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“The AFROPUNK festival is not only a diverse multicultural music fest that has an international influence and platform, but also a growing movement of non-conforming, forward-looking creatives and individuals who live fearlessly and authentically within their unique truth.”

“AFROPUNK’S CARNIVAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS celebrates both and we can’t wait to reap the benefits…There are so many facets to this festival that there is something literally for every soul.”

“Despite each city differing vastly in culture and distance, a similar spirit of blackness, activism, advocacy, love, and of course, expressive fashion, permeates each festival…and in a city like Atlanta that is dominated by music, Afropunk reveals the often overshadowed contribution fashion has on Atlanta’s thriving creative scene, and the impact the city’s style has on the global fashion industry as a whole.”

“It represents not just fashion and style but culture and identity; it represents breaking barriers, blurring gender lines and removing restrictions for who can wear what; it represents liberation for various marginalized identities.”

“Though AFROPUNK Atlanta delivered an excellent line-up and drew thousands, the electric ambiance of the festival is what made it stand apart as an event that has a true call to action.”

”AFROPUNK creates an environment cultivating artistic expression whether it be through music, fashion or visual art. This makes it more than just a festival, but a phenomenon.”



AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. Originating with the 2003 documentary that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, it is a platform for the alternative and experimental. Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought, and social nonconformity. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of, redefining the urban experience.

Are there rules to attend AFROPUNK?
AFROPUNK abides by the tenets: NO SEXISM, NO RACISM, NO ABLEISM, NO AGEISM, NO HOMOPHOBIA, NO FATPHOBIA, NO TRANSPHOBIA, NO HATEFULNESS. We strive to create a safe space for all behind, on, and in front of the stage. Read more here.

What are Solution Sessions?
A unique space within the weekend’s programming that provides opportunities like that of a social salon: to inspire, engage, inform, and rally around the importance of civic participation and diverse thinking. Curated talks encourage attendees to envision themselves making a difference and supporting social innovations, addressing myriad topics, issues, and concepts that are solution-based.

What is the SpinThrift Market?
A thoughtfully curated DIY marketplace showcasing the best and brightest talents from the maker community and sparking connections between community and craftspeople.

Where can I buy tickets?
Only tickets purchased through the official AFROPUNK SeeTickets page are guaranteed to be valid. You can find this at AFROPUNK Live Minneapolis Tickets.

Where is the entrance this year?
The entrance to the festival is located on 13th Avenue NE.

Is the festival rain or shine?
Yes, the festival is a rain or shine event.

What time do doors open?
The doors to the festival open at 11 AM.

What time does the festival end?
The festival ends at 10PM.

Is there re-entry into the festival?
There is no re-entry into the festival.

Do I get a wristband upon entering the venue?
Tickets purchased far enough in advance will have their wristband mailed to them. Further instructions for how to use your wristband will be included in the package. Please do not put on your wristband until the day of the event.
Tickets purchased closer to the event, or by international customers, can pick up their wristbands at the will call desk near the venue entrance.

Are Tickets Still Available?
Yes, tickets can be purchased at AFROPUNK Live Minneapolis Tickets. We suggest you buy in advance, as tickets may sell out.

Can I upgrade to VIP?
No, AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis is general admission for all attendees. There will be no VIP tickets available for sale.

Where are the ATMs located?
AFROPUNK is a cashless event this year. There are no ATMs onsite.

Where are the restrooms?
Portable restrooms will be available throughout the festival grounds.

Where is the best place to grab a bite?
We welcome the return of Bites&Beats to the festival. Enjoy a selection of deliciousness from our vendor food trucks.

Will there be vegetarian/vegan items?
We love vegan and vegetarian food and there will be options for both.

Are there water stations?
Festival water can be purchased at the bars. There will be a free water station at the event.

Where can I charge my phone?
There are no charging stations on the festival grounds.

Where is the Merch Booth?
AFROPUNK merch and artist merchandise will be sold at the AFROPUNK Merch Tent.

Where is the Medical Tent?
The Medical Tent will be located at the Festival Entrance near the Guest Services booth.

Where is Lost and Found?
Lost and Found is located at the Guest Services booth.

Can I take public transportation?
Plan your route here: Bus, Bike, Drive, or Walk

How do I get to the parking lot?
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Parking Information
Parking Lots Near Sheridan Memorial Park

Where is the best place to call a Taxi/Uber/Lyft?
1300 Water St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

The Info/ADA Booth is located at the Guest Services booth.

Is the Festival accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes, this festival is ADA accessible. Accessible restrooms are in the same area as all patron restrooms. ADA viewing area is located in front of the stage. Visit the Guest Services booth for assistance.

