Kwanzaa is a communal, cultural celebration that honors African-American people and their heritage. The holiday lasts seven days, starting December 26th, each one with a focus on a different principle:
Day 1. Umoja means unity.
Day 2. Kujichagulia means self-determination.
Day 3. Ujima means working together.
Day 4. Ujamaa means supporting each other.
Day 5. Nia means purpose.
Day 6. Kuumba means creativity.
Day 7. Imani means faith.
We will update here as we learn about more Kwanzaa celebrations in the Triangle for 2021/2022. These are all free, family-friendly events.
Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration
The annual Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration will take place Sunday, December 26th, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Fayetteville Street, Durham. The free, family-friendly event will celebrate Umoja — unity, and will include performances, a candle lighting ceremony, workshops, food, shopping and more.
Town of Cary’s Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
The 27th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration in Cary will be held in person at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary, on December 30th, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature storytelling, African dance, drumming, a traditional Kwanzaa ceremony, a performance by United Strings of Color and the Harambee Collective: Art of African Dance and Music.
Kwanzaa Fest in Durham
Kwanzaa Fest, held every January 1st in Durham, is back, on January 1st, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street. This free event is presented by the African American Dance Ensemble. It will features performances and a marketplace.
More Holiday Events in the Triangle
Check out our big list of holiday events in the Triangle, or look at a few of them here: