social justice events

Free and all-age events

Whoever controls the narratives available to our community controls the efficacy of our people. We throw events rooted in social justice to educate people about issues affecting historically oppressed communities. We tap large NGO's to provide capital in order to build equitable platforms that are free, all-ages, and accessible to all who want to attend. In this way, we are turning event production on its head to put the focus on the community instead of profits.

Supporting local artists

Our events elevate voices into the spotlight that don't fit into the stereotypical image of Hip Hop being pushed by corporate media. We provide paying gigs that give positive and political artists the respect they deserve, allowing them to hone their craft and work with internationally recognized artists. These events also serve to connect communities that may rarely come together under a single cause: community empowerment.

Need help with your event?

We also help organizations and institutions in curating their own events. Are you looking for positive rappers at your next festival? Are you looking for breakdancers or live graffiti artists to perform at your next conference? Do you want to bring a Hip Hop DJ to your office party and you have no idea how to start? Let us know and we'll curate all or part of your next event. We have so many talented artists in our community that would love to perform for fair compensation. No idea is too big or too small so let us know how we can help.

To get help with throwing your event or to sponsor one of ours, please email us at roots@hiphopforchange.org

Past events

05/23/2013     ElRioSF W/Richie Cunning

07/20/2013     Dolores Park Outreach Party  

08/10/2013     ElRioSF W/Pep Love

10/11/2013     Hotel Utah: Poets & Empowerment

11/29/2013     Brand Nubian: Giving Thanks @Elbo Room

12/28/2013     Hip Hop Holiday Party @Elbo Room

04/04/2014     1st Annual Anniversary Party @Elbo Room

05/30/2014      Movement Building Party @Elbo Room

08/23/2014      Independent Hip Hop Festival @Oakland Terminal

09/12/2014      Fire From The Underground @Elbo Room

01/09/2015      2015 to Infinity @Elbo Room

02/28/2015      Liberation Space: A Benefit Concert for El Qilombo

03/20/2015      We Are The Future event @ The Humanist Hall

04/04/2015      2 nd Anniversary Party @ Berkeley Underground

04/17/2015      3rd on third Earth Day Celebration with Bayview Opera House

04/23/2015      Peralta Sustainability Fest @ Laney College

05/16/2015      Cypher High Cross Cultures (Burton High School) @Galeria De La Raza

05/16/2015      BRKN, B-boy/B-girl national competition series @MVMNT Studios

05/31/2015      1st Annual Oakland Book Festival at City Hall

06/06/2015      Bay Area Book Festival in Downtown Berkeley, youth performances

06/19/2015      3rd on Third Juneteenth Celebration with Bayview Opera House

07/04/2015      2nd Annual Independent HipHop Festival: Women's Empowerment Day

09/18-20/15    Meeting Of Styles: 3-day graffiti art festival in the Mission District

10/29/2015     Hip Hop Halloween: Costume Party!! @The Legionnaire Saloon

01/16/2016      2016 Hip Hop Kick-Off @ Starline Social Club

03/05/2016      2nd Annual Women's Empowerment Show @Starline Social Club

03/26/2016      Power to the People @ 19Broadway, Fairfax

04/02/2016      3rd Year Anniversary @ The Uptown, Oakland

04/22/2016      Beat Battle @ MCCLA, SF

05/21/2016      Environmental Equity Summit w/ Dead Prez @ The New Parish Oakland

05/28/2016      Eastlake Music Festival @ Lake Merritt, Oakland

06/04/2016      Love Our Neighborhood Day @ Namaste Pizza, Oakland

06/26/2016      SF PRIDE Mainstage

08/06/2016      Marin City IMAN Summit

08/13/2016      Laurel Street Fair

08/27/2016      BAMF Fundraiser Party

09/10/2016      Black-Eyed Pea Festival

10/01/2016      Oaktoberfest

10/08/2016      Arc Youth Fest

11/02/2016      Dia De Los Muertos ft Los Rakas, Bayonics, Chuy Gomez, Dj Leydis

02/10/2017      Release Omar Shakir Rally

03/16/2017      First Concrete Roots Show!

04/20/2017      4/20 Celebration ft. Equipto

05/03/2017      Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun Fundraiser @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice

05/18/2017      Concrete Roots North/South ft. Pure Powers

05/27/2017      Unify: 2nd Annual Environmental Equity Summit

06/15/2017      Concrete Roots Indiglo ft. Shy'an G

07/20/2017      Concrete Roots ft. Second Floor Samurai

08/07/2017      The State of Hip Hop: Panel Discussion @Omni Commons

09/13/2017      Turn up For Tots @Federation Brewery 

09/14/2017      Concrete Roots ft. Denero

09/20/2017      Turn up For Tots @Federation Brewery

09/27/2017      Turn up For Tots @Federation Brewery 

12/14/2017      Concrete Roots ft. Tee Lewis

01/11/2018      Concrete Roots DJ Appreciation Night ft. Dj Mike

02/08/2018      Concrete Roots ft. Visualeyez

04/21/2018      Hip Hop For Change at Laurel Markets

04/28/2018      Hip Hop For Change at the Bay Area Book Festival

05/04/2018      Hip Hop For Change 5-Year Anniversary

05/05/2018      Hip Hop in the Park @ People's Park in Berkeley

05/06/2018      5th Annual Reclaiming Cinco De Mayo  

05/18/2018      Cannabis Equity Summit ft. Pharcyde

12/09/2018      3rd Annual Environmental Equity Summit ft. Talib Kweli

03/09/2019      3rd Annual Women's Empowerment Show ft. Sa Roc

10/18/2019      4th Annual Environmental Equity Summit

and many more to come!

Follow

 515 55th, Oakland CA. 94609

Office Number ( 10am-6pm M-F ): (510) 319-9929

©2013 HipHopForChange Inc.