During February, we honor the triumphs and incomparable contributions of African Americans and Black people worldwide by celebrating historic accomplishments, music, art, food, community, and more. Pompano Beach is proud to host a rich roster of events for everyone to enjoy! This year, we offer incredible concerts honoring Nat King Cole, the return to in-person film screenings as a part of our Montage Film Series hosted by Cathleen Dean of Black Cat Media, and historic experiences including the theatrical production, Emancipation Blues, An American Blues Story written and directed by artist in residence T.M. Pride, and so much more. The Tiger Trail Festival is also this month and will feature an epic array of festivities, including a black-tie gala, a 5k walk, a gospel concert, and a street festival.
Location: Cultural Center| 7:30pm | $30
In celebration of Black History Month 2024, Pompano Beach Arts presents COLE, The Birth of a King. This unforgettable concert pays tribute to the illustrious Nat King Cole and features the iconic songs that made him one of the most beloved entertainers of all time. Event headliner, Darrell Cole, is acclaimed by the Nat King Cole Society as the legend’s most authentic tribute artist. Find out more by clicking here.
Location: Blanche Ely House Museum | 12:15pm | FREE
Bring the kids for creative art making and age appropriate learning in the tradition of pioneering educators Blanche and Joseph Ely. The Elys’ lifelong dedication to providing high quality academic and cultural experiences to African- American students in Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Dania Beach is at the center of this program. Find out more by clicking here.
Book: I Am Enough by Grace Byers
Craft: ALMA THOMAS CIRCLE ART
Location: Pompano Beach Cultural Center | 3pm | $25
Emancipation Blues is a riveting experience for the community to learn and celebrate the trials and triumphs of an American journey to
freedom. Watch, listen, and learn as the sounds of jazz from Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald underscore the African- American pursuit of liberty and justice. From the civil rights movement all the way to Black Lives Matter we dance, tap, and swing our way through
history. Highlighting some familiar stories with poetry and the blues. Emancipation Blues is a show for everyone by everyone. An American Blues ballet that includes African diasporic, hip hop, modern, and jazz movements with jazzy sounds that will compel everyone to dance! Click here to learn more.
Location: Pompano Beach Cultural Center | 12:15-1:15p | FREE
Take a break from your day, bring your lunch and a friend, and let our live music performance move you during this FREE Black History Month inspired performance featuring Yendi! Light refreshments will be available for purchase from Pompano Beach Friends of the Libraries. This event occurs every 3rd Thursday each month. Find out more by clicking here.
Location: Cultural Center | 7:30pm | FREE
Free jazz concert featuring Nicole Yarling, jazz vocalist and jazz violinist. Presented by the Gold Coast Jazz Society, Jazz Reflections: The African-American Women of Jazz, is a free jazz concert in honor of Black History Month featuring jazz vocalist and violinist, Nicole Yarling. Find out more by clicking here.
Location: Gazebo at Palm Aire | 6pm | FREE
Parking: Herb Skolnick, 800 SW 36 Ave.
This 90-minute outdoor concert promises to be a fun-filled evening of singing and dancing along. Dean’s diverse musical tastes include
smooth jazz, big band, Motown, soul, disco, pop, reggae and country. Find out more by clicking here.
Location: Annie Adderly Gillis Park | 6pm | FREE
Join us for the 2nd Annual Black History Ball Weekend, celebrating African-American trailblazers and changemakers! It’s a family reunion filled with music, food, games, and dancing. Bring your lawn chairs and game tables for a night of family fun. Don’t miss the Family Dance-off, register your families in advance to compete for bragging rights and a trophy. Click here to learn more.
Location: Cultural Center | 6pm/cocktail hour | 7pm/show starts | $20-$30
This dinner event will celebrate the community builders of the NW community. Dinner will include a one-hour cocktail reception,
a main course and dessert. The honoree program features a live band and inspirational live entertainment. Limited tickets are available. Click here to learn more.
Location: Ali Cultural Arts Center | 1:00 pm | FREE
Freedom Reads: A Banned Book Presentation" celebrates literature, challenges censorship, and fosters dialogue on intellectual freedom. Six banned books will come alive through interpretive performances, highlighting the impact of censorship. The centerpiece is a panel discussion exploring book banning issues, complemented by live painting sessions. A book fair featuring local authors emphasizes raising voices. The event aims to inspire action against censorship and promote the importance of free expression. Music provided by DJ TLYFE! Doors open at 12pm. Click here to register.
Location: Ali Cultural Arts Center | 12pm - 5pm | $10+
Join us for a new take on “Sunday Brunch” as we close out the Pompano Black History Month Ball Weekend with a unique event! Take
pleasure in good music, food, drinks, and the company of friends while unleashing your inner artist! Come to the Ali Cultural Arts Center and create blinged-out coffee mug or create your own painted canvas. The Craft Experience ticket includes all craft materials
and one drink. Food and cash bar onsite for purchase. Let’s have a creative and fun-filled Sunday! Click here to learn more.
Location: Ali Cultural Center | 2pm | FREE
Montage is back in person!
The final screening of the season focuses on legacy of 2 iconic dancers! The centerpiece of the evening is a screening of the captivating documentary Carmen & Geoffrey. Panel Discussion Following the screening, a panel of local dance professionals will delve deeper into the film’s themes and the legacy of Carmen & Geoffrey. This is a rare opportunity to gain insights from experts, engage in a lively discussion about the history & future of Black artistry in dance. Hosted by Cathleen Dean of Black Cat Media. Click here to learn more.
Find out more about Tiger Trail's event line up by clicking here.
The Tiger Trail Festival was started in the City of Pompano Beach in 1995, by the Blanche Ely High School class of 1970, and has been put on annually ever since. The festival includes musical acts, kids village, food, local vendors and more that bring the community together to celebrate Black American History. Other events now include the:
Location: Fort Lauderdale Marriott North | 6:30pm | $90
Location: Cultural Center | 6pm | FREE
Location: E. Pat Larkins Race: 7am | $25
Location: McNair Park | 1pm | FREE
Location: MLK Blvd | 10am | FREE
Location: TBD | 8am | FREE
Location: TBD | 6pm | FREE
Location: Ali Cultural Center | 6pm | FREE
The Tiger Trail Festival goal is to create an experience that is both fun and educational, providing families with the opportunity to come together and celebrate Black American History in Pompano's wonderful diverse community. We believe that by bringing all people together, we can help build stronger communities.