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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, presented by The Skanner Foundation, typically includes a national speaker talking about a current issue and is always held on the King holiday. Later that day, the World Arts Foundation hosts the Keeping the Dream Alive celebration at Highland Christian Center.
Portland Jazz Festival
Portland marks Black History Month with the PDX Jazz Festival, a citywide celebration of the art form created by African Americans.
NW Black Comedy Festival
The annual NW Black Comedy Festival returns every February with multiple days of laughter at Harvey’s Comedy Club in Northwest Portland, featuring Black comics from the Northwest and beyond. This festival also includes popular local showcases spotlighting Portland’s Black stand-up comics.
Portland Trail Blazers: Celebration of Black History
Every year during Black History Month, the NBA’s Trail Blazers host a Celebration of Black History at the Moda Center, featuring a pre-game celebration, special performances, unique retail items and fundraising efforts to support local nonprofits.
Cascade Festival of African Films
Winter Music Festival
Beat the winter doldrums at the Winter Music Festival, an annual indoor music festival featuring Northwest. Safe from any inclement weather, the all-day festival features two stages, a huge dance floor, plenty of food and multiple bars.
Oregon Black Political Convention
In presidential election years, the Oregon Black Political Convention, hosted by the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs, examines issues affecting the state’s black community and endorses primary candidates.
Black & White Ball
This black-tie gala features dining, dancing and an auction, raising funds for Providence Heart Institute.
“Juneteenth” is celebrated with a freedom parade and a picnic in North and Northeast Portland on the Saturday closest to June 19. This uniquely African-American holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas received word that Lincoln had abolished slavery. In Portland, observation of the holiday was begun in the shipyards in 1944 by Clara Peoples.
Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival
The last weekend in June, the three-day Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival features live music, foods, games and arts that showcase the rich culture of North and Northeast Portland.
Waterfront Blues Festival
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
MLK Dream Run Weekend Celebration
Held the first weekend in August each year, the MLK Dream Run is a professional chip-timed 5k, 10k and 15k race that takes participants through the beautiful streets of the Soul District. The event is a two-day celebration that features music, food and fun while honoring Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The event is billed as one of the most multicultural runs in the Pacific Northwest, attracting many volunteers and runners from the African American community, including groups like BlackGirlsRun Portland.
National Night Out
The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center hosts an annual Kwanzaa celebration that includes exhibits and performances.