You're probably thinking, "what is the Broccoli City Festival? Is it about broccoli?" Well, not quite. Broccoli City is a Black-owned non-profit and host of the Broccoli City Festival held annually. Broccoli City is an organization that helps urban communities with access to healthy food, economic stability, and environmental sustainability. Broccoli City also educates local communities on healthy living and training in urban agriculture. Although the organization is named after a vegetable, the name is relevant to the organization's focus on healthy eating. Broccoli City also allows volunteers to give their time to the organization in exchange for festival tickets.
When does the Broccoli City Festival take place?
The Broccoli City Festival is held every spring in Washington D.C. Broccoli City hosted its first festival in 2013, with 75,000 people celebrating Earth Day. The festival focuses on hip-hop and R&B music. In previous years, artists such as Future, Migos, The Internet, and Ella Mai have performed at the Broccoli City Festival.
Music isn't the only thing that the festival has to offer. There is also a section called "Broccoli City," where you can view live art, learn about environmentally sustainable living and visit vendors to purchase goods.
In the days leading up to the festival, Broccoli City runs a series of events as part of Broccoli City Week. This week includes the BC 5k Run and Fitness, where runners can take part in the 5k run for free. After the run, participants receive tips on living a healthy lifestyle.
BroccoliCon is another event that is held during Broccoli City Week. The convention allows for the exchange of ideas to spark initiatives that will improve local communities. Panels, workshops, and networking receptions are hosted during the event to boost diversity in technology and other industries.
When is the next Broccoli City Festival?
The 2020 Broccoli City Festival was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that didn't deter the organizers; they hosted BroccoliCon on the 8th and 9th of July online. Brands like JPMorgan Chase and Toyota presented sessions ranging from yoga to building wealth in the Black community. Broccoli City Festival will return for in-person activities on May 8th, 2021.
In the meantime, feel free to support the cause by visiting the Broccoli City Festival site and booking tickets for next year’s event!
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