Upcoming Events

 
Notification of Event Cancellation
Sunday, October 24th to Thursday, March 31st
 
Due to the number of growing cases of COVID-19 within our community, the State of Kansas and the Nation, please be sure to check with event organizers prior to your departure. Event organizers may choose to cancel the event and not notify attendees in a timely manner.
 
Thank you!
Short-term Fitness Options For Students
Tuesday, October 26th to Monday, January 31st at Lenexa Rec Center
 
Our School Break Pass is perfect for students who want to maintain a fitness routine during winter break. Students with a valid ID can purchase this 30-day pass starting at $42 from Nov. 15 through Jan. 31. 
 
We also offer a Single Day Pass and a Day Pass Punch Card. Stop by the Rec Center welcome desk to learn more.
 
Save Now On Outdoor Pool Memberships
Wednesday, December 8th to Friday, April 1st
 
This holiday season, give the gift of a membership to Lenexa's three outdoor pools for summer 2022. 
Purchase or renew your outdoor pool pass by March 31 and save 10%, plus get free guest passes. It's easy to renew online.
 
Three Ways To Remain Active This Winter
Monday, December 20th to Sunday, February 27th
 
21-Day Jump Start
Jan. 3–24  •  Jan. 4–25  
 
A new year, a new you! The 21-Day Jump Start program is a great way to put yourself first and start a new habit of fitness fun. Program participants will receive a punch card for access to all fitness classes and two small group trainings. (Ages 18+) Register now
 
Old Town Throwdown Pickleball Tournament
Jan. 7
 
This doubles pickleball tournament at the Lenexa Community Center includes men's, women's and mixed divisions for 4.0 rating and higher. (Ages 18+) Register now
 
Indoor Swim Lessons
Jan. 11–Feb. 3 (Tu/Th)  •  Jan. 8–Feb. 26 (Sat)
 
American Red Cross group swim lessons are offered at a variety of skill levels at the Lenexa Rec Center. (Ages 6 months+) Register starting Dec. 20
Kids Day Out
Monday, January 3rd to Friday, April 15th, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM at Lenexa Rec Center
 
Looking for something for your child to do on non-school days? Drop your kids off at the Lenexa Rec Center for a full day of fun at Kids Day Out! Various dates between January 3 and April 15th, 2022.
 
Daily activities may include pickleball, dodgeball, outdoor interaction, cooking, STEAM and more. We will occasionally have field trips that may involve bowling, trampolining, roller skating, movies and other activities. Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes, and bring a sack lunch and water bottle (snacks provided).

Parents will receive an email a few days prior to each day with reminders and final specific details. Price includes snacks, camp fee and potential field trip.
 
All kids must be enrolled in Kindergarten.
 
2022 Offers Early Travel Opportunities For Johnson County Seniors
Thursday, January 6th to Friday, February 11th
 
Jumpstart the new year with a trip with Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 50 Plus Department.
Three trips remain open, including:
 
• “From Academy to Battlefield” – Tours of the Wentworth Academy Military Museum and Lexington Battlefield Museum at Lexington, Mo. on Tuesday, Jan. 25. $89 per person.
 
• “Call of Combat” – Tours the Combat Air Museum, with 45 military aircrafts, and the Museum of the Kansas National Guard at Topeka on Thursday, Feb. 10. $89 per person.
 
• “We’ve Come A Long Way” – Explore St. Joseph, Mo. on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Tours include the Patee House, Glore Psychiatric Museum and Pony Express Museum. $99 per person.
 
All trips depart from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. Transportation is a 50-passenger motorcoach. Day trips are all inclusive, including lunch, tour tickets and gratuity.
 
Registration is required by calling 913-831-3359 or online by visiting the Daytrip and Social Outing page at jcprd.com/50plustravel.
Shawnee Mission Trips & Tours
Thursday, January 13th to Tuesday, May 31st
 
Explore with Shawnee Parks & Recreation and Shawnee Mission Trips! All trips depart from and return to the Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Drive. Call (913) 631-5200 to reserve your spot!

 
Prairie Band Casino
Thursday, January 13 | $27
Travel with us to Prairie Band Casino! Grab your lucky rabbit’s foot and enjoy 5 hours of gaming with $10 of Prairie Cash and a $10 food voucher! Don’t forget your government issued photo ID. 
 
