, food and fun.

Illinois, Chicago -   The Pitchfork Music Festival  -   Experience big headliners at this Chicago summer staple event. Held in the Windy City.

Illinois, Chicago -   Taste of Chicago  -   Experience the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community, complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family.

Illinois, Chicago -   West Fest  -   Colorful, eclectic and lively event. West Fest is a two-day party that offers continuous high quality entertainment for kids, parents, young singles, and even pets.

Indiana, Indianapolis -   Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration  -   The largest African American cultural event in our nation. Expect more than 300,000 people to attend.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   Essence Music Festival  -   The Essence Music Festival, known as "the party with a purpose," is an annual music festival which started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ESSENCE, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women.

Maine, Rockland -   North Atlantic Blues Festival  -  Held each summer at the public landing in Rockland, Maine.

Maryland, Baltimore -   African American Heritage Festival  -   Celebrating the culture, history, heritage and the arts of African American accomplishments.

Michigan, Lansing -   An Evening of Smooth Jazz  -   The annual summer music event takes place on the last Friday in July. Previous performers include Gerald Albright, Nick Colionne, Bob Baldwin, Tim Bowman, the Al McKenzie Trio, Penny Wells, The Miller Group, 496 West, Straight Ahead, Charles and Gwen Scales with Modern Tribe, Smooth for Notes, Impulse.

Minnesota, Duluth -   Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival  -   A celebration of world music representing Africa, Cuba, England, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, South Africa, St. Lucia, Trinidad, US, and more!

Minnesota, St. Paul -   Rondo Avenue, Inc. Festival  -   Recognizing The Past, Honoring The Present & Soaring Into The Future!!!

Nevada, Las Vegas -   Urban Hangover -  Urban Hangover is the "official" national meet-up for urban professionals! It's a annual upscale getaway! It is designed for cosmopolitan professionals who enjoy life entertainment, suave venues, fun group travel, gambling and networking.

New Jersey, Newark -   Afro American Music Festival -   A 3-day cultural event featuring world class musicians and comedians, in Newark, New Jersey’s beautiful Vailsburg Park.

New York, Brooklyn -   Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival  -   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.

New York, Brooklyn -   The International African Arts Festival -   The theme for the festival is Serudj Ta - To Replenish; To Make Well.

New York, Lewiston -   Lewiston Jazz Project  -   Classic jazz repertoire, swing and modern jazz, accompanied by guest artists and student musicians.

Ohio, Columbus -   Jazz and Rib Fest  -   The Jazz and Rib Fest in Columbus will celebrate in July at the downtown riverfront in Columbus!

Ohio, Toledo -   Toledo African American Festival -   The festival offers two days of entertainment including national recording artists, local talent, vendors, rides and activities for the kids, along with health information and screenings. It is truly a family affair.

Oregon, Portland -   Waterfront Blues Festival  -   The Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest fundraiser for Oregon Food Bank, a nonprofit hunger-relief organization. The festival is owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia -   Global Fusion Festival  -   A week-long celebration attracting nearly 30,000 attendees. The festival holds true to its "global fusion" name with a perfect combination of Caribbean, Hispanic, African, African-American and Asian cultural performers for visitors and residents to experience, all on one stage.

Tennessee, Nashville -   The International Black Film Festival  -  Includes critically acclaimed independent and studio features, documentaries and short films.There will also be a Q&A session for select films with directors, producers and/or cast members, as well as exclusive sneak peeks of films that will be screened at this year's festival in October.

Texas, Arlington -   Face of Africa Pageant -   Face of Africa Pageant showcases Cultural Art, Beauty & Awareness.

Texas, Houston -   Houston CaribFest -   Houston CaribFest is your one-stop for Caribbean entertainment in the Greater Houston area.

Virginia, Charlottesville -   African-American Cultural Arts Festival  -   From it's beginning in July 1989, this festival celebrates the rich heritage of people of African ancestry and their contributions to the community, the nation and the world.

Virginia, Norfolk -   Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival -  Jazz lovers are anticipating an exciting return of the Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival. Chill to the sounds of smooth jazz in the serene setting along the water at Town Point Park with some of the great names in Jazz.

