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The Art of Cool Festival is celebrating its 5th year anniversary this September 28-29th in downtown Durham, North Carolina. A remix of a Black American Music festival, AOCFEST 2018 fuses forward-thinking Jazz, alternative Soul and Hip Hop greats over the course of a dope, culture-filled weekend.

Personalize your
AOCFEST weekend experience

Choose from one day general admission, 2 day general admission passes, or upgrade your festival experience to a VIP or Premium VIP weekend package for exclusive perks.

Book Your
AOCFEST Hotel Today

We've partnered with several area hotels to provide amenities and discounts to our AOCFEST guests. Don't miss out on these benefits - book your room today!

Become a Cooligan

Cooligans are our enthusiastic, outgoing volunteers who make AOCFEST the most incredible community experience the Triangle has ever seen! Cooligans are committed to AOCFEST’s mission and strive to engage with the community.

Become a Vendor

AOCFEST attracts over 10,000 influencers, tastemakers and music lovers from across the country. By becoming an AOCFEST vendor, you will gain access to a diverse audience of music fans and professionals eager to engage with your brand!


The Lineup






Erykah Badu


Anthony Hamilton
Meshell Ndegeocello

Recent News

Community Partnerships + Wristband Perks

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Getting Around AOCFEST

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Assemble your Crew…30 Days until #AOCFEST

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Ready to be COOL and LIT?

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Let the fun begin…Official Schedule Has Dropped

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Level up by Booking Your Stay In the Heart of the City

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Jam with Us at #AOCFEST

September 28 & 29, 2018

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We’re counting down the days to this year’s #AOCFEST - feat. @_maxwell_ @fatbellybella @nas @hamiltonanthony + more 😍 Tickets are selling quickly! Don’t miss your chance to see over 25 amazing artists at 6 venues, for one price. Visit https://t.co/lPhiVEC2hx today! ✨

Ring the alarm, the caterpillar keeps firing...🐛🐛🐛
Hip Hop fans...who's ready for @Royceda59 to take the AOCFEST stage?

He performs at @durhambulls stadium Sat 9/29. Celebrating 5 years of cool with 20+ artists at 6 venues all at one great price! https://t.co/lPhiVEC2hx

🚗Going to #AOCFEST? Make transportation a breeze & let @GoDurham do the driving! 🚌Park at one of our 3 park-n-ride locations & catch a shuttle every 20 mins 6pm-1am. Day passes are just $2- $4.50. 🚙Visit https://t.co/La90nxjJT9 for more details and to purchase!

Escobar season has returned...who's ready for #AOCFEST headliner @nas to hit the stage?🔥🔥🔥
See him with a One Day Saturday or Weekend Pass. Enjoy 20+ artists at 6 walkable venues for 1 great price.
Tix are moving fast! Visit https://t.co/lPhiVEC2hx to purchase today!