Stone's Throw Dinner Theater
Sunday, February 6 | $81
We’re headed to Carthage, MO for dinner and a show. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on the drive down, then we’ll watch a production “Of Mice & Men” while we dine. 
 
Kansas Crossing and Chicken!
Wednesday, March 23 | $69
Head south with us to visit the KS Crossing Casino in Pittsburg, KS. After 4 hours of gaming, we’ll jet over to Chicken Mary’s and see how it compares to the Chicken Annie’s down the road! Player’s receive a $20 player’s card at casino. Don’t forget your government issued ID or you can’t play! 
 
Stops Along the Santa Fe Trail
Friday, April 22 | $103
We're heading down the Santa Fe Trail! We'll load up and explore over 25 historical sites in Council Grove, KS. After exploring the Post Office Oak Museum and Seth Hays Home, we will enjoy a chicken fried chicken lunch with all the fixins at the famous Hays House, shopping downtown. After lunch we will hop on board our comfortable motorcoach with a step on guide for a tour around Council Grove and it's 25 historical sites! Before heading home, we will swing by the Trail Days Café and Museum for one last sweet treat! 
 
Cinco de Mayo at Jefferson Hill Winery
Thursday, May 5 | $81
We’re heading back to Jefferson Hill Winery! Nestled in the rolling hills of Northeast Kansas we will enjoy sweeping fives of nature’s beauty and the Jefferson Hill vines. We will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a homemade Mexican fiesta! Following lunch we will enjoy a tour and history of the winery with the owners themselves! 
 
Summer on the Farm
Thursday, June 9 | $99
Life is sweet on the farm! Join us as we explore two central Missouri farms. From Clydesdales to lavender we will see animals, farms and gardens! We'll kick the day off at Warm Springs Ranch. Home of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. We hope to even meet the newest spring foals! After the tour we will enjoy lunch at the Rocheport General Store. Nestled in the heart of downtown Rocheport, MO this quaint general store is a staple in town! After lunch we will head to The Lookout Farm. The smells are free on this family owned lavender farm. Life truly is sweeter on the farm! The sweetness doesn't end there, we'll swing by Russell Stover on our way back home!  
 
City of Lenexa Summer Camp
Wednesday, January 19th to Wednesday, January 26th
 
Lenexa Summer Camp - 201412
Make memories that will last a lifetime this summer! Enjoy a traditional day camp experience jam-packed with age-appropriate exciting indoor and outdoor games, team building, contests and hands-on challenges and projects designed for their skill level and camp theme. Each week will include multiple swimming trips and a field trip. These camps are open to children who have completed kindergarten - age 13. Licensed Camps are held at the Lenexa Rec Center and all children must have completed kindergarten in order to attend. 
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Registration
Opens on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 at 8:00am to everyone. Enrollment is first come, first serve for 2022 and fills within minutes. All paperwork must be turned in by Jan. 26 by 7 p.m.

Camp Hours: 7:30a.m.-5:30p.m. 

Weekly Fees:
$139 Residents or LRC members
$149 Nonresidents

June 21-25 & July 5-8
$125 Residents or LRC members*
$135 Nonresidents*

Week 1 | This ‘n That | June 6-10
Summer is here! We’ll kick off our summer fun by getting our summer wiggles out and jumping right into some past camp favorites and this ‘n that to kick off summer camp!

Week 2 | Slime Time | June 13-17
Let’s get messy! This week of camp will feature messy games, counselors getting slimed, and wet and wild elements better than ever before. If you’re a wild and crazy kid who loves to make a mess, this week is for you! Make sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!

Week 3 | Rock On! | June 21-24* *No camp Monday, June 20
Time to discover your talents! Jam like nobody's watching, lip sync or sing karaoke with friends! Put a spin on talents and make your own music video, puppet show or commercial. Learn music traditions from cultures around the world, sing karaoke, and put a band together to rock on!

Week 4 | Throwback! | June 27-July 1
Camp is totally rad, dude! Break out the neon, windbreakers, and maybe a Walkman or Discman, as we celebrate our past!