Virginia, Norfolk -   AT&T Reggae Solstice  -   This cultural celebration brings dance and music listening together to create a peaceful and positive atmosphere along the Elizabeth River. The AT&T Reggae Solstice is free and open to the public and promises to be the perfect way to celebrate the summer.


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Alabama, Eutaw -   Black Belt Folk Roots Festival  -  Unique celebration which brings together craft persons, musicians, dancers, storytellers, food specialist, artists and community workers--all of whom are considered bearers of the traditions and folkways of the West Alabama region. Held the fourth Sat. in Aug.

California, Long Beach -   Long Beach Jazz Festival  -  Southern California Jazz Festival staged on a gorgeous grassy knoll in a beautiful Lagoon setting.

California, Oakland -   Art & Soul Festival  -  Live rock, blues, jazz, gospel and more on five concert stages. 14th and Broadway in Downtown Oakland. (3 day event)

California, San Francisco -   San Francisco Street Food Festival  -  La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food Festival brings all of the best food (and music) in the Bay Area to one street, once a year, to celebrate the talent, the taste and the entrepreneurial spirit of people who make a living doing what they love to do.

California, San Jose -   San Jose Jazz Festival  -  Over 1000 jazz artists and 100,000 jazz music lovers converging on San Jose for a weekend of musical diversity, tradition, and innovation.

DC, Washington -   DC Blues Festival  -  Guitar / Vocal / Harmonica Workshops ~ Musical Instrument Petting Zoo ~ Family-Friendly Fun. (always Labor Day Saturday)

Delaware, Wilmington -   The Riverfront Blues Festival  -  The Riverfront Blues Festival is a 3 day, outdoor music festival held on the riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware.

Georgia, Atlanta -   Pan African Film Festival -   The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation that states its goal to promote "cultural understanding among peoples of African descent" through exhibiting art and film. It hosts a film festival and an arts festival in Atlanta in August of each year. It will be a star-studded night in Atlanta. The largest black film festival in the United States.

Georgia, Atlanta -   Peachtree Village International Film Festival  -  Since 2006, the Peachtree Village International Film Festival has successfully served as a platform for up and coming filmmakers, producers, and entertainers, by directly connecting them to some of the world’s most influential filmmakers, producers, and distribution companies.

Georgia, Atlanta -   The International Soul Music Summit  -  The largest music conference in the world dedicated to the independent soul gerne. Major Networking Opportunities with mainstream, emerging and independent soul artist, retailers, tastemakers, consumers and executives.

Idaho, Boise -   Boise Soul Food Festival  -  Popularized in the 1960s, the term soul food refers to a distinctive, traditional southern style of cooking. Make plans to attend the Boise Soul Food Extravaganza.

Illinois, Chicago -   African Festival of the Arts  -   The AFA is a series of festivals within a festival built around African culture: art, music, dance, history and current interests and pursuits.

Illinois, Chicago -   The Black Women's Expo  -  Over 2 days in August, McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, becomes a mecca for Black women seeking to empower, to educate, to improve and celebrate their lives and the lives of their families.

Indiana, Michigan City -   Smooth Jazz At South Shore  -  Smooth Jazz At South Shore is one of the premier music festivals in the Midwest.

Indiana, South Bend -   South Bend Reggae/World Music Festival  -  Live music events to raise money for The Pangani Foundation, Inc.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   Annual Satchmo Summerfest  -  Satchmo SummerFest – the premier American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, music and legacy of New Orleans’ native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.

Massachusetts, Boston -   Boston Carnival Village -   BostonCarnivalVillage.com is your connection to Boston's Trinidad-style carnival. Experience the excitement of donning a costume and dancing to intoxicating Soca and Steel-Band music on the streets of Boston; and savor culinary treasures prepared by some of the Caribbean’s finest.

Massachusetts, Springfield -   Stone SOUL Festival  -  The entertainment includes gospel, jazz, R&B, and dance. Sunday “Praise In The Park” begins at 10:00 am.

Michigan, Detroit -   Detroit Jazz Festival  -   The International Freedom Festival, Jazz Fest was intended to bring people into the city and to provide all segments of the population with world-class entertainment.

Minnesota, Duluth -   Bayfront Blues Festival -  One of the largest annual outdoor music events in the upper Midwest held at Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park.

