As the temperatures drop and October draws nearer, college alumni and entertainment enthusiasts will flock to Washington, D.C. in their finest for the famed affair known as Howard Homecoming. Yardfest and the plethora of other shows and parties are already must-see stops on visitors’ checklists. This year, however, there’s a new addition to the entertainment line up to consider: The MeccaFest Music & Arts Festival courtesy of The Culture Collective, LLC, a group of Howard University alumni.
Homecoming vets and newcomers alike are probably asking the question, “What exactly is The MeccaFest?”
“We are not trying to replace Yardfest,” says Odunjo Copeland, a member of the Collective. “We are simply giving alumni an alternative. We actually encourage people to go to the yard, take photos, enjoy friends and then come to the event. It’s really about heightening the homecoming experience by filling a void and giving folks what’s missing from what they want.”
The brand new festival—which snagged performers Future, Jeremih, Elle Varner, Teyana Taylor, Rae Sremmurd and more—is an event open to the entire DMV community, welcoming anyone from local college students to seasoned alumni to those who frequent the area during homecoming season.
The festivities will take place on Friday, Oct. 17 at Gateway DC, an urban open-air park. Other fun activities will include a moon bounce, photo booth, mechanical bull, giant Jenga, food and craft vendors, double shoot basketball and the “world’s biggest beer pong tournament.” Sponsors include WPGC 95.5, DTLR, Fameus Hookah, Gateway DC, and Uber. Sounds enticing? Well Vibe Vixen is helping you get to the party with a ticket giveaway.
Here’s how it works:
1. First, follow both @VibeVixen and @TheMeccaFest on Twitter.
2. Next, @ us both with the hashtag #VixenMeccaFest telling us what you’re looking forward to most about The MeccaFest and upload a picture of who you’d bring with you if you had an extra ticket.
3. The contest runs from 10/3/14 to 10/6/14 at 12 p.m. EST. Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 6 by the end of the day.