Harambee Festival


The Harambee Festival is a community-based educational and cultural event that was created in the early 1970s, by the founding members of the Harambee Festival Steering Committee, a group of community-minded citizens who gathered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center to form an alternative to Halloween. Harambee is an East African Swahili word meaning “Let’s Pull Together” or “Unity.” Their objective was to organize a celebration that would provide a positive, cultural experience for children, youth, and adults. For the past forty-four years, that original objective has become quite a success with well over 5,000 people attending annually.

The 2020 theme is “Harambee Seeing the Future of Our Children” and our overall mission is to educate and unify all generations, cultures and social groups.  This year, as never before, in the aftermath of the Covid-19 Pandemic, our community needs this event.

Due to COVID -19 this year’s festival will proceed on October 31, 2020 as planned just on a different format. Local families and those from surrounding cities will still be able to receive FREE treat bags & care packages during the Drive-Thru virtual event, located at 2922 MLK Jr. Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75215 starting at 10:30am until supplies last. 

All families are to stay inside their vehicle with an open trunk. Walk-Ups are also welcome. Masks are required for each volunteer and recipient. 

Community Partner Information

The Community Partner fee is $50, which can be paid via PayPal or business check made payable to Harambee. Proceeds will benefit the MLK, Jr Community Center and the Harambee Steering Committee. Nonprofit organizations are not required to pay the fee.

Community Partners will receive a 6-foot table and 2 chairs, in a 10′ X 10′ space. You must provide your own canopy or tent.

Submit applications to natashia.cooper@dallascityhall.com or fax it to 214-670-8501. For additional questions, please contact 214-670-8418.


46th Harambee Community Partner Application

Volunteer Information

If you would like to be a volunteer for the 46th Harambee Festival, please complete the application below and return it to danetteausborne@yahoo.com. For more information, contact Danette Ausborne at 972-374-6830.

46th Harambee Festival Volunteer Application


Make donations via Paypal:  https://www.paypal.me/HarambeeDallas

Learn more about Harambee by visiting www.HarambeeDallas.org.