The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will release a limited number of passes on Monday, July 31st, at noon for its 2023 Hip-Hop Block Party at nmaahc.si.edu/HipHop50. This daylong event celebrates the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (last admission at 10 p.m.), at the intersection of Madison Drive and 14th Street N.W. The event is free, but passes are required. The 2023 Hip-Hop Block Party will be hosted by Vic Jagger and feature performers such as DJ Beauty and the Beatz, The True School DJs – DJ Cuzzin B, Miss. H.E.R. and DJ Marc Nfinit, Adam Blackstone and Special Guest Sugar Bear, Mumu Fresh, Monie Love, Kid Capri, J Period, and more to be confirmed.
NMAAHC hosts the block party in celebration of the culture and music that originated and has been shaped by Black America for decades. Attendees will also be able to participate in interactive activities, such as graffiti art, hip-hop dancing and more. The Hip-Hop Block Party also marks the return of Club Café, where attendees can taste a delicious hip-hop-inspired menu while experiencing a vibe only the museum can provide. For a complete schedule, please visit nmaahc.si.edu/HipHop50.
For this year’s block party, NMAAHC will install an outdoor panel exhibition highlighting new hip-hop artifacts from the museum’s collection. The display will use these dynamic objects and images to explore hip-hop through historical and regional lenses, providing a unique opportunity for audiences to engage with the genre’s storytelling beyond its already strong presence in the museum.
The 2023 Hip-Hop Block Party is sponsored by AARP with additional support from the NMAAHC Sports Leadership Council. Enjoy the 2023 Hip-Hop Block Party from the comfort of home with livestreamed performances at nmaahc.si.edu/HipHop50. Follow the conversation on social media @nmaahc and use the hashtag #NMAAHCHipHop.