Where do I get my accessible pass?
Accessible Passes for ADA guests may be requested at the Box Office or at the Guest Services Booth inside the venue. This pass can be carried with you around the festival for access to ADA viewing areas and other accessible needs. You can contact our Guest Services Manager at guestservices@afropunk.com

Am I allowed to have service animals?
Service animals are allowed; however, dogs must be on a leash at all times and shots up to date. Please remember that DB levels are high near the stages and to be aware.

Where are accessible restrooms?
The accessible porta-lets are in the same area as the rest of the restrooms

What you can bring in:
• One recyclable (non-glass) container for water (not two, or three or four or any quantity over one)
• Small bags
• Small purses and clear bags
• Framed backpacks used for carrying children are fine, but backpacks are discouraged and large backpacks will not be allowed

What you may NOT bring in:
• Weapons (guns, knives, or any weapons of any kind)
• Fireworks or explosives
• Illegal substances
• Glass containers or cans
• Framed or Large backpacks, book bags or non-transparent bags over hand size (any bag that is not clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and over 12”x6”x12” in size will not be allowed)
• Food or drinks of any kind – other than reusable water bottles
• Coolers or picnic baskets
Lensed cameras, long-lens cameras or professional photography equipment
• Any type of travel-friendly chairs or other lawn furniture
• Bicycles, scooters or other personal motorized vehicles (including, but not limited to: motor scooters, powered skateboards, and hoverboards) *Motorized wheelchairs and personal mobility scooters are welcome, of course.
• Radios, boomboxes, instruments or devices with amplified sound.
• Large multi-person umbrellas (personal umbrellas for rain protection are fine.)
• Laser pointers
• Tents
• Pets of any kind (except for working service dogs)
• Items for vending. Unauthorized vendors will not be allowed. All authorized vendors have been carefully chosen for safety and quality.

*These items will NOT be permitted on the premises, and you will be prohibited from entering if anything listed is in your possession.

Will I be searched upon entry?
Yes, festival security will search all persons and bags prior to entry. Please review the prohibited items list if you aren’t sure whether you can bring something.

What is your re-entry policy?
All exits are final.

How can my company become a sponsor?
Contact shauna@afropunk.com to find out sponsorship information.

Can I bring outside food & drinks?
No, only a recyclable container for water. We have amazing food in our Bites&Beats food area.

Is AFROPUNK an all-ages event?
Of course, no ageism. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

What kind of ID do I need to buy drinks and pick up tickets?
Only valid (non-expired) government issued ID will be accepted.

When will the performance schedules be released?
Keep an eye on our social media for scheduled releases and updates!

COVID Protocols

AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis will take place at Sheridan Memorial Park, an open-air outdoor space located at 1300 Water St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. As an outdoor event we are following applicable public health guidelines.Covid-19 vaccines and masks are encouraged by certain public health or governmental agencies for attendees; however, proof of vaccination, the wearing of masks, or a negative Covid-19 test are not required at this time.

AFROPUNK Live: Minneapolis will have free hand sanitizing stations and masks at the Guest Services booth and the Ticket Box office. While we cannot guarantee (and do not guarantee) that you will not become infected with COVID-19, we encourage all attendees to wash and/or sanitize their hands frequently and wear a mask to reduce the risk of transmission.




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We can’t wait to welcome audiences back to our safe space at AFROPUNK ATLANTA Place!

HEADS UP: All attendees & staff for AFROPUNK ATLANTA 2021 are required to provide either proof of vaccination, OR a negative covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event start. Proof of vaccine or negative test should be submitted online prior to you arriving on site, as part of your wristband registration process at https://afropunk.wrstbnd.io

Below is all the detailed info you’ll need regarding our Covid-19 protocols, and how we’re keeping you safe at AFROPUNK 2021!

Over the past few years, we have worked hard to build a safe environment where our community can enjoy music, engage in positive discussions and express themselves without fearing for their safety. AFROPUNK is committed to facilitating a safe space for patrons, ensuring that health and security risks are at a minimum. To accomplish this, AFROPUNK will be implementing rigorous protocols and health safety procedures at the AFROPUNK ATLANTA Festival to ensure minimal risk to Covid-19 exposure to our patrons and staff. In 2021 we continue to ensure our community feels safe and confident and that all necessary health and safety measures are in place when entering the festival gates. All the safety measures below comply with the latest COVID guidelines.

If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines or need to find a vaccination location near you, please visit www.vaccinefinder.org.

Georgia residents can visit https://mako.exchange/splash/GAmakotesting/ for a list of free Covid-19 test sites provided by the Georgia Department of Health. For out of state residents, please check with your local health department, pharmacy, or urgent care center.

