Martha’s Vineyard has been the summer haven getaway for Black Americans for decades because it's packed with events for the whole family to enjoy. As the summer season begins to draw to a close, the island is set to host its 21st annual African American Film Festival starting on August 4, which is always a big draw to the area. But that’s not all you can do!
This August has brought a host of events spotlighting Black culture, creatives and families—everything from storytime for kids to arts and crafts for adults! And don't forget to walk Martha Vineryard's African American Heritage Trail to learn about the area's rich and diverse heritage. Here are nine more events to put on your itinerary when you head to Martha’s Vineyard this August.
Interactive Art Collage Workshop (August 3)
Led by abstract artist and storyteller Dawn Tree, this Interactive Art Collage Workshop is fun for the whole family! Participants will use a variety of art techniques and mediums to create the perfect art collage for the family room.
Waist Beading Workshop with Balebe (August 4)
Learn about the history and techniques of making waist beads, the latest fashion staple dominating the TikTok “for you” page. Hosted by beading and lifestyle brand Balebe, founder & principal designer Bahati Benjamin and her team will guide patrons as they fashion their own unique piece of jewelry to take home.
Martha Vineyard's African American Film Festival (August 4–August 12)
This nine-day annual event is one of the island's biggest draws. There’s something for every movie lover at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, from documentaries to comedies, including a sneak peek at Hulu's much-anticipated series The Other Black Girl, based on the best-selling novel.
Family Flower You-Pick (August 6–August 27)
Brighten up your home with a beautiful, fresh flower arrangement this summer! Families will get to handpick flowers every weekend at Slough Farm’s Barn Garden and take them home.
Martha Vineyard's African American Film Festival Panel with Chuck D (August 6)
Looking to continue celebrating hip hop’s 50th anniversary? Join iconic Public Enemy’s Chuck D for a screening of his hip hop documentary series, Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World, and a panel discussion with the iconic MC himself.
Celebrating Global Black Art and Culture (August 8-16)
Showcasing the work of four innovative and inspiring Black artists, the Eisenhauer Gallery’s Celebrating Global Black Art and Culture exhibit is sure to excite any art enthusiast. Come marvel at Nigerian artist Affen Segun’s fabric installations, Ghanaian artist Theophilus Tette's one-of-a-kind paintings, the works of local African American artist Janice Frame and West Coast artist Lily Sol and much more. Opening party on August 10.
Storytime and Signing with Lesley Younge (August 9)
Gather your little ones at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore for a fun read-aloud of A-Train Allen with author Lesley Younge. Parents can even get their copy of Younge’s adult novel Nearer My Freedom signed in person.
Exhibit: Fibers of My Soul (through August 16)
Hosting a mix of local and off-island creatives, guests have the opportunity to wander through the Knowhere Art Gallery and take in a blend of cultures through art.
The Extraordinary Life of Dorothy West (through September 10)
Celebrate Black history in this enlightening exhibit dedicated to the legacy of Harlem Renaissance writer and Martha’s Vineyard resident Dorothy West. Guests can stroll the exhibit, which features personal photos, to learn more about this literary visionary.