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Where to Celebrate Black History Month In And Around Los Angeles

The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the fun places in Los Angeles to celebrate African American History Month. #losangeles #laevents #Africanamericanhistory

February is recognized as Black History Month, and here in Los Angeles, there are many ways to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans in the United States. Celebrating the heritage and achievements of Black Americans is something that doesn’t need to be limited to just one month, especially here in Los Angeles.

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The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the fun places in Los Angeles to celebrate African American History Month. #losangeles #laevents #Africanamericanhistory

photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

19th Annual African-American Art Festival
STAR Eco Station
10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The 19th Annual African-American Art Festival is happening on Saturday, February 9th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This free, outdoor festival features live entertainment, children’s art exhibits, African drumming and dancing, games, local vendors, and more. Tours of the STAR Eco Station are available for a fee (adults $8; seniors $7; and children 16 and under $6). 

African American Heritage Month Events
Los Angeles Public Library System
multiple branches

The Los Angeles Public Library System is hosting many events throughout the month in honor of African American Heritage Month. Some of the planned activities include story times, workshops, documentary screenings, live performances, and much more. Check the website for a detailed list of events.

California African American Museum (CAAM)
600 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

The California African American Museum is located within Exposition Park. The collection here consists of over 4,000 items dating back to the 1800’s all the way up to the present. The Museum’s collection includes paintings, historical documents, sculptures, films, artifacts, and photos. “CAAM aims to represent the diverse contributions of African Americans in the United States, but also to interpret how the past has affected identity in the present.” The Museum hosts a number of special events and programs throughout the year, including family-friendly programs. Check the website for a schedule of upcoming events. Admission is free; parking is $12. The Museum is closed on Mondays as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Black History Month Events
County of Los Angeles Public Library
multiple branches

The County of Los Angeles Public Library system is celebrating Black History Month all throughout February. Some of the planned activities include family art activities, live dance and musical performances, documentary screenings, story times, and more. Check the website for a detailed list of events.

African American Heritage Month Events
Los Angeles Public Library System
multiple branches

The Los Angeles Public Library System is hosting many events throughout the month in honor of African American Heritage Month. Some of the planned activities include story times, workshops, documentary screenings, live performances, and much more. Check the website for a detailed list of events.

Black History Parade and Cultural Faire
Anaheim, CA

Anaheim hosts an annual Black History Parade and Cultural Faire on the first Saturday in February (this year, February 23rd, rescheduled because of rain). The events begin at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm. Check the website for details and the parade route.

27th Annual Pan African Film + Arts Festival
Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD
4020 Marlton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90008

The 26th Annual Pan African Film + Arts Festival is happening February 7th through February 18th. The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) was established in 1992 and is “dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.” The Festival highlights both new and old films, as well as fine art and crafts. A variety of events are planned, and ticket information is available online.

Barracoon: A Tribue to Zora Neale Hurston
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Skirball and The Los Angeles Urban League present Barracoon: A Tribute to Zora Neale Hurston. In this tribute to Hurston’s pioneering work and in honor of Black History Month, Tony Award winner L. Scott Caldwell and the venerable Bill Cobbs from the Ebony Repertory Theatre will present a staged reading from Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo.” In 1927, Hurston interviewed the last living freed slave who arrived on a slave ship from Africa. The oral history wasn’t published until 2018. Tickets are available online and are $20, $15 for members.

37th Annual Black History Parade and Festival
begins at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Fair Oaks and Figueroa in Altadena and ends at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave, in Pasadena

The 37 Annual Black History Parade and Festival is happening on Saturday, February 16th. The parade begins at 10:00 am. After the parade, the Black History Festival will continue until 4 pm. The Festival features food, music, displays, fun activities for kids, and more.

African American Firefighter Museum
1401 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Families are invited to the African American Firefighter Museum (AAFFM) open house on February 17th at 2 pm. Museum Historian, Captain Brett Burton will give an oral history of the museum, which opened in 1997 and is recognized as the “only free standing African American Firefighter Museum in the United States.” Families will view vintage fire apparatus, photos, artifacts, and much more. The AAFFM is located in historic Fire Station #30 which was once a segregated firehouse. The Museum is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 

17th Annual African-American Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its annual African-American Festival on Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day). This special event celebrates “the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures.” Families will enjoy live musical and dance performances, arts and crafts, storytellers, and more. The Festival is included in general Aquarium admission. See the website for a $10 off admission coupon.

The Museum of African American Art
Macy’s 3rd Floor – Baldwin Hills Crenshaw
4005 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Many Los Angeles residents may not even realize the Museum of African American Art exists. But it’s time to change that. Currently on display is John Henry: An American Folk Hero. The exhibition will be on display until March 31, 2019. The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm each day.

The Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum
4130 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

The collection at the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum (MCLM) “contains over two million rare books, films, documents, photographs, artifacts, and works of art related to the history and culture of African Americans in the United States, with a special focus on Southern California and the American West.” Guided tours are available by appointment. The museum is open Saturdays from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Leimert Park Artwalk
3333 43rd Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Families can participate in the Leimert Park Art Walk on Sunday, February 25th beginning at 1:00 pm. (The Art Walk is scheduled for the last Sunday of each month). Families will enjoy art, music, culture, and good company at this free event.

Black History Month at the Paley Center for Media
465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 

The monthlong celebration of Black history will be Wednesdays through Sundays during February and include an interactive exhibit, family activities and special screenings including a Doc McStuffins marathon. The activities are free and open to the public.

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