Black History Month begins this February, and we’re celebrating and honouring the legacy of Black Canadians right here in Toronto. There are some incredible Black History Month events in Toronto that you can attend that combine interactive entertainment and valuable education for people of all ages.

Here are 11 of the best Black History Month events in Toronto to enjoy this February.

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KUUMBA

KUUMBA is Toronto’s largest and longest-running Black Futures Month festival, embracing the rich tapestry of culture, diversity and creativity through a month-long celebration of Black cultural programming. There are many events, workshops, and special performances including one by JUNO award winner Jully Black. Take a look at the exciting lineup here.

When: February 1st to 29th, 2024
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W
Cost: Free & varies

Black History Month Art & Culture Event

Kick off the month by celebrating Black History Month at this celebration showcasing local vendors, mesmerizing performances, captivating storytelling, and more! Entry is free and festivities will run all evening. RSVP your free ticket here.

When: February 1st, 2024 from 5 PM to 10 PM
Where: Richmond-Adelaide Centre, 130 Adelaide St
Cost: Free

Black money talk and exhibit: African Diaspora and Histories and World Currencies

Join a great community discussion organized by Blackhurst Cultural Centre. This centers around the Black communities’ relationship with wealth, money, and currency. Make sure to register online for the event.

When: February 8, 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Where: Randolph College for the Performing Arts – 736 Bathurst Street

Children’s Book launch – Jerk Chicken Magic

Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen is celebrating the release of a new children’s book, Jerk Chicken Magic.

“A heartfelt ode to immigrant families, the book delves into the challenges many immigrants face in a new country while emphasizing the cultural importance of preserving timeless recipes and traditions passed down through generations,” shares the event.

Register for the event online.

When: February 13th, 2024 from 6 PM to 8 PM
Where: Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen – 104 Portland Street

Toronto Black Film Festival

The Toronto Black Film Festival returns from February 14th to 19th with strong programming highlighting innovative, powerful, diverse, and bold features.

Award-winning actress Pam Grier will be presented with the Toronto Black Film Festival’s 2024 Career Achievement Award during this time. It will include a screening of the film Foxy Brown at the Isabel Bader Theatre on February 15th, 2024 at 7:30 PM.

Check out the event schedule here.

Where: Multiple venues in Toronto
When: February 14th to 19th, 2024

Good Vibes Family Day weekend

Explore Todmorden Mills and learn about the remarkable stories of Black inventors and innovators. You’ll have the chance to enjoy reading books and celebrating the diversity of families. Tour two historic homes offering insights into family life in the 1890s and 1940s.

When: February 17th to 19th, 2024 from 11 AM to 4 PM
Where: Todmorden Mills Heritage Site – 67 Pottery Rd
Cost: Free

Sankofa

Enjoy a night of celebration with food, drinks and performances by Drag Queens and Kings. Expect song, poetry and dance from diverse Black 2SLGBTQI+ artists!

When: February 23rd, 2024
Where: YMCA – 20 Grosvenor St

The Leap Black History Month Celebration

The Leap Black History celebration will have inspiring guest speakers, music, dance, and cultural performances. Guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in the heritage and contributions of the Black community, all while enjoying delicious food and activities.

When: February 24th, 2024 from 10 AM to 4 PM
Where: 600 Matheson Boulevard West, Mississauga
Cost: Free

Yoga Night with Samantha

This galactic experience is set in Illuminarium’s SPACE: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond. Take part in Yoge Night, embracing Katonah techniques, pranayama, and warning salutations. This is a vinyasa class led by The Yard Yoga Founder Samantha McGrenaghan, one of Toronto’s black-owned Yoga studios.

When: February 8th 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Illuminarium at the Distillery – 28 Gristmill Lane

Union Presents Black Dreams and Aspirations

Part of a two-part series, Black Dreams and Aspirations features the work of six artists as they explore themes of “community, self-possession, connection to the past, creativity, and the power of imagination.”

Featured artists include Yasin Osman, Yomi Orimoloye, Segun Caezar, Kahame Msiska, Sarah Waithe, Yaw Tony, and Miss Daisy.

When: February 6th to August 31st, 2024 (with art in the West Wing switching mid-May)
Where: Union Station West Wing – 55 Front Street West

Black History Month at the AGO

Join in a rhythm-filled series of Friday night programs at the AGO.

“Our family-friendly activities beautifully highlight the theme of movement. So, come out and enjoy this month-long celebration of culture, history, and the vibrant pulse of the community,” shares the organizer.

When: February 2024
Where: Walker Court, Weston Family Learning Centre & Baillie Court