Best Kwanzaa Events for Kids in Chicago

Families can celebrate African heritage with these events.

Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili, honors African heritage in the African-American culture. It lasts one week, beginning on Dec. 26 and ending on Jan. 1, with each day devoted to one of the seven core principles, known in Swahili as Nguzo Saba

Here are some of the family-friendly Kwanzaa celebrations taking place in Chicagoland this year.

Kwanzaa Crafts at Jeffery Manor Branch

Dec. 20, 2022

Kids ages 3-9 can enjoy holiday stories about Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s and more. It will be followed by seasonal crafts.

Holiday Story Time at Jefferson Park Branch

Dec. 21, 2022

Kids ages 3-9 can enjoy holiday stories about Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s and more. It will be followed by seasonal crafts.

Kwanzaa Storytime at Fountaindale Public Library

Dec. 22, 2022

Families can head to Fountaindale Public Library to enjoy hearing a special story about Kwanzaa in the Children’s Storytime Room.

Kwanzaa at Bronzeville Children’s Museum

Dec. 26, 2022

Celebrate Umoja (Unity) with crafts, music, singing, face painting and a special visit from the BCM Kwanzaa King.

Kwanzaa Kinara Lighting in Fountain Square

Dec. 26, 2022

Celebrate Kwanzaa with the lighting of the kinase at Fountain Square. The event is open to the public.

Family Craft Time: Kwanzaa Craft at North Austin Branch

Dec. 28, 2022

Ages 3 and up can create a placemat for Kwanzaa at this family craft time event at North Austin Branch.

Kwanzaa Observance Program at the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

Dec. 28, 2022

This Kwanzaa event will feature a children’s storytime, marketplace, drum call and Kwanzaa ritual.

Community Kwanzaa Celebration at Oak Park Public Library – Main Library

Dec. 29, 2022

Enjoy a celebration in honor of Kwanzaa at the Oak Park Public Library. The event will take place in the Veterans Room. Registration required.

MIA Kwanzaa 2022

Dec. 29, 2022

Enjoy music, performances, candle lighting ceremony, face painting and more at this event to celebrate Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa at Garfield (James) Park

Dec. 31, 2022

Enjoy a community Kwanzaa celebration with art, music, food and more. For all ages.

This post is updated annually.

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