When is CURLFEST 2019?

We have 2 festivals this year! CURLFEST® New York will be held Saturday July 27, 2019 at Randall’s Island and CURLFEST® Atlanta will be held in September 2019.

Where is Randall's Island?

It’s right by Harlem, not far from 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. Visit our CURLFEST® New York page for directions.

Do I need a ticket?

Yes. No really, you do this year. At Prospect Park there was no physical barrier to entry, but at our 2019 festivals, a ticket is required to gain any and all access to CURLFEST®. Tickets will be on sale for New York in May, and for Atlanta in July.

What if it rains?

CURLFEST® is rain or shine. Please plan (for gorgeous weather) accordingly!

Can I bring alcohol?

No. You are not allowed to bring alcohol to CURLFEST®.

Food & Drink

There will be more food vendors than ever at this year’s CURLFEST! And for the first time, beer and wine will be served at the festival! There will also be non-alcoholic beverages and water stations available.

Is CURLFEST kid friendly?

While the festival primarily caters to adults, children are welcome at CURLFEST®! Consider arriving and/or departing before peak crowds for a smoother experience with your little ones.

Do I have to get a ticket for my child?

Children 6 and under are admitted free of charge!

Do you offer group rates?

We currently don’t offer group rates for CURLFEST®. So be sure to tell your squad or group to grab their tickets when they go on sale!

What to Bring/Wear

  • Your camera-ready #ootd (Our photographers will be ready. So should you!)

  • Sunscreen & shades

  • Blanket and snacks (if you’re chillin’ on the lawn)

  • Enough cash to shop and buy food (credit card machines will be available but can be unreliable)

  • Phone, battery pack and charger

  • Water bottle

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Positive energy and good vibes!

  • Other items allowed include snacks (though there will be plenty of food and beverage vendors), chairs, footballs/frisbees/games, kites, bicycles, and professional camera equipment (no drones).

What not to bring

Any coolers over 30 quarts (you won’t want to carry it anyway)

Weapons of ANY kind (regardless of permit)

Drugs of any kind or drug paraphernalia

Alcohol (there will be beer and wine served at the festival!)

Unsecured wigs and weaves. Don’t become a gif.

Tobacco/smoking products of any kind (including e-cigs, vape, etc.)

Glass containers of any kind

Fireworks, sparklers or other incendiary devices

Pets (unless you are a person with disabilities requiring a service animal)

The friend with the bad attitude who never smiles in pictures

Large luggage


Glass containers of any kind

Drones or hover cameras unless previously approved

A table, chairs, and a sign to set up a rogue vendor table. Don’t get embarrassed by security. Unauthorized vendors who are not participating through the festival will be removed from the premises.

Any item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of attendees, and/or inflict damage upon people and goods.

Cash & Credit Cards

There will be ATMs on site to ensure you have enough cash for your food, drinks and shopping throughout the day! Most vendors accept credit cards, but avoid credit card downtime or technical issues by carrying cash.

Can I be a vendor?

Click here to fill out our application for a chance to join the CURLFEST® marketplace in Atlanta! The deadline for New York vendor applications has passed. Selected applicants will be notified via email.

Can I volunteer?

Of course! Click here to fill out our application for a chance to join our team! Volunteers who work Friday (set-up) earn complimentary admission to the festival on Saturday. Volunteers who work Saturday also receive complimentary admission, but are expected to work the duration of their shift at the festival. Selected applicants will be notified via email.

Can I be a model at CURLFEST?

Hey gorgeous! We don’t hire models for CURLFEST®, but if you are a beauty influencer and want to create content before and/or during the festival, please click here to apply for a spot on our team. Selected applicants will be notified via email. If you just want us to repost your photo on Instagram, just tag #curlygirlcollective so we can show you off!

Can I be a photographer at CURLFEST?

The deadline to apply to be a CURLFEST® photographer has passed. However, if you attend and photograph the festival on your own, feel free to tag your photos on Instagram with #CFpapparazi so we can share them with a photography credit.

Need media credentials?