Minnesota, Minneapolis -   Afrifest Annual Pan African Summer Festival  -  An Annual Pan African Summer Festival in the Twin Cities, MN. Festival Motto: "Enlightenment, Diversity, and Unity."

Mississippi, Belzoni, Indianola, Greenville, Shelby & Greenwood -   Mississippi Jazz and Heritage Festival  -  Celebrating Mississippi's great jazz legacy, takes place in the Mississippi Delta on Labor Day weekend.

Nevada, Las Vegas -   Steve Harvey's Ford Hoodie Awards  -   A grand annual celebration with thrills, laughs, unpredictable moments, live entertainment, and more. Honoring the nation's best neighborhood leaders, educators, churches, and local businesses for their service.

New Jersey, Atlantic City -   The Atlantic City Comedy Festival  -   The Atlantic City Comedy Festival, promises to be better than ever! For two days, fans will experience tickle your funny bone fanfare, gut busting jokes and hilarious, side-splitting humor from some of the world’s most noted, critically acclaimed mainstream comedians.

North Carolina, Raleigh and Wake County -   The African American Cultural Festival -  The Festival takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend along Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

North Carolina, Winston-Salem -   National Black Theatre Festival  -  The National Black Theatre Festival is held biennially in the City of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC. The festival has attracted more than 500,000 tourist to the city since it was established. Black Theatre is for everyone!

Pennsylvania, Bethlehem -   Musikfest -  Musikfest is a music festival that has been held each August in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA since 1984. The festival begins on the first Friday in August and ends on Sunday ten days later.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia -   BlackStar Film Festival -  The BlackStar Film Festival is the only event of its kind in Philadelphia—a celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context.

Tennessee, Johnson City -   Umoja Festival -  With an annual attendance of more than 30,000 people, the Umoja Festival brings in people from East Tennessee and across the region to celebrate African American culture, diversity and the acceptance and education of other cultures.

Tennessee, Memphis -   Annual Tri-State Blues Festival  -  Held at Landers Center (formerly DeSoto Civic Center).

Texas, Dallas -   Dallas Black Expo -  The Dallas Black Expo Team mission is for the expo is to cultivate prosperity among African American communities and businesses through education, empowerment, entrepreneurship and economic growth.

West Virginia, Charleston -   Multifest -   Multifest is a free, educational family oriented event highlighting cultural diversity.

West Virginia, Sandstone -   Simply Jazz and Blues Festival  -  The festival itself will take place at the scenic “Drift” located on the majestic New River. Other music venues in the area will be hosting live jazz and blues and of course there are plenty of outdoor activities and attractions in the area to help you plan a great vacation full of music and fun.

African Fashion Week Houston
The Fall of Signature Essence is proud to present African Fashion Week -Houston taking place from Aug 14 -15, 2015 in Houston, TX. This multicultural event is designed to bridge the gap in cultural diversity by bringing together and presenting fashion designers, musicians, performers of different arts and comedians from different parts of the world. Our participants hail from Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America. We expect to provide our guests and participants not only a great show but a unique opportunity to witness showmanship of different talents. We are expecting over 2000 people to unite for this event and to enjoy the festivities of the African Fashion Week – Houston.

African Fashion Week - Houston is the most high profile Africa-focused event in Houston, TX. Held annually, the Program of this event will include:

Friday Aug 14th – Meet and Greet Fashion Mixer, 7pm, Fashion and Arts Workshop “The Influence of African Fashion in the Global Market, 8:30pm

Saturday Aug 15th – The Fall of Signature Essence Fashion Show and Concert at Ayva Center, 9371 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77063

For more information, please visit www.thefose.com. If your media outlet, fashion designer, vendor or interested in becoming a Media Sponsor or Partner or has questions, please contact Nkem Oji at nkemoji@yahoo.com or call 713.576.6285.

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California, Guerneville -   Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival  -  Get ready for another awesome weekend filled with jazz, blues, dancing, wine tasting and lounging in the river.

California, Marin City -   Annual Marin City Blues, Jazz & Soul Party in the Park  -  A free community concert, great music, ethnic foods, arts & crafts, classic car show, kids zone.

California, Monterey -   Monterey Jazz Festival -  Over 500 top name jazz artists performing on 9 stages spread over 20 acres of the Festivals magnificent Monterey fairgrounds site.

