Black History Month 2024: Events in and around Houston

A groundbreaking exhibition at the Holocaust Museum Houston, the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection showcasing contributions and achievements of Black Americans dating back to 1595, will remain opened through the month of February.

Kinsey African American Art & History Collection

Thursday marks the beginning of Black History Month, an annual celebration to commemorate and observe the accomplishments and contributions of the U.S.’s Black citizens. Houston’s Black communities — currently an estimated 22.4% of the city’s total population — have a rich history of arts and culture.

The Houston area will have events and celebrations all month long. Mark your calendars, here’s a rundown of some events you can expect to see in February.

Love, Marriage & Heartbreak at Midtown Art Center– Feb. 1- Feb. 11

Midtown Art Center will kick off Black History Month with a play from Vincent Victoria Presents, recounting the experiences of enslaved African Americans from the American South. Tickets to attend the play are starting at $25, and $20 for students and people over 65.

Here and Now: Cultural Expressions- Feb. 1-Feb. 29

An exhibition showcasing selections from the Community Artists' Collective's permanent collection featuring prominent black artists.

Woodson Black Fest 2024– Feb. 3

Woodson Black Fest

The third annual Woodson Black Fest will kick off at 1 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. Feb. 3, honoring author Carter G. Woodson. The celebration will recognize Black artists featuring a comic and illustrator panel, spoken word performances and song and dance performances. More information can be found on the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston website.

BLCK History Now!– Feb. 4 and Feb. 25

Kick-off Black History Month with BLCK Market’s BLCK History Now! festival. In conjunction with Karbach Brewing Co., the event will feature local vendors, a live DJ and food trucks. The free-to-attend market starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.

A Little Day Music: Celebrating Black History Month– Feb. 7

A Little Day Music is a series of free concerts presented at noon on the first Wednesday of the month in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Center. Each concert is designed to deliver DACAMERA's signature programming to an audience including senior citizens, downtown professionals and students. The series features a variety of chamber music and jazz, presented in an accessible, one-hour concert format. Audiences are invited to enjoy their lunch while listening to the music. This performance will celebrate Black History Month.

3rd Annual Black History Month Ride & Learn: a Bike Tour through Houston’s Historic Third Ward- Feb 10.

A fun and educational bike tour will explore the rich history of Houston’s Historic Third Ward. The ride is an opportunity to learn about the significant contributions made by African Americans in the community, led by Houston’s own Dr. Veon McReynolds (founder of Tour de Hood). Tickets can be bought here.

Black Genealogy Workshop– Feb. 10

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society’s Willie Lee Gay H-Town Chapter will host presentations focused on plantation tourism, how enslaved people are depicted at sites, plantation preservation, and how plantation records can help with researching formerly enslaved people, according to Holocaust Museum Houston. This free-to-attend event requires visitors to RSVP for the event that’ll be held at Holocaust Museum Houston from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10.

Black History Month Essay Contest– Feb. 10 deadline

Fort Bend County students in grades 4 through 12 can participate in Judge KP George’s annual Black History essay contest for a chance to present their written work at George’s Annual Black History Program scheduled Feb. 16. Participants are asked to research distinguished Black Americans who left an unforgettable mark on the world with their contributions. The contest requires essays to have a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 500 words. More information can be found here.

ComicTalks: Black Representation in Comics- Feb. 10

In honor of Black History Month, Smith Neighborhood Library will host a discussion on Black superheroes, Black comic creators, and the importance of representation in comic books with local comic creator and publisher Lane Fobbs.

Marium Echo
Avenida Houston
Marium Echo

Celebrate Black History Month with a lineup of Black artists playing over the month at Avenida Houston this year. KTSU 90.9 will host the main stage featuring live entertainment by local bands and artists each Saturday in February.

