Celebrate Black History Month in the East Bay

Few cities in California can top the authenticity and richness of the black culture that makes Oakland a top place to visit during Black History Month. With their deep roots evident in The Town’s food, music, art and creativity there are tons of ways to celebrate.

From Concord, California, you can take BART to avoid traffic and travel comfortably with the whole family. Here's how to get to the Bay Area’s best Black History Month celebrations from Concord, CA BART.

Black History Month Celebration Event

This is a family friendly, educational and entertaining experience. Current issues within the black community will be discussed through plays, poems and dances arranged to captivate black culture and tell black history in a creative and exciting environment, all while reminding all of African American origins.

From Concord Bart to the Black History Month Celebration Event in Berkely, CA

Black Joy Parade + Hennessy Presents: Black Joy Cocktail Crawl

Black Joy Cocktail Crawl celebrates an evening of fun where all proceeds go to fund the 3rd Annual Black Joy Parade. Enjoy custom 'Black Joy' cocktails at this Hennessy sponsored event February 21.

From Concord Bart to theBlack Joy Cocktail Crawl in Oakland, CA

Make a Custom Headdress for the Black Joy Parade

Feel like a goddess by designing a "wearable art" headdress to wear to at the Black Joy Parade. A headdress adds instant glamour to any outfit. And a headdress looks good on women of all ages, sizes, heights and on all hairstyles. Your Instagram photos will get shared a lot when you wear a headdress.

From Concord Bart to the Make a Custom Headdress Event in Oakland, CA

Feed the Hood - Black Joy Parade

Join Visit Oakland for another opportunity to Feed the Hood-- giving back to unhoused brothers and sisters across Oakland by preparing and distributing 3,000 bag lunches and hygiene kits.

From Concord Bart to the Feed the Hood Event in Oakland, CA

Black Joy Parade

In February the Black Joy Parade will fill the streets of Oakland. Join us for the largest free, family-friendly event of its kind in California. A parade and festival to celebrate the black experience past, present and future. We invite you to come to be present, be creative, be open and be free.

The parade begins on 14th and Alice in Oakland, Ca at 12:30pm on February 23rd.

From Concord Bart to the Black Joy Parade in Oakland, CA


For more information, check out our partners, Visit Oakland, for more information.

Have other plans for Black History Month? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear how you celebrate!