Attending general music festivals is a great way to see a variety of artists and to appease a large group of friends with diverse music taste.
However, if you’re a true fan of rap or hip hop, going to a music festival designed to showcase the very best artists from the rap or hip hop scene is something you have to experience at least once in your lifetime.
Rap and hip hop are genres of music that people appreciate for a variety of reasons. Some songs are absolute stellar party or dance songs, while there are areas of both genres that are more meaningful, or even political in their lyrics.
There are many festivals across the world that celebrate the best in both genres, and many are located in the United States.
The following best hip hop festivals and rap music festivals are all worth adding to your bucket list. Let’s jump in so you can figure out the best festival for you!
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Rolling Loud Festival marks the beginning of summer with an absolute world-class lineup and unbelievable festival experience.
Rolling Loud undeniably deserves a spot on the list of best rap festivals, as this one is the largest rap festivals worldwide. This festival is also not afraid to recognize rising stars along with international headliners.
Rolling Loud is only five years old. However, the festival has expanded to over 5 additional locations in the US including Miami, California and New York. There are even locations in Australia and Portugal, although Miami is definitely the most famous venue of the bunch.
If there is one rap music festival you should prioritize above others, I might go out on a limb and say it should be Rolling Loud. After all, this is one of the largest hip hop festivals in the entire world.
Rolling Loud Festival 2020 Lineup: A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Post Malone, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Big Sean, Lil Pump, T-Pain, Fetty Wap, Soulja Boy, Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty and many more!
Rolling Loud Festival 2020 Dates: May 8-10, 2020.
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida.
2020 Rolling Loud Festival Ticket Prices: General 3 Day Plus $499, VIP 3 Day $749, VIP 3 Days+ $949.
2. Roots Picnic
Roots Picnic is a hip hop and rap music festival that is a must-attend event for any fan of the genres. it is sadly just a 1 day festival, but Roots Picnic celebrates the vert best artistry in these genres.
Other features of this festival include live podcasts, Madden and NBA2K tournaments, fashion panels, art panels and art markets. This festival truly celebrates all form of artistry that the musical genres pay respect to.
The lineup at Roots Picnic never fails to disappoint, so I’d keep tabs on this music festival even if you can’t make it in 2020.
Roots Picnic 2020 Lineup: The Roots, Meek Mill, Summer Waler, Dababy, Burna Boy, Baby Roe, The Read, Thundercat and many more.
Roots Picnic 2020 Dates May 30, 2020.
Location: The Mann at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2020 Roots Picnic Ticket Prices: General $89.50, VIP $350.
Head in the Clouds is produced by 88rising, a newer music label that aims to bring world class Asian artists into the mainstream hip hop scene.
Personally, I love JoJi, the undisputed star of the label. However, 88rising has some other stellar artists like Rich Brian and Higher Brothers.
Head in the Clouds is a one day festival that brings some of the biggest international stars, as well as some individuals on the 88rising roster. This is pretty much the the first of hip hop festivals in 2020 that features Asian artists focuses on the new sounds they are bringing to the world.
The whole festival is really dedicated to celebrating not only Asian artists in music but their culture in all displays of art including food and fashion as well.
Head in the Clouds Music and Arts Festival 2020 Lineup: The lineup for 2020 has not yet been announced but previous years have included artists such as Rich Brian.
Head in the Clouds Music and Arts Festival 2020 Dates: The specific dates have yet to be announced.
Location: Los Angeles State Historic Park, Los Angeles, California.
2020 Head in the Clouds Music and Arts Festival Ticket Prices: There have been no ticket prices announced as of yet.
Alright, before you jump on me and say something like ‘Coachella isn’t a rap festival or hip hop festival,’ give me a minute.
Yes, Coachella isn’t genre-specific. However, the sheer size and notority of this festival makes it an absolute hot spot for some of the best artists in rap and hip hop. It is one of the most well-known and largest festivals in the world, and the quality of performances shows.
Coachella really only features the best artists on its well-known stages. It even occurs in two separate weekends, so you can checkout the Coachella lineup and plan a trip to see the rap or hip hop artists that interest you the most.
Coachella 2020 Lineup: Big Sean, Charli XCX, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Joji, Fatboy Slim and many, many more.
Coachella 2020 Dates: April 10-12, 2020 and April 17-19, 2020.
Location: Indio, California.