Week 5 | Water WOW! | July 5-8* | *No camp Monday, July 4 
Campers should come ready to get WET! From water sports games to water art projects that is what this week is all about. Along with our regular swimming, we will make extra time for some H2O fun!

Week 6 | Exploding Science! | July 11-15
Pack your bags and let us embark on an adventure around the world! Our fearless travelers will have five days to learn about different places, cultures, foods, traditions and games played in other areas of the world! The travel bug has bitten, and we are ready to go!

Week 7 | Spirit Week | July 18-22
Get your spirit fingers ready! Meet and compete with fellow campers, create banners, cheers, and promote camp pride. Good sportsmanship is needed for a variety of competitive and noncompetitive games.

Week 8 | World Travelers | July 25-29
The last week of camp, we’ll explore the globe and we will learn about the traditions and cultures of other countries. A quick trip around the world to celebrate the unique world we live in.

For licensed camp details, including required camper paperwork, visit Lenexa Summer Camp webpage.
Jack Stack BBQ "Win A Super Bowl Party Feast" Event
Friday, January 21st to Sunday, February 6th
For residents of Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley
 
 
 
HeART of Lenexa Contest Show
Tuesday, January 25th to Sunday, February 27th at Lenexa City Hall
 
This popular annual show feature artwork inspired by something each artist loves about Lenexa.
 
Reception and awards event held on February 3, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Lenexa Winter Farmer's Market
Tuesday, January 25th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lenexa City Hall and Public Market
 
Free admission
 
Free, covered parking on-site
 
Support local growers and makers at Lenexa's annual Winter Farmers Market. Get your favorite goodies and keep in touch with vendors on the last Saturday of the month from January through March. Expect cool season vegetables (like onions, garlic and greens), eggs, cheese, butter, honey and beeswax body products, BBQ sauces and rubs, wine, various meats, salsa and bakery items.  
 

 
Virtual Gardening Program
Tuesday, January 25th, 6 p.m.
 
Starting your own veg seeds and transplants can be fun and is a great way to scratch that gardening itch during cloudy winter days. Whether it's getting a head start on cool season vegetables like onions, herbs, broccoli, and lettuces, or having greater access to unique varieties of tomatoes and peppers, starting your own seeds at home can take your garden to the next level.
 
This virtual class, taught by K-State Horticulture Extension Agent, Zac Hoppenstedt, will give you step by step instructions for starting your own vegetable transplants from seed including recommendations on simple setups for indoor lighting to make sure that your plants are healthy and strong.
 
This class will be offered free via Zoom on Tuesday, January 25th at 6:00pm. It is FREE to join! Mark your calendar, save this email and click the link below join the session on Tuesday, January 25 at 6:00pm!
 
Free Online Safety For Parents Workshop
Tuesday, January 25th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lenexa Police Department
 
According to Influence Central, the average age children in the United States get a smartphone is 10 years old, and that one in two children have a social media account by age 12.
 
Parents want to protect their children from dangers in the “outside” world, but many times fail to recognize the dangers of the online world. It is more important than ever to understand how the cyber world works and the potential risks that come with navigating it.
 
We offer 90-minute in-person workshops for groups, where we’ll teach you about some of the potentially dangerous online trends we’re seeing, including on social media. At this workshop, you'll learn what steps you can take to help protect your children as they navigate the digital world on their tablets, smartphones, or other electronic devices. The class is geared toward parents of minor children. Parents are encouraged to bring their children ages 12 and up with them. Due to some of the subject matter presented, children younger than 12 are not recommended to attend.
 
This workshop is held twice a year at the Lenexa Police Department, but can also be presented by request for your group.   
 
Dates and location
 
The next Online Safety for Parents workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, from 6:30–8 p.m. at the Lenexa Police Department, 12500 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66215.
 
Free admission.
 

 
The Great Lenexa Luau
Saturday, January 29th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lenexa Public Market
 
Need a little slice of summer to make it through this long, cold winter? The Lenexa Public Market is heating things up for a perfect island escape with Hawaiian themed food, beverages, live music and more.
 
Be sure to BYOP (Bring your own Pineapple) because our Pineapple Decorating Contest is back!
 
Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Bimonthly HOA Meeting
Monday, January 31st, 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at Virtual
 
The Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association Board will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m.
 
