Top Black Festivals to Attend in St. Louis in 2019
Festival season is quickly approaching and we cannot contain our excitement for what’s to come this year in St. Louis, MO. We’ve created a list of the top black festivals you need to attend in St. Louis for 2019. From culture, art, music, poetry, food and more, you are sure to experience the rich beauty of blackness and all of its creation.
Check out the list of black festivals below- including dates, prices, location, and websites.
10. BLACK WALL STREET FESTIVAL
The city of Wellston has proven to be a pillar for Black unity and summer festivities and this year is no different! Spearheaded by The Wellston Community Coalition and Young Voices with Action, this year’s summer festival in Wellston is rightfully titled: Black Wall Street Festival.
The festival organizers seek to empower, challenge and educate the communities comprising of the Wellston Loop on cooperative economics. This festival is the launching pad for entrepreneurship and workforce development for the area.
Entertainment, shopping, food and fun will be enjoyed. Black Wall Street Festival will host a car show, concert, kids’ corner and an outside job fair. An expected 100 entrepreneurs and vendor, an estimated 2,500 people and over 50 employers whom are hiring will converge on the once busy sidewalks.
Date: June 29th, 2019
Location: the former site of the Wellston Loop Building, intersections of Dr. Martin Luther King Dr & Hodiamont Ave.
If you’re a true ride or die hip-hop head, this festival is where you need to be! Slumfest is a hip-hop festival that showcases the best up & coming and veteran underground artists in the St. Louis area. Started in 2009 by hip-hop veterans who ran the legendary Monday Nights at Hi Pointe Cafe, it was intended to cultivate & develop new talent & build networks & community of hip hop lovers. This year is the 10th anniversary & they intend on doing what they do best: continuing the legacy of St. Louis underground music.
Date: October 2019
Location: Head to S.L.U.M. Fest on Facebook for more info and prices
8. THE CULTURE KICKBACK
If you’re one that’s down for the culture and love that 90’s vibe, The Culture Kickback is a dope festival to attend. The Culture Kickback was created to celebrate the quick success of the black owned website, Fortheculturestl.comwhich launched April 1, 2018 and in only THREE months hit OVER 20,000 views! Yo that’s crazy!!! They like to refer to this festival as a big family reunion. There is everything from vendors, food, karaoke, water fights and more. I am one that loves a family-oriented event so this is definitely on the top of my list.
Date: August 2019 Visit website fortheculturestl.comfor updates
Location: Forest Park @ Picnic Site 3 located at the intersection of Wells Dr. and Carr Lane Dr 63110
7. THE TASTE OF VEGAN FESTIVAL STL
Oh boy! Food, food, and more food!!! All my vegans and aspiring vegans out there, this one’s for you! The Taste of Vegan Fest STL is the fruition of health-conscious minds coming together to create/perpetuate a health awareness community. This festival was created to help inform and enlighten inner city and low-income communities, that continue to lead in most major illnesses, about healthier life choices. Throughout the day they have speakers, performances, yoga, food demonstrations and more!! This festival is sure to give you all the tools you need in order to live a healthier lifestyle.
Date: June 8, 2019
Location: Ferguson Mo Community Center
1050 Smith Ave, Ferguson, Missouri 63135
Visit 2ndAnnual Taste of Vegan Festival STL on Facebookfor more info.
6. FRIZZ FEST
Calling all my Natural Beauties!! The 3rdAnnual Frizz Fest is here! Frizz Fest is a natural beauty festival intended to bring women together within the community to network, support, and positively influence one another. This festival doubled its attendance the second year of its debut. I can only imagine what will unfold for year 3! There will also be food trucks, vendors, performances, and giveaways. This is a kid friendly event and men are more than welcome to attend. The festival is located on the Southside of St. Louis in Tower Grove Park. So bring your blankets and lawn chairs to relax and have a great time.
Date: July 20, 2019 12pm-6pm
Location: Tower Grove Park Near Grand Ave. Entrance 4256 Magnolia Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
5. TASTE OF BLACK ST. LOUIS
This is a fest I have not had the chance to attend yet, but definitely on my list this year! The Taste of Black St. Louis was created to bring the local community together for a full day of tasting, shopping, learning, and experiencing the great tastes of Black St. Louisans and surrounding areas. In its first year, there were over 50 vendors from food and retail. So, if you’re a foodie like me, The Taste of Black St. Louis is where you need to be!
Date: September 14, 2019
Location: Tower Grove Park (South West Area Near the Kingshighway Blvd Entrance)
Visit http://www.tasteofblackstl.com/for more info.
4. THE ORIGINAL ST. LOUIS NATURAL HAIR & BLACK CULTURAL EXPO
The 5th annual STL Natural Hair and Black Cultural Expo is the festival for all my naturals out there (Men and Women)! This year the festival is building on the years before with offering protective styling classes, live entertainment, panel discussion, and showcasing by stylists, barbers, boutiques and natural hair models! So, for all my natural hair YouTube fanatics out there, this festival will allow you to be up close and personal with the best in the city. This is a two-day festival so pick a day (or both) and come enjoy all of what this festival has to offer.
Date: Oct 12 at 12 PM –8 PM And Oct 13 at 12PM- 8 PM
Location: Holiday Inn St. Louis - Downtown Convention Center (811 North Ninth Street, St. Louis 63101)
Price: Visit5th Annual St. Louis Natural Hair and Black Cultural Expo on Facebook for ticket pricing
3. ST. LOUIS AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIFACTS FESTIVAL AND BAZAAR
Calling all lovers of artifacts! If you’re a lover of unique and creative artifacts, this festival is for you! Coming up on its 6thyear, Saint LAAA FAB is also a festival that celebrates the rich history and culture of people of African descent. This festival will feature artifacts, art, music, food and so much more. Located in the historic district known as Old North Saint Louis, this festival will definitely give you that, “love of St. Louis” vibe!
Dates: August 17, 2019
Location: Crown Square Plaza (14thStreet & St. Louis Ave.)
Visit Saint LAAA FAB on facebookfor more info.
2. ST. LOUIS AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL
The 28thAnnual St. Louis African Arts Festival is one of the longest lived and largest festivals in St. Louis. This festival increases awareness of the global contributions of African people and people of African descent. Being held in the beautiful Forest Park, this festival attracts a diverse audience of thousands of local residents and out-of-town visitors during Memorial Day weekend. I attend this festival every year and every year it gets bigger and bigger. This is a great event for those who love and appreciate the creation, talent, and artistry of black men and women.
Dates: May 25-27, 2019
Location: World’s Fair Pavilion, Forest Park
Visit http://www.stlafricanartsfest.com/for more info.
The 4thAnnual CONSCIOUSFEST: The Creators of Culture, is a festival you don’t want to miss! CONSCIOUSFEST is a celebration of culture, call to consciousness, and unity. With over 50 black owned vendors and local artists from all over St. Louis, this is one festival every black St. Louisan has to experience. This festival is for all ages. Bring the kids out so they can also experience the power of their blackness and community. We are the Creators of Culture and we want you there to bask in the rich beauty of your culture!
Dates: September 07, 2019
Location: 1000 N Vandeventer
For more info visit www.consciousfest.net