2020 Coachella Ticket Prices: General $429, General with Shuttle $504, VIP $999.
Breakaway Music Festival occurs throughout multiple cities in the United States, including Ohio, Michigan, Washington D.C., both Carolinas and Tennessee. This festival is on the list of the best hip hop festivals because again, the talent pool that usually gathers for a Breakaway festival is pretty nuts.
Breakaway Music Festival does also feature EDM and pop artists. However, as with Coachella, you can be pretty selective with the artists you see.
Breakaway is also one of the largest and fastest growing music festivals in the United States. I’d take advantage of early-bird ticket prices when they are available for this music festival!
Breakaway Music Festival 2020 Lineup: The lineup has not yet been released, but it will be soon. Previous artists have included Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, Future, Young Thug and more.
Breakaway Music Festival 2020 Dates: Ohio and Micigan August 28-29, 2020, North Carolina September 11-12, 2020, Washington D.C. September 25-26, 2020, Tennessee October 9-10, 2020, California November 13-14, 2020.
Locations: Columbus, Ohio, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Charlotte, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Nashville, Tennessee, San Diego, California.
2020 Breakaway Music Festival Ticket Prices: All tickets are 2 day, line up specific or single day, and do not come available until the spring.
Though Life is Beautiful is technically a pop music festival, it still features some of the biggest names in rap and hip hop. It celebrates the positivity and light that come from all art forms including comedy, music, art and culture.
This is a very large festival as it encompasses over eighteen blocks of Las Vegas, which is obviously a pretty unreal location to have a music festival in the first place!
Life is Beautiful 2020 Lineup: The lineup has not yet been announced, but previous lineups have included Chance the Rapper and Post Malone.
Life is Beautiful 2020 Dates: September 18-20, 2020.
Location: Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.
2020 Life is Beautiful Ticket Prices: General, VIP, VIP+ and All-In are available, but prices have not yet been announced.
This is a wonderfully weird and enjoyable music festival to have on the list of the best hip hop festivals in 2020.
Many genres of music are represented at this Outside Lands, and it’s a pretty diverse festival as well. vents at this festival not only include music, but they include comedy shows, food and drink vendors, art shows, wine tasting and even a bike valet to park your bicycle (classic San Francisco).
San Francisco is known for being foggy and chilly even during summer months, so be sure to bring appropriate clothing with you to stay warm. Checkout our music festival packing list for more tips on how to best prepare for your next festival adventure!
Outside Lands 2020 Lineup: The 2020 lineup has not yet been announced, but 2019 hosted acts such as Childish Gambino, Flame, Kygo, Lil Wayne, Masego and many more.
Outside Lands 2020 Dates: August 7-9, 2020.
Location: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California.
2020 Outside Lands Ticket Prices: Ticket prices are not yet available for 2020.
Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival has been around for fifteen years and was founded by Wes Jackson. This hip hop festival features the truth and sincerity of everything hip-hop, including the street life and the international artistry.
Brooklyn Hip Hop aims to honor the beginning of the genre and the do-it-yourself efforts of hip hop. It hopes to organize the hip hop community, shine positivity, and provide advocacy. It truly represents the art form that can come from hip hop, and it’s a pretty cool cultural event to witness.
Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2020 Lineup: The 2020 lineup has not yet been announced, but in 2019 the festival had artists such as DMX, Brooklyn Bodega, Noah Caine and the Lox.
Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2020 Dates: The specific dates have not yet been announced, but it will be in July 2020.
Location: Brooklyn, New York City, New York.
2020 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Ticket Prices: 2020 Ticket prices have not yet been announced.
Hot 97 Summer Jam is hosted by New York radio station Hot 97. This is the fairly large and well-known event on the list of hip hop festivals in 2020, and it’s something any New Yorker or visitor needs to experince.
This festival highlights some of the largest names in the hip hop industry, and it’s just one of many reasons to make a trip to New York in the summer.
Sometimes, there are even surprise guests, so expect something sneaky if you’re attending Hot 97 Summer Jam.
Hot 97 Summer Jam 2020 Lineup: The 2020 lineup has not yet been announced to keep the suspense high, but previous years have included Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and other famous artists.
Hot 97 Summer Jam 2020 Date: June 6, 2020.
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey.
2020 Hot 97 Summer Jam Ticket Prices: Ticket prices have not been released yet, but there is currently a drawing for floor seat tickets on the website.
