Black History Month 2023

Poster for Black History Month 2023February is Black History Month 2023.
You can choose to honor this legacy in many ways—encompassing everything from education to entertainment. So, check out the diverse sampling of Bay Area Black History Month-inspired happenings.

Black History Month 2023 at MoAD
Through February, 685 Mission St., San Francisco.
The Museum of the African Diaspora is celebrating Black History Month with a month of special programs including film screenings, fashion, and food. Event prices vary, but on Feb. 11, admission is free to all.

Black History Month at Children’s Fairyland
Through February, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland.
Fairyland is celebrating the ingenuity, contributions, triumphs, and culture of Oakland’s African-American community by transforming the plaza into a spectacular visual display highlighting important people, time periods, and movements of this rich history. You’ll become familiar with compelling figures and facts you never knew, from Black Cowboys to Black Panthers and so much more in between.

Afro Soca Love—Black Owned Marketplace and Carnival
Friday, February 10th from 10 PM to 2 AM & Saturday, February 11th from 11 AM to 6 PM at 341 13th St., Oakland. Come out Friday night for the 21+ Night Carnival, a culturally immersive music experience featuring the sounds of soca, Afrobeat, reggae, salsa, reggaeton, hip hop, and rhythm and blues. The Saturday marketplace features Black-owned food, drink, and retail vendors, plus live music and DJs.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Black History Month Celebration
Sunday, February 12th from 7 to 9 PM at the Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. The choir will celebrate its eighth annual Black History Month celebration with exquisite harmonies and stirring gospel repertoire.

Black Girls Tea Party
Saturday, February 18th from 1 to 4 PM at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 968 23rd St., Richmond. Enjoy an afternoon of tea, pastries, and culture in honor of this year’s Black History Month. This event is about the girls, but feel free to bring any gentlemen to accompany you!

CoBiz Richmond Black History Celebration
Saturday, February 25th from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM at 1503 Macdonald Ave., Suite A, Richmond. Celebrate Black History Month with libations, drumming, and a variety of vendors selling everything from soul food to African art. Guest speakers include author, historian, and researcher of African and African American History, Professor Manu Ampim, as well as Morgan-Frazier Family Clan. Chronicles of a Black Family author, Dr. Vern J. Cromartie. Free admission.

Black Centric Showcase
Saturday, February 25th at 3 and 7 PM at Odell Johnson Performing Arts Theatre, 900 Fallon St., Oakland. The third annual showcase features performances honoring where we are from, where we have been, and where we are going, with talent that includes poetry, skits, readings, raps, songs and dance, as well as a stage production of Unapologetically Black: Here For Facilitating Harm Reduction Services To Those In Need, Inc.

Black Joy Parade
Sunday, February 26th from 12 to 7 PM at 20th Street at Franklin Street in Oakland. Come out for the sixth annual parade and festival to celebrate the past, present, and future of the Black experience, featuring more than 200 Black-owned vendors, two stages of Black performances and activities for the whole family at Lil Joy for kids, Games n’ Grooves and Healing Village, as well as the largest Black Joy Parade procession in the country. Free admission.

Discover the History of the Black Panther Party in Oakland
Explore at any time. The Black Panther Party has serious roots in Oakland, and there are many local spots you can visit to delve deeper into this past. Explore the various sites on your own or book a private, professional tour with the Black Panther Party Alumni Legacy Network.

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