Here is your Mshale guide to 2024 Black History Month events in the Twin Cities.
Here is your Mshale guide to 2024 Black History Month events in the Twin Cities.

February is Black History Month and various institutions in the Twin Cities and around the state are hosting events to celebrate one of America’s oldest organized history celebrations. Here is a non-exhaustive list of free events Mshale staff has put together.

You can read more about the origins of Black history Month at this link.

Salute to Black inventors

STEM Saturday Health Science and Inventions

When: Feb. 10, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Harvest Best Academy, 1300 Olson Memorial Highway, Minneapolis, MN 55411

This is a free hands-on STEM event where K-8th grade students will learn about health science and inventions through hands-on activities. Free lunch will be provided as well as raffles and awards.

Check out Black vendors

The Black Market | Eat. Shop. Vibe. Connect

When: Feb. 10, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Case Building, 767 North Eustis Street Minneapolis, MN 55114

This is a monthly market on the second Saturday of each month that highlights Black businesses, food & culture. People may sell and purchase goods, learn about services, connect with community, enjoy live entertainment, and, taste a multitude of foods from around the cities.

Attend a film screening

Black History Month Film Series

When: Feb. 9,10, 16, 17, 23, 24 7:30 p.m.
Where: Friday screenings @ St. Paul Student Center Theater, 2017 Buford Ave, St Paul, MN 55108 and Saturday screenings @ Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Presented in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Black Student Union, screenings will include:

02/09 & 02/10 – Girls Trip (2017)
02/16 & 02/17 – Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
02/23 & 02/24 – Dreamgirls (2006)

Celebrate at museums

Meet at Mia: Celebrating Black History

When: Feb. 8, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

Celebrate Black History Month at Mia with music, art-making, and more. This event is free and open to the public; food and drink from Agra Culture is available for purchase. Self Guided Tour of work by African American artists and Art-Making Zines with BakiBakiBaki. While at MIA, check out this free Exhibition: American Gothic: Gordon Parks and Ella Watson.

Discovering African American Roots: A Beginners Guide, Genealogy Workshop with Mica L. Anders

When: Feb. 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, 1256 Penn Avenue N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

In this free workshop, Mica L. Anders, a professional genealogist, lecturer, and oral historian with over 15 years of experience will unlock the stories of your African American ancestors. She will introduce the tools you need to begin your family history journey, highlight uniquely African American sources, and help you uncover your family’s stories to honor their legacy.

Youth Zine and Collage Workshop with Baki Porter

When: Feb. 24, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, 1256 Penn Avenue N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

A zine (short for magazine) is a small, diy-created book about any topic you can think of. In this workshop, you will create your own zine while learning about the history of African Americans in Minnesota and how the art form of self-publication is being used as a form of protest. You will be encouraged to draw, write, and/or collage to create your zines.

Meet Black elected officials

 Black History Month Brunch Bliss with Anika and Cheniqua

When: Feb. 24, Noon. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Pimento Jamaican Chicken, 354 Wabasha St N, St Paul, MN 55102

St. Paul City Council members Cheniqua Jackson and Anika Bowie are one of the seven history making women elected to an all-female city council in November. This event is meant to be a fun way to celebrate Black History Month, celebrate Black Herstory Makers, a fundraiser for the two councilmembers and support a Black owned business.

Meet Black authors

Celebrate Black History with Shannon Gibney, Carolyn Holbrook, and David Mura

When: Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
Where: Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55408

Join local authors and historians for an evening celebrating Black History in the Twin Cities. From internationally-reaching events to local family histories, Shannon Gibney, Carolyn Holbrook, Ebony J. Davis, and David Mura will discuss their work and present on fascinating local topics. Followed by Q&A and book signing. Event is free but registration is required.

Bringing Books to Life for Black History Month

When: Feb. 24, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Park Library, 8500 W. Broadway Avenue Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Celebrate Black History Month by meeting Minnesota Black Authors Expo’s (MBAE) authors. Stop by anytime to learn from local Black authors. MBAE authors will read from their books and engage with participants.

Attend a concert

Tribute to Mahalia Jackson

When: Feb. 25, 5 p.m.
Where: The Capri Theatre, 2027 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55411

Organized by the Office of the Minnesota Senate President Bobby Joe Champion, Twin Cities phenom, Kennadi Hurst, a singer, actress, writer and resident worship leader at High Praise Ministries will perform the works of late American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson whose career spanned 40 years. Hurst will be accompanied by Sam Reeves.


1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)