Kwanzaa Celebrations

As Kwanzaa is a 7-day holiday with 7 principles. It is why the Kinara holds 7 symbolic candles. Candle colors are taken from a flag created by Marcus Garvey. A central black candle is flanked by three red candles and three green candles. The black candle is lit on the first night of Kwanzaa. An additional candle is lit on each succeeding night until all seven candles are burning.

December 26 Umoja = Unity
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race

December 27 Kujichagulia = Self-Determination
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

December 28 Ujima = Collective Work and Responsibility
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.

December 29 Ujamaa = Cooperative Economics
To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

December 30 Nia = Purpose
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

December 31 Kuumba = Creativity
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

January 01 Imani = Faith
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and the victory of our struggle.


Paris Kwanzaa
Annual celebration sponsored by the Association Pan Africaine;


Atlanta Kwanzaa

West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph D Abernathy Blvd; Atlanta; 404-525-1212

First African Church at 5197 Salem Road; Lithonia; 770-981-2601
Apex Museum at 135 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta;

Afrikan Djeli Cultural Arts Center, 840 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd SW; Atlanta;

Shrine of the Black Madonna at 946 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd SW; Atlanta;

Baltimore Kwanzaa

Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture at 830 East Pratt Street; Baltimore;

Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore,

Chesapeake Children’s Museum, 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis; https://

Birmingham Kwanzaa
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 520 Sixteenth Street N., Birmingham;

Boston Kwanzaa
Museum of Afro American History at 46 Joy Street;

Charleston Kwanzaa
Sponsored by Charleston Lowcountry Kwanzaa Planning Committee;

Charlotte Kwanzaa
Afro American Cultural Center at 401 North Myers Street, Charlotte;

Chicago Kwanzaa
DuSable Museum of African American History at 740 East 56th Place in Washington Park;

Kwanzaa Celebration with Pamela Clemons at 2401 E 100th Street, Chicago

Cincinnati Kwanzaa

Lindner YMCA at 1425 Linn Street, Cincinnati; 513-641-4955

Asili Museum& Institute at 2621 Victory Parkway, 513-742-2808

Northern Kentucky University, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 859-572-6684

Cleveland Kwanzaa
Karamu House at 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland;

Dallas Kwanzaa
South Dallas Cultural Center at 3400 South Fitzhugh, Dallas;

Detroit Kwanzaa
Wright Museum of African American History at 315 East Warren Ave, Detroit;

Ujamaa Associates at 243 West Congress, Suite 350;

Durham Kwanzaa
Hayti Heritage Center at 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham;

Herbert C. Young Community Center at 101 Wilkinson Avenue, Cary;

Fort Lauderdale Kwanzaa
Bass Park at 2750 NW 19th Street, Ft Lauderdale;

Greensboro Kwanzaa
East White Oak Community Center at 1801 10th Street, Greensboro;

Hayes-Taylor YMCA at 1101 East Market Street, Greensboro;

Houston Kwanzaa
SHAPE Community Center at 3815 Live Oak, Houston;

Children’s Museum of Houston at 1500 Binz, Houston;

Jackson Kwanzaa
Medgar Evers Community Center at 3159 Edwards Ave, Jackson; 601-960-1741

Jacksonville Kwanzaa
Ritz Theater and Lavilla Museum at 829 Davis Street, Jacksonville;

Jacksonville Beach Elementary School at 315 South 10th Street, Jacksonville Beach; 904-563-5324

Kansas City Kwanzaa
American Jazz Museum at 1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City;

Las Vegas Kwanzaa
West Las Vegas Library Theatre at 951 West Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas; 702-647-2117

Los Angeles Kwanzaa
California African American Museum at 600 State Drive in Exposition Park, Los Angeles;

Annual festival in Leimert Park Village at 4300 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles

Memphis Kwanzaa
African and African American Studies department 101 Wilder Tower at University of Memphis;

Miami Kwanzaa
Barry University in the Landon Events Room, 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores; 305-899-3961

Joseph Caleb Auditorium at 5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami;

Milwaukee Kwanzaa
Milwaukee Public Library various locations;

New York City Kwanzaa
Apollo Theater; 253 West 125th Street;

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park;

American Museum of Natural History Museum at Central Park West and 79th Street, New York City;

Newark Kwanzaa
Newark Museum at 49 Washington Street, Newark;

Oakland Kwanzaa
Oakland Marriott Convention Center at 1001 Broadway, Oakland;

Philadelphia Kwanzaa
African American Museum 7th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia;

Phoenix Kwanzaa
Home and Garden Expo Center, 1710 East Washington Street, Phoenix; 602-999-8889

Portland Kwanzaa
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland;

Richmond Kwanzaa
Elegba Folklore Society, 101 East Broad Street, Richmond;

St. Louis Kwanzaa
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis;

San Diego Kwanzaa
World Beat Cultural Center, Balboa Park at 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego;

San Francisco Kwanzaa
Various locations in San Francisco;

Savannah Kwanzaa
Savannah State University at 3219 College Street, Savannah;

Seattle Kwanzaa
Winterfest celebration held at Seattle Center, Seattle;

Washington, DC Kwanzaa
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture; Washington DC;

Winston-Salem Kwanzaa
Delta Arts Center, Urban League, Arts Council Theatre and various churches;

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