Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday that celebrates Family, Community and Culture. The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits.” Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and ends on January 1. Each of the seven days signifies one of seven principles of African heritage. Experience this cross-cultural tradition with music, dance and refreshments at various venues. If you know of any we have missed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s the schedule:
Thursday, December 26 — Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library (2401 Welton St., Denver), 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come and celebrate Umoja (Unity), the first day of Kwanzaa with storytelling, songs, and dancing. Light refreshments served.
Thursday, December 26 — SunKissed Kwanzaa Festival Banquet at Dayton Opportunity Center (1445 Dayton St., Aurora), 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. FREE event with speakers, live music, lighting of the kinara.
Friday, December 27 — Denver Central Library, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Take part in a festive cross-cultural sharing highlighting the second principle of Kwanzaa, Kujichagulia (self determination), from our own life stories and literature. Light refreshments served.
Friday, December 27 — RedLine Denver Art Gallery (2350 Arapahoe St., Denver), 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. NUBA Kwanzaa Show. Celebrate with your favorite poets. Doors open 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $10, students with ID, $5.
Saturday, December 28 — Ford-Warren Branch Library (2825 High St., Denver), 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Take part in a festive cross-cultural experience highlighting the principles of Kwanzaa. Light refreshments served.
Sunday, December 29 — Kwanzaa Music Fest at Gypsy House Cafe (1545 S. Broadway, Denver), 7 p.m. to midnight. Live music, market, performances.
Monday, December 30 — Rodolfo ‘Corky” Gonzales Branch Library (1498 Irving St., Denver), 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Take part in a festive cross-cultural experience highlighting the principles of Kwanzaa accompanied by music and dance. Light refreshments served.
Tuesday, December 31 — Pauline Robinson Branch Library (5575 E. 33rd Ave., Denver), 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Take part in a festive cross-cultural experience highlighting the principles of Kwanzaa by creating your very own vision board. Light refreshments served.
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