Self-care is an important part of forming your identity as well as nourishing your soul. We’ve compiled a list of self-care events and festivals that are WoC friendly, so that you can unwind, and recharge your uniqueness.
Women Who Jam SESAC Showcase
Aug 6, 2017
Women Who Jam is an all-female driven national performance that celebrates the many faces of women in the music and entertainment industry. Their aim is to promote and celebrate women artists within the music and entertainment industry. Women Who Jam! is part of the National Association of Black female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc.
For more information, visit-> http://www.nabfeme.org/?page_id=684
Women of Color Empowerment Conference
Sept 9, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, FL
This event hopes to build relationships between women of color by uniting leaders. Hosted in Florida, the event focuses on educating and motivating dynamic Women of Color to lead more effectively.
For more information, visit-> southfloridawomenofcolor.com/
July 5-8, 2018
New Orleans, LO
We all saw this festival in all its glory in the movie Girl’s Trip, so why not experience it for yourself? 2017’s Essence Festival featured Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Chance The Rapper, Solange, John Legend, Xscape, Master P, and many more artists. The Essence Festival is the perfect place for women of color to turn up and express their uniqueness without judgement.
For more information, visit-> http://www.essence.com/festival-2018
Marketed as the “other Black experience,” Afro Punk is the music, fashion, and art festival that people of the African Diaspora can come together to enjoy and celebrate in Brooklyn, Paris, Atlanta, London, and Johannesburg. Every year, crowds gather and dawn on their favorite and afro-futuristic attire ready to wow for the cameras and for their souls.
For more information, visit-> http://afropunkfest.com
American Black Film Festival
Miami Beach, FL
The American Black Film Festival is an “annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent.” The festival has five action-packed days of films, engaging panels, networking events, and more!
For more information, visit-> www.abff.com/event-schedule/
The Beauty Queen Takeover
Empowering Through Beauty Foundation is an organization that “brings communities, the beauty industry and philanthropy efforts together to provide dignity and hope.” As part of their mission for women empowerment, the organization created The Beauty Queen Takeover, which supports girls and encourages girls to develop into strong and smart women who bring bold leadership in their own lives and community.
For more information, visit-> https://www.empoweringthroughbeauty.org/
Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities
Jan 20-29, 2017
As a pioneer artist for the Black woman struggle, this festival is dedicated to Zora Neale Hurston and her quest for self-discovery. The festival is a multidisciplinary event to celebrate the life and work of the 20th century writer, folklorist, and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston.
For more information, visit-> zorafestival.org/28th-annual-zora-neale-hurston-festival-of-the-arts-and-humanities-hosts-historic-eatonville-year-130-celebration/
Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase
Jan 13, 2017
Representation can be a remedy for self-care, and so the Deltas of Charlotte Foundation present to you the Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase. The event features short films from local and national independent filmmakers. The films are primarily written, produced, directed and/or featuring black women.
For more information, visit-> deltasofcharlotte.org/14th-annual-legacy-of-black-women-film-showcase/
Black Hair Expo
Aug 26, 2017
Featuring over 52 hair Vendors, entertainment, panelist, workshops, live Music, demonstrations, and networking. Do we need to say more? The Detroit Black hair expo will not only nourish your hair with all the free samples, but it will nourish your soul.
For more information, visit-> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-natural-hair-expo-all-sales-are-final-tickets-34196113496#
Annual I’m Every Woman Expo
March 14, 2017
The ultimate women of color event, the I’m Every Woman Expo allows women from all walks of life to engage in better health, financial wellness, education, entrepreneurship, image, and unity.
For more information, visit-> http://www.imeverywomanexpo.com/
Midwest MIND, Body & Beauty Expo
May 26-28, 2017
Wellness events, praise party, natural hair expo, dance competitions, and much more. The Midwest Mind, Body, and Beauty Expo is two full days of what the doctor ordered for self-care.