A link will be sent within one week of the meeting date.
Black History Month
Tuesday, February 1st to Monday, February 28th
 
Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.
Lenexa Rec Programs Starting Soon!
Tuesday, February 1st to Monday, March 7th at Lenexa Rec Center
 
X Pass Members get a 10% discount on these programs held at the Rec Center.
 
Girls Who Lift
Feb. 1–22  •  March 1–22
This group is specifically designed for teen girls who want to learn more about strength training. (Ages 10–16) Register now
 
Stronger U
Feb. 1–24
No matter where you are in your fitness journey, lifting weights is crucial for building lean muscle tissue, getting stronger, and burning more calories every day. Learn to create a workout schedule for your fitness level and goals. (Ages 18+) Register now
 
Youth Small Group Training
Feb. 7–28  •  March 7–28
We'll introduce your child to strength and cardio endurance training in a non-competitive exercise program for their age group and ability level. (Ages 10–16) Register now
 
Couch to 5K
Feb. 7–March 9
Are you new to running, or just getting back into it? Develop a strategy to reach the finish line in under six weeks. Includes two small group running/coaching sessions each week and a daily workout plan. (Ages 18+) Register now 
 
Lunar New Year
Tuesday, February 1st
 
Lunar New Year is the beginning of a calendar year whose months are moon cycles, based on the lunar calendar or lunisolar calendar.
 
Lunar New Year is particularly celebrated in East Asia, influenced by the Chinese New Year and the Chinese Calendar. It is also a feature of the Hindu-Buddhist calendars of South and Southeast Asia, the Islamic calendar and the Jewish calendar.
Groundhog Day
Wednesday, February 2nd
 
Groundhog Day (Pennsylvania German: Grund'sau dåk, Grundsaudaag, Grundsow Dawg, Murmeltiertag; Nova Scotia: Daks Day) is a popular North American tradition observed in the United States and Canada on February 2. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks; if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, February 2nd, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also canceled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is canceled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also canceled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
 
 
Cupid's Gems
Saturday, February 5th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thompson Barn at 11184 Lackman Road
 
Discover unique handcrafted jewelry at this juried show featuring one-of-a-kind handmade products. It's a perfect place to select an unforgettable Valentine's Day gift or enjoy an outing with friends. Free admission.
 
 
City Center Live - Mandolin Orchestra of Kansas City
Saturday, February 12th, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Lenexa Public Market
 
Liven up Saturday nights this winter by attending a variety of free shows at City Center Live, a performing arts series presented in partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council. Each event starts at 6:30 p.m. at Lenexa City Hall. Grab a drink or bite to eat from the Lenexa Public Market before the show.
Valentine's Day
Monday, February 14th
 
Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.
President's Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, February 21st
 
Presidents' Day, officially Washington's Birthday, is a holiday in the United States celebrated on the third Monday of February to honor all U.S. presidents. The federal holiday specifically honors George Washington, who led the Continental Army to victory in the American Revolutionary War, presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and was the first president of the United States.
Lenexa Winter Farmer's Market
Saturday, February 26th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lenexa City Hall and Public Market
 
Free admission
 
Free, covered parking on-site
 
Support local growers and makers at Lenexa's annual Winter Farmers Market. Get your favorite goodies and keep in touch with vendors on the last Saturday of the month from January through March. Expect cool season vegetables (like onions, garlic and greens), eggs, cheese, butter, honey and beeswax body products, BBQ sauces and rubs, wine, various meats, salsa and bakery items.  
 
Women's History Month
Tuesday, March 1st to Thursday, March 31st
 
Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.
Women's Work: Portraits of Strength and Contribution
Tuesday, March 1st to Sunday, March 27th at Lenexa City Hall Art Gallery
 
Paintings of prominent women by artist Patricia Streeper in honor of Women's History Month.
 
