The Blackity Black Guide to Black History Month: Important Cultural Events Happening Around The Country

Check out these step shows, parades, comedy shows, festivals and more taking place in Feb. 2023!

Black History is celebrated 365 days a year, but every February is dedicated to celebrating the notable contributions created by Black people throughout the last several generations. When it comes to honoring those who came before us, concerts, events, musicals and exhibits are taking place from Feb. 1 - Feb. 28, 2023 all throughout the country and it should be top of mind this month that you take in as much cultural content as you can.

But don’t fret, is prepared with a selection of events from major cities to attend during this month!

  • Washington D.C and DMV

    Men of Distinction Step Showcase

    What: Bowie High School’s Men of Distinction step team will perform a showcase to celebrate Black History Month

    Where: Bowie Center for the Performing Arts

    When: Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.

    Purchase tickets here.

    Black History Month Celebration Concert

    What: Howard County Center of African American Culture will host a celebration concert featuring gospel, jazz, spirituals, and contemporary choral performances.

    Where: Howard Community College

    When: Feb. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Purchase tickets here.

    Seven Minutes Black Comedy Show

    What: Busboys and Poets will host seven Black comedians to perform seven minutes of comedy plus a Black culture trivia contest.

    Where: Busboys and Poets

    When: Feb. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Purchase tickets here.

  • Philadelphia

    Opera Singer Angel Blue and the Philadelphia Orchestra

    What: A performance of several pieces that relate to the Black experience.

    Where: Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center

    When: Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 5 at 8 p.m.

    More info here.

    Dancin’ In The Streets: The Music of MOTOWN

    What: A concert by the Philly POPS that will feature Motown hits from artists like Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and more

    Where: Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center

    When: Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. and Feb. 20 at

    Purchase tickets here.

  • California

    6th Annual Los Angeles Black History Month Festival

    What: This festival will include a panel discussion about African American literature, health and wellness conversations, as well as live music.

    Where: Michelle and Barach Obama Sports Complex

    When: Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    More information here.

    Black History Month Prosperity Market Pop-up

    Where: California African American Museum

    When: Feb. 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    More info here.

    Black Joy Parade

    Where: Oakland, Cali

    When: Feb. 26

    More info here.

    Cocktails and Convos - Studio to Stage

    What: Black songwriters discuss their journey from songwriting for some of the hottest artists to setting the stage as performers themselves with a special performance from Farrah Fawx to end the night.

    Where: Los Angeles, CA at Live Nation LA

    When: Feb. 23

    More info here.

  • Mississippi

    Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

    What:  The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will conduct "JAZZ Redefined," with a special performance of “Black American Symphony” by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Nicholas Payton.

    Where: Thalia Mara Hall

    When: Feb. 25

    Purchase tickets here.

  • New York

    “Color Between the Lines”

    What: Brooklyn’s Irondale Esemble Project will put on a original musical in collaboration with the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Weeksville Heritage Center, the live performance will follow the unknown stories of Brooklyn’s abolitionist struggle and will explore racial tensions from the past and present.

    Where: The Space at Irondale

    When: Feb. 4

    Purchase tickets here.

    Harlem Chamber Players

    What: Harlem Chamber Players will perform works by Duke Ellington, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, guest pianist and composer Aruán Ortiz and guest clarinetist Don Byron.

    Where: The Schomburg Center

    When: Feb. 16

    More info here.

    Concerts at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

    Who: Jazz vocalist Imani Rousselle

    Where: Hansborough Recreation Center

    When: Feb. 10 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    More info here.

    Who: Jazz pianist and composer Sean Mason

    Where: Pelham Fritz Recreation Center

    When: Feb. 18 from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    More info here.

    Diaspora: A Celebration of Black Dance Music

    What: This happy hour mixer will highlight Black dance music with DJ No Brakes spinning Jersey Club, New Orleans Bounce, Afrobeats, and other dance genres all night, featuring a special guest performance from Cookiee Kawaii.

    Where: Live Nation NY

    When: Feb. 24 

  • South Carolina

    “Rhythm with Our Roots: A Celebration of Black Musical Heritage”

    What: The evening will include a dinner, musical performance and speakers of the night. Honorees at the 2023 event include: Sandy Grove Choirs, Riggins Young Adult Choir, Merry Evening Gospel Singers, Barbara Lawrence, Taniya Boatwright, New Creation, Jazz EtcTamir & Company, and Sherwin “Wayne” Golson.

    Where: Mary C. Canty Recreation Center

    When: Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.

  • Ohio

    Black History Festival

    What: The Bureau for International Development Exchanges and Commerce (BIDEC) will put on a four-day celebration that will offer guests  excursions, live performances, networking opportunities, and more to celebrate the heritage of Africa’s diaspora.

    Where: Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Columbus 

    When: Feb. 15-18

    More info here.

  • Illinois

    Black Love Mixtape

    What: As an extension of Black Love Day and Valentine's Day, this poetry mixer will highlight self-love, romantic love, and love for the community featuring poetry from Justus Pugh, Soulah, and Matt Muse with a special DJ set from Sky Jetta.

    Where: House of Blues Chicago - Foundation Room

    When: Feb. 17

  • Atlanta

    Black Joy Comedy Show

    What: A night of comedy and drinks featuring comedians DJ Swole, Daniel Dellanno, Plug Chapman and Frankie Benz.  

    Where: Live Nation Atlanta

    When: Feb. 23

  • Houston

    The Houston Mixtape

    What: Celebrating Hip-Hop's 50th birthday and Houston’s unique impact on Hip-Hop music and culture with emerging Houston artists and Houston Hip-Hop legends.

    Where: House of Blues

    When: Feb. 24

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