February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada, a time to remember important people and events in African-American history. Here are some celebrations and special events taking place in or near Fairfax County and Washington, DC, in 2018.
Sat., February 3 (exhibit through March 2) – Manassas, VA
Ayeye: A Retrospective of Black History Month
To commemorate Black History Month, the Center for the Arts has scheduled an exhibit exploring art works by local and regional African-American artists featuring photography, painting, and mixed media with subject matter ranging from studies of African culture and history to nature and travel. The term ayeye means “celebration” or “ceremony” in Yoruba. The public is invited to attend the Opening Reception, Saturday, February 3, 6-8 PM, hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The reception will include refreshments, live music, and door prizes (free & open to the public). The exhibit itself runs through March 2, 2018.
Sat., February 10 – Chantilly, VA
African American Pioneers in Aviation
The February Family Day at Smithsonian Air and Space Museum celebrates the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration. Visitors will enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and stories, and may have the opportunity to meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. The theme this year is “The Struggle for Equal Access to the Skies.” Free admission; parking is $15 per vehicle.
All month long, Feb. 1-28 – Alexandria, VA
Mount Vernon Celebrates Black History Month
Visit the home of George Washington and listen to the stories of the enslaved people who built and operated Mount Vernon, and learn about their daily lives on the estate. In honor of Black History Month, “The Enslaved People of Mount Vernon” tour (normally $4 per person) will be free throughout February; regular admission to the estate is required (see current admission prices).
All month long, Feb. 1-28 – Washington, DC
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Black History Month is a great time to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This still-new museum — it just opened in late September 2016 — is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. To date, the museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Its exhibitions explore history, achievements in the arts, inventions, and more.
Friday, March 2 – Fairfax, VA
Fairfax County and COX Communications Black History Month celebration
This annual family-friendly program begins with a reception 6-7 pm at the Government Center, followed by the main event with speakers. This free event features remarks from community leaders and live entertainment including choir music and dance presentations. This year’s theme is “Know the Past, Shape the Future.” See the flyer below for details.
Know of any other family-friendly Black History Month celebrations we should include? Submit an event — we will be updating this list soon! Thanks!