Reception and art talk on March 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, March 2nd
 
Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent (the six weeks of penitence before Easter). Ash Wednesday is traditionally observed by Western Christians. It is observed by Catholics in the Roman Rite, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Moravians, Nazarenes, and Independent Catholics, as well as by many from the Reformed faith (inclusive of the Congregationalist, Continental Reformed, and Presbyterian traditions) and United Protestants.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, March 2nd, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also canceled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is canceled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also canceled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
 
City Center Live - Kansas City Ballet Second Company
Saturday, March 12th, 6:30 p.m. at Lenexa Public Market
 
Liven up Saturday nights this winter by attending a variety of free shows at City Center Live, a performing arts series presented in partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council. Each event starts at 6:30 p.m. at Lenexa City Hall. Grab a drink or bite to eat from the Lenexa Public Market before the show.
Daylight Savings Time Begins!
Sunday, March 13th
 
Daylight saving time (DST), also known as daylight savings time or daylight time (United States, Canada and Australia), and summer time (United Kingdom, European Union, and some others), is the practice of advancing clocks (typically by one hour) during warmer months so that darkness falls at a later clock time. The typical implementation of DST is to set clocks forward by one hour in the spring ("spring forward") and set clocks back by one hour in autumn ("fall back") to return to standard time. As a result, there is one 23-hour day in late winter or early spring and one 25-hour day in the autumn.
St. Patrick's Day
Thursday, March 17th
 
 
Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Holi
Friday, March 18th
 
Holi ( /ˈhoʊliː/) is a popular ancient Indian festival, also known as the "Festival of Love", the "Festival of Colours" and the "Festival of Spring". The festival celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna. It also signifies the triumph of good over the evil,as it celebrates the victory of Vishnu as Narasimha Narayana over Hiranyakashipu.It originated and is predominantly celebrated in India and Nepal but has also spread to other regions of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent.
Lenexa Winter Farmer's Market
Saturday, March 26th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lenexa City Hall and Public Market
 
Free admission
 
Free, covered parking on-site
 
Support local growers and makers at Lenexa's annual Winter Farmers Market. Get your favorite goodies and keep in touch with vendors on the last Saturday of the month from January through March. Expect cool season vegetables (like onions, garlic and greens), eggs, cheese, butter, honey and beeswax body products, BBQ sauces and rubs, wine, various meats, salsa and bakery items.  
 
April Fool's Day
Friday, April 1st
 
April Fools' Day or April Fool's Day (sometimes called All Fools' Day) is an annual celebration on April 1, commemorated by practical jokes and hoaxes. The player(s) of the joke(s) or hoax(es) often exposes their action by shouting "April fool(s)" at the recipient(s). The recipients of these actions are called April fools. Mass media can be involved in these pranks that the following day are reported as such. Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in any country.
Ramadan Begins
Saturday, April 2nd
 
Ramadan (Arabic: رَمَضَان‎, romanized: Ramaḍān [ra.ma.dˤaːn]), also spelled Ramazan, Ramzan, Ramadhanor Ramathan, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), prayer, reflection and community. A commemoration of Muhammad's first revelation, the annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next.
Free Fitness Checkups
Saturday, April 2nd, 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m. at Lenexa Rec Center
 
Starting a new fitness routine? It’s always great to measure yourself and track your progress along the way. Let the Lenexa Rec Center help you succeed with a fitness checkup from 10–11:30 a.m. on April 2 and Nov. 5, 2022.
 
Drop by for 15–30 minutes. Certified personal trainers will be on hand to check your weight, percent body fat, sit-up test, pushup test, plank test, 40-yard dash time.
 
This is a FREE community event. No membership required or RSVP needed. First come, first served.
 
Participants will fill out fitness progress cards for accountability that they keep or can leave on file at Rec Center.
 
Ages: 18 and up
 
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, April 6th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 10th
 
Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels. Palm Sunday marks the first day of Holy Week. For adherents of Nicene Christianity, it is the last week of the Christian solemn season of Lent that precedes the arrival of Eastertide.
Good Friday
Friday, April 15th
 
 
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, and Black Friday.
Passover
Friday, April 15th
 
Passover or Pesach is a major Jewish holiday and one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays. Together with Shavuotand Sukkot, Passover was one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire population of the kingdom of Judah made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship.
Easter
Sunday, April 17th
 
Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
Easter Monday
Monday, April 18th
 
Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and a public holiday in some countries. It is the second day of Eastertide. In Western Christianity, it is also the second day of the Octave of Easter, and in Eastern Christianity, it is also the second day of Bright Week.
Tax Day
Monday, April 18th
 
