Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration primarily held in the United States that honors African heritage in African American culture. On each day of Kwanzaa, a different principle is reflected upon such as Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Kuumba (creativity) and more.

This year, the Ohio History Connection has coordinated several events and opportunities for residents and visitors to attend this season in Columbus.

See an outline of events below and keep checking back for more details and updates. 


Family gathered during Kwanzaa


  • Monday, Dec. 26 – 4 to 8 p.m. The first day of Kwanzaa will be honored at the Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., in partnership with TAWI Family Village. Umoja (unity) is the principle being observed.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 27 – 2 to 4 p.m. Urban Strings Columbus alumni will perform a mini concert at the Martin Luther King Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Kujichagulia (self-determination) is the principle.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 28 – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Broad Street Presbyterian Church and the James Preston Poindexter Foundation will host. Ujima (collective work, responsibility) is the principle.
  • Thursday, Dec. 29 – 4 to 8 p.m. King Arts Complex and the Lincoln Theatre will host at the King Arts Complex. Ujamaa (cooperative economics) is the principle.
  • Friday, Dec. 30 Families are encouraged to gather at home. Nia (purpose) is the principle.
  • Saturday, Dec. 31 – 1 to 8 p.m. The Ohio History Center will host in partnership with TAWI Family Village. Kuumba (creativity) is the principle.
  • Sunday, Jan. 1 Families are encouraged to gather at home. Imani (faith) is the principle.

Learn more at the Ohio History Connection's website, here.