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Day 6: 12th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - All Day | Cost: FREE
SF Main Public Library (Koret Auditorium) | 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

San Francisco’s 12th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

The Village Project presents San Francisco’s 12th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, with seven days of community events striving to unite and strengthen the family, community, and nation, by highlighting each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba).

2017 San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration
December 26, 2017 through January 1, 2018
All Over San Francisco

There will be 15 free celebrations in 8 different neighborhoods with exciting and enriching cultural programs, intended to both entertain and engage the entire family.

A spiritual ceremony – pouring of libations and honoring of ancestors will start each program and will be followed by a feast, live entertainment and the lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara.

2017 Schedule

Tuesday, Dec. 26th: Umoja (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

  • 12 Noon: SF City Hall,  1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, Rotunda
    Keynote Speaker:  John Templeton
  • 2 pm: Museum of the African Diaspora (free museum admission), 665 Mission Street at 3rd
    Performance by the St. Gabriel’s Brass Band
  • 7 pm: African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street at Webster
    Bernard Anderson and his blues band will round out their first day of Kwanzaa and the first candle of the Kinara will be lit for Umoja (unity).

Wednesday, Dec. 27th: Kujichagulia (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

  • 2 pm: Hamilton Rec Center/MoMagic, 1900 Geary @ Steiner
  • 6 pm: Bayview Y. 1601 Lane @ Revere

Thursday, Dec. 28th: Ujima (collective work and responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and solve them together.

  • 1 pm: Western Addition Senior Center/Western Addition Family Resource Center, 1390 Turk @ Fillmore
  • 4 pm: Glide Memorial Church, 330 Ellis
  • 7 pm: RSSE, 1099 Sunnydale Avenue

Friday, Dec 29th: Ujamaa (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

  • 4 pm: OMI Family Resource Center/Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, 650 Capitol @ Montana
  • 6 pm: Success Center/Citizen Film, at the WestBay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore @ Eddy

Saturday, Dec. 30th: Nia (purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

  • 1 pm: Boys & Girls Club, 380 Fulton @ Gough
  • 6 pm: Booker T. Washington Community Center, 800 Presidio @ Sutter

Sunday, Dec. 31st: Kuumba (creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

  • 1 pm: San Francisco Main Library, Koret Theater, 100 Larkin Street
  • 4 pm: Third Baptist Church, 1366 McAllister @ Pierce

Sunday, Jan. 1st: Imani (faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

  • 6 pm: St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyons

Links: Event details

Cost: FREE


Categories: **Annual Event**, Fairs & Festivals, Live Music, San Francisco, Tree Lightings & Holiday Festivities
Address: 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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*Limit one game per person per day. Does not include shoe rental ($3.52).
9:00 am   Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve Bash | Sausalito  $14.95*
*$13.95 – Baby (ages 6-11 months) & Senior (ages 65+) / $14.95 – Child (ages 1-17) & Adult (ages 18-64)
9:00 am   Final Day: 11th Annual Gingerbread House Tour | Sausalito  FREE
10:00 am   Kids’ “Noon Year’s Eve” & Three Ball Drop Celebrations | San Jose  $15*
*for Adult & kids, $14 for seniors
10:00 pm   7th Annual NYE Comedy Countdown | Cobb’s Comedy Club  $50*
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11:00 am   Around the World NYE: Balloon Drop & Family Celebration | Oakland  $5*
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11:00 am   New Year’s Eve Day Party & Three Ball Drop Celebrations | Lawrence Hall of Science  $12*
*$12 Adults $10 Children 3–18, Seniors 62+. Free for members. If you're a member you can bring guests with paid admission.
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*Advanced purchase tickets are $44.99 as of press time
11:30 am   Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square  FREE
All Day   Family Fun NYE: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose  FREE*
*Free entry, but bring some cash for the rides. $3.50 per ride / $20 all day unlimited (single day)
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2:00 pm   Coin Op’s “Free Play” Sundays: 40+ Arcade Games & Pinball | SoMa  FREE
5:00 pm   Family-Friendly 9pm New Year’s Eve | Half Moon Bay  FREE
6:00 pm   NYE Potluck, Bell Ringing & Meditation | East Bay Meditation Center  FREE*
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6:00 pm   2017 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton  FREE
7:00 pm   NYE at Christmas in the Park: East Coast Countdown & Live Music | San Jose  FREE
7:00 pm   The HellaFunNYE Comedy Jam | SF  $10*
*$10 if you use code FUNCHEAP (otherwise it’s $20 at door)
7:30 pm   Free NYE San Francisco Chamber Orchestra | Berkeley  FREE*
*Admission-free and tickets will handled on a first-come/first-served basis.
8:00 pm   Annual New Year’s Eve Balkan Bash | Berkeley  $25
8:00 pm   2017 NYE Celebration: Local Live Music | Amnesia  $15*
*$15 in advance
8:00 pm   Pacific Pinball Museum New Year’s Eve | Alameda  $20*
*Adult tickets are $20 at the door, $15 for students, military and seniors, and $10 for kids
8:00 pm   The Black Rabbit New Year’s Eve Music Extravaganza | Monarch  $20*
*Prices start at $20 and go up as the event nears.
8:00 pm   Sierra Club New Year’s Eve Midnight Hike & Fireworks | SF  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Bring water and snacks.
8:00 pm   “Folk Yeah” Dance Punk Band NYE Bash | The Chapel  $45*
*$45 adv/ $55 at the door
8:00 pm   New Year’s Eve Carnival, Pinball Party & Treasure Hunt | East Bay  $30
8:00 pm   Funk & Soul NYE Dance Party: Big Blu Soul Revue | SF  FREE*
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8:00 pm   New Year’s Eve Country-Punk Concert w/ Lucero | Mill Valley  $87*
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8:00 pm   New Year’s Eve San Francisco Symphony Performance | SF  $89
8:00 pm   NYE Rock Party: STS9 with Space Jesus | The Warfield  $59.50*
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8:00 pm   New Year’s Eve Buddhist Service | Oakland  FREE*
*Donations not required but gratefully accepted
8:30 pm   Neo-Punk Rock NYE: The Garden | Bottom of the Hill  $20*
*$20 in advance; $25 at the door
8:30 pm   Indie Rock Live Band NYE Dance Party | Berkeley  $10*
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8:30 pm   NYE Post-Punk Rock Concert: CCR Headcleaner | Hemlock  $12*
*$12 in advance; $15 at the door
8:30 pm   New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing & Bonfire | San Francisco Zen Center  FREE*
*Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
9:00 pm   Rock & Roll New Year’s Eve Bash | Brick & Mortar Music Hall  $26*
*$26 in advance; $30 at the door
9:00 pm   Rockin’ New Year’s Eve | Hotel Utah  $20*
*$20 in adv, $25 at the door
9:00 pm   Galería’s New Year’s Eve Pachanga | Virgil’s Sea Room  $15*
*Early bird tickets at $15, $20 at the door.
9:00 pm   New Bohemia NYE: Avant Cabaret Acrobats, Circus Freaks, & DJs | SF  $70*
*Tickets start at $70; prices will go up closer to the event
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*$10-$15 sliding scale
9:00 pm   Hubba Hubba New Year’s Eve Burlesque Bash | Oakland  $20*
*$20 in advance and $25 at the door
9:00 pm   Mother Of All New Year’s: Rare Hip Hop NYE Celebration | The Regency Ballroom  $35*
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10:00 pm   NYE DJ Dance Party w/ DJ Dan | Halycon  $25*
*$25 before 11 pm, buy your tickets early as prices go up as event nears.
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11:59 pm   San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show | 2017  FREE
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