Beginning in 1976, every U.S. president has designated February as Black History Month. Black History Month is a time to celebrate Black achievement, as well as reminding the community to get involved, support, and give visibility to the people and organizations creating change.

A theme is chosen each year by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). This year’s (2024) theme is ‘African Americans and the Arts’.

Looking for ways to celebrate? Here are some of the Black History Month events taking place in Greater Palm Springs. All are open to the public, inviting the community to get engaged and educated. 

Behind The Mask: Ancient African Traditions and Mysticism and the Influence on Pablo Picasso's African Period

When: February 1 - 29 

From the continent of Africa, thirty-six ancient masks and sculptures from 2,000 years ago, to the mid-1800s, representing 12 central African countries and 27 indigenous communities are presented in the Museum of Ancient Wonders’ Behind the Mask: Ancient African Traditions and Mysticism, a very special gift from Heather James Fine Art Gallery.

Sugar Shack: A Blues & Soul-Inspired Night Sessions

When: February 22 | 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Get ready to transport yourself to The Sugar Shack. Embark on a blues-and-classic-song-inspired Night Sessions that will have you swaying to the rhythm. Featuring the legendary Norman Carter, former lead singer of the iconic Delfonics. You will be captivated by his soulful vocals as you experience this one-of-a-kind event.


When: February 24 | 11:00 a.m.

 In celebration of Black History Month, the Palm Springs Black History Committee and the City of Palm Springs James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center will host the "37th Annual City of Palm Springs Black History Month Parade and Town Fair." The Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2024, on Palm Canyon Drive in Downtown Palm Springs. Immediately following the Parade, the Town Fair is held at the New Downtown Park in Palm Springs across the street from the Palm Springs Art Museum 


When: February 24 | 1:00 p.m.

Misconceptions about the Tuskegee Airmen both refute and explore the origins of popular myths about the legendary first Black pilots in American military service, dispelling misinformation while celebrating the heroic legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. As an Air Force research historian for 37 years and author of numerous books and articles on aviation history, Dr. Haulman is considered a foremost expert on the Tuskegee Airmen and has traveled extensively to lecture on the fabled pilots.


When: February 27 | 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

One of America’s most beloved and critically-acclaimed authors, Terry McMillan became the empowering voice of a generation of women with her New York Times #1 bestsellers Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. A passionate champion of growing older by looking joyously forward, McMillan boldly rejects the concept of “mid-life crisis.” Instead, she evangelizes that anyone, at any age, can “change lanes” to reinvent themselves, overcome obstacles, get out of ruts, and pursue postponed dreams. As a speaker, artist, and woman of hard-won wisdom, McMillan challenges us to tap into our passions, defeat our demons, take care of our whole selves, and never, ever take happiness for granted.

Block Party: Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop

When: February 29 | 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

This Night Sessions event celebrates the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. Celebrate the culture and music that originated and has been shaped by Black America for decades. Attendees will also be able to participate in interactive activities, such as graffiti art, hip-hop dancing, and more.


Past Events

Black History Month Kick-Off 

When: February 1 | 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Join Palm Springs Art Museum for an unforgettable kick-off celebration of Black History Month where they celebrate African Americans and the Arts, and explore the Harlem Renaissance.


When: February 3 | 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

The Awards Gala is The Palm Springs Black History Committee's way of recognizing those individuals, groups, local, and corporate businesses who have allied or contributed to the success and achievements of African Americans and their society.

Sugar Shack: A Jazz-Inspired Night Sessions

When: February 8 | 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Surround yourself with the enchanting sounds of the Sugar Shack, a jazz-inspired Night Sessions. Featuring the remarkable Hope Diamond and her sensational band. Prepare to be mesmerized by captivating narratives and rhythmic harmonies that will transport you to the era of the Harlem Renaissance at The Palm Springs Art Museum.

Rhythm & Hues Fashion Showcase

When: February 15 | 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Rhythm & Hues will showcase the exceptional talent of local fashion designer Aneka Brown, who is renowned for her exquisite blend of modern African influences and opulent jewel tones. Paired with the jazz melodies of Wayne Cobham along with bites curated by guest chefs Betty Berrysmith and Amber Evans. Join Palm Springs Art Museum for an unforgettable evening of style, culture, and culinary delights.

Black History Month at The City Of Indio

When: February 17 | 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Celebrate black history month in downtown Indio with arts and crafts, music, food trucks, poetry, community awards, family fun, games, sports, demos, face painting, and more.

Palm Springs Black History Tour

When: February 19 | 11:00 A.M. 

Join the Palm Springs Black History Committee at James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center for the Palm Springs Black History Tour.

 Start planning your itinerary with these Greater Palm Springs events this weekend. 

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