Annual celebration of black heritage and music returns to downtown Tampa this weekend

The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival (TBBHF) Music Festival returns to Curtis Hixon Park this weekend.

The annual arts and culture festival, now in its 22nd edition, attracts musicians at local and national levels.

The local celebration of black heritage coincides with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Weekend as well as a number of other events organized by the association.

This year, more than 20 performances are expected over the 2 day period featuring artists, bands, DJs, spoken word, dancers and more. Among those expected to perform are The Bar-Kays, Jane Eugene, Euge Groove and Erica Campbell.

As an added safety measure, the TBBHF recommends that guests socially distance themselves, wear masks, get vaccinated and receive a negative COVID test at least three days before attending.

However, this is not a requirement. The organization will also provide free COVID-19 and PCR tests on site.

Organizers say there’s still time to sign up as a vendor or volunteer for the weekend’s event.

Doors open at noon on both days. Tickets start at $ 15 for individuals, $ 10 each for large groups and can be purchased in line or on site.

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