Kwanzaa Celebrations At Museums, Attractions And More In Philadelphia

Philadelphia celebrates Kwanzaa with a Boathouse Row lighting, African marketplaces and plenty of music and arts performances...

Cultural, non-religious holiday Kwanzaa returns from December 26 to January 1, and Philadelphia museums and attractions are celebrating with live performances, crafts and marketplaces.

Residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a four-day celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, pop-up Kwanzaa programming at the Please Touch Museum, a specially lit Boathouse Row and much more.

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

Annual Buy Black Marketplace and Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration

Taking place before the official start of Kwanzaa, the 2nd Annual Buy Black Marketplace and Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration features vendors, live performances, speakers, storytelling, a raffle and a kinara lighting ceremony.

Annual Buy Black Marketplace and Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration

When:Saturday, December 23, 2 p.m.-8 p.m.
Where:Church of the Advocate, 1801 Diamond Street
Cost:$5; free, children

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Boathouse Row Holiday Lightings: Kwanzaa

Boathouse RowPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

For the first time ever, Boathouse Row will be lit in red, green and black from December 26 until January 1 to commemorate the Kwanzaa holiday. A lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 26 will kick off the week-long celebration with a procession, speakers and live entertainment.

Boathouse Row Holiday Lightings: Kwanzaa

When:Boathouse Row Kwanzaa Lighting & Celebration: Tuesday, December 26, 5-6 p.m.
Boathouse Row Holiday Lightings: Kwanzaa: December 26-January 1
Where:Boathouse Row, 1 Boathouse Row
Cost:Free

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Pop Up Holiday Programming: Kwanzaa at the Please Touch Museum

Kwanzaa at the Please Touch Museum | Photo courtesy Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum kicks off Kwanzaa with a full day of programming and events — including Kwanzaa-themed storytime, Kwanzaa candle making and more — for children and their families.

Pop Up Holiday Programming: Kwanzaa at the Please Touch Museum

When:Wednesday, December 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Cost:Free with museum admission

www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

Four-Day Kwanzaa Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

From Wednesday, December 27 through Saturday, December 30, African American Museum in Philadelphia marks Kwanzaa with a four-day celebration. Visitors can enjoy different programming each day including a drumming workshop, an African dance workshop, a kinara lighting ceremony and a Kwanzaa magic show.

Four-Day Kwanzaa Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

When:December 27-December 30
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free with museum admission

www.aampmuseum.org

The Annual Kwanzaa Collaborative Celebration at the William Way LGBT Community Center

On the final day of Kwanzaa, groups including Philadelphia Black Pride and the William Way LGBT Community Center will hold the 11th Annual Kwanzaa Collaborative: Celebration of Culture and Purpose, which examines the seven principles of Kwanzaa via performance and education.

The Annual Kwanzaa Collaborative Celebration at the William Way LGBT Community Center

When:Saturday, December 30, 6-9 p.m.
Where:William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street
Cost:Free

www.waygay.org

2017 Universal Kwanzaa Alliance Program

Featuring iconic poet Sonia Sanchez and songwriter-producer Kenny Gamble, the Kwanzaa Alliance Program will feature a full day of vendors along with speakers and special performances by the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble, Harlem 6 and more.

2017 Universal Kwanzaa Alliance Program

When:Saturday, December 30; Marketplace: noon-7 p.m.; Program: 2 p.m.
Where:Universal Audenried Charter High School, 3301 Tasker Street
Cost:$10

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51st Annual Kwanzaa Celebration with Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga, the creator of Kwanzaa, will visit and speak in Philadelphia at this annual celebration on Saturday, December 30. Guests can also enjoy children’s activities, live entertainment and an African Market Place.

51st Annual Kwanzaa Celebration with Dr. Maulana Karenga

When:Saturday, December 30, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where:West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut Street
Cost:$10, general admission; $8, seniors; $5, children under 12

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