Kwanzaa Family Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Honor African heritage and celebrate African-American culture at one of these virtual Kwanzaa family events in southeast Michigan.

Christmas might be the big celebration in December, but it certainly isn’t the only one that offers fun for families. The cold and snowy final month of the year also features other religious and historical holidays, alongside cultural ones like Kwanzaa.

During this holiday, which runs Dec. 26-Jan. 1 every year, Americans of African descent from all over the country gather to celebrate African heritage.

This includes learning about the seven principles of Kwanzaa — unity, self-determination, work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

In metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, cultural institutions and organizations step these celebrations up a notch with a variety of Kwanzaa family events for the whole family. Here are some of our favorite happenings in 2021.

Kwanzaa Online Family Festival 2021

Dec. 26, 2021

  • Address: Virtual
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Kwanzaa Online Family Fest 2021 is a non-religious family event that allows families to explore the 7 principles of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa with the Wright

Dec. 26, 2021-Jan. 1, 2022

  • Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Free with museum admission

Celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa with seven days of virtual song, dance, stories and more. Must register to attend.

Virtual Kwanzaa Celebration

Dec. 27, 2021

  • Address: Virtual
  • Time: 6-7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Join Source Booksellers online to celebrate their annual event. They will cover the second day of Kwanzaa. Registration required.

Textures Presents: Collective Work & Responsibility Ceremony & Trunk Show

Dec. 28, 2021

The ceremony will be officiated by Mayowa Reynolds. The trunk show features Mami Wata, Zapenda and Ilera Apothecary. Registration required by Dec. 24, 2021.

Children’s Kwanzaa Village 2021

Dec. 29, 2021

  • Location: Virtual
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Join for an evening of song, dance, poetry, community and joy! This year, they are focusing on wellness.

Touray Friends and Family Kwanzaa Celebration

Dec. 30, 2021

There will be performances, drums, dance, music, dinner, an ancestor tree lighting and more. Bring a picture of at least one of your ancestors for the tree. Registration required.

Do you know of any other Kwanzaa family events in southeast Michigan? Tell us about them in the comments.

This post was originally posted in 2018 and is updated regularly.

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