The Celebrate! series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America’s rich cultural diversity through the arts. Thanks to generous support from the Highland Street Foundation, 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, MA 02125).

How to Attend

Please note that 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 and space is available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


All childcare groups (including schools, community centers, and scouting groups) are welcome, but it is essential for the group leader to call 617-514-1644 at least one week in advance and speak with a Kennedy Library staff member to ensure that there will be adequate seating.

The 2015-2016 Season

Holiday Troubadours

Holiday Troubadours

December 29, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Take a musical journey around the world in this multicultural celebration with instruments, songs, and dances from different nations. Explore diverse winter traditions through these musical stories.

Benkadi Drum and Dance - African Journey

January 18, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as the multicultural Benkadi Drum and Dance group returns to perform new dances that showcase the traditional rhythms and movements from West African countries.

African Adventure Tales

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre - African Adventure Tales

February 17, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

With stunning puppetry, spectacular scenery, and infectious music, the award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre brings folktales to life in honor of African American Heritage Month. Come enjoy humorous tales and learn some lessons with animal friends.

Greene-O'Leary School of Irish Dancers

The Greene-O'Leary School of Irish Dancers

March 12, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Come enjoy a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day as these dancers demonstrate their athleticism, skill, and poise while presenting traditional and contemporary styles of Irish dance.

Johhny Fireseed and the Junkyard Dogs

Johnny Fireseed and the Junkyard Dogs

April 19, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

In celebration of Earth Day, join us for whimsical music with an upbeat eco-message. Learn how to make your own instruments from recycled and repurposed items you can find around the house.