If you’re on staff at a media outlet and need credentials for coverage at your publication, click here to apply for credentials, or send an email directly to press@curlygirlcollective.com. A team member will be in touch if your request is granted.

ADA Access

Check back for updates closer to the event!

Access Information
Before The Festival: If you have questions or requests for accommodation, email info@curlygirlcollective.com and before July 12, 2019 when possible. Include your cell phone number. We are happy to hear from you after that but last minute requests for accommodation may be difficult to fulfill.

Parking is not provided. Transportation options are listed here under “getting there,” and the accessibility for those options are as follows:

Bus: The buses from 125th St. are city buses. They are all accessible and equipped with lifts.

Walking: 103rd St Footbridge appears to be accessible but is a long journey from the base of the bridge to the entrance of the festival. The bridge is about .25 miles and the walk from the bridge to the festival entrance is approx. 1.5 miles. RFK 125th Bridge: This bridge is not very accessible, with periods of steep incline and decline and rough terrain. The elevator at 125th Street is operational and accessible.

Car, Car Services, Taxi: No parking is available on Randall’s Island. Cars are allowed onto the island for pick up and drop off, but you may find difficulty getting a car service (Uber/Lyft etc.) to pickup on the island. The best place to be picked up is in East Harlem.

Description of Site
CURLFEST is held in a somewhat hilly park with some paved pathways, and much traveling to be done over mowed grass. The site has potential to become muddy in heavy rain. Some hills are a bit steep so some persons may want to bring power chairs or scooters or someone to help push if that is needed. Others will be able to manage with a manual wheelchair if they are feeling strong. The length of the festival is about a third of a mile and about half of that in width.

Mobility Devices

Mobility devices such as manual and motorized wheelchairs, three and four-wheeled scooters, walkers, crutches, braces and canes, are welcome at this event. Other mobility devices need to be pre-approved by Curly Girl Collective to make sure they are safe to use in this situation. Contact info@curlygirlcollective.com with the make and model of your device and a link to the manufacturer’s website. When possible, send your request by July 12. We may need time to research the device.

Because of the distances that need to be covered, some people who do not always use mobility devices such as wheelchairs or scooters may wish to bring one. They are typically available to rent from your local medical supply house, or ask your search engine “rent wheelchair/scooter near me.” Explain that you will be operating the chair on grass so larger, fatter tires are best. You may want to get a chair with large wheels that you can operate yourself, as well as handles in the back in case you need assistance.

Accessible Portable Toilets
Are available at the event.

There is 1 medical location, located near our Vendor Marketplace.

Bring your medication in a prescription bottle with your name on the label. Be prepared to present state-issued photo ID to match. Do not bring more meds than you need for the day. Do not mix types of medication in one bottle. Vitamins are not allowed. Syringes must be accompanied by prescription medication. Tip: Ask your pharmacist for small travel-sized prescription bottles. You may bring a small, soft-sided cooler if you need to keep meds cool.

Service Animals are Welcome, Pets are Not
Persons with disabilities and their service dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for those persons with disabilities are welcome at CURLFEST, as are service animals in training accompanied by a documented trainer from a formal training program. Other types of animals and pets are not allowed.

A service animal must be trained and if it does not adhere to the following conditions the handler will have to remove the animal from the site. The handler may return without the animal. The animal must:

  • be housebroken

  • be under the control of its handler at all times

  • not threaten the health or safety of any person or animal

Anyone bringing an animal will be responsible for and liable for any damage or injury caused by the animal. If a service animal is injured the result may be fines and/or imprisonment.

Anyone who has questions or needs regarding their service animal may write to info@curlygirlcollective.com

Additional Accommodations
Nursing or pumping moms are welcome at CURLFEST. There isn’t private space so want to bring a cover-up. If an accommodation is needed that is not listed, contact info@curlygirlcollective.com.

Who do I contact with more questions?

General information and questions about CURLFEST:

Inquiries regarding purchased tickets:

CURLFEST® Sponsorship Inquiries:

Press Inquiries: