As February arrives, so does Black History Month in Seattle. From captivating live music and short films to local artisan markets highlighting black-owned businesses, here are 8 Black History Month events happening in the city this February.

SmARTfilms Series: Black Luxury

Discover the diverse representations of Black culture in BIMA’s “Black Luxury” film series. The series provides an immersive experience into what luxury means in the Black community through the lens of fashion, art, love and history.

This series also aligns with the Black & Boujee exhibition, running from until February 20 at BIMA.

When: Tuesday, February 13th, 20th, and 27th, 2024
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way East Bainbridge Island
Cost: $10

Black History Month Keynote Program

In honour of Black History Month, Dr. Dorethea Williams and her family history team from the Smithsonian Museum will be presenting on Black family history and genealogy. The keynote presentation will be held at the Northwest African American Museum on Thursday, February 15th at 6:00pm.

When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, February 15th, 2024
Where: 2300 South Massachusetts Street
Cost: Free

Black Owned Business Vendor Market

This year for Black History Month, you can check out a two-weekend vendor market featuring small and local black-owned businesses. And it all kicks off on February 17th.

When: Saturday, February 17th and Sunday February 18th, 2024
Where: The Collection Outlet, 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn
Cost: Free entry

Black History Month Soirée

The BIMA Black History Month Soirée is celebrating Black culture with a night filled with music, art, and a special pop-up group of vendors from Seattle’s Black Love Market. Guests can enjoy a drink from the bistro, live performances and music from local artists.

When: Saturday, February 17th, 2024
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way East Bainbridge Island
Cost: Free, suggested donations

2nd Annual Black Makers & Creatives Exhibit

The 2nd Annual Black Makers & Creatives Exhibit is returning for an evening of fashion, poetry and thoughtfully curated art, showcasing Western Washington’s most talented Black artists and creatives. Light bites and drinks are included with your ticket price, as well as a special appearance from local wine maker and business owner, Alexis George Wines.

Plus, a portion of ticket sales will be donated directly to a local non-profit organization.

When: Saturday, February 24th, 2024
Where: Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, 1053 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton
Cost: $75

X: The Life & Times of Malcolm X

Presented by Seattle Opera, “One of the most misunderstood figures in US history, Malcolm X was an icon of the civil rights movement. Get to know the man through a series of biographical vignettes that follow Malcolm X from his interrupted childhood in Lansing, Michigan to his tragic murder in Harlem.”

When: Select dates between Saturday, February 24th to Saturday, March 9th, 2024
Where: McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street
Cost: $61+

Confronting Hate Together: The Power of Community

At this event, you can join representatives from the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, the Wing Luke Museum, and the Washington State Jewish Historical Society “to hear about their collaboration for Confronting Hate Together, inspired by the 1937-1952 American Jewish Committee campaign to fight bigotry.”

When: Saturday, February 24th, 2024
Where: Museum of History and Industry, 860 Terry Ave N
Cost:  Free with admission – $22

Seattle Black Film Festival 

The Seattle Black Film Festival at BIMA returns for an afternoon of thought provoking short films, a feature length film, and a post-show discussion. The festival features underrepresented perspectives and emerging filmmakers to celebrate Black brilliance in Seattle.

When: Sunday, February 25th, 2024
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way East Bainbridge Island
Cost: $12