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Held annually each spring in Raleigh, Dreamville Festival is an outdoor weekend music celebration curated by internationally-acclaimed hip-hop superstar J. Cole alongside his Dreamville team.

The festival serves as Dreamville’s signature annual event for its fans worldwide bringing together local residents and travelers alike to gather together and enjoy incredible music performances in one of America’s most beautiful and historic public parks, Dorothea Dix Park – Raleigh’s largest city park with over 300 acres of sprawling greenspace.

As one of the most anticipated annual events in the state of North Carolina, the festival acts as a perfect complement to the existing event landscape and cultural fabric of the city of Raleigh.

 

As a proud Black-owned music festival, Dreamville continues to emphasize community, diversity, and inclusivity throughout the onsite fan experience each spring. 

If you’ve never been, imagine a large-scale multi-stage festival featuring performances from some of the biggest names in music merged with a family-style cookout where everyone feels welcome and has a seat at the table. ALL are welcome at Dreamville Festival!

In this same spirit, J. Cole regularly invites his favorite musical artists and collaborators from across the world to perform in his home state of North Carolina – some of whom are performing for their first time ever in Raleigh – while the festival plays host to dozens of local independently-owned businesses, as well as artisans, muralists, merchants, and community organizations to offer attendees a true taste of the good life in Raleigh.

Beyond the cultural impact that Dreamville Festival creates, the weekend celebration has also become well-known for meticulously curating each year a new music lineup unlike any other, blending together stadium headliners alongside exciting up-and-comers.

Notable past performers to have graced the festival’s main stages include the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B, with a mix of established touring acts, rare on-stage reunions, and exciting up-and-comers.

The festival marks an annual reunion for Dreamville Records as J. Cole taps the entire roster to perform at the fest including Ari Lennox, Bas, J.I.D, EarthGang, Cozz, and Omen, plus Lute who hails from nearby Charlotte. With performances that highlight their latest chart-topping projects, plus old-school throwbacks and unreleased music, this festival is truly a DREAM come true for any day-one Dreamville fans.

Having grown up nearby in Fayetteville, J. Cole and his Dreamville team use the festival as an annual opportunity to shine a light on the special place that helped shape him into the successful and creative artist he is today. 

Since launching in 2018, Dreamville Festival has become one of the largest annual events in the state of North Carolina as well as one of today’s most popular artist-led music festivals in the world, with guests regularly traveling from across the globe and all 50 U.S. states to attend this one-of-a-kind music experience.

Dreamville Festival today generates millions of dollars each year for the local and North Carolina economy, while providing a positive and substantial cultural impact on Raleigh and the surrounding areas that lasts long after the festival wraps up each spring.