South Florida has no shortage of things to do, but if there are five things you absolutely, positively shouldn’t miss this February, it’s these performances and events. Because despite the ongoing pandemic, there are still plenty of safe ways to observe and celebrate Black History Month in Miami. So, mark your calendars and get ready to immerse yourself in the richness of Black history.

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Black History Month in Miami Black Is Black Ain t Exhibit
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1. Black Is Black Ain't Exhibit

Paying homage to the original documentary released in 1995 by Marlon Riggs, the inaugural Black Is Black Ain't is a one-day event in Miami Gardens showcasing local musical talent, dancers, poets and writers. Presented by the E.A.T.N. Project, the exhibit aims to educate, enlighten and present Black history in diverse communities through black independent authors sharing Black narratives.

Saturday, February 19, 2022; St. Thomas University, 16401 Northwest 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054

2. Annual Jazz Festival Weekend

Coinciding with Black History Month, the 25th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival will include a weekend of performances, workshops, and other music-filled events. Rooted in African American culture, the jazz festival will honor the late Melton Mustafa Sr., who dedicated his life to preserving and celebrating the art form. The event runs from February 25 through February 27 and will include various COVID-19 precautions, including temperature checks, masks and social distancing.

February 25 to 27, 2022; The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, 812 NW 2nd, Avenue, Miami, FL 33136

3. Cultural and Dance Events at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Ranging from intimate concerts to visual performances to educational panels and beyond, the Adrienne Arsht Center will host a number of Black History Month events throughout February. But if you have to choose just one event to attend, we’d go with Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater, which celebrates the power of dance in bringing people together.

February 25 to 26, 2022; 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

Black History Month in Miami Soul Vegan Festival
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4. Soul Vegan Festival

Just in time for Black History Month, sample some of the best African American/Caribbean vegan cuisine in town at the fifth annual Soul Vegan Festival. Hosted on the sands of Miami Beach, enjoy an afternoon of food and drink, family-friendly entertainment and music, and even a DJ battle.

February 12, 2022; Lummus Park, 1130 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Support One of Miami’s Black-Owned Restaurants

If you’re not comfortable attending a socially distanced event, you can commemorate Black History Month by supporting one of Miami’s many Black-owned restaurants. From award-winning comfort food to Dwyane Wade’s favorite burger, check out our favorite bites ready to be delivered and savored right now.

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