Arts & Culture

What to do at KwanzaaFest 2017

Your weekend plans in a nutshell.

Gabby Johnson
Posted on Dec 5, 2017

This year marks the 27th year of the Kwanzaa celebration, a free cultural expo featuring music and entertainment, health screenings, and a ton of activities for the whole family. Make this two-day event at Fair Park in Dallas a part of your weekend getaway to Dallas. Bonus: admission is free for both days of the event (Dec. 9 and 10) but a ticket is required for entry.


The Activities

The festivities start with a "Tackle Obesity" 5K early Saturday morning, followed by the Health Fest. The Health Fest is a large component of KwanzaaFest and provides more than 70 health care services to individuals in need of minor and major healthcare services, as well as education on preventative health. You can even do a little Christmas shopping and grab some last-minute finds from a variety of vendors. And don't forget to bring the kids along! The KidFest is a treat for the little ones where they will enjoy games, fashion shows, live music and more. (The 5K individual registration closes Dec.6.)


The Music

Mini concerts from local artists will take place throughout the day, performing both jazz and R&B tunes. With over 3.8 million Instagram followers combined, Instagram sensations Dan (@danrue) and Nick (@nicknpattiwhack) are both taking over the stage and hosting the KwanzaaFest National Showdown Singing Contest, with a grand prize of 10K. It's a must see!

On Sunday, Dec. 10, you don't want to miss an exciting performance by Dallas's own gospel recording artist Michael Bethany. This gospel star has had the honor of working with Kirk Franklin and Marvin Sapp, as well as being apart of Tyler Perry's stage play, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself."


While You're at Fair Park…

Check out the African American Museum. The museum is the only museum in the Southwest United States that is dedicated to the research, identification, selection, presentation and preservation of art forms and historical documents that relate to the African American community. Staying a little later into the evening? Take a walk through Fair Park's Holiday Wonder and gaze upon the two million lights showcasing the stunning holiday-themed Chinese lanterns.


How to Get There      

The DART Green Line will drop you off at Fair Park Station right outside the gates and just steps away from the Automobile Building. If you drive, parking is $10.