Many events require reservations or advance ticket purchases and may sell out - call before you go.
"THE BLACK CANDLE: A KWANZAA CELEBRATION" Dec. 11 at 4:30. Screening of the documentary by M.K. Asante that uses Kwanzaa to celebrate the African American experience. Narrated by Maya Angelou. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356. www.alexblackhistory.org. Free.
COYABA DANCE THEATER Dec. 18 at 8 and Dec. 19 at 2 and 8. Annual Kwanzaa celebration featuring 85 performers. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22, seniors and students $17, children 17 and younger $8.
FAMILY KWANZAA ADVENTURE Dec. 28 at 10:30. Saleem and Ivy Hylton of Youth and Families in Crisis lead a celebration with interactive drumming, singing, dancing and skits designed to explore the principles of Kwanzaa. The program closes with the "Circle of Hope and Healing," an original Kwanzaa group activity designed to restore and renew the hopes and dreams of families for the New Year. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4844. www.anacostia.si.edu. Free, reservations required.
KWANZAA CRAFT WORKSHOP Dec. 11 from 1 to 3. Jessica Smith, founder of Culture Kingdom for Kids, and Kwanzaa educator Pier Penic lead children in making Kwanzaa crafts. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356. www.alexblackhistory.org. $5, reservations requested.
KWANZAA FAMILY DAY Dec. 12 from 1 to 5. Celebrate the African traditions of family, community and culture. Learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa while creating art and listening to performances by DishiBem and Jali-D. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. 443-573-1700. www.artbma.org. Free.
KWANZAA LECTURE AND DEMONSTRATION Dec. 13 at 8. A history of Kwanzaa featuring dancing and drumming by the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. arts.pgparks.com. $5, seniors $4.
KWANZAA: NIA Dec. 30 at 10:30. Melvin Deal and the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers will conduct a workshop that includes making tambor instruments, drumming and dancing. The workshop features a performance in celebration of the fifth Kwanzaa principle, Nia (purpose). Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4844. www.anacostia.si.edu. Free, reservations required.
KWANZAA WORKSHOP Dec. 11 from 11 to 12:30. Learn about the principles of the African American holiday with Brian Sales, who studied with Kwanzaa founder Maulana Karenga. Find out more about the history of the holiday, how to celebrate Kwanzaa at home and perform a traditional Libation ceremony. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356. www.alexblackhistory.org. Free.
PRE-KWANZAA CELEBRATION Dec. 12 at 4. Music, dance, drumming and spoken word. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. arts.pgparks.com. $10, students and seniors $8.
ZAWADIS FOR KWANZAA Dec. 29 at 10:30. Following a discussion about Kwanzaa, join artist Camilla Younger and create zawadis (gifts) that include jewelry, a woven mat (Mkeka) and greeting cards. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4844. www.anacostia.si.edu. Free, reservations required.