Ari Lennox and Summer Walker headline the 8th annual Broccoli City festival

Broccoli City, in partnership with Live Nation Urban, announced the return of Broccoli City Festival (BC Fest) and the launch of BLK (Black) Change Weekend in the nation’s capital, May 5th − 8th, 2022!

The 8th annual festival will take place over two days for the first time ever (May 7th − 8th) and feature performances by DC native ARI LENNOX, SUMMER WALKER, JEEZY, WALE, 21 SAVAGE, LARRY JUNE and more. Hosted by Gia Peppers, Rodney Rikai and Little Bacon Bear, BC Fest will once again include one-of-a-kind activations, a local marketplace and surprise performances on the grounds of RFK Stadium.

Inspired by the documentary Wattstax, BLK Change Weekend was created to mobilize young people, companies, and community organizations to work collaboratively to create a more racially equitable world for Black millennials and Gen Z’ers. Beyond the music lineup, the weekend will feature a series of community impact volunteer activities promoting community health and forums highlighting job/internship opportunities, health/wellness tools, financial support for small businesses, and criminal and environmental justice issues.  Volunteers will have the opportunity to earn tickets for their service.

Additional BLK Change Weekend events include:
• Broccoli CON & Career Expo
• BC 5k & Fitness
• BC All Night

This year’s festival will be historic for many reasons. Not only does BC Fest 22 represent a moment for celebration and reflection on all we’ve been through the past few years; it will anchor BLK Change Weekend, which is poised to be one of the biggest calls to actions for our generation in the world. We’re bringing together community and business leaders to celebrate our culture and work together to provide Black communities, students and young professionals with equitable resources and opportunities.

Brandon McEachern, co-founder of BC Fest

We are really excited to bring Broccoli City Festival back after a long 2-year hiatus. This brand is important, as it’s much bigger than just the announced artist lineup. The mobilization of Black people and corporations that are active in the community, the education, conversation, and connections that happen at Broccoli Con, and the overall celebration of black culture that happens throughout the weekend are the core tenants upon which we are building.

Shawn Gee, president of Live Nation Urban

Attendees can look forward to seamless entry, multiple stages of non-stop music, the best local food trucks, live art installations, interactive sponsor activations, and a marketplace village featuring Black-owned businesses. Beverages, including craft cocktails, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be served at bars throughout the festival grounds and in the VIP areas.

BC Fest will take place from 12 noon to 10 p.m., rain or shine.

Broccoli City Festival 2022 poster