Guide to the Best Rap and Hip Hop Music Festivals of Winter 2016

Last year, we published a list featuring some of our favorite hip hop festivals in the U.S. and abroad.  Now we’re back by popular demand with an updated list of the best winter 2016 hip hop events.   

This year’s lineup features festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Newark, Fresno, Tacoma, South Africa, and Greece.  We’ve included information about festival dates, locations, venues, ticket prices, dance and music performer lineups, and more, with events listed in chronological order.  Whether you’re an aspiring rap artist or just a fan of the genre, you don’t want to miss these year-end events.  

4 of the Best U.S. and International Hip Hop Festivals in November 2016  

The month will be over before you know it, so get your tickets now before they’re sold out.  Just make sure to check the festival website for the most up-to-date information about performer lineups, ticket availability, and event FAQs.  

  • 18th Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest  
    • Dates – November 11 – November 13  
    • Location – San Francisco, CA  
    • Venue – Palace of Fine Arts Theatre  
    • Tickets – $40 – $75 
    • Lineup – Paradox Sal, On Demand, S.I.N.E. Crew, Amenti Collective, Femme Fatale 
    • Features – This unique hip hop fest puts an emphasis on dance and choreography  
  • Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2016  
    • Dates – November 12 – November 13  
    • Location – Los Angeles, CA  
    • Venue – Exposition Park  
    • Tickets – $98 – $175 
    • Lineup – Lil Wayne, Tyler, the Creator, Death Grips, Chance the Rapper, Erykah Badu, Flatbush Zombies, Mike G, Joey Bada$$ 
    • Features – Game booths, VIP passes  
  • 3rd Annual Arizona Hip Hop Festival  
    • DatesNovember 19  
    • LocationPhoenix, AZ  
    • Venue Comerica Theatre  
    • Tickets$20+  
    • LineupVee Tha Rula, Odd Squad Family, Whitney Peyton, Bag Of Tricks Cat 
    • FeaturesMeet and greet, signed posters, VIP suite 
  • Rage Festival  
    • DatesNovember 26 – December 3  
    • LocationDurban, South Africa  
    • Venue The Sound Factory  
    • TicketsR 950 R 1500 
    • LineupDa L.E.S., Chrizz Beatz, DJ Sliqe, Trademarc, Liam G 
    • FeaturesRed Square Bass Bin Battle (showcase of South Africa’s top hip hop DJs)   

4 Rap Music Festivals in December 2016: Tickets, Lineups, Concert Venues 

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If your November’s booked solid, don’t worry.  You still have four more chances to catch one of these awesome festivals in December.  A few of the scheduled event dates overlap, so you may have to make some tough decisions on your calendar.  But no matter which of these festivals you end up attending, you’ll get a chance to see great performances while you network with other musicians and fans.  

  • Hot 97’s Hot for the Holidays 2016  
    • DatesDecember 3  
    • LocationNewark, NJ  
    • Venue Prudential Center  
    • Tickets$35 – $130  
    • LineupUsher, T.I., Travi$ Scott, Joey Bada$$, Young Thug, Jidenna, Kehlani, Lil Yachty  
    • Features$20 off tickets with code word “EBRO” 
  • Fresno Holiday Jam 2016  
    • Dates – December 3  
    • Location – Fresno, CA  
    • Venue – Selland Arena (Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center)  
    • Tickets – TBA  
    • Lineup – TBA, past performers include Big Sean, Omarion, Too Short, Lil Dicky, DJ Quik  
    • Features – TBA 
  • 14th Thessaloniki Hip Hop Festival 
    • Dates – December 17  
    • Location – Thessaloniki, Greece  
    • Venue – Principal Club Theater 
    • Tickets – 16€/18€ (advance), 20€ (at the door)  
    • Lineup – Kingpin, Razastarr, Twinsanity, Chemical B, Zoro & Buzz, Afezz, Rascal Bronx, Yonka Mayonka 
    • Features – THHF MC Battle, THHF Blackbook Sessions, THHF Remix Contest 
  • Dope Music Festival 2016  
    • Dates – December 17  
    • Location – Tacoma, WA  
    • Venue – Tacoma Dome  
    • Tickets – $30 – $120  
    • Lineup – Busta Rhymes, Method Man & Redman, The Pharcyde, Da Brat, E-40, Money B, Kokane, Too Short  

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