Into July

LYSA ALLMAN-BALDWIN | 7/11/2011, 11:55 a.m.
Summer is finally here and there is a wealth of fabulous events of Afrocentric interest...
Into July

July 14-August 1: Caribana in Toronto (Toronto, Canada)

  • Billed as "North America's largest cultural festival," Caribana in Toronto attracts attendees from all over Canada, the United States and around the globe to celebrate all things Caribbean. From inspiring music, including steel pan, reggae, calypso, hip-hop, chutney and soca, to expressive visual and performing arts, an exciting parade and delicious Caribbean cuisine, the festival is an annual favorite.
  • (416) 498-5377

July 17-23: Reggae SumFest (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

  • "The Heartthrob of Summer," the Reggae SumFest is a musical celebration with a lineup of some of the most popular international stars. This year's entertainers include R. Kelly, Beenie Man, Jah Cure, Mavado, the Tanya Sisters, Konshens, Cecile and numerous others. In addition to the Jamaican sun and fabulous beaches of Montego Bay, festivalgoers will also enjoy a dance hall night, two international nights and a beach party.
  • July 20-23: 15th annual International African-American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show (Miami, Fla.)
  • Held at the beautiful Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, the International African-American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show offers people the opportunity to meet African-American hotel owners, national leaders and top industry professionals to learn more about opportunities in hotel ownership, investments and supplier diversity. Events encompass workshops, presentations, a scholarship golf tournament, career fair and job expo, awards luncheon and meetings with Caribbean representatives for investment opportunities and incentives.
  • (954) 797-7102

July 22-24: Bay Area Black Expo (Oakland, Calif.)

  • The Bay Area Black Expo, billed as "Oakland's Finest African-American Trade Show," is the largest African-American tradeshow in Northern California. Featuring a wide range of sponsors and exhibitors that make a positive influence in the Black community, this year's activities include a college and job fair, an academic career workshop and a variety of other workshops, a health and beauty fair, a Greek step show, chef demonstrations, musical performances and more.
  • (510) 473-7759

Lysa Allman-Baldwin writes for numerous online and print publications, including as the cultural travel writer for and as a senior travel writer for, an Afrocentric travel website. Lysa can be reached at