Things to Do

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Engage with us in February with Black History Month programming, videos, and more.

2024 Feel the Heritage Festival

kids at feel the heritage festival The 2024 Feel the Heritage Festival will be held on Sat., Feb. 24, noon-5 p.m. at Charles Drew Community Center. The festival welcomes hundreds each year to learn about the Arlington’s historically African-American neighborhoods while enjoying live entertainment, delicious food and dozens of vendors. Learn more

Arlington Public Library Community Read: "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin

james baldwin book cover In celebration of Black History Month and to help usher in "Arlington Reads 2024: James Baldwin Centennial (1924-2024)," the library invites you to participate in a community reading event. The featured title, "The Fire Next Time," by James Baldwin will be available in unlimited access on Libby, free with your Arlington Public Library card.

Then, on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, join the Library for a community discussion of this pivotal work with George Mason University Distinguished Professor Keith Clark.

The Arlington Reads series will continue throughout the spring with discussions, featuring four acclaimed authors, of Baldwin and his continued relevance in today's society.

More Black History Months Events in February


Honoring Black Artists

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Get creative while learning more about Black Americans' contributions to art by watching these 'how to' videos from Parks and Recreation's Community Arts team:

Black History Mystery

The Department of Parks and Recreation's Youth, Teen & Family Services is hosting a Black History Mystery. This photo scavenger hunt takes place around Arlington County and features many historic landmarks celebrating Black history. All video clues can be found at the Youth, Teen & Family Facebook page or Rec at Home YouTube Page. More information can be found hereSam Sandiego F copy.jpg

Rec @ Home Activities for Kids

BHM.png The Department of Parks and Recreation's Youth, Teen & Family Services staff curated fun activities to do at home with accompanying videos. Activities include crafts, snacks, story time and more. Watch the videos here.

Learn with the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington and Columbia Pike Library

1638907622.jpgVisit the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington (BHMA) and learn about Arlington’s fascinating local Black and African American history.