New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA
4/24/09-5/3/09; Annual festival featuring Louisiana food, music, and crafts; musical entertainment includes jazz, blues, gospel, R&B,
Afro-Caribbean, rap and more; past performers include
Yolanda Adams, Fats Domino, Herbie Hancock, Etta James, Ellis Marsalis,
Hugh Masekela, Ohio Players, and Lionel Richie
Fair Grounds Race Course

Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis, TN
5/1/09-5/3/09; Enjoy the music of over 60 artists on 4 big stages; Beale Street;

Memphis in May International Festival, Memphis, TN
5/4/09-5/9/09; Annual cultural celebration honoring a specific country; festival includes cultural displays, food, and activities;
Audubon Park;

Sweet Auburn SpringFest, Atlanta, GA
5/8/09-5/10/09; One of the largest family reunions and street festivals; featuring Bridal Connection, Film Fest, Artist Market, Literary
Festival, Parade of Cultures, Sports Carnival, Taste of Sweet Auburn, International Vendors Marketplace,
Technology and Business Expo; Auburn Avenue;

JVC Jazz Festival, Miami, FL
Huge jazz festival involving many concerts; past performers include George Benson,
India.Arie, and Wayne Shorter

Annie Malone Parade & May Day Celebrations, St. Louis, MO
Annie Malone Children's Home, founded by one of the first African-American millionaires in the nation, brings the community together
at the end of each May to remember the founder's legacy and celebrate neighborhood spirit with a parade and a series events;

DanceAfrica 2009, Brooklyn, NY
Annual celebration of African/African American dance, music, art and film; Brooklyn Academy of Music;

Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC
5/22/09-6/7/09; Festival featuring artistic performances in opera, jazz, theater, contemporary music, dance, literary and visual arts;

Atlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta, GA
5/24/09-5/26/09;One of the largest free jazz festivals in the country;
Piedmont Park and various venues;

Carnival 2009, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco's version of Mardi Gras; featuring exotic carnival dancers, parade, food, music and more;
Harrison Street (between 16th Street and 22nd Street)

UCLA Jazz & Reggae Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Annual two day festival that attracts over 30,000 fans;

Gospel Festival, Chicago, IL
6/6/09-6/7/09; One of the world's largest free outdoor gospel festivals; sponsored by Mayor's Office of Special Events;
Grant Park


Hollywood Black Film Festival, Hollywood, CA
6/2/09-6/7/09; Annual festival featuring film screenings, parties, panels and networking receptions;

San Francisco Black Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
6/4/09-6/7/09, 6/11/09-6/14/09; Featuring films about people of African descent; various San Francisco locations

American Dance Festival, Durham, NC
Largest modern dance festival in the world;
Duke University

Blues Festival, Chicago, IL
Given that Chicago is where the Blues matured, its no surprise that this world famous event attracts over 500,000 fans; sponsored by
the Mayor's Office of Special Events;
Grant Park

Capital Jazz Fest, Columbia, MD
6/5/09-6/7/09; Calls itself the world's largest showcase of contemporary jazz for good reasons; past performers include Racehelle
Ferrell, Wayman Tisdale,
Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Leela James, Eric Benet, Pattti Austin, Kem,
and Angie Stone;
Merriweather Post Pavilion

Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival, Red Bank, NJ
6/5/09-6/7/09; Largest annual free music festival in the northeast featuring jazz, blues, food, crafts and plenty of family fun;
Marine Park;

Brooklyn International Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY
6/6/09-6/14/09; Film festival featuring 100 films from around the world including Caribbean and African countries;
Brooklyn Museum of Art

Gospel Festival, Chicago, IL
6/6/09-6/7/09; One of the world's largest free outdoor gospel festivals; sponsored by Mayor's Office of Special Events;
Grant Park

ODUNDE African Street Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Street festival featuring live entertainment and processions to Delaware River; South Street (between 21st and 23rd Streets);

JVC Jazz Festival, New York City, NY
Huge jazz festival involving many concerts; past performers include Etta James, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Shirley Horn,
Cassandra Wilson, James Brown;
Various New York City locations

Indy Jazz Fest, Indianapolis, IN
Features local and national music artists; past performers include Issac Hayes, Wyclef Jean, Patti LaBelle, Solomon Burke, Nancy
Wilson, Ramsey Lewis, and Blind Boys of Alabama;
White River State Park

Playboy Jazz Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Huge jazz festival featuring well-known musicians; past performers include Bill Cosby, Kevin Eubanks, Wynton Marsalis, Etta James,
Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Savion Glover;
Hollywood Bowl

Urbanworld Film Festival, New York City, NY
International film festival featuring 70 independent films from around the world; major studio films have also been featured in the past
including Best Man, Soul Food, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Down in the Delta, Hoodlum, Why Do
Fools Fall In Love; New York City

Hampton Jazz Festival, Hampton, VA
Huge jazz festival involving many concerts; past performers include B.B King, Toni Braxton, Will Downing, Boney James, Kem,
Kindred The Family Soul,  and Charlie Wilson;
Hampton Coliseum

DC Caribbean Carnival, Washington, DC
Annual event attracting over 500,000 people; featuring parade, colorful costumes, music, dance and more

Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
6/25/09-7/5/09; Outdoor festival featuring jazz, R&B, Blues and more on 13 stages; food, comedians, children's play area, amusement
and much much more including park rides
Henry Maier Festival Park

Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington DC
Annual festival attended by 1 million people; featuring music, song, dance, discussions of cultural issues, crafts, storytelling and
cooking demonstrations;
National Mall;

