Looking for the best Black History Month events in New York City? Travel Noire’s got you covered!

You could be anywhere in the country for Black History Month, but New York brings a little something extra. Ask any local or tourist, and they’ll tell you there’s always something exciting going on. Dull moments? New Yorkers have never heard of them. Whether on mass transit or just walking around, it’s always lit in the Big Apple from spring to winter.

How have Black people contributed to New York’s way of life? That would require a separate article.

The Thrillist writes, “Black culture is an integral part of what defines New York City’s vibrant, creative, and ever-flourishing identity. And across the five boroughs, with 1.9 million Black New Yorkers—identifying as Black American, Trinidadian, West African, and more—making up 22% of the city’s population, their impact across communities here can be found in everything from art and music to food and entrepreneurship.”

If you’re planning to swing through New York, here are some Black History Month events for you to check out.

Game Jam

Gamers and tech lovers unite for one of our favorite Black History Month events! Black Web Fest will be hosting a special event from February 17 to February 19. If you ever wanted to learn about the early stages of game development and interface with others who share that passion, this event is for you. It’s free, but you have to reserve in advance (no more than two tickets per person).

According to Eventbrite, “we’ll be celebrating by hosting a weekend-long event for underrepresented creators to come together and learn how to develop video games.” At the Black History Month Game Jam, early-career and aspiring game developers will have an opportunity to build a playable game, learn from industry experts and connect with their community. Free food will be provided throughout the event and there will be prizes. All skill levels are welcome, but the organizers ask that you bring your own laptops.

Black History Month Pop-Up Shop

If you’re going to be in Brooklyn, and want to support some Black-owned businesses in the same place, head to The Content House on February 26. There will be six businesses featured. You will be able to mingle with not only the entrepreneurs who range from artists selling unique pieces to home decor professionals but also other attendees, so bring your business cards! There will be light refreshments and entry is free.

Frolic Black Burlesque Revue: A Unique Black History Month Event

Do you want to support talented burlesque performers, some of whom are part of the LGBTQ+ community? You’ll have your chance on February 16, courtesy of C’mon Everybody.

Even though it’s two days afterward, Valentine’s Day is the central theme.

According to Dice, this event “features Black and POC vendors, as well as an ever-intriguing raffle with dope products from Black-owned businesses like Mintty Makeup by Junior Mint (the only Black trans-women-led makeup line). There will be other notable up-and-coming entrepreneurs. You don’t want to miss the chance to win this raffle!”

Purchase your tickets at the link above.

Dirty Thursday At House Of Yes: Beyoncé

The House of Yes needs no introduction. It’s an experience you have to have at least once.

Located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this vibrant nightclub is a haven for the fun and quirky, and as the name suggests, consent is non-negotiable.

Many of the events feature Black music. But, if you want to listen to Beyoncé all night (and can’t afford the tickets for her upcoming tour), clear your calendar for February 23. Rock out to all of her hits, including at least some from the Destiny’s Child days.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Bell House Presents: Drunk Black History

If you’ve never been to Bell House, you should. At 8 p.m. on February 23, laugh it up while live comedians discuss Black historical figures with twist of alcohol.

According to Eventbrite, “comedians Brandon Collins (SXSW) and Gordon Baker-Bone (MTV) host this interactive show where prominent Black historical figures will finally get their due through drunken anecdotes from booked guests.”

Comedians include Kevin Iso, J.D. Williams, Electra Telesford and Simeon Goodson, with beats provided by DJ Shakir Standley of MTV. It’s highly recommended you arrive early for sitting or standing room.