Don’t Sleep On These 8 African-American Music & Food Festivals


Miami, Florida

Miami Gardens is Florida’s largest predominantly African American city, so when Shirley Gibson became mayor in 2005, she created Jazz In The Gardens to unite her community. This festival is a multigenerational event that “celebrates diversity, culture, and art through various genres of music.” Its performance line-up presents a beautiful balance of new-age artists and OGs like H.E.R., Jonathan McReynolds, Brandy, Jagged Edge, En Vogue, Doug E. Fresh, and The Isley Brothers. During the day, spectators can find families dancing and enjoying food options like fried fish, roasted corn, seafood, and varied conch cuisines. The adults take over when the sun goes down, and the evening turns into a big concert party.

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