Monterey Blues Festival, Monterey, CA
6/26/09-6/28/09; Annual festival featuring 56 Blues acts; past performers include Ashford & Simpson, Etta James, Keb Mo, Bobby Blue
Band and Solomon Burke,
Monterey Fairgrounds

Taste of Chicago
Amazing range of cuisine is mind-boggling and delicious to the nearly 2 million visitors; the barbecue is often spectacular;
Grant Park

Houston CaribFest, Houston, TX
The biggest annual celebration of Caribbean arts and crafts, music and cuisine;


African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, Chicago, IL
Family event featuring music, food, arts and crafts;
Washington Park;

Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland, OR
7/2/09-7/5/09; Annual festival attracts over 100,000 Blues fans from taround the world; featuring various blues artists, food and

Essence Music Festival, New Orleans, LA
7/3/09-7/5/09; One of the most popular summer festivals; past performers include
Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, LL Cool J, Charlie
Earth Wind & Fire, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverley;
Louisiana Superdome

Filmore Street Jazz Festival, San Francisco, CA
7/4/09-7/5/09; Annual festival featuring three stages of continuous jazz music and over 300 artists;
Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy Streets;

Indiana Black Expo, Indianapolis, IN
Annual celebration featuring Music Festival, Consumer Exhibits, Employment Fair, children's activities and more; over 500,000 people
participate in the event;
Indiana Convention Center/RCA Dome;

JVC Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL
Huge jazz festival involving many concerts; past performers include Roy Ayers, Regina Belle, Miles Davis, Buddy Guy, Sonny Rollins,
and Cassandra Wilson
various Chicago locations

National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA
National cultural celebration recognizing the achievements and influence of artists of African descent;
various Atlanta locations; www.nbaf.org

Garfield Avenue Blues, Gospel & Arts Festival, Milwaukee, WI
Annual festival featuring blues, jazz, gospel music, delicious barbecue, Louisiana boil; Garfield Avenue between 4th and 7th streets;

North Beach Jazz Festival, San Francisco, CA
Featuring local Bay Area jazz artists;
North Beach area of San Francisco

Roxbury Film Festival, Boston, MA
Featuring films, documentaries and short films written, produced, and directed by filmmakers of color;
various Boston locations


Harlem Week, Harlem, NY
7/09-8/09 (Various Dates); Annual event featuring Harlem Jazz Fest, Historic Black College Fair, Junior Tennis Classic, Gymnastics
Gala, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Family Unity Day Festival, Black Film Festival, Children's Festival, Fashion Shows and much more,
various Harlem locations

Satchmo Summer Fest, New Orleans, LA
Celebration of the legendary Louis Armstrong; featuring music, seminars, children's activities and more;
Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint

African World Festival, Milwaukee, WI
7/31/09-8/2/09; Annual three day summer festival celebrating African Diaspora heritage; enjoy the marketplace, music, and delicious
cuisine from many participating restaurants;
Henry Maier Festival Park

Historic Third Ward Jazz Festival, Milwaukee, WI
A free outdoor festival featuring jazz, food and many specialty vendors;
Historic Third Ward

Umoja Family Festival of African Heritage,
Seattle, WA
Junkins Park

JVC Jazz Festival, Newport, RI
Annual festival for over 50 years; past performers include Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter,
Wynton Marsalis, Bill Cosby, Regina Carter and more;
Fort Adams State Park

Martha's Vineyard Festival, Oak Bluff, MA
Past performers include Dianne Reeves and Natalie Cole;
Ocean Park, Oak Bluff

Long Beach Jazz Festival, Long Beach, CA
One of the premier California jazz festivals; past performers include Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke, Randy Crawford, Phil Perry and Patti
1 Pine Avenue

Watts Summer Festival, Watts, CA
8/7/09-8/9/09; Annual cultural festival featuring arts, music, food, fashion and more;
South Central Avenue

Bud Billiken Parade, Chicago, IL
One of the oldest African American parades and the largest of its type in the nation; has been held 2nd Saturday of August since
1945; parade begins at 39th Street and King Drive; attracts over one million spectators and 150,000 parade participants; the parade
celebrates children and the return to school;

Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, Crownsville, MD
Annual festival featuring culture, music, food, dance from the African Diaspora, children's activities, arts and crafts; entertainment
includes jazz, blues, Caribbean steel bands, gospel;
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds

African Marketplace and Cultural Faire, Los Angeles, CA
Annual festival attracting over 250,000 people; featuring music, food, health fair, children's activities, film festival, tennis tournament,
technology village and more; Exposition Park

Black Family Reunion, Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati's riverfront comes alive for a weekend of music, pavilions of all sorts, concerts, entertainment and a final open-air
ecumenical church service, with over 200,000 attendees; featuring Heritage Breakfast, Town Hall Meeting, Parade, Jammin' on the
Cove Music, Themed Pavilions, Arts & Crafts, Food, Vendor Booths, Apparel, Exhibits, and more; Sawyer Point,
Cincinnati Waterfront

JVC Jazz Festival, Concord, CA
Huge jazz festival featuring various artists; past performers include Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Peabo Bryson, Randy Crawford, and
Boney James;
Concord Pavilion

JVC Jazz Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Huge jazz festival featuring various artists; past performers include George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Etta James, Jeffrey Osbourne,
Patrice Rushen, and Grover Washington Jr.;
Hollywood Bowl

Soul Music Beach Fest , Virginia Beach, VA
Enjoy music, food, ethnic arts and crafts; bring your beach chair to this free event
Virginia Beach
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