Broccoli City Festival is another world-class hip hop and rap festival that also aims to be more than just another musical event.
According to their mission statement, Broccoli City Festival aims to build “thriving urban communities that sustain future generations by mobilizing and educating urban millennials through social impact campaigns and major events. Through our programs we are creating higher standards of sustainable living, environmental sustainability, and community engagement.”
If you can’t support this mission or festival, kindly leave this website 😛
Broccoli City Festival also allows for workshops on social impact and leadership. There are multiple music stages for hip hop and rap performances, as well as multiple vendors selling art, food or other products throughout the festival grounds.
Broccoli City Festival 2020 Lineup: Sasha Marie, Dababy, Roddy Ricch, Megan Thee Stallion, Burna Boy, Ari Lennox, Lucky Daye and many more.
Broccoli City Festival 2020 Dates: May 7-9, 2020.
Location: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.
2020 Broccoli City Festival Ticket Prices: General and Royal Experience Pass VIP tickets are sold out, but there is a waiting list for each.
Something in the Water is a newer festival on this list of the best rap festivals and best hip hop festivals. Pharrell Williams, one of the top names in the genres, actually puts on this festival in his hometown.
This is a new experience that lasts multiple days and provides both musical and cultural experiences. There will be a pop up church, food and drinking options and a sober beach for those living a sober lifestyle at the festival grounds.
Empowerment is at the heart of this music festival, as well as the celebration of culture of the community and of Virginia Beach. However, the lineup at Something In The Water is nothing to scoff at.
Something in the Water 2020 Lineup: A$AP Rocky, Baby Rose, Beck, Chance the Rapper, Earthgang, Major Lazer, Nelly, Pharrell Williams, Post Malone, Trey Songz, Usher and many more.
Something in the Water 2020 Dates: April 20-26, 2020.
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia.
2020 Something in the Water Ticket Prices: General 3 Day Tier 1 $195, General 3 Day Tier 2 $225, General 3 Day Tier 3 $250, VIP 3 Day Tier 1 $550, VIP 3 Day Tier 2 $600, Yellowzone 3 Day $1000.
Greatest Day Ever is a pretty massive rap festival in 2020. It features some of the most incredible music acts in its short two days, and also takes place in New York like so many other amazing music festivals.
Greatest Day Ever also feature a carnival as well, as the name implies, so this is a surefire way to keep the entertainment going.
This is definitely a more low-key hip hop festival with a select lineup and smaller crowd. However, it’s still worth keeping an eye on, and if you’re in town, you have to add this to your plans.
Greatest Day Ever Music Festival and Carnival 2020 Lineup: The lineup has not yet been announced, but last year included names such as Carnage, Pusha T, Lil Baby and more.
Greatest Day Ever Music Festival and Carnival 2020 Dates: Specific dates have not yet been announced, but it will be in July, 2020.
Location: Coney Island, New York.
2020 Greatest Day Ever Music Festival and Carnival Ticket Prices: The 2020 ticket prices have not yet been announced.
JMBYLA is one of the best hip hop music festivals around, taking place in 4 different cities in Texas and Arkansas. If you want to experience some of the very best music in hip hop while spending time in a new city, JMBYLA is worth looking into.
Personally, I love Texas, and I’ve never been to Arkansas, so I’d recommend checking out the Austin or Dallas JMBYLA festivals if you are forced into picking just one.
This is definitely a smaller hip hop festival, with just a handful of artists playing in each city. However, for the price and quality, you can’t go wrong.
JMBYLA Festival Lineup: Artists include A$AP Rocky, Lil Uzi, Lil Tjay, Lil Tecca, and Playboi Carti.
JMBYLA Festival Dates: May 1-3, 2020.
Location: Dallas, Austin, and Houston Texas. Rogers Arkansas information is not out yet.
2020 JMBYLA Ticket Prices: $99 GA, $209 VIP I, $229 VIP II, $349 VIP III.
It wasn’t easy to create a list of the best rap and hip hop festivals in the United States because these genres have so much to offer in terms of events and concerts.
However, if you live in the U.S. or are visiting this year, I highly recommend checking out at least one of the festivals on this list. Each offers unique experiences that are only achievable at the festival. Find the one that best fits your personality, and buy some tickets already!
Thanks so much for reading! I hope your next rap festival or hip hop festival is an absolute success.
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