Quilts on display. Live entertainment. A vendor market. Engaging discussions and presentations. In South Florida, Black History Month offers a rich variety in-person and virtual events.
Honor, learn & celebrate in February. (And keep checking back, as we will be adding events!)
Black History Month 2022 events in South Florida
“Our Song, Our Story: The New Generation of Black Voices”: To kick off Black History Month, the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is presenting a concert showcasing the musical workings of Marian Anderson and Jessye Norman, who are credited with leading the way for generations of African-American opera singers. The special concert will be taking place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.
Heritage Fest 2022: This special event returns for an in-person experience at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on on Feb. 5. Heritage Fest 2022 is a multidisciplinary, daylong celebration of performance and culture in Miami. RSVP here. Free
The Heritage Project: Race, Intimacy, and Expression in Dance: Heritage Fest will also feature a community discussion. At 5 p.m., the Peacock Foundation Studio presents “The Heritage Project: Race, Intimacy and Expression in Dance,” which will cover social injustice issues and how they have influenced the identities of Black dancers and choreographers who are part of the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and/or questioning, asexual and/or ally) community. If you cannot make the discussion in person, RSVP for the online salon here.
Family Story Time and Arts & Crafts: Celebrate Black History Month:Celebrate Black History Month with stories and activities for children and their families at the Arcola Lakes Library Branch, 8240 NW Seventh Ave., West Little River, on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 3-4 p.m. Masks are required. Click here for more details. Free
Diversity of the African Diaspora: Brickell City Centre: South Florida People of Color will be hosting events every Friday at 6 p.m. throughout February at the Garden Deck in Brickell City Centre to celebrate Black history. Performances will include dance, song and more. The events will be taking place on Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 at Brickell City Centre, 701 S. Miami Ave. Free
HistoryMakers: A Celebration of Maya Angelou’s Life and Poetry: Celebrate and learn about the life of Maya Angelou. The event is recommended for guests age 18 and older and is taking place on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 4-5 p.m. at Arva Parks McCabe Auditorium, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Masks are required. Click here for more details. Free
Outdoor Event: Black History Month Puppet Show: Something for the kiddos to enjoy! Two puppet shows based on African stories – “Tug, Tug Tug!” and “How the Elephant Got its Trunk” – will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 3:30-4 p.m. at the Kendale Lakes Branch, 15208 SW 88th St., Kendall. Registration is required. For more information, please contact the library.
I Dream A World: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Discover the history of the Harlem Renaissance through this five-day festival presented by the New World Symphony. There will be a variety of free and ticketed events celebrating the history and influence of the Harlem Renaissance. The festival is set for Feb. 1-5 at the New World Symphony, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Tickets starting at $10 and can be purchased here.
Let’s Walk Miami Gardens: In Honor of Black History & American Heart Month: The City of Miami Gardens will honor both Black History and American Heart Months with a walk encouraging the community to get outside and get healthy. The event is taking place on Feb. 26 at 7 a.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St. Free
The Motowners: Kicking off their 2022 Artscape season, Global Arts Project and the Collins Park Neighborhood Association present The Motowners in a free concert on Feb. 27 in Collins Park, Miami Beach. The show opens at 5 with the Kiki Sanchez quartet, followed at 7 by The Motowners. Free
Together: Exhibition Celebrating African American Quilts Opening Reception: This amazing art exhibit showcases original quilts to commemorate the talent, resourcefulness and ingenuity of early African-American quilters. The exhibit starts Feb. 18 and runs through May 12 at the Ali Cultural Arts Center, 353 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pompano Beach. Free
Black History Month Kindness Rocks: Fun rock painting activity through the month of February at the Lauderdale Lakes Library, 3580 W. Oakland Park Blvd. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free
Tween Black History Month Trivia: Test your knowledge of Black History! Trivia sheets will be available for pickup at the Hallandale Beach Library, 300 S. Federal Highway, from Feb. 4-28, while supplies last. Free
Family Story Time: Celebrate Black History Month with stories and activities for children and their families at the Weston Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd., on Feb. 3. Space is limited, and registration is required. Free
Gather Together: This year, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center will be focusing on the theme “Black Health and Wellness” for Black History Month. Guests are encourage to take time for emotional healing by joining in a grand African tradition: the oral tradition. Every Saturday in February will feature a different storyteller from the African Diaspora. All ages are welcome! For additional information on the program, call 954-357-6282. The African American Research Library and Cultural Center is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. Free
Celebrate Black History Month with Digital Collages: This online event will teach you about different techniques for creating digital art while also learning about African-American history. This online event is taking place on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. Those who wish to participate must register. Free
“60 Years of Black Art” Black History Month Exhibit: A fine art exhibit featuring works for show and sale from Dillard Center for the Arts’ Advanced Placement (AP) students, from Feb. 1-28. History Fort Lauderdale is proud to present this annual showcase of fine art, which is open to the public at the New River Inn building of History Fort Lauderdale, 231 SW Second Ave. Also accessible as a digital experience on History Fort Lauderdale’s YouTube channel. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military and children age 6 and younger. Tickets are available online at HistoryFortLauderdaleTickets.