In the United States, Tax Day is the day on which individual income tax returns are due to be submitted to the federal government. Since 1955, Tax Day has typically fallen on or just after April 15. Tax Day was first introduced in 1913, when the Sixteenth Amendment was ratified.
Earth Day
Friday, April 22nd
 
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.
Orthodox Easter
Sunday, April 24th
 
The Eastern Orthodox Church, also called the Orthodox Church, is the second-largest Christian church, with approximately 220 million baptised members. It operates as a communion of autocephalous churches, each governed by its bishops in local synods. The church has no central doctrinal or governmental authority analogous to the bishop of Rome (Pope), but the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople is recognised by all bishops as primus inter pares ("first among equals") and regarded as the representative and spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians.As one of the oldest surviving religious institutions in the world, the Eastern Orthodox Church has played a prominent role in the history and culture of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the Near East.The Eastern Orthodox Church officially calls itself the Orthodox Catholic Church.
Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Bimonthly HOA Meeting
Monday, April 25th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Virtual
 
The Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association Board will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m.
 
A link will be sent within one week of the meeting date.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Sunday, May 1st
 
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (as of 2009, officially changed from Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month) is a period for the duration of the month of May for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
Eid al-Fitr
Sunday, May 1st
 
Eid al-Fitr (/ˌiːd əl ˈfɪtər, -trə/ EED əl FIT-ər, -⁠rə; Arabic: عيد الفطر‎, romanized: ʿĪd al-Fiṭr, lit. 'Feast of Breaking the Fast', IPA: [ʕiːd al ˈfitˤr]), is the earlier of the two official holidays celebrated within Islam (the other being Eid al-Adha). The religious holiday is celebrated by Muslims worldwide because it marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. It falls on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar; this does not always fall on the same Gregorian day, as the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities. The holiday is known under various other names in different languages and countries around the world. The day is also called Lesser Eid, or simply Eid.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, May 4th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Cinco de Mayo
Thursday, May 5th
 
Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko̞ ðe̞ ˈma̠ʝo̞] in Mexico, Spanish for "Fifth of May") is an annual celebration held on May 5, which commemorates the anniversary of Mexico'svictory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, the victory of a smaller, poorly equipped Mexican force against the larger and better-armed French army was a morale boost for the Mexicans. Zaragoza died months after the battle from an illness, and a larger French force ultimately defeated the Mexican army at the Second Battle of Puebla and occupied Mexico City.
Lenexa Art Fair
Saturday, May 7th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lenexa Civic Campus Parking Garage
 
The Lenexa Art Fair is the perfect outing for art enthusiasts and jazz lovers. This one-day, outdoor, juried art fair features about 50 fine artists from the region, live jazz music throughout the day, sidewalk chalk art, children's art activities, food trucks, and wine and craft beer available for purchase.
 
 
Mother's Day
Sunday, May 8th
 
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day.
Memorial Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, May 30th
 
Memorial Day (previously but now seldom called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring the military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day having been observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.
LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Wednesday, June 1st
 
LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It was founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community. As of 2020, LGBT History Month is a month-long celebration that is specific to Hungary, the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Greenland, and the city of Berlin.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Monday, June 6th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Flag Day
Tuesday, June 14th
 
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.
Father's Day
Sunday, June 19th
 
Father's Day is a holiday of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on 19 March as Saint Joseph's Day since the Middle Ages. In the United States, Father's Day was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd, and celebrated on the third Sunday of June for the first time in 1910. The day is held on various dates across the world and different regions maintain their own traditions of honoring fatherhood.
Juneteenth
Monday, June 20th
 
 Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day and also known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation DJuneteenthay, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of African-American slaves. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture.Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865. The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Juneteenth's commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas,[9] which was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery.
Great Lenexa BBQ Battle
Friday, June 24th to Saturday, June 25th, Varies By Day at TBD
 
The Great Lenexa BBQ Battle started in 1982 with 12 contestants and 12 judges. On April 27, 1984, Governor John Carlin declared the contest the official Kansas State Championship. The competition attracts cooks from all over the country, who compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion of the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle - The Kansas State Championship. For 2021, prizes and ribbons are awarded to the top 10 contestants in four categories (brisket, pork, pork ribs, chicken) and the top three overall winners.
 
