Where to Celebrate Holi Near You
Outside of South Asia itself, Holi is one of the most-celebrated South Asian holidays around the world – there are people of all ages, nationalities and ethnicities tossing brightly-colored power on each other from Sydney to Stockholm to San Francisco.
Here is our guide to kid-friendly celebrations around the U.S.
New York/New Jersey
Rain or shine, Holi in LIC (April 5) will be hosting outdoor color play, along with a Holi book reading, dance performances, dancing and food and drink for all ages.
Celebrate Holi, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, March 28
Holi Celebration, The Village Edgewater, March 8
Chicago’s historic Navy Pier is hosting a free, all-ages Holi celebration (March 14) featuring song and dance entertainment and food vendors amidst the iconic background.
Other fun: Bubbles Academy is hosting its Kids Holi Celebration (March 21), complete with Bollywood music and dancing, Holi art, Indian snacks and, of course, colors to throw around.
What’s more SoCal than Holi on the Beach? For the 13th year, the Association for India Development (AID) LA-OC chapter is throwing a colorful, family-friendly Holi on the Beach party (March 14-15) on the famed Santa Monica Pier, with proceeds going to the foundation’s causes.
Other fun: Holi Hai (March 15), in South El Monte, begins with a water gun fight, a dhol battle and a color throw and attendees can peruse food trucks, other vendors and listen to Bollywood music from live DJs.
For a more immersive experience, The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is hosting Holi in the Parks (March 14 and April 18), with an afternoon beginning with habitat restoration, followed by dancing, arts and crafts and Indian food.
Other fun: Fremont’s 2020 Holi Festival is touted as the biggest color party in the Bay Area and seeks to promote love, friendship and unity within the community.
Everything really is bigger in Texas – the massive, outdoor Houston Holi Festival (March 28) is packed with a Bollywood concert, Indian folk dance performances, a comedy show, carnival rides, a foam party and a bonfire. If that wasn’t enough, there will be a Parade of Rickshaws, street food vendors and, of course, all day color play.
Other fun: The Bellaire Holi Festival 2020 (March 21) will feature music, dancing, vendors, photobooths, Indian food and festivities that stretch into the evening.
Holi Festival of Colors, is hosting events not just in the L.A. area, but in more unexpected locales such as Riverside, CA, Las Vegas, Spanish Fork, UT, Ogden, UT and Salt Lake City.
CRY America, a non-profit focused on restoring basic rights of underprivileged children, particularly from India, is hosting Holi 2020 events in Atlanta, Austin, Orange County, Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle.
Holi at Home
If a Holi event near your hometown doesn’t work for your schedule (or doesn’t exist!), gather your friends and neighbors and host your own in your backyard or nearby park! Jai Jai Hooray offers Holi powder bundles—anywhere from a 10 pack for a backyard get-together to a 400-pack for larger events (but there's really no limit), and the powder is USDA-safe, non-toxic and easily washable.
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Avani Nadkarni is a former journalist who currently works in tech PR and is forever navigating the tricky balance of trying to raise her child in the U.S. while teaching him about his Indian and Sri Lankan roots.