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  as well as other local attractions have 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


  • Tuesday, Dec. 26 – 6 to 8 p.m. The first day of Kwanzaa will be honored at the the Lincoln Theatre in partnership with TAWI Family Village. Umoja (unity) is the principle being observed.
  • Wednesday & Thursday, Dec. 27-28, 11 - 6 p.m. The King Arts Complex will be hosting a Kwanzaa Marketplace for two days with local vendors for guests to shop and enjoy. Kujichagulia (self-determination) and Ujima (collective work, responsibility) are the principles.
  • Friday & Saturday, Dec. 29-30, 4 to 8 p.m. A Kwanzaa Celebration will be held at the Ohio History Center. Admission is free, but advanced registration is encouraged. Register here.
  • Saturday, Dec. 30, 3 - 4 p.m. Urban Strings will be hosted a celebratory concert at the MLK Library.

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