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February Black History Month Events in Vancouver in 2020

Black History Month

Black History Month takes place in February in recognition of the history, contributions and culture of Canadians of African and African-American decent.

In 2020, Black History Month runs from February 1st to 29th (so for one day more than usual due to 2020 being a leap year).

Black History Month in Vancouver

February is Black History Month in both Canada and the United States (where in America it is also known as African-American History Month). As a result, Vancouver features a number of performances and events that honour the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians.

The theme for Black History Month in 2020 is “Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past”.

Black History Month Events

Some of the events taking place in Vancouver in honour of Black History Month are listed below. There are film screenings, performances and other events. Some of the events we list are specifically “Black History Month” events. Others though simply feature African-American talent and just happen to take place in February.

(Note: Times, dates and other details are subject to change. See official websites for more information.)

Vancity Theatre on Seymour Street
Vancity Theatre

Film Screenings in 2020


Black History Month film screenings take place at either the Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour Street or The Cinematheque at 1131 Howe Street in Vancouver.

Saturday, February 1st

  • Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse – at 11:45 am at the Vancity Theatre.
  • Ethnic Notions + Affirmations – at 2:30 pm at The Cinematheque.
  • Color Adjustment – at 4:00 pm at The Cinematheque.

Monday, February 3rd

  • Harriet – at 6:20 pm at the Vancity Theatre.
  • Boyz n the Hood – at 8:40 pm at the Vancity Theatre.

Monday, February 10th

  • Watermelon Woman – with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival at 6:30 pm at the Vancity Theatre.
  • Long Time Comin’ – at 8:30 pm at the Vancity Theatre.

Thursday, February 13th

  • Journey to Justice – at 7:00 pm at The Cinematheque.

Monday, February 17th

Monday, February 24th

Wednesday, February 26th

Saturday, February 29th

  • Blacula – at 8:10 pm at the Vancity Theatre.

TIP: The Vancouver South African Film Festival also takes place from March 27th to March 29th in 2020.


Shows and Performances


Various performances take place across Vancouver during Black History Month including the following:

Saturday, February 1st

  • 9th Annual Stayed on Freedom – a Musical Celebration of Black History Month with the Marcus Mosely Chorale and City Soul Choir at 2:30 and 7:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street.
  • She, Mami Wata and The Pussy WitchHunt – at the PuSh Festival at 8:00 pm at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island.
  • Ezra Kwizera – at 10:00 pm at Guilt and Company downstairs at 1 Alexander Street in Gastown.
  • House of ComedyJackie Fabulous from America’s Got Talent fame entertains at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster. Also on stage is Kwasi Thomas.
Ezra Kwizera in Concert
Ezra Kwizera

Sunday, February 2nd

  • House of ComedyJackie Fabulous from America’s Got Talent fame entertains at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.

Tuesday, February 4th

  • Underneath the Harlem Moon – at 9:30 pm at Guilt and Company downstairs at 1 Alexander Street in Gastown.

Thursday, February 6th

Tonye Aganaba in Concert
Tonye Aganaba

Friday, February 7th

  • Root: an Afrocentric Experience for Black History Month – at 7:00 pm at the Commercial Street Cafe at 3599 Commercial Street.
  • Cutlass Spring – at the Push Festival at 8:00 pm at the Scotiabank Dance Centre at 677 Davie Street.

Saturday, February 8th

  • Cutlass Spring – at the Push Festival at 8:00 pm at the Scotiabank Dance Centre at 677 Davie Street.

Sunday, February 9th

  • Jazz Vespers
    • At Northwood United Church in Surrey with the Marcus Mosley Chorale. Admission is by donation.
    • At 4 pm at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church in Vancouver. Today’s event features various artists performing in honour of Black History Month.
Marcus Mosely
Marcus Mosely

Thursday, February 13th

Friday, February 14th

Saturday, February 15th

Sunday, February 16th

  • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley with Ada Lee. Admission is by donation.
Jazz Vespers with Ada Lee
Ada Lee

Wednesday, February 19th

Thursday, February 20th

  • JFL NorthWest Comedy Festival presents Jay Pharaoh – at 7:00 pm at the Vogue Theatre at 918 Granville Street.
  • Yoro (with a special guest) – at 8:30 pm at the Calabash Bistro at 428 Carrall Street.

Friday, February 21st

Saturday, February 22nd

Friday, February 28th

Saturday, February 29th


Other Black History Community Events


Below is a selection of other events that are taking place during Black History Month in Vancouver in 2020. For a full list of events, see the Black History Month website.

Saturday, February 1st

  • Black History Month Celebration – from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia Street.

Sunday, February 2nd

  • Black History Month Kickoff – from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia Street.
  • The Black Market – at 1:00 pm at 8 East Pender Street.

Thursday, February 6th

Saturday, February 8th

  • Afro Hiit Class – at 4:00 pm at 119 West Broadway Street.
  • 2020 Afro Gala – at 6:00 pm at St. Luke’s Hall at 2028 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge

Saturday, February 15th

Sunday, February 16th

Saturday, February 22nd

Sunday, February 23rd

Saturday, February 29th

Other Information

For more details click Black History Month in Vancouver 2020.

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