How to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day in the Bay Area

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Honor the civil rights achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr., reflect on the issues facing Black Americans, and celebrate BIPOC innovation at these upcoming events.

The MLK Celebration of Freedom, Civil Rights, and Social Justice

Jan 13

The MLK Celebration of Freedom, Civil Rights, and Social Justice will be held live at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre. The free MLK event will include special performers, gospel luminaries, and inspirational speakers.

24th Annual Marin City Dr. MLK Jr. Celebration

Jan 16

The Marin City CSD and MLK Planning Committee presents the 24th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. This celebration will feature a table talk symposium at the Marin City Senior Center from 10am to 11:30am, and a program at the MLK Academy from 12pm to 2:30pm. The celebration will include performances, keynote speakers, food, community awards, and more.

The Liberation Film Festival

Jan 14–16

The Liberation Film Festival brings human interest documentaries and short features to fresh, diverse audiences. The film festival is free and open to the public at multiple locations — the Yerba Buena Center Theater and Screening Room, and the Freedom Theater at the Museum of the African Diaspora.

The Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival

Jan 14–16

The Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival celebrates BIPOC creativity in the comic arts and popular visual culture. The three-day event includes a grand expo, kids activities, film screenings, panels and conversations, cosplay events, and more. BCAF is a festival of the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation.

MLK Music Festival

Jan 16
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MLK Music Festival returns to SF’s Yerba Buena Gardens. Enjoy an afternoon of free live music from Grammy winning artists on the main Esplanade Stage.