Fun Ways to Celebrate Black History Month across the Bay

By now everyone should know that February is deemed Black History Month in the United States. It is a time where we celebrate the many achievements of people of African descent in the U.S. from February 1st – February 28th.

Instead of composing a list of African American inventors (something that I used to have to do in grade school when I was growing up) I decided to put together a local list of ways you and your family can support a black owned business, gain new insight on local African American achievements or just simply celebrate your African American neighbor, coworker or friend.

February 1st

Join the dynamic husband and wife team at Livy O’s Catering Co. by kick starting your weekend with a little live entertainment, delicious food, and signature cocktails. Doors open at 7:30pm. Reservations and or VIP tables are available at http://www.livyos.com

February 2nd

In case you did not know, there is a really big football game happening this weekend. Some people watch for the game, some for the halftime show and others just tune in for the epic commercials. Either way, be sure to contact Craig Watson of Mr. Margarita Tampa for all of your Super bowl entertainment needs. Your party isn’t official unless Mr. Margarita is there!

February 3rd

If you haven’t secured your menu for the Super Bowl please consider calling my friends over at Sim’s Catering services. Another dynamic husband and wife team that are sure to make your taste buds come alive! Contact them via email at simscateringservices@outlook.com or by phone at (813) 484-0734.

February 1st – 7th

The superhero blockbuster thriller of 2018 is returning to the movie theaters! Take your family out for FREE at participating AMC theaters to relive this EPIC movie. Check here to see which theaters are eligible http://www.amctheaters.com.

Black Panther is sure to be a family favorite with this award winning cast!

February 6th & 7th

Here’s another chance to take your family out by going to the David A. Straz Center in downtown Tampa to see Tyler Perry and the cast and crew of Madea’s Farewell tour. Tyler is well known for his plays and his beloved character Madea so this show is sure to be a hit! Tickets are selling out fast so be sure to call the Box Office at (813) 229-7827 for further info.

Tyler as Madea is a whoot and we all have a Madea in our family!

February 8th

Spend the day in Sarasota, take in some of their beautiful sights and enjoy St. Armands Cirlce. Then head over to Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall to be serenaded by the iconic Pattie LaBelle. Her classic hits of soul, r&b, pop, blues and spirituals will be sure to put anyone in a great mood. Tickets can be purchased through their box office by calling (941)953-3368.

The ageless and iconic Patti LaBelle!

February 9th – 13th

Take some time out of your busy week and support these local businesses in the month of February and throughout the year!

February 14th

Skip the long waits in line for a dinner date this Valentine’s Day and take your boo to the movies. Nothing like enjoying good laughs over a comedy to lighten up the mood. This movie is starring Taraji P. Henson who was just awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

February 15th

Stop the presses! It’s a national holiday! My daughter turns the BIG ONE!!

February 16

Did you know Tampa Bay has an annual Collard Green Festival? Neither did I! I just found out about it this year and I’m very excited to attend! This year it will be hosted in St. Petersburg, FL at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. Come out and enjoy this family friendly event from 9am – 4pm. Taste samples of collard green inspired recipes, learn various cooking methods that contribute to a healthier lifestyle and many other activities happening on site during the festival. Children 12 and under will have a KidZone designed to captivate their interest in urban hands on gardening, composting and more! Come out for arts & crafts, bounce houses, fun and more! There is even a collard green cook off competition you can enter and the winner will be awarded $500! Check out their website for more info http://www.tampabaycollardgreenfestival.org

February 19th

The iconic African American dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will be in Orlando, FL for one memorable night. Fun fact: I majored in Dance at the University of South Florida and one of my classmates, Jermaine Terry is a company member of Ailey. To say that I am a proud friend and classmate is an understatement. The dance performance will be held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the Walt Disney Theater. Call for ticket prices and information at (844)513-2014.

February 20th & 23rd

Fashion visionary and event host enthusiasts, Lacey B. Smith brings you the ninth installment of Haute Accessories Week 2019. This year’s event will be hosted at the Hyatt Place Tampa/Wesley Chapel. HAUTE is an event exclusively to spotlight the contributions of accessory designers in the fashion industry. Featuring the unique and creative works of independent and emerging accessory designers. Come out and support this two day event! Be prepared to be wowed and shop the latest designs and accessory trends of the year!

February 24th

Come out and join us for fellowship at Rivers of Life Church Ministries in Brandon, FL. Our nondenominational church is open to all and welcomes you to our Sunday services which began at 10am every Sunday. Pastor Curtis A. Swafford and First Lady Rev. Dorothy T. Swafford would be delighted to have you. Please visit the church’s website for more info http://www.rolcm.org.

February 25th – 28th

As our Black History month draws to an end, please consider supporting these businesses during the month of February and throughout year.

I had such a great time composing this list. Leave me some feedback on businesses or events I could have included. I hope that you find this list useful and let me know if you attend any of the events listed. Happy Black History Month 2019!

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