This year, festival-goers will get to enjoy the season with some powerhouse names.

1. Broccoli City Festival – Washington, DC

Following the cancellation of the festival in 2020 and 2021, this year brings the return on May 6 of BroccoliCon, which is aimed at boosting financial literacy for aspiring Black entrepreneurs as well as learning about the environmental costs of business. Or if you want to get your exercise done before a weekend of hanging around and partying to the music, there will be the BC Fit Fest, which will feature activities including a 5K fun run and group yoga at the Anacostia Park skate pavilion on May 7.


2. Lovers and Friends Fest – Las Vegas

Lovers & Friends Festival has unveiled its packed 2022 lineup, which exudes ’90s and 2000s nostalgia. Presented by Live NationSnoop Dogg and Bobby Dee, the festival takes place Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

The festival packs in some heavy-hitting acts, including Lauryn HillUsherLudacrisTLCCiaraLil JonBrandyMonicaLil Kim and more. The festival was originally slated to make its debut in 2020 on two separate occasions. The original date was May 9, 2020, before being rescheduled to August 8, 2020, due to the pandemic. However, the festival was rescheduled again and will finally make its debut next year.

Tickets are currently sold out but you can join the waiting list for possible entry.


3. Funk Fest – Orlando, FL

Funk Fest Tour has announced its lineup for its launch in Orlando, Florida, on June 3 and June 4. Legendary R&B acts Mary J. Blige and Jodeci are set to headline the family reunion-style event.

Tickets are on sale now for Funk Fest. General admission starts at $60 for one day or $100 for a two-day pass. VIP tickets are also available for purchase. Get the details on Funk Fest’s official website.


4. Rock The Bells – Queens, NY

Hip hop fans in New York City have one more date to look forward to this summer. Rapper and NCIS: Los Angeles actor LL Cool J recently announced the lineup for his hip-hop festival Rock the Bells, which will take place at the Forest Hill Stadium in Queens on August 6.

Iconic West Coast rapper Ice Cube will take to the stage, and the festival will include performances by Fat Joe and Remy Ma, Jadakiss, Trina, Lil’ Kim, and Rick Ross among others. More artists will be announced in the next few weeks.

Registration for pre-sale is already open and available here. To purchase general admission tickets, you can head over to the festival’s website starting Friday, April 8 at 10 am.


5. Nashville R&B Fest – Nashville, TN

Smashville is going to be live. Tamar Braxton, Pretty Ricky, 112, Keith Sweat, and others are set to hit the stage.

The event will take place at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. Tickets are available here.