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8 East Coast Festivals Every Black Girl NEEDS to Be At This Summer

Festival season is upon us and I suffer from major FOMO every year. I find that I always find out about festivals at the last minute and then I don’t have the proper time to get my life/coins together so that I can attend. After going to Curlfest for the first time last year, I’m determined to hit as many festivals as possible this year and I’ve created this list of festivals that are (mainly) on the east coast JUST so I don’t forget where I need (want) to be and when. If you love good vibes, good food and good music then you probably want to check a few of these out too! *festival names are clickable… you’re welcome ;)*

Governors Ball * June 1st – 3rd – Randall’s Island, NYC

Roots Picnic * June 2nd – Philadelphia, PA 

Essence Festival * July 5th – 8th – New Orleans, LA

Technically NOLA isn’t considered the “east coast” but if you don’t know by now that Essence is THE festival to be at I’m not sure how you even came across this list. Do you even festival?? 

The Greatest Day Ever * July 14th & 15th – New York, NY

Curlfest * July 21st – Brooklyn, NY

Panorama Music Festival * July 27th – 29th – Randall’s Island, NYC

Swing through @BrooklynSteel to peep the fresh mural 🌐

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Afropunk * August 25th & 26th – Brooklyn, NY

Made in America * September 1st & 2nd – Philadelphia, PA

There it is! Which festivals are you most excited about? I can’t wait for Curlfest and Afropunk! Hype to go to a festival that I didnt list? Not tryna go alone and want to meet up? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. xoxo

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Top 5 Must Haves for an Amazing Curlfest Experience!

This past Saturday I attended Curlfest for the first time! It was amazing! I loved being in the presence of so much good vibes, fun music, amazing vendors and of course the #blackgirlmagic was on 1000! Since it was my first time I really had no idea what to expect and I can’t lie I was super unprepared. Nonetheless, I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to go back next year, but imma make sure I have my life together before I go! Hence, this post! I’m about to tell you all the things you need/need to do to make sure you have an amazing Curlfest experience! 

1. Register/RSVP early & get the Early Bird ticket. 

I missed out on all the swag cause I’m slow LOL. Even though I knew about the event super far in advance I had no idea when the tickets went on sale and when I did go to look.. sold out! Whomp whomp! You can stay up to date by following Curly Girl Collective on their website and social media. TRUUUUUUUST me it’s worth it!

2. Get there EARLY! 

I’m pretty sure this was the most crowded I’ve ever seen Prospect Park EVER! There were TONS of vendors out this weekend and the line was LONG for every one! A lot of vendors were giving out samples of products and if you wanna grab some then you gotta be there early to get it! Some vendors even ran out of products they were selling! 

3. Come picnic ready! 

I think this may have been the thing I regretted the most. While it was fun being close to the stage, there actually came a point where I was just ready to SIT and I was jealous of all the people that knew to bring blankets. Plus it was HOT and people were out there with their coolers and drinks and I was shelling out money every hour to stay cool and hydrated. I had the baby with me too and I’m sure he would’ve appreciated an umbrella or being able to lay out without being in the car seat. Next year I’m going to definitely be ready on that front! 

4. Have a lot of cash! 

Between vendors and food/drink/icees, you’re going to need the money. I know we live in the age of technology but cash is so much easier especially when dealing with money in these types of situations. Plus, some vendors were accepting cash only so if you didn’t have it, then you missed out on purchasing products. You’re in the middle of the park so its not exactly atm equipped! 

5. Bring your #blackgirlmagic and come ready to TURN UP!

The music and the vibes were great all day! I didn’t know what to expect but I had so much fun just dancing and laughing with everyone before I even checked out the vendors. You definitely have to come ready to enjoy yourself. It was such a great time and I can’t wait for next year! 

 I have no idea how he slept through the music LOL. Newborn life... he wasn't ready for the turn up.

I have no idea how he slept through the music LOL. Newborn life… he wasn’t ready for the turn up.