Celebrate Black History Month in the Tri-Cities

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements, contributions and sacrifices made by African Americans and recognizing their role in shaping U.S. history.

Celebrate Black History Month by supporting these Black-owned tourism-related businesses when visiting the Tri-Cities:

Ann’s Best Creole & Soul Food in the Richland Airport serves a healthy helping of hospitality along with Southern- and creole-inspired dishes such as po’ boys, jambalaya, gumbo, buttermilk biscuits and more.

Catfish Alley Southern Style Cooking, located in Red Mountain Kitchen in Downtown Kennewick, offers a great variety from their famous catfish to tasty smash burgers. Don’t forget a side of hush puppies—you won’t regret it.

Head to Cupcake’s Bakery and Deli in Kennewick for Southern dishes, and stay for the one-of-a-kind cupcakes, pies and other desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

The East Africa Grocery & Halal in Kennewick is a community grocery specializing in halal foods, teas, incense and more.

Frichette Winery on renown Red Mountain in Benton City offers award-winning wine from a picturesque tasting room set among the vineyards.

HoneyBaked Ham Café not only offers a delicious menu of handcrafted sandwiches and salads, the take home ham dinners and side dishes are delectable as well.

Uncle Brother’s Fish Fry is a favorite local food truck specializing in Southern-style fried fish. Check their Facebook page for their daily location and events.

A list of other Black-owned businesses in the Tri-Cities is available here.

Or check out these upcoming events:

AACCES Art Show

Feb. 4 & Feb. 11
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Space
1384 Jadwin Ave, Richland

The African American Community, Cultural, and Educational Society (AACCES), in partnership with DrewBoy Creative, is hosting an art show in celebration of Black History Month. The art show features an incredible group of local Black artists and their artwork, highlighting African American contributions to the Tri-Cities and the Pacific Northwest through culture, community and education.

“Putting Down Roots” Bush Family Monument Dedication

Tuesday, Feb. 15
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Washington State University Tri-Cities
2710 Crimson Way, Richland

A memorial dedicated to African American pioneers George and Isabella Bush, and their eldest son, William Owen Bush. The Bush family is being honored for their agricultural knowledge of Washington, contributing to the growth and prosperity of the State. As the first African American to serve in the Washington State legislature, William Owen Bush is honored for introducing legislation that established Washington State University. Go Cougs!

2nd Annual International Winemakers Summit

February 18-20, 2022
Virtual Event

Support Shae Frichette of Frichette Winery and Black winemakers throughout the globe at the International Winemakers Summit, hosted by the Urban Connoisseurs.

Tri-IDEAs is a program exploring and celebrating Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility through tourism in the Tri-Cities. 

At Visit Tri-Cities, we believe travel is transformative on multiple levels. Exploring new destinations exposes us to different ideas, cultures, history, heritages and people. Through Tri-IDEAs, Visit Tri-Cities will connect with local business owners, community leaders, event organizers, residents and more to highlight, share and celebrate the diversity of the Tri-Cities that can be experienced through travel and tourism activities.