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The perfect way to enjoy spring is outside with your favorite R&B and hip hop, and we know where you can do it. This May, enjoy some of the biggest artists in business, Broccoli City Festival in Washington, D.C. This year, as the festival celebrates 10 years, HBCU Buzz is excited to pull up and take over the stage with an exclusive Homecoming Set, hosted by Jae Murphy, with special friends on May 8th at 8:30pm ET. 

With exciting additional events taking place all weekend long, attendees will be welcomed with immersive activations, resources and opportunities all organized to empower Black Millenials and Gen Z’ers.  

The Broccoli City Festival kicks off on Saturday May 7th they’re bringing out all of your faves. The festival is opening up strong with acts from 21 Savage, Ari Lennox, Lil Durk, Wale and friends, Rico Nasty, Jeezy, Larry June, Joyce Wrice, and Muni Long. Sunday May 8th is just as good with talent like Summer Walker, Gunna, Don Toliver, TEMS, Masego, Babyface Ray, and more. Plus, you can expect to see hit Nigerian artist WizKid too! The event will be hosted by Rodney Rikai, Gia Peppers, and Little Bacon Bear.  Plus you can catch supporting hosts DJ Domo, Malcolm Xavier, and Howard University alum Jae Murphy.  As if that lineup alone isn’t enough, there are plenty of additional events happening that weekend.

The Broccoli City Festival is part of the larger Black Change Weekend lasting from May 6-8. In fact the weekend actually kicks off on Friday with the BroccoliCon & Career Expo. Created for the best and the brightest, the event features panel discussions, networking, and innovative activities centering around topics like technology, wellness and financial literacy. Our own HBCU Buzz founder Luke Lawal will be leading an event titled “Indeed + HBCU Buzz: How D&I is shaping the Workplace and Why it’s Important.” 

Although the following day features the first day of the festival concert, that Saturday is also when the FitFest takes place with a 5K Run. Finally, that Sunday includes day two of the festival and a brunch event, which is customary for a trip in D.C.! Ultimately, Black Change Weekend is an opportunity for attendees to be uplifted and fulfilled mentally and emotionally.  The eventful weekend is annually organized by Broccoli City, an organization on a mission to mobilize, celebrate, and advance Black culture and communities through entertainment. The name “Broccoli City” is an ode to the clothing line that founders Brandon McEachern, Marcus Allen, and Darryl Perkins created honoring their Greensboro, North Carolina roots. 

Embed Image: Black Change Weekend Lineup

Festival attendees will be able to contribute to the initiatives of Broccoli City even without going to Broccoli Con or other events held that weekend. That’s because with every festival ticket purchased, fifty cents from each ticket will be donated to the nonprofit Broccoli City Foundation. There are plenty of options to customize the festival experience. Whether festival goers choose to get a ticket for one or two days, General Admission is the cheapest way to go. Perks include:

  • Access to all General Admission areas at Festival (All Ages Welcome)
  • Live performances on main stage, DJ tent, art, interactive games, rides, activities and sponsor activations
  • A huge selection of food and drink options including healthy vegan and vegetarian options plus free water stations
  • Cash Bars featuring cocktails, beer and wine for 21+ only
  • Shop Broccoli City Festival & official band merch, and Specialty items from dozens of marketplace vendors

VIP Passholders, whether for one or two days, will enjoy the benefits of general admission tickets in addition to:

  • Special main stage viewing areas
  • Ample Lounge Seating in shaded areas
  • Dedicated VIP entry lanes
  • Private cash bars and drink specials
  • Flushing bathrooms and hydration station

If you really want to do it big, you can pay for the Rose Bar VIP Club Deck. That includes:

  • Elevated and Covered Stage Viewing area with sofa seating for up to 8 guest
  • 8-10 VIP Passes w/ Access in all VIP areas
  • Bottles of Premium Liquor
  • Bottles of Champagne
  • Food Drops from Vendors
  • Hookah w/ Multi Flavors
  • Exclusive BC Merch drops
  • Main stage viewing areas
  • Dedicated VIP entry lanes
  • Flushing Bathrooms and hydration station

To learn more about Broccoli City Festival, Black Change Weekend, and more, head to the site here. Conveniently buy tickets now and play later with no late fees by using KLARNA.