Kwanzaa Celebrations At Museums, Attractions And More In Philadelphia This Month

A live performance, museum celebrations and more...

Kwanzaa returns this year for a very special anniversary — 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Kwanzaa celebrations in America.

Philadelphia museums and attractions celebrate the special anniversary with live performances, crafts, special exhibitions and more.

Check out our picks for Kwanzaa celebrations in Philadelphia, below.

Black Nativity: An African Holiday Musical Play

black nativityPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Through December 18, the New Freedom Theatre welcomes Black Nativity: An African Holiday Musical Play, one of its main stage theater pieces. The musical addresses the modern-day struggles in Darfur through traditional African music, carols and gospel music.

Black Nativity: An African Holiday Musical Play

When:Select dates through December 18
Where:1346 N. Broad Street

Please Touch Museum Kwanzaa Celebration

The Please Touch Museum brings even more hands-on fun to its already extra interactive environment with its family-centric Kwanzaa celebration. Weave your own Mkeka, learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa and enjoy multiple afternoon performances by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble.

Please Touch Museum Kwanzaa Celebration

When:Tuesday, December 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Cost:Free with museum admission

Macy’s Family Fun Day! Kwanzaa / Nia-Purpose at AAMP

AAMPPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

On December 30, the African American Museum teams up with Macy's for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa. Throughout the day, the museum hosts a candle lighting ceremony, Kwanzaa-themed crafts, a performance by the Camara Arts West African Dance group, games and more.

Macy’s Family Fun Day! Kwanzaa / Nia-Purpose at AAMP

When:Friday, December 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Included in the price of admission



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