2019 will be the 29th Celebration of KwanzaaFest in Fair Park. KwanzaaFest began in 1991 at Lincoln High School with just 1,000 attendees. Nearly three decades later, KwanzaaFest is now a completely free, two-day cultural celebration held in Fair Park’s automobile building. The festival, which was created by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, hosts more than 50,000 people over the course of the event and has become a staple community event during the holidays.
In addition to live music and cultural performances, active folks can participate in a 5K walk/run. Guests can also get their holiday shopping done from small businesses and even receive a variety of health services needed in the community. Attendees can receive high blood pressure screenings and prostate screenings for free, and children can also receive dental and health exams. Families can also sign up for services such as Obama Care.
Those who want to take a break from the crowds can also explore Fair Park. The site of the 1936 world’s fair celebrating Texas’ centennial anniversary of independence from Mexico, the grounds are full of beautiful art deco architecture. Fair Park also houses the Cotton Bowl Stadium, the Texas Star Ferris Wheel, and several gardens and museums, including the African American History Museum. What began in 1974 as an extended Bishop College collection is now a fully-independent museum with an array of African art; African-American fine art, and magazines including historical, political, and community archives.
Post cover Image by KwanzaaFest used with permission.