California, San Francisco -   The Polk Street Blues Festival -  The Festival will feature two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths, a large family area, cafe seating areas, and much more. The only free blues event in San Francisco.

DC, Washington -   Black Family Reunion Celebration  -  This multi-cultural, family focused festival attracts up to 250,000 people. It is a unique opportunity for you to display your organization’s programs, services, and activities to the thousands of African Americans and others.

DC, Washington -   DC Fashion Week  -   DC Fashion Week is held twice a year during the months of February & September. A partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models, DCFASHIONWEEK (DCFW) was created to increase economic development in the area of fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling, and to enhance the visibility of the nation's capital as a center of international fashion.

Florida, Orlando -   Tom Joyner Family Reunion  -   It's our annual celebration of family fun this Labor Day Weekend, August - September in Orlando, Florida!

Georgia, Atlanta -   The Atlanta Comedy Festival  -   The nations premier bi-annual progressive & urban comedy showcase.

Georgia, Savannah -   Savannah Jazz Festival  -   Jazz is America’s truly original art form. Remember, the Savannah Jazz Festival is free and open to all!

Illinois, Chicago -   African Festival of the Arts -  Creating and keeping the culture. Enjoy clothing, jewelry that is handmade, soul food, and more.

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Kansas, Wichita -   Wichita Black Arts Festival  -  Reconnect with roots, or enjoy art on display, with food and music floating in the air. All people are welcome; it’s an all-Wichita festival showcasing the cultural vibrancy of the African-American community.

Kentucky, Lexington -   Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival -  The colorful pageantry of the festival, combined with its high quality offerings of cultural and educational programs, has earned its recognition as one of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Maryland, Baltimore -   African American Culture Festival  -   The Festival serves as a vehicle to showcase Baltimore County communities and its residents.

Maryland, Baltimore -   Cadillac Parade and Royal Theatre Reunion Parade & Festival  -  Good music, and witness the traditional Cadillac Parade.

Massachusetts, Cambridge -   Cambridge Carnival International -  Cambridge Carnival is a colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions. This free festival is considered a Cambridge Institution, and is the largest festival in Cambridge, with thousands of attendees.

Mississippi, Greenville -   Mississippi Delta Blues Festival  -  The purpose of the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival is to reach a worldwide audience with a celebration of the contributions the Mississippi Delta Blues culture has made to the American story - and to help preserve that culture.

Nevada, Las Vegas -   Las Vegas Jazz Festival  -   Join us for a great weekend of entertainment and music by some of your favorite R&B and Smooth Jazz artists.

New Jersey, Atlantic City -   The Atlantic City Comedy Festival  -   The Atlantic City Comedy Festival, promises to be better than ever! For two days, fans will experience tickle your funny bone fanfare, gut busting jokes and hilarious, side-splitting humor from some of the world’s most noted, critically acclaimed mainstream comedians.

New York, Albany -   Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival  -  Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is one of the area’s premier free, family events.

New York, Harlem -   African American Day Parade  -  Showcase of positive Black achievements. The largest Black parade in America.

North Carolina, Raleigh -   African American Cultural Festival  -  The African American Cultural Festival in partnership with the City of Raleigh and Wake County is proud to present a family friendly celebration of African American arts and culture in downtown Raleigh.

South Carolina, Charleston -   MOJA Arts Festival  -   A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events for many different years, the MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites.

Tennessee, Memphis -   Black Writers And Book Clubs Literacy Festival  -  The BWABC Literacy Festival will be held September 19-20, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee at the Cook Convention Center. It will be hosted by nationally acclaimed author, Shelia E. Lipsey. It is a free event to the public and to book clubs. The purpose of the festival is to unite authors and readers while promoting literacy within the community.

Tennessee, Nashville -   Nashville's African Street Festival  -  Committed to celebrating and connecting the extensions of Africa to America by way of education, arts, business, family and community.

Washington, Seattle -   Bumbershoot - Seattle's Music & Arts Festival  -  There will be music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, visual, performance, and literary arts, and more!


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Alabama, Mobile -   Mobile Alabama Black Rodeo  -  Cowboys ride wildly wrenching bulls, wrestles steers to the dirt with headlocks and cowgirls guide their horses tightly around barrels.

