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Not sure which events are worth your time this summer? Check out our calendar of nationwide parties and concerts that you simply can’t miss!

Words by – Ebony LaDelle

12th Annual Haitian Compas Festival

May 15

This event, which has gained popularity over the years, will feature artists such as Kreyol LA, T-Vice, DJAKOUT, Carimi and many more. The event will be held at Bayfront Park. To purchase tickets click on the link below.

http://events.sakapfetstore.com/do/onlineTickets

Soul Beach Music Festival

May 26-31

The Soul Beach festival is five days of fun filled events in the beautiful Aruba. Celebrities that will be in attendance include Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Kevin Hart, Raheem DeVaughn, singer Joe, Mark Curry and many more. Events include a Comedy Jam, beach events, and nightclub parties.

www.soulbeach.net

Black Bike Week

May 27-31

Also known as the Atlantic Bike Beach Festival , this is the world’s largest black bike event period. 350,000 bikers travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina every Memorial Day weekend to enjoy the food and festivities.

Vegas Soulfest

May 27-31

Also during Memorial Day weekend, Las Vegas will have their 4th annual Soulfest. The fest includes partying at some of Vegas’ nicest clubs such as the Voodo Lounge, a concert featuring Nas and Damian Marley and ending the weekend with an NBA playoff event. To see other activities for Soulfest, check out their website.

http://www.vegassoulfest.com/

JazzReggae Festival

May 30-31

The largest student run event in the U.S., the JazzReggae festival attracts over 30,000 people a year. This year they will feature artists like Raphael Saadiq, Q-Tip and Bilal to name a few and will be held at UCLA’s Intramural Field. For more information check out the link below.

http://jazzreggaefest.com/

Summer Jam 2010

June 6

Hot 97 is putting together once again one of biggest concerts in New York. This year’s Summer Jam will take place on June 6 at New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. Performers include Usher, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Trey Songz all under one roof! As one of the hottest hip-hop concerts of the summer, this is definitely a must see.

http://www.hot97.com/summerjam/

Bonnaroo

June 10-13

If you live in or around Tennessee and are unable to travel to the huge hip-hop concerts, then you should check out Bonnaroo. Although it features a lot of alternative music, hip-hop heads such as Jay-Z, Nas and Damian Marley will be performing this year.

http://bonnaroo.com/

Birthday Bash 15

June 19

Atlanta’s 107.9 will be hosting their 15th annual Birthday Bash with headliners Monica, Rick Ross, Plies and Ludacris. The event, which will be held at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena, also has a contest to win $5,000 and a chance to meet Ludacris! Go on the website to purchase your tickets today.

www.birthdaybash15.com

DC Caribbean Carnival

June 26-27

For those who haven’t been to the DC Caribbean Carnival, you are missing out! The parade, which stretches down Georgia Ave. (right by Howard University), has everything from dancing to mud wrestling and much more. It’s truly a site to see! Also, the carnival’s marketplace, “De Savannah” features food, entertainment, crafts and live performances from local and international artists.

http://www.dccaribbeancarnival.org/

The Essence Music Festival

July 2-4

Hailing as the hugest concert for the summer, the Essence Music Festival is definitely an event you don’t want to miss. The show is held at the New Orleans’ Superdome and features some of the most influential African-American artists and speakers. This year’s performers include Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Keri Hilson, Trey Songz and many more.

www.essencemusicfestival.com

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