“Naturally LK” exhibit: The current exhibit at the Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery, at 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., is “Naturally LK” by local artist Laura Knight, on display through Feb. 26. The gallery is open Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 7p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information about the gallery, call 954-747-4646. Free
Youth Panel Discussion on Mental Health: The City of Hollywood’s African American Advisory Council, in coordination with Barry University, will be hosting a Youth Panel Discussion on mental health on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The discussion will be moderated by Debra Burton, a victim advocate from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and there will be a presentation by Danna Demezier, assistant professor of counseling at Barry University’s School of Education. The event will be held in person at Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Room 219, and will also be livestreamed here.
Black Heritage Banquet: Come out for delicious food, live performances, and fantastic speakers at the Black Heritage Banquet which coincides with Black History Month and provides an excellent opportunity for the community to honor the rich cultural history of African Americans nationally and locally. The banquet will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m., DoubleTree 100 Fairway Dr. in Deerfield Beach. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.
Oakland Park Soul Fest: Oakland Park Soul Fest is a celebration for the whole community commemorating Black History Month; marking the contributions and achievements of the African and Caribbean American community. The event is taking place on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park. Free
Tamarac Black History Month Celebration: Enjoy entertainment including poetry by Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughn, performance by Delou African Dance Ensemble, jazz music by EJ & Company and art displays. Limited on-site parking will be available. The event is taking place on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Caporella Park, 5200 Prospect Rd. Free
Palm Beach County
Norton Museum: Art After Dark! event from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Feb. 25 will highlight work of Black artists, plus curator tour of exhibit, “Origin Stories: Photography of Africa and Its Diaspora.” Entertainment will feature Marnino & Purple Flux with hip-hop, R&B, and spoken word poetry.
Black History Month Artist & Business Marketplace: The City of Boynton Beach Arts & Cultural Center is celebrating Black History Month by hosting its first Artist and Business Marketplace featuring talent from all over Palm Beach County. The event is taking place on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Boynton Beach Arts and Culture Center, 125 E. Ocean Ave. Free
Authors Speak Series 2022: The Impact of Race on American Society: Three nonprofit organizations in Delray Beach are collaborating to present Authors Speak Series 2022, to celebrate and promote the journey of Black awareness. Learn something new through three speakers: Leslie Gray Streeter on Feb. 10; Ralina L. Joseph and Allison Briscoe-Smith on April 21; and Simone Browne on June 16. To RSVP for any or all of these three free events and for more information, click here. Free
Black History Month Celebration: Enjoy historical and educational lectures, a variety of family friendly activities, a gospel concert and praise dancing on Feb. 26 from noon to 6 p.m. at Sara Sims Park, 209 NW Ninth Ave. Free
Milagro Center and Spady Museum Present Black Youth Awareness Art Festival: On Feb. 18, in celebration of Black History Month, the Milagro Center and Spady Cultural Heritage Museum will collaborate to present the Black History Youth Art Awareness Festival (BHYAAF). Hosted outdoors at the Spady Museum, this community project aims to engage Palm Beach County youth and community organizations through art, music and Black history. The Spady Museum is located at 170 NW Fifth Ave. Free
Black History Month Celebration: Celebrate Black History Month honoring the triumphs, struggles and contributions of African Americans in the United States. The event is taking place in Boynton Beach at Sara Sims Park, 209 NW 9 Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 12-6 p.m.
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