VENUE AND EVENT INFO
The People’s Festival is an annual Tribute to Bob Marley held in Wilmington, Delaware, the first home Bob had outside Jamaica. We bring Reggae and world beat music to the stage and promote Peace, Unity, One Love throughout the day, as we were inspired by Bob during his time spent here.
After 23 years, Peoples Festival Organizer and founder Genny Pitts is proud to announce that The 24th Annual Tribute to Bob Marley will move from The Tubman-Garret Riverfront Park, to the heart of the city on 5th and Market! The People’s STREET Festival will be FREE to the public for the first time in 24 years, thanks to our collaboration with Live Nation!
Live Nation will present Jamaica’s Queen of Reggae, ETANA , The Iconic Meditation Band and Ska phenomena; Hip Abduction —- FREE inside The Queen! While Space is limited inside- the STREET Festival will be Jammin Live, and in full swing right out front on Market. Our Street Stage will feature a full line-up of Roots, Rock, Soca , Calypso and Funk until 10 p.m.! Vendors, International Food Court, Beer Garden, Bamboo RainHut and Healing Garden participants will fill the Street! The Delaware Art Museum will host our Children’s Village where kids of all ages can make a drum, masks and much more! Don’t miss this full day of Fun in the Sun for the Whole Family, Bring your friends or come make new ones! FREE all day inside and on the street!!! As has become tradition our Street Stage will feature up and coming local and regional artist.
This tribute to Bob is important to our city’s history! At the request of his Beloved Mother, Ibis and Genny Pitts brought the first “Tribute to Bob Marley” to take root here in 1994. Since then thousands have come to Wilmington and joined in this celebration. World Beat and Reggae Music by great international icons such as; Richie Havens, KRS 1, Damien “Junior Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, Kymani, Ziggy, and Julian Marley, Toots & the Maytals, Luciano, Third World, SOJA, Slightly Stoopid, and dozens more have been come to perform on our stage! We have featured dozens of up & coming artists from our area including; Richard Raw, Bull Buckers, Spokey Speaky, Judah Tribe, and many more.
Local businesses, community. friends and family continue to make this, one of the most anticipated events of the summer in our region!
Production of The Annual Peoples Festival and other cultural events which will help push our people forward in a conscious and purposeful way! As Bob said, “Wake up and Live!” Led by co- founder Genny Pitts and with a team of dedicated volunteers we bring 5 Star events to the people in some of the most prestigious venues ! Working under the umbrella of our non-profit 501C- 3 organization, The Empire Group. We work with local businesses and organizations using our events as platforms for marketing and promoting the good that is found in our city, county and region. Our mission is to foster and promote cultural diversity through music, arts and educational programs for the purpose of inspiring peace, unity and one love as we were inspired to do by our beloved friend and brother: The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley O.M.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND
The People’s Festival is a world-class music festival that features 2 stages of ALL DAY music! This year featuring Jamaican Reggae Queen ETANA, the iconic Meditation Band and SKA phenomena; Hip Abduction on Live Nation’s Main Stage inside The Queen:
• Arts and Crafts ffron around the world
• Children’s Village
• Community Pavilion
• International Foods & Delicious Caribbean Cuisine
• Beer Garden /“Peoples Pub”
• Bambu Rainhut
• Live music all day on the Street Stage and inside The Queen on the Main Stage