Jan 13, 2023 - Things to Do

3 ways to celebrate MLK Day across the Valley

Photo illustration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and children holding "I am a Man" signs with the WashingtonMonument in the background.

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Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and there are a number of events across the Valley this weekend to honor the legendary civil rights leader.

Chandler Multicultural Festival

When and where: 11am-6pm Saturday at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park's Stage Plaza, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave.

Details: The 28th annual festival, which promotes cultural diversity through music, dance, art, storytelling and speeches, includes a celebration of unity, when they'll announce the winners of a creative expression competition and the festival's inaugural MLK Jr. Award winners.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

When and where: 9am-2pm Saturday at the Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place in Surprise

Details: Performances by local musicians, school choirs, Ottawa University Surprise and faith-based organizations, art contest winner recognition, and a keynote address by Eric Williams, a curator for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  • The event also features a Day of Service. To sign up for service projects, email Larry Garcia at [email protected] or call 623-222-1522.
2023 Arizona MLK Celebration March & Festival

When and where: Monday, 9am, starting at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St.

  • Also: Pilgrim Rest will host a candlelight service and concert at 6pm on Sunday.
  • You can sign up here for the Arizona MLK Celebration Committee and Arizona Interfaith Movement's National MLK Day of Service, which starts Monday at noon.

Details: March from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church to Margaret T. Hance Park, followed by a festival from 10am-4pm at 1202 N. 3rd St.


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