Arizona, Phoenix -   Arizona Jazz Festival  -  Arizona Jazz Festival at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. Join us for a great weekend of entertainment and music by some of your favorite R&B and Smooth Jazz artists! This music festival is star studded and should not be missed! Get your tickets today and join us in beautiful Arizona!

Arkansas, West Helena -   Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival  -  Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival in October, formerly known as King Biscuit Blues Festival. This Delta blues festival is the largest blues festival in the nation!

California, Los Angeles -   South African Arts Festival  -   The inaugural SAAF will showcase seven South African films and seven musical artists representing the diversity of the South African experience at free events over two days.

California, Los Angeles -   Taste of Soul Festival  -   Taste of Soul is FREE and so are all the performances! Just be sure to bring plenty of spending money for all the great FOOD and get to the stages early to see your favorite performers!

California, Mountain View -   Silicon Valley African Film Festival -   The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), the world’s high-tech capital will once again become a lens for experiencing the true stories, hopes and dreams of Africa.

California, San Diego -   The Smooth Jazz Cruise  -   The Smooth Jazz Cruise is proud to present The Greatest Party at Sea West Coast Edition and even prouder to present this amazing lineup of hosts, stars and special guests.

Delaware, Rehoboth -   Rehoboth Jazz Festival  -  The greatest Jazz Festival in the world. Plus there will be many local resturants and bars, in both Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, offering great entertainment.

Florida, Daytona Beach -   Daytona Beach Blues Festival -  The festival is held at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach. The festival features nationally known artists, up and coming blues artists, and draws blues lovers from all over the US, Canada, and Europe.

Florida, Jacksonville -   Black Expo South -  Gospel Sensations, R&B Artist, Business Opportunities, Best Selling Author, Actors, Political Analyst and more!

Georgia, Atlanta -   The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival  -  A world class, self-producing festival established to create and expand opportunities for performing artists from around the world to showcase their works in Atlanta. Our prime aim is to promote diversity in theatre and the performing arts. Join hundreds of artists and thousands theatre lovers for this HUGE celebration!

Louisiana, Vidalia -   Vidalia Riverfront Blues Festival -  The Vidalia, LA Riverfront Amphitheater explodes with it’s BIGGEST musical event EVER...and you want to be there! Join us for a day filled with music, food, and fun for the entire family!

Mississippi, Greenwood -   The Mississippi Blues Fest  -  The Mississippi Blues Fest is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving blues music in the birthplace of the art form - the Mississippi Delta. Each March and October the concert draws blues lovers from all over the world.

Mississippi, Jackson -   Tommy Johnson Blues Festival -  Held at 201 E. Pascagoula Street Downtown - Jackson, MS. Fun for all!

Missouri, Kansas City -   Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise  -  The World's Only Fully Chartered Blues Cruise | Music Cruise Blues Festival.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia -   October Gallery Art Expo -   Three day weekend of art, music & great food in downtown Mt Airy, Philadelphia, PA. Features 200 arts and crafts exhibitors / vendors.

South Carolina, Camden -   Carolina Downhome Blues Festival  -   Experience downhome blues in downtown Camden, South Carolina.

South Carolina, Charleston -   MOJA Arts Festival  -   A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events for many different years, the MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites.

Texas, Houston -   Good Karma Reggae Festival -  Spreading awareness of Reggae Music, Love, and Peace & Unity.

June 2, 2015
To Whom It May Concern:

Please accept this letter of invitation to participate in the 28th Annual African-American Heritage Day Parade, Saturday, October 3, 2015. We are very pleased to announce plans to continue this tradition in 2014 and are hopeful that your organization is willing to join us in our efforts.

The parade will begin at the corner of 11th and Liberty Avenues, and conclude on Stanwix Street in front of the Highmark Building. The parade continues to attract citizens from all across Southwestern Pennsylvania. We anticipate a strong response from high school and local marching bands, drill & step teams, floats, and organizations like yours.

Please complete the enclosed application/information form and either mail it in, or fax it no later than September 25, 2015. Applications will be processed in the order they are received and a number will be assigned indicating your position in the parade line-up. The parade will kick off promptly at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

Should you have any questions regarding the parade application, please contact Paulette Blanks at 412-456-5000, ext. 1226.

