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Celebrate Kwanzaa in Maryland

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African American heritage. Take part in the rich culture of this holiday during one of the kid-friendly Kwanzaa events around Maryland.

Check out all the Kwanzaa events going on in Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington, D.C., and other locations around Maryland. For even more holiday fun, make sure to check out our list of New Year’s Eve events.

Updating for 2022. List is updated regularly. 

Kwanzaa Events

Kwanzaa Celebration
December 10
Join the museum for their 2022 Kwanzaa celebration! This year’s festivities will focus on the creativity (Kuumba) of the people of the African Diaspora. They will highlight the museum’s current exhibit, The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy, while presenting live performances, Black-owned businesses, and delicious food from across the state of Maryland.
Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis


The Spirit of Kwanzaa 2022
December 16 & 17
The Spirit of Kwanzaa is a winter holiday celebration that draws on the agricultural ceremonies of Africa. The Dance Institute of Washington has adapted the principles of Kwanzaa to portray the struggles and creativity within the Black experience. The production has been known to celebrate the holiday’s principles with dance, music, and spoken word performances.
Cramton Auditorium at Howard University

Celebrate Kwanzaa at Enoch Pratt Free Library
December 13, 15-17, 19, 24, 27
Join this in-person presentation as Charles Dugger presents the principles of Kwanzaa.
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore

Sankofa Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration
December 18
Join members of the Sankofa Family for a special Kwanza Celebration within the exhibition. The interactive Sankofa exhibition features a look back at the work of Sankofa Dance Theater, utilizing costumes, archival materials, historical footage, and built environments designed to transport visitors into the past, and into the future.
The Peale- Baltimore’s Community Museum, Baltimore 

Umoja! Celebrating Kwanzaa in the Spirit of Family, Community and Solidarity
December 26
Come celebrate a festive night and reflect on the values and importance of Kwanzaa. This event is FREE and open to the community, hosted by the Howard County Center of African American Culture.
St. John Baptist Church, Columbia

Photo courtesy the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Looking for more holiday fun? Check out our complete guide to Christmas fun and holiday events in Maryland here.

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