Curly hair events are a staple of the natural hair community and allow us to connect with curlies, try new products, learn about innovative brands and techniques and build our community. Curlies flock to these events worldwide, and many meetups and events are expanding to include live interactive workshops, on-site demos, panels, and in some cases, CEOs making appearances to connect with fans. If you've never been to a curly hair event, we've got you covered. We've got the top natural hair events across the country (and internationally) you'll want to attend whether, you're going to connect with fellow curlies or snag the latest product releases. Plus, we're spilling the tea on our biggest event of the year and how you can join us!
When: July 21st
This year's Curl Fest just passed, but if your social media feeds gave you major FOMO then make sure to follow the Curly Girl Collective for announcements on when you can get tickets for next year!
Where: Brooklyn, New York
Many curlies from near and far gathered together for the amazing Curl Fest this Summer. Dubbed "The Ultimate Natural Beauty Festival," this NYC based event brought curlies in the park to rock their natural beauty, showcase fashion and featured some of the hottest brands in the business.
When: July 28, 2018
Where: London, UK
UK curlies and anyone traveling internationally this summer, we've got a festival for you! This UK festival will feature Revlon, As I Am Naturals, and Creme of Nature to name a few. CurlyTreats features black-owned businesses, speakers, panelists, and is the premier event for all UK curlies to come together.
Nia will be visiting 3 different states around America including Los Angeles, NY and Atlanta screening the documentary she filmed of her intimate big chop and embarking on her new journey. It will be a magical celebration of #DiscoveringYourLight, meeting new people, dancing to groovy music and so much more. Your ticket will include a gift bag from Bumble and Bumble and Aerie as well as many games to win a gift card to shop at Aerie!
When: August 5th
Where: Dallas, Texas
Are you ready to go big or go home? First, the theme of this event is "Wakanda Forever," so you already know it's about to be amazing. This natural hair expo is part of a five-city tour that travels from Oakland, California with two stops in Texas before ending in Los Angeles. You can catch Uncle Funky's Daughter, Miss Jessie's, and Curls will appear on this tour with a percentage of proceeds being donated to charity.
When: August 5th
Where: Seven House, NYC
Need to remix your wardrobe? Beyond being economical, eco-friendly, and an excuse to clean out your closet, Sip & Swap is an event created to help you land new hot items into your closet! Who wouldn't want to join in the fun?! Especially when it is also centered around women empowerment, networking with your favorite curly influencers,& helping raise funds for a great cause!
When: August 11th-12th
Where: Detroit, Michigan
For my mid-western ladies, this fall event is one to mark on your calendars. The 2nd annual Detroit Natural Hair Expo is hosted by the Mane Choice and sponsored by Mielle Organics. This event caters to men, women, and children alike and will feature local and international vendors with tickets starting at $15.
Where: New York City, NY
NaturallyCurly will host our biggest event of the year during New York Fashion Week, Texture on the Runway! This year will be bigger and better as we celebrate 20 years of texture in a space where we have historically been underrepresented. With our annual event, we’ve helped change the conversation about fashion, beauty and diversity. Stay tuned to see how you can get a chance to win a trip to join us on the runway! We'll be kicking off our giveaway July 30th, keep your eyes open to learn how you can win tickets to this special event!
When: Sept. 15th
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Florida Center
The 2018 Fabulously Unique Natural Hair and Beauty Expo (FABU) is named the best natural hair event in Tampa Bay. This expo empowers, encourages and educates. As a family-focused event, this unique experience brings to life the passionate movement of natural beauty.
When: Sept. 23rd
Where: Toronto, Ontario
The 13th Annual Textur'd Hair & Beauty Show, formerly the TORONTO NATURAL HAIR & BEAUTY SHOW, will take place on Sunday September 23rd, 2018, at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre located at 6 Garamond Drive in Toronto, Ontario. This is Toronto's only major show, with a focus on the natural hair, health and beauty. Since its inception in 2003, the show has been a huge success, starting off as a one-day (4 hour) event with about 90 participants, to now a full day event with over 800 visitors including international guests.
When: Oct. 28th
Where: St. Mary's University - Layola Hall 923 Robie St Halifax, NS B3H 3C3 Canada
The Maritimes Natural Hair & Beauty Show (MNHBS) inspires people of all ages to embrace their natural hair as part of what makes them uniquely beautiful. MNHBS builds and strengthens the natural hair community in Halifax, Dartmouth, and surrounding areas through events and activities. They collaborate with local businesses and individuals in the industry, such as natural hair specialists, salons, hair stylists, and natural hair bloggers and DIY-ers to bring you the show. For all our Canadian curlies, definitely check this one out!
Will you be attending any of these events? If we missed an event in your city, drop it in the comments below.