February is Black History Month and Downtown Grand Rapids presents a variety of events and opportunities to honor this tradition. Below is a roundup of these events in chronological order.

If you know of an event taking place downtown not presented below please drop us a note with the information at info@downtowngr.org. Our goal is to present a comprehensive listing of Black History Month events occurring in Downtown. 

*Event dates/times subject to change.

West Michigan Minstrel Show

  • 12:00 - 5:00 PM throughout the month of February
    Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives
    87 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Black Lives Matter Vigil

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM 
    Rosa Parks Circle
    135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM 
    Creston Brewery
    1504 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505

GRCC Diversity Lecture with Bakari Sellers

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM 
    Fountain Street Church
    24 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Grand Rapids Black History Walking Tour

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 12 PM – 1 PM
    Rosa Parks Circle
    135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Symphony with Soul featuring Black Violin

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8 PM – 10 PM 
    DeVos Performance Hall
    303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Taste of Soul Sunday 2019

  • Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 1 PM – 4:30 PM 
    Grand Rapids Public Library Main Library
    111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Black History Night - The Drunken Retort

  • Monday, February 25, 2019 at 8 PM – 11:30 PM 
    The Drunken Retort
    53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503