SF’s 17th Annual City-Wide Kwanzaa Celebration (2022)
After two years of COVID & virtual celebrations, this year’s Kwanzaa will be in – person celebrations! The Village Project and our community partners will present our 17th annual Kwanzaa celebrations at various venues throughout San Francisco and Oakland, with seven days of community events, starting on Dec. 26th through January 1st. Striving to unite and strengthen our family, community and nation, we will celebrate each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba).
- There will be 16 free events in 9 different neighborhoods of San Francisco.
- On December 28th, our celebration will be held in the city of Oakland at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, where Niecey will entertain with her soulful voice.
Monday, December 26th – Day 1 – UMOJA (Unity) – RSVP
- 12 Noon – City Hall 1 Dr. Goodlett Way – Briana J & Destiny Muhammad
- 2 pm – SF Public Library, 1000 Larkin Street – Family Game Day
- 7 pm – The Origins Boutique Night Club, 1538 Fillmore; Performance by Tia Carroll, Poetry Reading by SF Poet Laurate, Devorah Major
Tuesday, December 27th – Day 2 – KUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination) – RSVP
- 2 pm – Hamilton Rec Center, 1900 Geary (free gift cards for the first 25 attendees – adults);
- 7 pm – Jones Methodist Church, 1975 Post; Performance by Michael Skinner & San Francisco Poet Laureate, Devorah Major
Wednesday, December 28th – Day 3 – UJIMA (Collective Work and Responsibility) – RSVP
- 1 pm – MOAD, 685 Mission, performance by Destiny Mohammed;
- 6 pm -Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410 14th Street, Oakland; performance by Niecey, Living Single & Band
Thursday, December 29th – Day 4 – UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics) – RSVP
- 2 pm – YMCA & Rafiki Wellness Coalition. Bayview Y, 1601 Lane;
- 7 pm – Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, 650 Capitol Ave; performance, Yolandra Rhodes & Band
Friday, December 30th – Day 5 – NIA (Purpose) – RSVP
- 1 pm – Potrero Hill Rec Center, 801 Arkansas Street (free $25 gift card for first 25 attendees);
- 6 pm – Momagic/AAACC, 762 Fulton; performance by The Silver Fox
Saturday, December 31st – Day 6 – KUUMBA (Creativity) – RSVP
- 2 pm – St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, 2565 Post;
- 6 pm – St. John Coltrane Church, Magic Theater 2 Marina Blvd; performance by The John Coltrane Band
Sunday, January 1st – Day 7 – IMANI (Faith) – RSVP
- 10 am – Bethel AME Church, 916 Laguna;
- 2 pm Third Baptist, 1399 Pierce;
- 6 pm – St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyons; performance by Terrie Odabi
Each hosting organization will present 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.
This year’s celebration will start at City Hall on Dec. 26th at 12 Noon, with Umoja (Unity) and end at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church on Jan. 1st at 6 pm with the lighting of the final candle, Imani (faith). This year’s entertainment line-up includes a myriad of rhythm & blues and jazz performers, featuring Tia Carroll, The Silver Fox, Michael Skinner & Band, Terrie Odabi, and the John Coltrane Church Band, just to name a few. (Lineup subject to change)
There will also be spoken word artists and drumming, all followed by a feast of savory delights. Vendors, along with art, drumming and dance workshops will be available for both adults and children. All Events Are Free & Open To The Community