What to expect when attending AFROPUNK ATLANTA:

Steps AFROPUNK is taking:

Event Entry Requirements‍:

A full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result will be required to attend or work at AFROPUNK.

AFROPUNK strongly encourages vaccination. The last day to receive the second shot of Moderna or Pfizer, or a single dose of Johnson and Johnson is Friday, September 10th.

For those who are not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test result must be obtained within 72 hours (3 days) of attending the event and proof must be uploaded to the portal https://afropunk.wrstbnd.io

Masks are required for attendees and staff at all times, except while actively eating or drinking.‍

COVID-19 Warning

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present.  COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.  According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

Attendees of AFROPUNK voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Patron Event Entry Process

For wristbands purchased and shipped in advance:

  1. Purchase your event ticket at https://afropunk.com/festival/atlanta/
  2. Receive your wristband in the mail. If you have paid for pre-event shipping, please do not register before receiving your wristband in the mail. If you have not received your wristband yet, please check your See Tickets account for shipping updates.
  3. Click this link to create an account and activate your wristband: https://afropunk.wrstbnd.io
  4. Enter the Wristband ID found on the back of your wristband
  5. Upload your proof of vaccine or negative test result (negative test must be dated within 72 hours of the event)
  6. You will receive a confirmation email that your status has been approved or denied
  7. Sign the release form
  8. Once all steps are complete, scan your wristband at the gate for entry to the event

For WILL CALL and GUESTLIST wristbands:

  1. If you selected Will Call when purchasing your ticket, or if you are on the Guest List, follow this link to create an account in advance of arriving at the event: https://afropunk.wrstbnd.io
  2. Click “I am picking up my wristband at Will Call”
  3. Upload your proof of vaccine or negative test result within 72 hours of the event
  4. You will receive a confirmation Email when your proof of status has been approved or denied.
  5. Sign the release form
  6. Pick up your wristband at WILL CALL
  7. At that time the Box Office Staff will be able to help you attach your account to your wristband
  8. Once all steps are complete, scan your wristband at the gate for entry to the event


– Will I be refunded for my ticket if I test positive before the festival?

– If you test positive within 2 weeks of the event, please send proof of your positive test to tickets@afropunk.com to request a refund.

– Do you have testing facilities at the festival grounds?

– There are not testing facilities at the festival, please complete and upload your Covid test before arriving on site

– Where can I get tested?

– Georgia residents can visit https://mako.exchange/splash/GAmakotesting/ for a list of free Covid-19 test sites provided by the Georgia Department of Health. For out of state residents, please check with your local health department, pharmacy, or urgent care center.

– Where can I get Vaccinated?

– If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines or need to find a vaccination location near you, please visit www.vaccinefinder.org. The last day to receive the second shot of Moderna or Pfizer, or a single dose of Johnson and Johnson is Friday, September 10th.

– I’ve already purchased the tickets and I didn’t know about this rule. Do I get my refund?

– All patrons are still allowed to attend AFROPUNK with either a negative test or proof of refund. Due to the nature of the Covid-19 situation, this requirement is unavoidable, and refusal to take at least a Covid-19 test for entry is not grounds for a refund. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

– I don’t want to get vaccinated, and still want to attend the festival, will they deny me entry?

– You can simply get a negative covid test within 72 hours of the event’s start for entry! The vaccine is not mandatory for entry.

– Will I be expected to produce proof of vaccination each day of the festival?

– Submit your proof of vaccination OR negative test results ahead of arriving at the event via your wristband registration process located here: https://afropunk.wrstbnd.io

– Once approved for entry, you will not have to resubmit your proof each day of the festival.

– If I lose my mask while inside the festival, will they escort me out?

– Masks are required inside the festival. If you lose your mask, please find a customer service stand where a replacement will be available.

– Are the stations where one can purchase masks?

– We ask all attendees to bring their own masks (and a second one as backup!). If your mask is lost, we will have masks available at customer service.

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For its first ever festival in the Midwest, AFROPUNK is heading to Minneapolis whose history is deeply rooted in music spanning back to the 1950s, so get ready as our tribe plans to take over the city Juneteenth weekend in the ultimate celebration of Black joy. 

Starting the weekend off strong, AFROPUNK is hosting a series of free events across the city on June 18th including our signature panel discussions, Solution Sessions, at The Get Down Coffee Company. The celebration continues on June 19th with musical performances at Sheridan Memorial Park featuring Ari Lennox, Noname, Mereba, Sango, Dreamer Isioma and local acts including Miloe, Ricki Monique, and Papa Mbye to name a few. 

Discover local cuisine at our Bites&Beats food trucks, shop local artisans at our Spinthrift Market or just come for all the good vibes as we celebrate and platform Black creators in the Twin Cities all weekend long. 

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