Taste of Soul

Crenshaw Boulevard
Crenshaw Blvd & W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
United States

Event Description:

Taste of Soul Family Festival has been dubbed by Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, as the largest one-day ‘free’ street festival and event in all of L.A. City & County, with over 350,000 attendees on legendary Crenshaw Blvd. Taste of Soul takes place annually, every third Saturday in October, featuring a taste of all things “soulful,” from local and international cuisine, to your favorite quick-eats that reflect a Black cultural experience, fused with diverse cultures and traditions.

The festival boasts of five amazing performance stages, featuring world-renown artists, award-winning singers, and your favorite bands.  From Queen Latifah to Stevie Wonder, Chante Moore, Ginuwine, Doug E. Fresh, Brandy, War, Kenny Lattimore, Major, En Vogue and many of your favorite artists. To honor the immense talent from local communities, Starquest is an annual singing competition for kids and adults, with winners receiving cash prizes and recording opportunities from industry professionals.

Get ready to have a party by the WAVE Stage as we groove to the classic sounds of the S.O.S. Band, Klymaxx and Evelyn Champagne King!

Taste of Soul is much more than a Food festival but a community gathering, a festival dedicated to presenting high-end entertainment and cultural experience to the South L.A. community for no charge. And we didn’t forget about the kids!  Children’s Zone is the festival’s own community and safe place for children, featuring a live Kidz Stage, as well as fun games, contests, raffles, face-painting, etc., with health and social service resources for parents too!

For adult beverages, quench your thirst in the popular Beer Garden, which also features a local’s favorite dance floor and DJ, spinning your favorite tunes.  For visual arts enthusiasts, the festival offers the works of accomplished local and international artists, as well authentic urban clothing, exotic jewelry, and other fine offerings from our carefully curated merchandise vendors.

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., on Crenshaw Blvd. between Stocker St. and Barack Obama Blvd. Come join us!


Message from the Founder:

Taste of Soul has grown into the greatest demonstration of all that is possible for and within our community when we collectively pull our time, resources, and talents for the betterment of all.

The millions of people who have enjoyed Taste of Soul over the years sends a clear message to everyone that as businessmen and women, consumers and as a political force, we cannot and will not be ignored or denied.

Our corporate partners understand the collective power that the Taste of Soul Nation has become. Our political friends realize that the ability to mobilize hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people is a powerful tool that everyone understands and respects. Everyone who is apart of Taste of Soul realize that there is no greater economic driver in the city for African- American Businesses than Taste of Soul.

October 19th we will celebrate our 14th year, and we are so excited to be BACK, strollin’ down THE SHAW, united and stronger than ever.

Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.


Our Sponsors: 


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Taste of Soul is FREE!


  • Bring plenty of cash for all the great food!
  • Make new friends
  • Be kind to everyone
  • Be courteous
  • Visit with all the vendors & sponsors
  • Take lots of selfies
  • Tweet and share pics & messages
  • Eat, Eat, Eat
  • Dance, sing and have fun!
  • Fold up, stand back chairs ONLY
  • Download the Taste of Soul App
  • Enter for a chance to Win a New Hyundai
  • Hashtag #Tasteofsoul
  • Supervise your children at all times


  • No snakes
  • No reptiles
  • No hoverboards
  • No pop ups (tents)
  • No coolers
  • No barbecue pits/grills
  • No dogs/cats (only service animals allowed)
  • No tables/chairs (only sand back fold up chairs)
  • No umbrellas
  • No wagons
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No glass or metal containers
  • No metal utensils
  • No misc. sharp objects
  • No blow up furniture of any kind
  • No littering
  • No disrespect of others
  • No hate or negative speech
  • No marijuana
  • No megaphones or amplified sound
  • Walking bikes only
  • No scooters or skateboards
  • No drones