February is Black History Month. Here are 22 Tampa Bay events celebrating it.

Two dozen local events help celebrate all month long.
The Collard Green Festival focuses on general health and nutrition. It is one of 23 Black History Month events happening in the Tampa Bay area.
The Collard Green Festival focuses on general health and nutrition. It is one of 23 Black History Month events happening in the Tampa Bay area. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Published Feb. 1|Updated Feb. 1

According to the Smithsonian Institution, the 2024 Black History Month theme is “African Americans and the Arts,” spanning the many impacts Black Americans have had on visual arts, music, cultural movements and more. Here are 22 Black History Month events happening in the Tampa Bay area.

Coffee With a Curator: Impressionism and Black History: In this month’s talk, Dallas Jackson explores how the Impressionist movement provided the foundation that many artists, and himself, use to develop their technical skills. He explains how artists like the Florida Highwaymen captured their environments through “en plein air” painting and how the Florida Highwaymen overcame racial injustice to create venues for their artwork. Free (gallery access not included). 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 7. Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767.

Black History Month: An Evening in Celebration of Frederick Douglass: Author and spoken word performer Nathan M. Richardson presents “Frederick Douglass Speaks on Democracy,” an interactive performance capturing the essence of writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Punk Black Tampa: “Bands of Color” perform in this celebration of people of color. $10-$15. 7 p.m. Feb. 9. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Tampa. 813-241-8600.

UNCF Black History Month Walk for Education and HBCU Homecoming Festival: The walk and community festival feature live entertainment, DJ dancing, games, face painting, a small-business vendors expo, food and handcrafted items. Benefits scholarships for needy students. $35, $15 children. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 10. Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1000 E. Harrison St., Tampa.

Black History Month Celebration of Black Pilots: A fly-in/drive-in celebration breakfast for Black pilots. $20. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 10. Infinity Aero Club, 4639 Birdsong Blvd., Lutz. 813-445-8889.

Black Love Classics Series: The third annual classic film series at Tampa Theatre takes on a “Faith, Food and Family” theme. The lineup includes:

  • Peeples” (PG-13, 95 minutes): In the 2013 comedy-romance, a surprise meeting with a potential fiance’s family goes awry. $10, $7 members. 3 p.m. Feb. 11.
  • This Is It: The Miracle of BBQ” (NR, 100 minutes): In the 2023 documentary, Tampa native Shelley “Butch” Anthony III tells the 40-year history of This Is It: Southern Kitchen and Bar-B-Q. Free. 3 p.m. Feb. 18.
  • Daughters of the Dust” (PG, 113 minutes): In the 1991 historical drama, members of an enslaved family are forced to decide if they’ll stay on their isolated island or move to a more modern way of living on the mainland. A panel discussion with the filmmaker follows the screening. $10, $7 members. 3 p.m. Feb. 25.

Screenings take place at Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Black History Month Exhibition: Artist Njeri Kinuthia displays works representing moments in Black history. Free. 6-7 p.m. Feb. 12. Centre Gallery, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-974-2011.

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Bicyclists join historian Josette Green on the Black History Bike Tour in downtown St. Petersburg.
Bicyclists join historian Josette Green on the Black History Bike Tour in downtown St. Petersburg. [ Courtesy of Josette Green ]

Soul ‘n Love Concert: An R&B Violin Experience: The third annual concert features an R&B violin experience starring acclaimed soul violinist Omari Dillard. $75-$92. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 12. New Tampa Performing Arts Center, 8550 Hunters Village Road, Tampa. 813-541-9366.

Black Family Business Workshop: The Hillsborough County Black Chamber of Commerce hosts this event for Black family businesses to show offy their businesses and share their story of how the family business began. $10-$15. 5-8 p.m. Feb. 13. 2101 E. Palm Ave., Tampa.

Collards After Dark: Black History Month: Author and “Soul Food Scholar” Adrian Miller discusses cocktails, coffee, soft drinks and wines preferred by past U.S. presidents. Includes a copy of “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed the First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas,” drink samples and appetizers. $85-$150. 6-9 p.m. Feb. 16. Cuban Club, 2010 N. Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa. 813-248-2954

Collard Green Festival: The festival geared toward general health and wellness through nutrition features a collard green cookoff, free collard greens, fitness and agricultural demonstrations, live music and a talk by “Soul Food Scholar” Adrian Miller. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 17. Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-323-1104.

The Stories We Tell: Sharing Our Black History Through Creative Expression: A celebration of Black culture through art, dance, prose and song. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 17. Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1201 N. Orange St., Tampa.

Kid Entrepreneur and Vendor Fest: Local youths celebrate Black History Month at this showcase of their talents, small businesses and new inventions. Free. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Sassi’s Galaxy Lounge, 3431 N. 22nd St., Tampa. 813-999-8000.

Florida’s Historic African American Homes: Author Jada Wright-Greene showcases contributions African Americans have made to Florida through historic photographs of Black Americans’ homes, detailing the lives of the people who lived in them. $5, $24.99 with book. 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 18. Oxford Exchange, 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-253-0222.

Timeless Hip Hop: This jam session features The Beatnuts, Craig G, Mr. Cheeks of the Lost Boyz, MC Serch and DJ Sandman. $25 and up. 10 p.m. Feb. 21. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

Black History Month Reception: The third annual reception features guest speakers Sen. Arthenia Joyner and civil rights legend the Rev. Bernard LaFayette Jr. $75. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. 813-228-0097.

Black History Program: The sixth annual reception “Honoring Women of Color” features guest speaker Obaydah Ahmad. $50. 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23. 7326 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa.

St. Petersburg Black History Bike Tour: Join local historian Josette Green for a 5-mile bicycle tour highlighting sites of historical significance to St. Petersburg’s Black residents. Helmets required. Free (registration required). 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 24. Wellness Center, 2198 15th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-503-4736.

Fish, Grits and Black History: Learn about our area’s Black history as you feast on fried fish and grits. Benefits the library. $25-$35. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 24. Walter L. Smith Library, 905 N. Albany Ave., Tampa. 813-254-0605.

Pinellas African American Heritage Celebration: The one-day festival showcasing the diversity of the African American community in Pinellas County features a mini-market of Black artisans and businesses, live jazz, gospel, R&B and poetry, visual and performing art exhibitions, keynote speeches by area politicians and historians, food trucks, a children’s play area and an interactive mural. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-582-2100.

Black History Bus Tour: This 1 ½-hour bus tour explores the local people, places, parks and museums relating to Black history. Examples include several churches 100 years old or more, a slave cemetery, Plant City Photo Archives and a book author, boxer, attorney and others. $30. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 24. Bing Rooming House Museum, 205 S. Allen St., Plant City. 813-757-6760.

A Message from the Roots: This Black History Month event features musical selections from African American composers and their stories. $20, $40 VIP. 6 p.m. Feb. 24. Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. 727-822-4173.