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Miami has no shortage of things to do, but if there are four things you absolutely, positively shouldn’t miss this February, it’s these shows, exhibits and parties. This is how South Florida celebrates Black History Month.

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Aint Misbehavin via the M Ensemble Company

1. A Musical Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance

One of the oldest African American theater companies in South Florida, the M Ensemble, is behind a new Black History Month feature, Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show. Catch the musical at the newly renovated Sandrell Rivers Theater in Liberty City now through February 23 and pay tribute to some of the most famous musicians during the Harlem Renaissance.

2. A Weekend Long Festival Celebrating All Things Jazz

Right in time for Black History Month, the 23rd Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival will include a jam-packed weekend of live performances, workshops, competitions, classes and a glitzy, red carpet concert event. Rooted in African American culture, the jazz festival will honor the late Melton Mustafa Sr., who dedicated his life to preserving and celebrating the artform. The event runs from Feb. 28 through March 1, and tickets can be purchased for $20 in advance here.

3. The Roaring ’20s Black History Costume Party

Dress up as your favorite icon from the Renaissance era and celebrate Black History Month at the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE). At the Roaring ’20s Costume Party on Saturday, February 29, expect interactive art, music, dancing and gourmet treats. 

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Adrienne Arsht Center

4. Get Jazzed at the Arsht

One night only (February 21—mark it down!), the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall will host A Century of Jazz Giants, featuring acclaimed Grammy winner Kurt Elling, one of the world’s acclaimed jazz vocalists. Go on a journey through time and enjoy 100 years of jazz through various performances. René Marie will showcase the best of Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other prominent female vocalists too.

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