Black History Greens Festival celebrates past, present and future

February 6, 2024 12:58 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2024) — The city of Santa Monica and the Black Santa Monica Community Group will host the 9th annual Black History Greens Festival, a free community celebration that is part of the city’s Black History Month events.

The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park and this year's theme is “Acknowledging the Past, Living in the Present, Building for the Future.” It is a key initiative in advancing the city’s strategic priority of advancing Justice, Equity & Diversity.

Event attendees can check out greens cooking demos with local chefs in addition to a wide array of activities like book readings and giveaways, dance performances, vendors, wellness information, and special guest KJLH radio’s Arron “BOBO” Arnell as the master of ceremonies.

This year’s event will highlight Santa Monica’s local history by paying tribute to a prominent community member, former commissioner and local Santa Monica business owner Lloyd Allen, who recently celebrated his 103rd birthday. Allen is a champion for civil rights and a trailblazer as the first Black member of the Santa Monica Rotary Club and the Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commission and is also a key figure in establishing Virginia Avenue Park.

The day’s festivities also include:

Guests are encouraged to bring picnic blanket and/or lawn chairs. Walking and biking are encouraged.

For more information call (310) 458-8688 or visit

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