You Must Attend These Events and Festivals If You’re Trying to Show Out All Summer ’18

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“What’s the link?” is the most asked question when it’s 70° or higher.

Soon as we get some consistent sun, let’s face it: ain’t nobody trying to stay in the house. The best thing about the summer is that even if you did finish binge-watching Black Mirror and 13 Reasons Why, there is a plethora of other things to do—outside of the house. How could you be bored?

There are so many hot new artists out right now and while it may be hard to choose what this summer’s anthem will be, rest assured there will be an event where one of your faves will perform. Not into concerts but still into ice cups? Get familiar with some festivals or outdoor events. Whether you live in New York, Cali, or even overseas, there are plenty of functions where people leave their problems at home just to vibe out and have a good time. Take a road trip, book a flight, meet a stranger, get out of your feelings, and just get lit. So what is the link you ask? Check em out!

  • Grits & Biscuits

    When: June 2nd Where: 334 South St Phildephia, PA How: You can purchase tickets here.

  • The Roots Picnic- Philly

    When: June 2 Where: Festival Pier (at Penn’s Landing) Philadelphia, PA How: Purchase tickets here.

  • The Bushwhick Collective Block Party

    When: June 2 Where: The Triangle, 7 Saint Nicholas Avenue, Bklyn NY How: Want to see Ja Rule, Mr. Cheeks, and more? You can purchase tickets here.

  • Hot 97 Summer Jam

    When: June 11 Where: Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford NJ How: Tickets are available here.

  • The La-Tex Crawfish Boil

    When: June 10 Where: The Well, Brooklyn, NY How: You can cop a ticket here.

  • Atlanta Greek Picnic

    When: June 18-June 24 Where: Step show takes place at Morehouse Forbes Arena, additional events at Cascades, Wet Willies, and Compound How: Purchase show tickets here and additional event tickets here.

  • BET Experience At L.A. Live

    When: June 21-June 24 Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles How: Click here!

  • Essence Festival

    When: July 5- July 8th Where: New Orleans, LA Superdome How: Purchase tickets here.

  • The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

    Join Brooklyn Bodega Inc for one of the largest hip hop cultural events to every go down. When: July 9- July 14th. Where: Multiple locations throughout Brooklyn. For specific info and tickets click here.


    When: July 21st Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn What: Celebrate black natural beauty at this feel-good event!

  • Lustfest 2018

    Hosted by Tsu Surf, Mouse Jones, FunnyJulius, and Alexa Leighton, Lustfest is hands down where you want to be- especially if you’re trying to get meditated over medicated. With cash prizes, featured attractions, SupHERB Living snacks, and a performance by Brooklyn’s own Casanova2x, it doesn’t get any better than this. When: July 29th Where: 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY How: Click here to secure your ticket! Follow @LeSwankJuice for updates.

  • AFROPUNK 2018

    Erykah Badu, Jaden Smith, Janelle Monae and more? Count me in! When: August 25-August 26 Where: Commodore Barry Park, Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY How: Purchase tickets here.

  • Made in America 2018

    When: September 1st and 2nd. Where: Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA How: The lineup has yet to be announced, but each year gets better.

Also keep a look out for these events. Some have yet to be announced but they are most definitely going down so no one can ever ask you what’s the link on any given weekend. Just follow them for updates and city locations!

  • I Hate Mondayss

    Mondays are a drag, so why not end it with a bang? Network with like-feeling individuals while turning up to some tunes and sipping some dope cocktails. When: Each and Every Monday Where: 103 Avenue A New York, NY How: Everyone Free before 12! Just RSVP here.

  • Dussè Palooza

  • Smorgasburg

    When: Every Saturday in Williamsburg, Every Sunday in Prospect Park How: No ticket purchases, just show up and enjoy food from any of the 100+ vendors. It’s even 21+ friendly!

  • First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum

    Takes place the first Saturday of each month.

Be safe, turn up, snap less, and have fun. Happy summer my babies! (Mo’Nique voice)

In this throwback Love & Hip Hop Atlanta clip, Karlie Redd gives it up crazy at a concert in Jamaica. Keep this energy.

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