Thank you and we look forward to your support.

Doris Carson-Williams
African-American Heritage Day Parade Association • P.O. Box 2165 • Pittsburgh, PA 15230-2165


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California, Los Angeles -   Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational -   Baseball & Sports Legends Ready to Hit the Links in Los Angeles in Support of the MLB Urban Youth Academy.

Florida, Fort Lauderdale -   Annual Capital Jazz SuperCruise  -   The Jazz Cruise With Soul!

Florida, Gainesville -   Downtown Festival & Art Show  -   A juried fine arts festival featuring 250 artists, three stages of entertainment & a children's free hands on art activity area.

Florida, Miami -   Annual Florida Entertainment Summit  -  Florida Entertainment Summit, fashion, film, politics and music.

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Georgia, Atlanta -   BronzeLens Film Festival  -  Founded in 2009, The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color.

Georgia, Atlanta -   Rhythm & Soul Awards  -  Awards will be given to the most celebrated independent and well known singers, bands and DJs along with homages to a legend, a pioneer and a best new artist.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   Bayou Bacchanal -  Bayou Bacchanal is the Caribbean festival of New Orleans hosted by Friends of Culture.

Louisiana, New Orleans -   Bayou Blues Fest -  Annual event held at UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA.

Louisiana, Shreveport -   Highland Jazz & Blues Festival -  This annual festival is a gift to the community from the Highland Area Partnership doing business as the Highland Jazz & Blues Festival. There will be 5-1/2 hours of non-stop jazz and blues on two stages.

Mississippi, Jackson -   Annual Tommy Johnson Blues Festival -  Held at the The Planetarium.

Missouri, Kansas City -   Kansas City Expo -  Community service organization devoted to diverse and inclusive community growth, economic empowerment. Held at Bartle Hall Convention Center.

Virginia, Hampton -   Hampton Blues Festival -  Hampton Coliseum is pleased to announce the return of the Annual Hampton Blues Festival. Come celebrate the heritage of Blues at Hampton Coliseum.


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Arizona, Phoenix -   Phoenix Urban Expo  -  The FREE event is open to the public – bringing together families, seniors and youth with businesses interested in building a better Arizona through cultural connections.

Florida, Miami -   Annual Florida Entertainment Summit  -  Florida Entertainment Summit, fashion, film, politics and music.

Mississippi, Clarksdale -   D-Master's Annual Holiday Blues Show -  Held at the Coahoma County Expo Center.

Texas, Houston -   Brown Sugar Beauti® Expo -  Houston’s top beauty vendors and sponsors, including hair salons and boutiques, makeup artists, a nail salon, aestheticians and massage therapists will exhibit their beautifying products and services. Guests will enjoy complimentary lite bites, manicures, massages, waxing, makeup and hair consultations, and giveaways – and will indulge in the signature Brown Sugar Beauti® Beauty Goodie Buffet.

Texas, Houston -   Natural Hair Festival -  Nzuri Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Festival is a community event dedicated to natural hair and health care professionals and students seeking education and fellowship.


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Germany, Tübingen -   International African Festival  -  The annual extravanganza takes place in July. The popular Ngoma Africa band will be among many acts expected to thrill fans. The band, followed by millions worldwide, is famous for driving audience crazy with “Extraordinary Rhythm” Bongo dance from East Africa.http://www.ngoma-africa.com/

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Kingston Jamaica -   The Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival  -  The Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival is an annual event and traditionally has been a 3 day music festival held the last weekend of January. It encompasses a range of music genres, including jazz, R&B, blues, Latin, Reggae, Soca, and various types of musical fusion. In 2010, the Festival was extended to 7 days and was hosted at different venues starting in Kingston, Jamaica, continuing in various hotels in Montego Bay, and culminating with three days at its new home, the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny.

World Wide -   Festival Archive  -  Festival info from around the globe.

United Kingdom -   Mischief Festival  -  Mischief is a small grass roots festival, built by a diverse collective of individuals from across the UK. This interesting and eclectic mix of individuals shows throughout, with a noticeably assorted blend of music genres, activities and audience members.

Nationally -   Natural Hair Care Expo -  Locate the nearest Natural Hair Care Expo near you! Tour dates.

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