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Thank you to everyone who registered for a ticket to the Hip-Hop Block Party. The event has reached capacity and registration is now closed. But wait ... there is still an opportunity to watch the party LIVE. Visit this page on Saturday, Aug 13, to livestream performances and activities from the main stage. You can also follow the conversation on social media by following @NMAAHC.

Join the National Museum of African American History and Culture to celebrate the first anniversary of the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap with a star-studded Hip-Hop Block Party on Saturday, August 13.

Radio personality Vic Jagger of Majic 102.3 FM will host performances on the main stage outside the museum on Madison Drive. There will also be hip-hop dance workshops with the nonprofit dance troupe Culture Shock DC in the museum’s Heritage Hall, as well as a panel discussion featuring some of hip-hop’s formative figures. Performances during the day will include Alphabet Rockers, a DMV Showcase curated by DJ Heat (featuring O-Slice, Phuzz, Nia Dinero, and Yung Manny), DJ sets by J.PERIOD, and a musical experience by Mumu Fresh. The daytime session will be from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the museum will close briefly and re-open for the evening session. 

Evening performances will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include a J.PERIOD Live Mixtape with special guests, The Halluci Nation presented by the National Museum of the American Indian, and Grammy-nominated rapper D Smoke. The celebration concludes with a dance party featuring hip-hop pioneer DJ Spinderella. The evening session will be from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.


NMAAHC Hip-Hop Block Party Flyer
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  • Carry firearms, other dangerous or deadly weapons, or explosives, either openly or concealed on the premises. The prohibition on firearms applies to all visitors, including those with firearm permits, but not to active law enforcement personnel authorized to carry firearms.
  • Display or carry placards, signs, or banners
  • Destroy, damage, or remove property
  • Climb upon any part of a building
  • Use loud, abusive, or otherwise improper language
  • Loiter, sleep, or participate in unwarranted assemblies
  • Create any hazard to persons or things
  • Perform obscene or indecent acts
  • Engage in disorderly conduct
  • Use, possess, or sell illegal drugs
  • Bring dogs or other animals, other than service animals
  • Take photographs for advertising or any other commercial purpose
  • Solicit for commercial or charitable purposes or distribute advertisements, pamphlets, handbills, and flyers
  • Bring any lawn chairs, blankets, and tents

Prohibited Items

  • Metal, plastic or glass containers of any kind (except for clear, empty plastic water bottles no larger than one liter, juice boxes, insulin containers and baby food). Only one water bottle per person will be permitted. 
  • Food items 
  • Hard coolers or ice chests 
  • Bag Policy: One (1) 5 x 7 x ¾ inches or smaller 
  • Non-collapsible umbrellas 
  • Brooms, poles and staffs of any kind 
  • Weapons (including, without limitation, pocket knives), fireworks and other illegal substances 
  • Camera lenses in excess of eight inches, tripods, monopods and selfie sticks 
  • Animals (except service animals) 
  • Beach balls and other inflatable items 
  • Laser pens and laser pointers 
  • Alcohol 
  • Noisemakers 
  • Skateboards, hoverboards, and wheeled footwear 
  • Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (including, without limitation, airborne drones which are prohibited by law) 
  • Self-defense sprays (including, without limitation, pepper spray and mace) 
  • Toy guns or toy knives (including, without limitation, water guns) 
  • Any other item deemed dangerous or inappropriate by security

Note: This list may be modified at any time and additional items may be prohibited at the discretion of law enforcement or security officials

With Appearances By

artist, D Smoke

Image Credit: Courtesy of D. Smoke

Highlighted Performer, the Halluci Nation

Image Credit: Courtesy of The Halluci Nation

Artist, J.PERIOD

Image Credit: Courtesy of J.PERIOD

DJ Spinderella

Image Credit: Courtesy of DJ Spinderella

Radio personality Vic Jagger of Magic 102.3

Image Credit: Courtesy of Vic Jagger

Headshot of Bun B.

Image Credit: Courtesy of Bun B

Headshot of Chuck D

Image Credit: Travis Shinn Small 

Roxanne Shante Headshot

Image Credit: Courtesy of Roxanne Shante

Headshot of Rahzel

Image Credit: Courtesy of Rahzel

Image of DJ RBI

Image Credit: Courtesy of DJ RBI

Headshot of Jeff Chang

Image Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Chang

Headshot of Phuzz

Image Credit: Courtesy of Phuzz

Headshot of O-Slice

Image Credit: Courtesy of O-Slice

Headshot of DJ Heat

Image Credit: Courtesy of DJ Heat

Headshot of Yung Manny

Image Credit: Courtesy of Yung Manny

Headshot of Mumu Fresh

Image Credit: Courtesy of Mumu Fresh

Headshot of DJ Natasha Diggs

Image Credit: Courtesy of DJ Natasha Diggs


Sweet Home Café Celebrates Hip-Hop

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Hip-Hop Block Party Book List

Find a list of hip-hop books available for sale onsite in the museum store.

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The Hip-Hop block party is generously supported by the NMAAHC Corporate Leadership Council

Feature Image Credit: Anacostia Park Community Day. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sharon Farmer in memory of educators Winifred and George Farmer © Sharon Farmer.

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