Independence Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, July 4th
 
Independence Day (colloquially the Fourth of July or July 4th) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.
Lenexa Freedom Run
Monday, July 4th at Santa Fe & Pflumm Roads
 
The Community Days Parade is an annual hometown tradition that draws thousands to Old Town to celebrate Independence Day. Our parade is one of the longest Fourth of July parades in the Kansas City area.
 
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, July 6th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Eid-al-Adha
Sunday, July 10th
 
Eid al-Adha also called the "Festival of the Sacrifice", is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command. But, before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this intervention, an animal is sacrificed ritually and divided into three parts. One share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home, and the third is given to relatives.
Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Bimonthly HOA Meeting
Monday, July 25th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Virtual
 
The Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association Board will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m.
 
A link will be sent within one week of the meeting date.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, August 3rd, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
 
Ashura
Monday, August 8th
 
Ashura (Arabic: عَاشُورَاء‎, romanized: ʿĀshūrāʾ [ʕaːʃuːˈraːʔ]) is an Islamic holiday that occurs on the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic lunar calendar. For Muslims, Ashura marks the day in which the Islamic prophet Musa was saved by Allah when He parted the Sea while leading the children of Israel to the land of Israel. Furthermore, for Muslims, it marks the day on which the Battle of Karbala took place, resulting in the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and a member of the Household of Muhammad (Ahl al-Bayt).
Labor Day
Monday, September 5th
 
Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, September 7th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Lenexa Spinach Festival
Saturday, September 10th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
 
The family-oriented Lenexa Spinach Festival is packed with food, music, entertainment, hands-on activities, and craft vendors. Experience the World’s Largest Spinach Salad, learn about our history, or submit your favorite dish to our recipe contest. There’s plenty to do for everyone in the family! 
 
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Thursday, September 15th
 
Hispanic Heritage Month heritage began as Hispanic Heritage Week. Hispanic Week was established by legislation sponsored by Rep. Edward R. Roybal of Los Angeles and was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.In 1988, the commemorative week was expanded to a month (September 15 to October 15) by legislation sponsored by Rep. Esteban Edward Torres (D–Pico Rivera), amended by Senator Paul Simon, and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the commemoration because it is the anniversary of the Cry of Dolores (early morning, 16 September 1810), which marked the start of the Mexican War of Independence and thus resulted (in 1821) in independence for the New Spain Colony (now Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua).
Rosh Hashanah
Monday, September 26th
 
Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה‎), literally meaning "head [of] the year", is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah (יוֹם תְּרוּעָה‎), literally "day of shouting or blasting." It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days (יָמִים נוֹרָאִים‎ Yamim Nora'im. "Days of Awe"), as specified by Leviticus 23:23–25, that occur in the late summer/early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, October 5th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Lenexa Chili Challenge
Friday, October 7th to Saturday, October 8th at Old Town Lenexa - Santa Fe Trail & Pflumm Roads
 
Free admission
 
Free samples on Saturday, while supplies last
 
About 200 teams compete in our chili, salsa and hot wings contests in hopes of taking home the Grand Champion prize. Teams host private parties on Friday night and give out samples to everyone on Saturday.  
Activities include musical entertainment and JDRF Fundraising both days, fireworks on Friday night, and the Kids Kornbread Contest on Saturday. 
 

 
Columbus Day
Monday, October 10th
 
Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere, and a federal holiday in the United States, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
Indigenous Peoples' Day
Monday, October 10th
 
National Indigenous Peoples Day formerly National Aboriginal Day[1] (French: Journée nationale des peuples autochtones) is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated annually on 21 June. This date was chosen as the statutory holiday for many reasons, including its cultural significance as the Summer solstice, and the fact that it is a day on which many Indigenous peoples and communities traditionally celebrate their heritage. A proposal to rename the day National Indigenous Peoples Day was made in 2017. The bill to make that change (C-369) was still being debated by parliament when the legislature was dissolved. The federal Crown has begun referring to the day as National Indigenous Peoples Day, regardless.
Veteran's Day
Tuesday, October 11th
 
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, who are people who have served in the United States Armed Forces (that were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Diwali
Monday, October 24th
 
