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Black and African American festivals, concerts, and cultural events in the Midwest for a weekend getaway!


African American Midwest events in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana

Museum exhibits, plays, fine arts, and public art sculptures by Black artists

Live music performances of R&B, hip-hop, soul, jazz, symphony, and gospel singers

Concerts and festivals in Columbus, Dayton, Louisville, Indianapolis, and Cleveland


There are many concerts, festivals, and art exhibits featuring Black people and tailored to the Black community. Events are scheduled in cities surrounding Cincinnati such as Columbus, Dayton, and Louisville. Enjoy regional food and drinks, stunning art galleries, cultural centers, and more. Attend opening receptions, meet-the-artist sessions, after parties, and VIP events. Let the celebrations begin!

The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information and check venue guidelines before arrival. You may need to buy tickets in advance.


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Black Festivals, Concerts, and Cultural Events

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus  – Arts Festival
October 6 – 9
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, Ohio
A citywide cartoon arts festival of interactive panels, presentations, and artist spotlights on the reading room floor of the library.


Black Queen Expo Beauty Edition– Expo
October 9
The Event Loft Venue, Westerville, Ohio


Flavour N’abania – Igbo highlife Concert
October 9, 7 p.m.
$39.99 – $69.99
The KING of CLUBS, Columbus, Ohio


Giveon –  R&B Concert
October 11, 7 p.m.
$39.50 – $99
KEMBA Live!, Columbus, Ohio


The Millennium Tour – Hip-hop Concert
October 16, 7 p.m.
$59.50  –  $149.50
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky

A Soldier’s Play
February 14-19
$25 – $79
Victoria Theatre, Dayton, Ohio


Related Article: African American museums to visit across the country.



Did we miss a few Black and African American festivals and concerts? Don’t keep them to yourself. Contact us at The Voice of Black Cincinnati for any Midwest events we may have missed in the African American community. Get tickets soon as they eventually sell out!


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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


    1. Hello. This article is for concerts outside of Cincinnati. We invite you to visit any of the several articles we published for events and concerts in Cincinnati. Thanks.

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