12 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in NYC

12 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in NYC

Black History Month is an opportunity to put a spotlight on Black culture and arts in New York City. With parties, community gatherings, and live performances taking place throughout the month, there are all kinds of ways to celebrate in a city that’s continually striving to be more inclusive. Here are some of our favorites.

Black History Month Film Series

259 Bristol St.

Check out different films each Friday of the month that celebrate Black culture. Hidden Figures, The Great Debaters, and To Kill a Mocking Bird are all on the lineup. Plus, snacks will be provided.


Easy Buckets Comedy Show


Laugh the night away at the Black History Month edition of this weekly comedy show that includes raffles for free drinks throughout the performance.


Bach to the Future Concert Series

Saint John's In the Village

Celebrate Black History Month with a special performance featuring three artists with African heritage.

$12 - $22 / RSVP

Black History Month Celebration

Brooklyn Center for the Arts

There’s fun for all ages with a full day of activities that will focus on Black history and feature food, contests, dance classes, and more.


Black History Month Celebration: Family Paint Party


Join the fun at an afternoon painting bash that invites kids and adults alike to channel their creativity.

$58 / RSVP

Never Sad Presents: Always Happy Video Comedy Bop: Black History Month Edition

Brooklyn Bazaar

Enjoy a night out seeing sketches and shorts all submitted by some of the city’s top performers, with the festivities hosted by comedy duo Jed Feiman and Nehemiah Markos.

$7 / RSVP

Jazz and Swing with The Harlem Swing Society

Pelham Fritz Recreation Center

Learn how to nail Harlem’s signature dance in a lesson set to pop, soul, and hip hop beats.


Black History Month Black Business Expo and Resource Fair

4106 Farragut Rd

If you have or are looking to start a small business, stop by this fair to network with folks who can assist with marketing, finances, legal questions, and more.


Profiled: A Black History Month Celebration


See comedian Marcela Onyango as she puts a funny spin on racial profiling, with a panel of special guests to keep things extra entertaining.

$11 / RSVP

A Shared History

The 14th Street Y

This inspiring event will highlight personal stories and feature music from jazz musician Washboard XT, who will show off his washboard and hambone skills.


Black History African Dance Intensive

Sesame Flyers International Inc.

Dance Instructor Persephone DaCosta of Batingua Arts will lead participants through a dynamic routine to help unify people through the universal art of movement.

$12 / RSVP

The Harlem Chamber Players’ Black History Month Celebration

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Experience a night of world-class music, with the highlight of the evening being two world premieres by celebrated African American composer Adolphus Hailstork.