Celebrate 2014-2015

The Celebrate! series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America's rich cultural diversity through the arts. All performances are free and begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Stephen E. Smith Center at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. In order to optimize your comfort and enjoyment, reservations are required for all visitors to this free program. Small children are seated on a carpeted floor with their caretakers.


To make a reservation, call 617-514-1644 or register below. All school groups (including nursery schools, day care centers and scouting groups) are welcome, but it is essential for the group leader to call one week in advance and speak to a Kennedy Library staff member to ensure that there will be adequate seating. Groups may call 617-514-1644, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Alex the Jester

Alex the Jester

December 29, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Have you ever seen a jester perform? Have a laugh with a colorful trickster who speaks his own language, Grammelot! Take a journey to medieval times and enter the hilarious and wondrous world of Alex the Jester!

George Russell Jr. and Company - Clap Your Hands

January 19, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Clap your hands with George Russell Jr. and Company in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Discover how music, including spirituals, gospel and folk-blues, played an important role in both the Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights Movement.

Benkadi Drum and Dance

February 18, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us for a celebration of African-American Heritage Month as the multicultural Benkadi Drum and Dance group performs traditional rhythms and movement from the countries of Mali and Guinea.

Irish Balladeers

The Irish Balladeers

March 14, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, take a musical trip to the Emerald Isle! The Irish Balladeers perform traditional stories and dances with authentic Irish instruments!

Tanglewood Marionettes

Tanglewood Marionettes - The Dragon King

April 21, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Journey beneath the sea in this story of fantasy, courage and wonder from Chinese folklore. Tanglewood Marionettes bring to life fantastic sea creatures and a fearless grandmother who wants to help when things go amiss in the land above. Explore the ocean bottom with her as she seeks the Dragon King.