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The 2019 Festival/Expo Vendor App List

January 7, 2019

Pic above from Colored Girls Hustle Marketplace a curated pop-up shopping experience featuring women-identified artists, creatives, and makers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Check them out!

 

Now Let's get into it! We already talked about the Conferences you may want to put on your calendar, hopefully you bookmarked The Conference List so that you can check back often for updates. I loves me a good festival, yes  to sip or smoke on something, listen to some music and vibe out etc. BUT let me be honest I am really there to make poor financial decisions ignore my light bill and buy my 40th Black Girl Magic Shirt and earrings with an Ankara print the size of my head to wear to the NEXT festival. Don't judge me. 

 

Anyhoo, the 2019 Essence Fest Vendor Application was just recently released and I know many of the Black Girl Flourish Facebook Group members are interested in bringing their product to market and making that coin but some may not be ready to do Essence just yet...because LAWD..last year 510,000 people were at Essence so you need to have the merch on deck and alladat together together not fake together. 

 

HOWEVER, there are lots of other festivals that cater to Black Folk where you can vend.  Yes, you can and should, put these festivals on your calendar to attend but I specifically included the links (some of which may still need to be updated for this year) to the Vendor pages/applications for them because I want you to GET YOUR COINS SIS! and that  bomb a** product you created must see the light of day!  Check out the list of  festivals below. Don't @ me I know this list is not exhaustive my intern ain't in today.  There are sooooo many more out there and you should be looking for small and large local festivals, marketplaces and expos in your area, but this is a start. Please reach out and let us know about other festivals you think we should know about.   

 

If you are planning on vending for the first time take a look at these Insider tips and tricks for first-time festival and market vendors!

 

 

 Also if your goal is to make it to Essence in 2020, think about joining the weekly accountability Black Girl Flourish Mastermind Group, we are kicking off the Second week of February.  

 

Oh, and don't forget about the Black Girl Flourish Facebook Group

 

Check back regularly for updates to the list. 

 

ALABAMA

 

Soul Food Music Festival (multiple states)

BIRMINGHAM, AL

JULY 19-21, 2019

Vendor Info

 

 

CALIFORNIA

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration & HOPE Expo

Los Angeles, CA

January 19, 2019

Vendor Info

 

 

Pan African Film + Arts Festival

Los Angeles, CA 

February 7-18, 2019

Vendor Info

 

 

Afropolitan Cities (Multiple States)

Los Angeles, CA

Date: Happens Monthly

Vendor Info

 

COLORADO

 

Juneteenth Music Festival

Denver, CO

June 15-16, 2019

Vendor Info

 

 

 

Colorado Black Arts Festival

Denver, Co

Date: TBD (Last year it was July 2018)

Vendor Info

 

 

 

FLORIDA

 

Tampa Black Heritage Festival

Tampa, FL

January 10-20,2019

Vendor Info

 

 

 

MLK Dare to Dream Festival 2019

Tallahassee, FL 

January 19, 2019

Vendor Info

 

 

 

Sistruck Street Festival

February 23, 2019

Ft. Lauderdal, FL

Vendor Info

 

 

 

 AFRIKIN FEST 2019

MIAMI, FL

DATE: TBD

Vendor Info

 

 

 

 

 

Soul Food Music Festival (multiple states)

JACKSONVILLE, FL

NOVEMBER 8-10, 2019

Vendor Info

 

 

Afropolitan Cities (Multiple States)

Miami, FL

Date: Happens Monthly

Vendor Info

 

 

GEORGIA

 

 Savannah Black Heritage Festival

Savannah, GA

February 1-21, 2019

Vendor Info

 

 

AfroPunk Fest Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Date: TBD (Last Year was October 2018)

Vendor Info

 

 

 

Atlanta African American Book Festival

Atlanta, GA

Date: TBD 

Vendor Info

 

 

Afropolitan Cities (Multiple States)

Atlanta, GA

Date: Happens Monthly

Vendor Info

 

 

ILLINOIS

Bud Billiken Parade and Festival

Chicago, IL

Date: TBD August 2019

Vendor Info- Link to Sponsor site, not vendor specific page

 

 

INDIANA

 Indiana Black Expo

Indianapolis, IN

Date: TBD ( Last Year was July 2018)

Vendor Info

 

 

 

Soul Food Music Festival (multiple states)

GARY, IN

AUGUST 17-19, 2019

Vendor Info

 

IOWA

 I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa

JANUARY 26, 2019

Des Moines, IA

VENDOR INFO

 

 

KENTUCKY

 

Soul Food Music Festival (multiple states)

LOUISVILLE, KY

JUNE 28-30, 2019

Vendor Info

 

 

 

LOUSIANA

 

Black Heritage Film Festival

March 8-10, 2019

Lake Charles, LA

Vendor Info

 Essence Festival

New Orleans, LA

July 4-7,2019

Vendor Info

 

MARYLAND

 

 

Baltimore African American Festival

Baltimore, MD

Date: TBD (Last year was August 2018)

Vendor Info

 

 

 

Afropolitan Cities (Multiple States)

Baltimore, MD

Date: Happens Monthly

Vendor Info

MINNESOTA