The Arizona Black Owned Business (BOB) Festival: A Celebration of Resilience in Arizona and Beyond

November 3, 2023
By Sam Jump
By Sam Jump

Tucson is gearing up for a celebration of resilience and unity, and it’s an event aimed at bringing communities together like never before. The Black Owned Business (BOB) Festival, set to take place on Saturday, November 25, is a dynamic occasion that welcomes people of all backgrounds and ages to join in the festivities. The festival is more than just a gathering; it’s a statement of solidarity and a testament to the determination of Black businesses throughout the state.

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BOB Fest offers an array of interactive activities, live music, art exhibitions, dance performances, a diverse range of vendors, food trucks, and invaluable information about the thriving Black community in Tucson. It’s intended to be a day filled with inspiration and an opportunity to explore the rich tapestry of the city’s Black-owned businesses.

The Heart and Soul Behind BOB Fest

At the core of the festival is a passion for bringing together Black business owners. An integral part of this endeavor is Blax Friday, which has emerged as the largest Black business directory in Arizona. Building on their successful “Soul Food Wednesdays” market, which started with just five vendors and has now grown to an impressive 50, BOB Fest is set to become the most significant Black business festival in the region.

With a target of 75+ vendors and live musicians, BOB Fest is poised to be a monumental event, expecting over 500 attendees this year. The festival’s mission is to provide a platform for Black entrepreneurs to showcase their talents and offerings, fostering connections with a diverse audience.

The Rich Tapestry of Black-Owned Businesses

As the festival unfolds, you’ll have the chance to explore a wide range of products and services offered by Black-owned businesses. From art and fashion to food and technology, the festival is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit within the Black community. Discover unique offerings, interact with the entrepreneurs behind them, and show your support for these talented and dedicated individuals.

Participating Vendors

  • Baked
  • Cute & Classy Krispies
  • Stash’s Juice Joint
  • Chez Peachy
  • Sweets, Cakes and Treats
  • Love In A Cup
  • Song & Sugar Sweets
  • Matcha Tea Girl
  • Living Immunity
  • TT’s Treats
  • Pam’s Kitchen
  • Dee’s Kitchen Rendezvous
  • Hot Sauce and Pepper
  • Purple Tree Truck
  • D’s Island Grill JA
Save the Date and Get Ready to Celebrate

BOB Fest is a chance for everyone to come together, dance while listening to music that will make you groove, savor delectable food from local vendors, and explore the diverse offerings of Black-owned businesses. Mark your calendars, invite your friends and family, and be a part of this monumental event. Let’s come together to celebrate the strength and creativity of Arizona’s Black business community and create lasting memories in the process. We’ll see you there!

BOB Fest will take place on Saturday, November 25, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 55 N. 5th Ave. For more details on the event, visit If you’re a Black-owned business that would like to get involved as a vendor at the event, applications are being accepted through Monday November 6.

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