Both Cary and Durham will host Kwanzaa celebrations this week to mark the week-long holiday that honors African heritage, unity and culture.
In Cary, the 21st annual Kwanzaa Celebration starts at 11 a.m., Tuesday, at the Cary Arts Center. It is free and open to the public. This year’s celebration includes and vendor market and Children's Village with hands-on arts and crafts activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There also will be performances by Shabutaso: The Magic of African Rhythm and the North Carolina Association of Black storytellers starting at 3 p.m.
In Durham, a community Kwanzaa celebration is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St. The evening includes entertainment by local and regional artists, including The Magic of African Rhythms and Africa Unplugged.
Also in Durham, the African American Dance Ensemble's annual KwanzaaFest starts at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 1, at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. A children's village with activities for kids starts at 11 a.m. The Kwanzaa program begins at 2 p.m. It's free, but the event will be accepting donations of money for Catholic Charities of Durham; canned goods for CAARE Inc of Durham; and toiletry items for Genesis Home.