For more information, visit-> www.mmbbexpo.com/
Coming in 2018, the Sisterhood Showcase aims to combine entertainment and education to create interactive experiences which connect, engage, and empower women. Thee founder’s goal was to inspire and strengthen the quality of life for women of color and their families.
For more information, visit-> http://www.thesisterhoodshowcase.com/
Black Women Expo
From April 4th onwards
If you want to shop and get woke at the same time, then the Black Women Expo was made just for you. At BWE, you can test out the latest trends, amazing new products and services, get empowered and enlightened!
For more information, visit-> www.theblackwomensexpo.com/schedule/
July 15, 2017
Partnered with Iman Cosmetics, Crème of Nature, Shea Moisture, Eden Body Works, and much more, CurlFest is the hair festival that you and your natural hair journey have been dreaming about. Not only will you get to try and sample many natural hair are products, but CurlFest brings your favorite hair YouTubers to you!
For more information, visit-> www.curlygirlcollective.com/curlfest/
The Well-Read Black Girl Writers’ conference and festival
Although this festival has yet to come to fruition, fundraising is underway to make this dream a reality and you will definitely want to be the first to know about it when it happens. The Well-Read Black Girl Writers’ Conference and Festival is “a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature & sisterhood. [Their] mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers.”
For more information, visit-> www.kickstarter.com/projects/guidetoglo/the-well-read-black-girl-writers-conference-and-fe/description
Harriet’s Apothecary Winter Edition Healing Village
Dec 16- 17, 2017
Harriet’s Apothecary is an “intergenerational, healing village led by the brilliance and wisdom of Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, magicians, activists and ancestors.” Throughout the year, they have healing village events that are absolutely necessary when it comes to self care. In these villages, there are numerous stations, such as a five sensory station, medicine station, divination station, Black joy affirmation station. These stations have face painting crystal readings, tarot and astrology readings, and much more!
For more information, visit-> http://www.harrietsapothecary.com/upcoming-events-2/
Harriet’s Apothecary Healing Village Soul Fire Edition
Sept 17, 2017
What better way to practice self-care while also helping others? Harriet’s Apothecary partnered with Soul Fire. In this event, Soul Fire farm “raises life-giving food and moves in solidarity with people marginalized by food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, they work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the Earth and to have agency in the food system through sharing skills on sustainable agriculture, cooking, natural building and contributing to the movements for food sovereignty and community self determination.”
For more information, visit-> https://www.facebook.com/events/112316032779321/
Resistance Recipes: Black Resilience in the Face of Bullshit
March 10-May 26, 2017
Brooklyn, New York
Don’t sleep on Harrier’s Apothecary because they’ve got a whole list of self-care events planned all over the USA. This event especially focuses “on herbs that increase the body’s capacity to recognize trauma, restore balance, increase strength and stamina, and resist physical, emotional, and environmental stressors.”
For more information, visit-> http://www.harrietsapothecary.com/resistance-recipes-black-resilience-in-the-face-of-bullshit/
The Words of Fire Conference: Sex, Power and Black Feminist Call
April 29, 2017
I know I’m not the only one who’s ears were tingling when she read the title. This conference is hosted on Spelman’s campus and it claims to “honor the work of the contributors to Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought by Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D. as well as the Black feminist shapeshifters and waymakers whose words helped survivors give life to the Commission and its groundbreaking Tribunal.”
For more information, visit-> https://www.facebook.com/events/1270750469660410/
Black Women Film Festival
The International Black Women’s Film Festival is ready to positive, affirm, and provide realistic representations of black women in film, television, and other entertainment.
For more information, visit-> www.blacklaurelfilms.com/
Afro Latino Festival
July 7-8, 2017
Harlem & Brooklyn
Branded as a tribute to the women of the diaspora, New York’s Afro-Latino Festival is sure to warm the hearts of the many Afro-Latinos who have spent their whole lives navigating between being Black and being Latino.
For more information, visit-> https://www.afrolatinofestnyc.com/