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HBCU Festival

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HBCU Festival Presented by TD Bank






Presented By:

the Mann & TD Bank


All Ages


Artists, universities, and repertoire are subject to change without notice.

Add to calendar 2023-05-20 11:00:00 2023-05-20 11:00:00 HBCU Festival The Mann Center the Mann. America/New_York public

HBCU College Fair · Marching Bands · Choirs · Cheer Squads · Food Trucks · Guest Speakers · Family Fun Activities · Master Classes · Live Music · Drumline Battle · Special Guests & More!


Join us at the first-ever HBCU Festival Presented by TD Bank at the Mann on May 20, 2023! This FREE festival will be an all-day community event celebrating Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their vibrant culture. As an interactive college fair featuring representatives from national and regional HBCUs, the festival will serve to engage and inspire the next generation of students while celebrating the rich and varied performing arts that are integral to HBCU culture.


The festival will include performances by guest artists as well as live HBCU choirs, marching bands, majorettes, and cheer squads. Attendees can also enjoy masterclasses by choral and band directors, panel discussions on college affairs, and more. There will be food trucks and plenty of family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon making, crafts, and more around the campus for all to enjoy! Patrons in attendance are encouraged to show off their school spirit! Wear your favorite HBCU apparel or sorority and fraternity gear.


As part of our Summer Picnic Series, attendees are welcome to bring in outside food and non-alcoholic beverages. Since this is a family event, alcohol will not be sold nor permitted in picnics.


Registration is currently full for this event. Entry is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. More information can be found here.


Schedule of Events


Gates Open


11AM - 5:30PM
College & Career Fair
Food Truck Village
Family Fun Area
Vendor Village


11:30AM - 5PM
Various Performances
Step Teams · Drum Lines · Choirs & more!


1PM - 2PM
Drumline Masterclass with Xclusive Percussion


6PM - 7PM
Finale Performances
HBCU Spectacular · Pretty Vee · Terrence J & more!


Festival Ends

Thank you to our HBCU Festival Partners!


The Mann is grateful for TD Bank's support of our venue and our many community engagement efforts, including the annual Voices of Hope celebration honoring local community leaders, and now the highly anticipated HBCU Festival. To learn more about TD's involvement, click here.


Bag Policy


Backpacks will not be permitted into the festival. Since this performance is a part of the Mann's Picnic Series, the bag size does not apply. However, all blankets, bags, or other hand-carried items permitted into the venue are subject to search.


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Picnics are permitted for this performance as a part of our Summer Picnic Series.

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Food trucks will be available at this show. Check our Twitter before the show for which vendors will be present.

If you are 21 years of age or older and plan to consume alcohol at the concert, please be prepared to present proper I.D.


Lawn chairs are not permitted for this performance. 

Small blankets are permitted for all shows, but we do ask that you be mindful of your neighbors on the lawn. 


Parking Information

Parking is free for this show.

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No photography is permitted at this performance.