When: July 3rd-6th
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Why Go: Now in its 20th year and hosted by Essence magazine, this is arguably the biggest black music festival in the country, with over 400,000 people attending its dozens of performances and "Empower U" workshops. The biggest headliner is none other than Prince, who will be taking over the main stage to perform old hits, jam with Nile Rodgers and "launch Essence's first-ever hackathon."
15 Must-See Acts: Prince, Nile Rodgers, Mary J. Blige, the Roots, Jill Scott, Lionel Richie, Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle, Estelle, Robert Glasper, August Alsina, Sevyn Streeter, Stephanie Mills