Juneteenth – June 19 – is a day celebrating the freeing of the last slaves on American soil. Taking place every June since 1865, the holiday marks the notification of African American slaves in Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865. Check out these Juneteenth events and (virtual) festivals commemorating this historic day:
Cincinnati’s 33rd Juneteenth Festival
This weekend-long virtual experience takes place from June 19-21, and features 1-hour concerts you can watch from home! Whether you’re tuning in through a community cable network or streaming on YouTube and Vimeo, enjoy a weekend of history, music and dance!
Juneteenth Festival: Celebrating Freedom in Columbus
The King Arts Complex hosts a Juneteenth celebration on Friday, June 19th from 12-3PM at Mayme Moore Park. If you can’t make it out to the park, check out their Facebook for (live) videos of performances and celebrations.
Juneteenth Love And Light BBQ in Columbus
Pride March to Commemorate Juneteenth in Columbus
Freedom on Junteenth at Karamu House in Cleveland
This online theatrical event will be a spectacular performance featuring about 20 artists. Starting at 7PM on June 19th, Karamu House will stream this event on several platforms (Facebook, YouTube, ROKU – to name a few). So tune in for an original production of music, spoken word, dance and learning.
We Are Maroon: Juneteenth At The Box Park in Columbus
Maroon Arts Group is having a day filled with live music, poetry and performances – plus painting for the kids!. Head to the Box Park (located on Mt. Vernon Ave in the King-Lincoln/Bronzeville District) on June 20th for a day of celebration.
LGBTQ+ Unity March On Columbus For Black Lives
Juneteenth is a wonderful way for people of all backgrounds to discover the history of America and observe the significance of such an important day. Some other ways to celebrate this weekend are shopping at Buy Black Market at Stonewall Columbus (a pop-up market on June 20th from 11AM – 5PM) and ordering a baked good from Ohio bakeries (like Pistacia Vera, OH Jenny Bakes, Dough Mama, The Baker’s Rack and Hearth Bakery) participating in #BakersAgainstRacism. Or you can order a variety box from The Spiffy Cookie or Volk Sweets.