Top 4 Events for Black People of color in 2020

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You ever just wanna go where everyone kinda looks like you? *cues Cheer’s theme song*

That’s a big Hell Yeah for me!

As someone who travels often, I’ve been the victim of racism and what I call specticism. Not that you need to go far to encounter either one of those things.

*Specticism | verb – to watch, stare, and gawk at the unfamiliar. May even record or photograph without consent.

Check out my Traveling while Black and Unbothered post here.

This can be a very disheartening experience when it happens. Feelings of anger, fear or even insecurity may overtake your whole day. Don’t let it get you down or defeated though. There are truly no people like black people.

That’s why it can be extremely exciting to get away and cut up without those worries or concerns. 

Can we say natural hair don’t care! 

And better believe you can save the code-switching for when you get back to work. 

It can be so revitalizing to immerse yourself in the culture. That’s why I’ve combed the internet looking for events that primarily have POC focus so you don’t have to. 

Here’s what I’ve found.

Soul Beach Music Festival

When: May 21st – May 25th 

Where: Aruba

2020 marks the 20th annual Soul Beach music festival that takes place over Memorial Day weekend. This concert happens in the beautiful Caribbeans every year and features A-list stars performing over two nights. Some of last year’s artists include John Legend, Ella Mai, and Charlie Wilson. The entertainment doesn’t stop there as they also have comedians to keep the good times rolling.

The artist/entertainers haven’t been announced yet for 2020 but check back on and to get your tickets before they sell out.


Odunde Festival

When: June 14th 

Where: Philadelphia, PA


With upwards of 500,000 people in attendance, Odunde is the largest African American street festival in the country. This festival has been going down since 1975 and spans 15 blocks in Philly with two stages offering live entertainment. 

This one-day event is free to the public! There are numerous vendors on deck supplying food, drinks, and shopping. Check out for additional information.


Essence Music Festival

When: July 1st – 5th

Where: New Orleans, LA

Perhaps maybe the most well-known festival, Essence has become one of the premier events for people of color. There are so many events that take place during this week-long event including concerts, seminars, fashion shows, conferences, and even wellness/health specials. They truly have you covered on all levels, no matter your need or interest.

Purchase your tickets for this year’s Essence festival here.


AFRAM Festival

When: August 15th – August 16th 

Where: Baltimore, MD


AFRAM is a family-friendly free festival dedicated to the celebration of African American culture. This laid back festival has a family reunion vibe so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. The 2020 artists have not been released yet but Sisquo and Sevyn. There will also be food and shopping vendors on deck.

Learn more about AFRAM here.


About the Author

Ayishia is a self-proclaimed Charleston native who writes about all things travel on her blog As a writer, advocate, and travel blogging millennial, she strives to educate on the important impact travel haves and why it should be incorporated as a self-care practice.


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