How, where to celebrate Juneteenth in 2024

Movers & Makers is recognizing June as social justice month because of the vibrant outdoor expressions taking place in support of diversity, equality and inclusion across the region. Here are the major events taking place surrounding Juneteenth; explore the links below to discover more.


Juneteenth Cincinnati 

Juneteenth (officially June 19) is one of our most recent designated holidays, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States and serving as a time for reflection, remembrance and celebrating freedom and resilience.

Wade in the Water

Wade in the Water 

Sunday, June 9, 2-4 p.m.
Smale Park, The Banks 

Participatory dance along the Ohio River to acknowledge the significance of water to the more than 400-year odyssey into and beyond enslavement.

Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 15, noon-9 p.m.
Eden Park 

Performances on two stages intended to reflect the shared heritage across the African diaspora: blues, jazz, R&B, Latin jazz, African dancing, plus a Voices of Freedom poetry slam. Also, activities for kids, including crafts, books, games and horseback rides. Some 50 vendors supply food, drink and more.

Cincinnati Juneteenth Parade

Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m. 

From traditional African beats to contemporary music genres, the third annual parade is designed to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of African American culture. This year’s theme is “Roots and Rhythm.” Parade route: East on Court Street from Linn Street to Plum Street.

Juneteenth Father’s Day Concert

Sunday, June 16, 2-6 p.m.
Seasongood Pavilion, Eden Park

Headlined by R&B favorites Lakeside, performances will feature music and praise dancing.

juneteenthcincinnati.org 

facebook.com/CincinnatiJuneteenth 

Orlando Brown Jr.

Inaugural Juneteenth Jubilee

Wednesday, June 19, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The Banks 

Free daylong festival to celebrate true independence with live music, programming, community vendors and food trucks along Freedom Way. Featured speaker is Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. Celebration will culminate in a march to the Ohio River, over which thousands of enslaved people crossed into freedom on the Underground Railroad.

freedomcenter.org

Urban League Juneteenth Celebration

Wednesday June 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Urban League headquarters, 3458 Reading Rd.

Commemorate Juneteenth, a day of reflection and joy, at the Urban League’s third annual Block Party Celebration. Featuring food, activities for kids and giveaways, this event promises to be a day filled with community, culture and unity, where as a group, they’ll honor the past, celebrate the present and look forward to a brighter future.

cincinnatieec.com

Juneteenth panel discussion

Saturday, June 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine

In celebration of Juneteenth, Findlay Market is hosting a free panel discussion about the history and significance of the holiday. The public market invites Black community leaders to sit on the panel and speak on their personal experience with Juneteenth and what it means to them. The moderator is Kai Stoudemire-Williams, founder of Black Is Excellence. Guests will break into groups for a guided discussion with a panelist, followed by the panel discussion. There will There will be live music from Black artists all day. 

Juneteenth Tasting Event

Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine

Findlay Market’s Juneteenth Tasting event celebrates the cuisines of various Black-owned food businesses. Guests will walk through the market space and redeem tickets for samples of several special dishes that tie back to the history and importance of Juneteenth. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the market. There will be live music from Black artists all day. 

www.findlaymarket.org


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