Feb. 11- Marium Echo, Shonnie Murrell, Spud Howard
Feb. 18- NaKitta Clegg Foxx, Zacardi Cortez, Polo The Vibe, Patrice Dominique, The Vibe Longue featuring DJ Madd Hatta
Feb. 25- Cupid, Madicin, Clynese, The Vibe Lounge featuring DJ Rob G

The Reconciliation: Black History Month 2024– Feb. 12

Sugar Land 95 board
S.O.J.E.S. Board
Members of S.O.J.E.S. Board at its Black History Month program – The 95 at Five – February 18, 2023, from left: Robin Cole, president; Debra McGaughey, vice-president; Ursela Knox, Director; Dr. Destry Dokes, Director. Not pictured: Raiquel A. Brown.

The Society of Justice & Equality for the People of Sugar Land will host a Black History Month celebration Feb. 12 featuring a reception, an update on the status of the Sugar Land 95 Memorial, the unveiling of phase 1 of the organization’s traveling exhibit and more.

Rhythms & Reflections: Echoes of Black Legacy– Feb. 16

A night of music and images celebrating Black History Month at Discovery Green. Flash Gordon Park’s soundtrack features music by Black artists from Houston accompanied by a projection of historical images from Houston's wards compiled by Phillip Pyle, II. The event also features Daisies and Pancakes, a roller-skating club that explores the Black cultural connection to roller skating in Houston.

Black History Month Sip & Paint– Feb. 17

Indulge in a wine-tasting experience while sipping on bottomless champagne and delicious flavored cocktails while painting a masterpiece. There will be great music, snacks, and dope vibes. Tickets can be purchased here.

Black History Now– Feb. 17

Not to be confused with BLCK Market’s local marketplace event, Midtown Houston will celebrate Black history with an event full of market and food vendors and an all-day song and dance lineup at Bagby Park on Feb. 17. More information about the event can be found here.

“Acknowledging that the geographic location of Midtown Houston was once a part of the historically Black Third Ward and Fourth Ward communities, this event will honor Houston’s past and celebrate the pioneering individuals and organizations of today,” according to Midtown Houston.

Black Art Crawl Weekend Feature– Feb. 18

Black Art Crawl
Holocaust Museum Houston

Black Art Crawl at the Holocaust Museum Houston will feature a conversation with Khambrel Marshall and artist Ava Cosey at 2 p.m. as she reflects on her work "Ancestor's Torch" featured in The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection through June 23, 2024.

A Classically Black Celebration- Feb. 22

A two-day celebration during Black History Month will feature a dinner starring two powerhouse chefs from Georgia: Matthew Raiford and Joshua Lee. Together they will create a four-course meal for guests that celebrates their Georgia roots, North African influence and their classical training, all while highlighting Black Texas farmers. Tickets can be purchased here.

Black History Month Movie Marathon– Feb. 24

If you love movies, you won't want to miss Overture Sugar Land's Black History Month Movie Marathon. It will show some of the best films that feature, celebrate, or explore the lives and stories of African Americans. From drama to comedy, from biopic to documentary, there's something for everyone.

Black History Month Celebration, Museum Family Day– Feb. 24

The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate Black History Month with live performances, and engaging art activities. There will also be art installations, and a West African drumming performance by Joy of Djembe Drumming. The museum will also be giving away 50 Chromebooks to families who can provide proof of free and reduced lunch.

A Journey Through Black History– Feb. 24

Event-goers can join Dr. Jei Pearcey for a meditative journey through the history of racial trauma and ongoing racial divisions. The guided meditative event will bring attendees through the racial revolution of the 1800s, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and to the present day. The event kicks off Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at St. John's Downtown, 2019 Crawford St.

Cotton Club Scholarship Ball– Feb. 24

Club Cotton Scholarship Ball is anticipated to be the most upscale Black History Month experience in Houston on February 24, 2024, from 8 p.m.-midnight at Five Central in room V6. The attire is Roaring 20s style. Proceeds will go towards the annual high school scholarship fund and charitable causes.

Kinsey African American Art & History Collection– Until June 23

Kinsey African American Art & History Collection

A groundbreaking exhibition at the Holocaust Museum Houston showcasing contributions and achievements of Black Americans dating back to 1595 will open up on Jan. 12. Tickets for the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection are starting at $16 and the exhibit will remain open until June 23.