Throughout the month of February, the United States will observe Black History Month. As the month goes on, many New York City businesses and institutions will take the time to recognize the achievements and overall role that black people have had in American history.
There are tons of Black History Month events that are taking place throughout the city all month long. Here are a few that you can check out:
New York Black Restaurant Week
Feb. 1-10, Citywide
Kick off Black History Month by dining on cuisine served up by restaurateurs who are of African descent. Starting on Feb. 1 and ending on Feb. 10, restaurants, eateries and cafes across the city will offer one to multi-course, pre-fixe menus, including options for brunch, lunch and dinner. Check out the New York Black Restaurant Week website for a list of participating restaurants: newyorkblackrestaurantweek.wordpress.com.
Black History Month Celebration In Fashion
Feb. 8, 7 to 9 p.m.
Harlem Community Center, 220 East 125th Street
Celebrate fashion then and now at this special Black History Month-themed fashion show hosted by 1000 Shades of Women and Le Virage Fashion. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at bit.ly/fashionthenandnow.
Movies Under the Stars – Harriet
Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Brownsville Recreation Center, 1555 Linden Blvd., Brooklyn
While you won’t technically be watching under the stars, you can catch a screening of the new film “Harriet,” a biopic that dives into the life and experiences of Harriet Tubman. If you can’t make this screening, the Parks Department is hosting another one at the Red Hook Recreation Center, located at 155 Bay Street, on Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. For more information about each screening, visit the Parks Department website.
George Washington Carver Workshop
Feb. 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing
During their mid-winter break program, Queens Botanical Garden is hosting a special event for kids so they can learn about George Washington Carver’s significant contributions in the world of botany. The price is $10 per child. Registration is a must, sign up at queensbotanical.org.
Black History Month Trivia
Feb. 20, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
37 East 28th Street, Manhattan
Put your Black History Month knowledge to the test at this trivia event in Manhattan! Build your team and put your heads together to answer questions about black history and pop culture. Tickets start at $20 and include snacks and drinks. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-history-month-trivia-tickets-90652613407?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
Jazz and Swing with the Harlem Swing Dance Society
Feb. 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, 18 Mount Morris Park West
Celebrate Black History Month by dancing the night away to Harlem’s most famous steps – the Lindy Hop. The night will begin with an hour-long dance lesson at 6 and will lead to a performance by the Swinging Harlem Jazz & Dance Combo Band at 7. Admission is free, but you can RSVP at swingpf20.eventbrite.com.
Celebrating Black Voices
Feb. 21 & 22, 7 to 10 p.m.
House of Mark West Gallery, 347 Rider Ave., Bronx
“Celebrating Black Voices” shines a light on black performance, visual artists, and black film. This two-night event will be jam-packed with black visual art, performances, tarot card readings and more. Tickets are $30 and are available at the door or can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-black-voices-tickets-91489121425?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Black History Month Pop-Up Shop
Feb. 22, 4 to 8 p.m.
St. Bonaventure-St. Benedict the Moor Roman Catholic Church, 17117 110th Ave., Jamaica
Support black entrepreneurs at this Black History Month pop-up shop. Hosted by St Bonaventure- St Benedict the Moor Young Adult Ministry, the event will also feature live entertainment and a tribute to the black community’s unsung heroes. Admission is free, but vendors are asked to give a $25 donation to participate. For more information, email SBSBpraisedancers@gmail.com.
Celebrating Black History: Black TV Matters, Reclaiming the Narrative
Feb. 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave., Brooklyn
BRIC’s Black History is partnering with the Weeksville Heritage Center to discuss three films that are centered around social justice and activism. Admission is free, but you can register ahead of time at eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-black-history-black-tv-matters-reclaiming-the-narrative-tickets-91855982717?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
Black History Month Celebration
Feb. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
Queens Borough Hall, Helen Marshall Center, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens
Celebrate Black History Month at Queens Borough Hall. Join Acting BP Sharon Lee, District Attorney Melinda Katz, the African American Heritage Committee and our distinguished co-sponsors for a night of cultural performances, honors, awards and more. Doors open at 5:30. RSVP by calling 718-268-2661 or at queensbp.org/rsvp.