Diwali (English:  /dɪˈwɑːliː/; Deepavali (IAST: dīpāvali) or Divali; related to Jain Diwali, Bandi Chhor Divas, Tihar, Swanti, Sohrai and Bandna) is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, notably Newar Buddhists. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance". The festival is widely associated with Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, with many other regional traditions connecting the holiday to Sita and Rama, Vishnu, Krishna, Yama, Yami, Durga, Kali, Hanuman, Ganesha, Kubera, Dhanvantari, or Vishvakarman. Furthermore, it is, in some regions, a celebration of the day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana after defeating Ravana in  Lanka and serving 14 years of exile.
Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Bimonthly HOA Meeting
Monday, October 24th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Virtual
 
The Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association Board will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m.
 
A link will be sent within one week of the meeting date.
Halloween Bingo
Monday, October 31st
 
Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of "All Hallows' evening"),[5] also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve,[or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the departed.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, November 2nd, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Free Fitness Checkups
Saturday, November 5th, 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m. at Lenexa Rec Center
 
Starting a new fitness routine? It’s always great to measure yourself and track your progress along the way. Let the Lenexa Rec Center help you succeed with a fitness checkup from 10–11:30 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2022.
 
Drop by for 15–30 minutes. Certified personal trainers will be on hand to check your weight, percent body fat, sit-up test, pushup test, plank test, 40-yard dash time.
 
This is a FREE community event. No membership required or RSVP needed. First come, first served.
 
Participants will fill out fitness progress cards for accountability that they keep or can leave on file at Rec Center.
 
Ages: 18 and up
 
Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Annual HOA Meeting
Monday, November 7th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Virtual
 
The Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association Board will meet virtually for their Annual Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
 
A link will be sent within one week of the meeting date.
Election Day
Tuesday, November 8th
 
In the United States, Election Day is the annual day set by law for the general elections of federal public officials. It is statutorily set by the Federal Government as "the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November" equaling the Tuesday occurring within November 2 to November 8.
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 13th
 
Daylight saving time (DST), also known as daylight savings time or daylight time (United States, Canada and Australia), and summer time (United Kingdom, European Union, and some others), is the practice of advancing clocks (typically by one hour) during warmer months so that darkness falls at a later clock time. The typical implementation of DST is to set clocks forward by one hour in the spring ("spring forward") and set clocks back by one hour in autumn ("fall back") to return to standard time. As a result, there is one 23-hour day in late winter or early spring and one 25-hour day in the autumn.
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 24th
 
Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, December 7th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Hanukkah
Monday, December 19th
 
Hanukkah (/ˈhɑːnəkə/; Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה‎, Modern: Ḥanukkáh, Tiberian: Ḥanukkāh; usually spelled חֲנוּכָּה‎, pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew, [ˈχanukə] or [ˈχanikə] in Yiddish; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah, Ḥanukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah, Hanuka) is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE. It is also known as the Festival of Lights(Hebrew: חַג הַאוּרִים‎, ḥag ha'urim).
Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24th
 
Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus. Christmas Day is observed around the world, and Christmas Eve is widely observed as a full or partial holiday in anticipation of Christmas Day. Together, both days are considered one of the most culturally significant celebrations in Christendom and Western society.
Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25th
 
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many countries, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season organized around it.
Kwanzaa
Monday, December 26th
 
Kwanzaa (/ˈkwɑːn.zə/) is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually held on the 6th day. It was created by Maulana Karenga, based on African harvest festival traditions from various parts of Africa, including West and Southeast Africa. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966.
New Year's Eve
Saturday, December 31st
 
In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve (also known as Old Year's Day or Saint Sylvester's Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on 31 December. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening parties, where many people dance, eat, drink, and watch or light fireworks. Some Christians attend a watchnight service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into New Year's Day, 1 January.
Happy New Year!
Sunday, January 1st
 
New Year's Day, also simply called New Year or New Year's, is observed on 1 January, the first day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. Whilst most solar calendars (like the Gregorian and Julian) begin the year regularly at or near the northern winter solstice, the start of the new year in cultures that observe a lunisolar or lunar calendar (such as the Chinese New Year and the Islamic New Year) happen at less fixed points relative to the solar year.