The Summer Festivals Every Black Girl Should Be At

Every year, music festivals around the country bring black music to the big stage with a massive energy that resonates from the East to the West. There’s something major about soaking up the summer sun in the spirit of community with your sisters, surrounded by like minded girlfriends connecting and celebrating each other. From sisterhood to the starpower of rocking with your favorite music artists, attending summer festivals are hot girl Summer certified!

From the glow up to the hair, the outfits, and the way we move without competition between the next sister, Summer festivals are a big mood. If you missed Essence Festival this year, we have the top 5 festivals you should attend to turn your black girl magic frequency all the way up! Buy the ticket, take in the sites, eat good food with good friends and good music, ignore his text, and live your best life.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Photo: Mark Clennon

Photo: Mark Clennon

WHO: Earl Sweatshirt, Rico Nasty, The Isley Brothers and Pusha-T

WHAT: You can’t go wrong with one of the greats celebrating their 60th year in the recording biz, along with some electric pop and the likes of a supreme storyteller. If you know, you know. 

WHEN: July 19-21

WHERE: Union Park, Chicago

Cincinnati Music Festival

Photo: Time Out

Photo: Time Out

WHO: Slick Rick, Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Blackstreet, Teddy Riley and Earth, Wind & Fire

WHAT: Let’s just say if the love ain’t a throwback celebration of old school hip-hop and r&b, then we don’t want it.

WHEN: July 25-27

WHERE: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

Outside Lands

Photo: Off the Strip

Photo: Off the Strip

WHO: Childish Gambino, Paul Simon, Ella Mai, Anderson.Paak, and Lil Wayne

WHAT: Get a whole mix of folk rock, soul, and hip-hop all at the same d*mn time.

WHEN: August 9-11

WHERE: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco


Photo: Reddit

Photo: Reddit

WHO: Jay Z, The Killers, Chance the Rapper, Santana, The Black Keys and Janelle Monae

WHAT: What is there not to like when the unstoppable touring force, Shawn Carter, is in the building. You may have 99 problems, but attending this festival won’t be one.

WHEN: August 16-18

WHERE: Watkins Glen, New York


Photo: Man Repeller

Photo: Man Repeller

WHO: Jill Scott, FKA twigs, Gary Clark Jr. and Red Arkade

WHAT: Come through for a collective, creative and unapologetic culture coming together for not only music, but to celebrate each other. Yes, please.

WHEN: August 24-25

WHERE: Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn New York