Originally published on idontdoclubs.com on April 22, 2014.
As much as you love your city in the summer, there comes a time when you need to break out! Grab your crew, book a flight (or Zip Car if you’re into the road trip thing) and travel to some of these events tailored to your young Black professional needs.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The Roots want to “break you off” (Yes I know, very old reference but it’s my favorite Roots song. Deal.) with Janelle Monáe, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, and Jhené Aiko at this annual event in it’s seventh year.
Friday, June 6, 2014 – Sunday, June 8, 2014
Outkast, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, and J. Cole will descend on New York’s Randall’s Island for these renowned music fest.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
The largest African American street festival on the east coast with 500,000 people, over 12 city blocks, and two stages of live entertainment. Get into it.
Friday, June 27, 2014 – Sunday, June 29, 2014
Only have time for a weekend of ratchetness? This pre-BET Awards event will get you right with Future, Outkast, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, and K. Michele.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 – Sunday, July 6, 2014
The Essence Festival has been around for 20 years?! Gotdamn! Well celebrate this milestone with Prince, Ledisi, Erykah Badu, Tamar Braxton, Marsha Ambrosius, and Elle Varner.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – Sunday, July 13, 2014
Electric Lady Janelle Monae, Aloe Blacc, and Gary Clark Jr. will serve as superb background music as you stuff your face at this event in its 34th year.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – Saturday, July 26, 2014
An inspiring and empowering conference that will provide you with unmatched professional, civic engagement, business development, and networking opportunities with Forrest Whitaker, Robin Thicke, Charlie Wilson, and Chaka Khan. #bringyourbusinesscardsboo
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – Sunday, August 3, 2014
Everyone’s a writer, right? Make some journalism connects at the The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)’s annual event.
Sunday, August 3, 2014 – Monday, August 4, 2014
Don’t act, you know you love you some Drake. October’s Very Own will host his 5th annual OVO Fest in his hometown Toronto with Outkast and a number of other special guests.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – Saturday, August 9, 2014
Founded by North Carolina-based Floyd and Stephanie Rance of Run and Shoot Filmworks, MVAAFF will present films by African-American directors from around the world.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – Friday, Augst 8, 2014
The ultimate business conference for women of color in communications. Innovative programs, presented by the industry’s top practitioners and thought leaders, will address key issues and predict future trends.