Black History Month Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Bring the whole family to learn about African-American art, history and culture at one of these Black History Month events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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February is Black History Month, which means it’s the perfect time to bring the family out for a learning experience at one of the cool Black History Month events that are put on by one of metro Detroit’s numerous kid-friendly attractions.

Here, you will find a listing of tons of story telling events, musical and dance performances, interactive workshops and hands-on activities, great for anyone who wants to explore black history and culture, or gain awareness of the past.

Discover what family-friendly Black History Month events the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas have to offer, and which one, or ones, will work for you and your family.

Celebrate Black History at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn

Feb. 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23 and 26-29, 2020

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
  • Cost: Free admission with museum ticket: $25/general, $22.50/seniors, $18.75/ages 5-11; $6/parking

Each week, this local spot teaches about different aspects of African-American history in the form of hands-on activities, performances, music, African-American inspired food and more.

Black History Month at the Detroit Institute of Arts

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Feb. 1-29, 2020

  • Address: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-7900
  • Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (closed Mondays)
  • Cost: Free/Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county residents; others: $14/adults, $9/seniors, $8/college students with ID, $6/ages 6-17, free/kids 5 and under

The DIA’s renowned African art collection is yours to explore during all open hours; plus tons of family-friendly drop-in workshops, artist discussions and short film screenings to enjoy. Don’t forget to swing by this month on select days for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s celebrations, too.

Black History Month at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit 

Feb. 1-29, 2020

  • Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-5800
  • Times: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $5-$8/person, free/kids 3 and under

This educational hub offers special extended hours in February; plus live presentations, guest speakers, family activities and much more, which are all focused on African and African American history and culture.

Black History Month Celebration with the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit 

Feb. 1-29, 2020 (Select dates)

  • Address: 2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit,
  • Phone: 313-471-7000
  • Times: Call for details
  • Cost: Call for details

During select Piston games, fans will enjoy performances of the National Anthem by local African American choirs.

National African American Read-In Book Discussions at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills

Feb. 6, 2020

  • Address: Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills 
  • Phone: 248-553-0300
  • Times: 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Adults can pick up copies of Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian at the Costick Center and then join in on this discussion. Registration is requested.

African American Collage inspired by Harlem Renaissance Artists at the Detroit Public Library Chase Branch

Feb. 8, 2020

  • Address: Detroit Public Library Chase Branch, 17731 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-481-1580
  • Time: Noon-2 p.m. 
  • Cost: Free

Kids and grown-ups celebrate black history by learning about African-American artists while enjoying a hands-on art experience.

Sphinx Finals Competition at Orchestra Hall in Detroit

Feb. 8, 2020

  • Address: Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-576-5130
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $15/general

Experience this annual celebration of musical diversity, which features performances by very talented black and Latinx string players.

Bike Show & Bike Races at the Lexus Velodrome in Detroit 

Feb. 14-15, 2020

  • Address: Lexus Velodrome, 601 Mack Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-265-6725
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. 
  • Cost: $10/admission, $15/bike races

In celebration of Black History Month, the Velodrome throwing a free community bike show on the Tolan Playfield.

Dark Girls Screening and Discussion at the Detroit Public Library Chase Branch

Feb. 15, 2020

  • Address: Detroit Public Library Chase
    Branch, 17731 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-481-1580
  • Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Visit the library for a screening and uplifting discussion of the controversial documentary about prejudices dark-skinned women face today.

Under the African Sky by Wild Swan Theater

Feb. 20-22, 2020

  • Address: Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-995-0530
  • Time: 10 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $10-$15

Experience a collection of African tales in a ton of different artistic mediums like story telling, acting, dancing and drumming. Colorful costumes, masks, traditional African music and tons of chances for audience participation add even more excitement to the performance. Note: Get your tickets ASAP – tickets sell out fast.

Detroit Book City African-American Family Book Expo at the Fellowship Chapel Banquet and Conference Center in Detroit 

Feb. 22, 2020

  • Address: Fellowship Chapel Banquet and Conference Center, 7707 W. Outer Drive, Detroit
  • Phone: 248-993-3844
  • Time: Noon-5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free/admission, fee apply for items on sale

This fourth annual expo is the largest independent black book fair in the state and features book discussions, kids’ activities, meet-and-greets with black authors and more. Registration required.

Collage Workshop at the Detroit Public Library Duffield Branch

Feb. 22, 2020

  • Address: Detroit Public Library
    Duffield Branch, 2507 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-481-1710
  • Time: 3-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Artist Equilla Walker will lead a
collage workshop, all materials will be provided.

Black History Month at Romulus Public Library 

Feb. 25, 2020

  • Address: Romulus Public Library, 11121 Wayne Rd, Romulus
  • Phone: 734-942-7589
  • Time: 6-7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Visit the library for a Black History Month kid’s program. Check the website for details.

African-American History Day at Detroit Historical Museum

Feb. 29, 2020

  • Address: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-1805
  • Time: Noon-5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This annual family-friendly event features make-and-take crafts, story readings, games, and live performances, all in celebration of Black History Month. This year’s event will focus on neighborhood sports in Detroit and will feature guest lectures by groups that play lacrosse, golf, hockey and other games.

Black Classism Panel Presentation at the Detroit Public Library Main Branch

Feb. 29, 2020

  • Address: Detroit Public Library Main
    Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-481-1384
  • Time: 2-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

A presentation of lectures to honor the release of “Classism and the Black Atlantic” by Ian Moyer, Heidi E. Morse, Michele Ronnick and Patrice D. Rankine.

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