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24 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in The Bay

Folks, it's February. While you can spend your spare time trying to get a date (reminder: cuffing season is almost over), this month is also bubbling over with ways to learn, support, and celebrate Black history and culture. Here's a list that I'm personally trying to check off in an effort to be a better ally. But, there's so many more ways we can all connect, learn, and grow. Have a tip on how you're celebrating? Drop a line in the comments below!

By / February 1, 2017


   Odell Hussey Photography. Courtesy of OMCA.






Don't just talk about it, be about it.

Get Active

  • Attend the Post-Inauguration Activism and Advocacy Resource Fair (2/12). Meet local activists and peacemakers and participate in workshops like Social Media for Activists, Protest Safety, “What if I’m Cisgender, White and Heterosexual?” Privilege and Fierce Allyship, and more.
  • Become a member of the ACLU and then a volunteer.
  • Sign up for Bay Resistance to stay alert to the changes our government is making.

Support Black Business Owners

Tired of gentrification? Support businesses owned by people of color in your neighborhood. The mobile app, Tuloko, helps you find black-owned businesses and events by zip code. Black Owned Business Network is another excellent resource for next time you want to eat out, go shopping, need accommodations, etc.

Don’t Be A Bystander

Let’s face it, the crazies (and by crazies I mean racists) have gotten really brave since you-know-who’s election. If you witness a racist attack, use this guide to avoid being a bystander during a racist attack.


  • The sf|noir Wine & Food FestivalReturning February 23-26, this culinary festival celebrates the best in Black and Southern-inspired cuisine from Bay Area chefs!
  • Black Choreographers Festival: Here & NowEnjoy three weekends of performances featuring award-winning Bay Area choreographers and companies.
  • Yoshi’s OaklandYoshi’s consistently books seriously talented POC to perform during their dinner shows. Upcoming highlights include Mary Wilson (of The Supremes!), world renowned saxophonist Mike Phillips, and even the comedian twins the Lucas Brothers (22 Jump Street, Arrested Development).
  • African-American Shakespeare Company
  • Urban Vines OaklandSample and buy wines from award-winning African-American owned wineries and winemakers while enjoying artisan small bites.



Kiera was born and raised on a tiny island in the East Bay, but currently resides in Japantown. She is a reluctant member of too many group texts, a pro at assembling a charcuterie board, and can typically be found with a taco/beer in hand (in the corner petting a dog). She'd like to visit every U.S. National Park in her lifetime.

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  1. Angela Fisher

    This is a fantastic guide, thank you so much for putting it together! As an educator and individual patron of the Bay, I applaud and appreciate this comprehensive list.

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