Kwanzaa starts the night of December 26 and runs through January 1. Celebrate the holiday in NYC with these performances, parties and more.
 

Make a Mkeka

Museum of the City of New York is hosting a special day of crafting on Fri., Dec 26 to make a mkeka, a traditional Kwanzaa placemat. Celebrate the holiday season in New York and enjoy a complimentary coconut dessert! 11 a.m - 2:30 p.m., 1120 Fifth Ave., mcny.org

 

Kwanzaa 2014 at Museum of Natural History

Head to the Upper West Side for a celebration of lights, music, dance, art and more. Various programs will take place throughout the museum on Sat, Dec 27 starting at 12 p.m., including an International Kwanzaa Marketplace with plenty of gifts and even giveaways. Free with admission, 79th St. & Central Park W., amnh.org

 

LGBT Kwanzaa Celebration

Since 1977, the LGBT Kwanzaa Community of NYC has celebrated the holiday in the city. Join on Sat, Dec. 27 for a family and children-themed day compete with African Folklore, a drum circle, face painting and headwrapping, an African Marketplace and much more at Judson Memorial Church. $15 suggested donation, 55 Washington Swq. S., eventbrite.com

 

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night

The Apollo's annual Kwanzaa celebration returns with an evening of song and dance performed by Harlem's Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre along with special guests on Sat., Dec 27. The joyful dance and music will honor the principles of Kwanzaa: family, community and culture. Tickets start at $20, 7 p.m., 253 W. 125th St., apollotheater.org

 

A Celebration of Culture and Community

On Sun., Dec. 28 the Brooklyn Children's Museum will celebrate with a day full of lessons, projects and performances about Kwanzaa. Learn about Kwanzaa traditions and culture through hip hop, poetry, hands-on art projects and more. 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., 145 Brooklyn Ave., brooklynkids.org