Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day and/or Emancipation Day, is a holiday commemorating the freedom of slaves in the United States. Juneteenth, short for June Nineteenth, is celebrated in different ways including marches, speeches, and more.
Many events are planned this year, and most are in person. Some are happening on Saturday, June 18th and some on Sunday, June 19th which is also Father’s Day!
UPDATED FOR 2022
Celebrate Juneteenth in SoCal
Juneteenth Celebration: The Re-Collective Orchestra, Robert Grasper, The Roots
2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068
“The all-Black Re-Collective Orchestra will celebrate Juneteenth with Robert Grasper, The Roots, and more!” This special performance is scheduled for Sunday, June 19th at 4:30 pm. The Re-Collective Orchestra’s performance will be the first time, in the Hollywood Bowl’s 100-year history, that an all-Black symphony orchestra is performing onstage. Tickets are available online.
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA
Celebrate Juneteenth at Pretend City Children’s Museum on Friday, June 17th. Several special activities are planned including art projects (weaving your own Kente cloth, creating with the three colors of the Pan-African flag), story times, music and movement, and more. All activities are included in general admission. Ticket information is available online.
Eat See Hear Juneteenth Celebration: 42
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008
In honor of Juneteenth, Eat See Hear will be screening 42 on Saturday, June 18th. 2022 is the “75th Anniversary year of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball.” In addition, a live musical performance is scheduled, as well as a “fantastic lineup of local, Black-owned, and extremely delicious food trucks serving up soul food for all tastes.” Doors open at 6:00 pm, music starts at 7:30 pm, and the movie starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets are available online. (The movie is rated PG-13.)
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 19th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. “Learn about the history of this holiday and its significance to the African American community and beyond.” You can learn more about the meaning and importance of the holiday through storytelling and music. Advance reservations are required and are available online.
Juneteenth : A Celebration of Freedom
San Bernardino Valley College
701 S. Mount Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92410
Juneteenth : A Celebration of Freedom is happening on Saturday, June 18th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The festivities include vendors, live performances, a kids zone, food, speakers, resources, and more. Register online for this free event.
Westchester Recreational Park
7000 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045
The Juneteenth Art x Culture Festival is happening on Sunday, June 19th from 10 am to 6 pm. The Festival includes panel discussions, an African Marketplace, multicultural performing artists, and more. Register online for this free event.
The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Jubilee
3000 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA
The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Jubilee is happening on Sunday, June 19th from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. This special event features something for everyone including vendors, performers, artists, and more. Register online for this free event and be sure to check the website for more details as they become available.
The King County Library System is hosting Celebrate Juneteenth on Thursday, June 9th from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. This special event will allow families to learn about Juneteenth through stories, poetry, songs, and more. This program is designed for families with children ages 7 to 12. Register online to receive the link information. (This is also a great activity for teachers; be sure sure to tell your children’s teachers about it!)
30th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Virginia Avenue Park
2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404
The City of Santa Monica is hosting its annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18th from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This free event features craft vendors, live musical and dance performances, food, and local resources. Registration information is available online.
Juneteenth Heritage Festival
Black Arts Los Angeles plans to host its annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 18th. Check the website for more details as they become available.
The Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration
Rainbow Lagoon Park
400 E. Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA
The City of Long Beach is celebrating Juneteenth on Saturday, June 18th from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. The festivities are all about “good vibes” and include music, a step show, arts and crafts, food, and more. Tickets are required and are available for free online.
3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Family Reunion
27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Take a drive to Santa Clarita for the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Family Reunion happening on Saturday, June 18th from 4 pm to 8 pm. This “epic Juneteenth event that will have a family reunion vibe” features live music, games, food, and more. Register online for this free event.
SoulfulofNoise Presents: Juneteenth Festival
1110 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90001
SoulfulofNoise Presents: Juneteenth Festival is “a free celebration dedicated to uplifting the entire community,” and happening on Sunday, June 19th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Enjoy live musical performances, local vendors, games, food trucks, and more. Guests are encouraged to bring “lightly used clothes for our friends at My Friend’s House” as well as “packs of socks to support our friends at SockIt2Me.” Register online for this free event.
5th Annual Juneteenth Community Celebration
6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA
The 5th Annual Juneteenth Community Celebration is happening on Saturday, June 18th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This free event includes music, speakers, games, giveaways, and more.
Juneteenth: Links in a Chain
Alma Reaves Woods – Watts Branch Library
10205 Compton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90002
The Alma Reaves Woods – Watts Branch Library invites families to a special Juneteenth program on Tuesday, June 14th at 3:00 pm. “Celebrate emancipation from slavery by crafting a chain where each link represents a barrier to equal treatment under the law. Then destroy the chain to restore freedom, justice and equality.”
2nd Annual Juneteenth Event
3936 Chestnut St., Riverside, CA 92501
Head to Riverside for the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Event happening on Saturday, June 18th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The festivities include speakers, an African Marketplace, kids zone, food, and more. Register online for this free event.
Juneteenth Community Tennis Event
Edward Vincent Jr. Park
700 Warren Lane, Inglewood, CA 90302
The US Tennis Association of Southern California has teamed up with 40 Love Foundation and other local organizations for a Juneteenth Community Tennis Event happening on Saturday, June 18th from 10 am to 1 pm. Enjoy a kids tennis zone, food, music, tennis activities, and more. Register online for this free event.
LA Kings Burbank Sports Center
3211 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
The Juneteenth Skate Celebration is happening on Saturday, June 18th from 4 pm to 8 pm. All ages are welcome as are skaters of all levels and abilities. Roller skate rentals will be available for $5. The fun includes skating, a DJ, vendors, food, and lots of fun. Register online.
2nd Annual Juneteenth Soul Festival
San Manuel Stadium
280 S. E St, San Bernardino, CA 92401
The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Soul Festival is happening on Saturday, June 18th from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. This free event features games, soul food vendors, live entertainment, a marketplace, and a chance to have a lot of fun! Register online for this free event.
Los Angeles Maritime Institute
Berth 78 (1142 Nagoya Way – next to San Pedro Fish Market), San Pedro, CA
Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 19th to participate in Juneteenth Sails. Three sail times are available – 1 pm, 4 pm, and the fireworks sail at 7 pm. All proceeds will help support the “Tall Ship programs serving disadvantaged youth in the harbor area and throughout Los Angeles County.” Tickets are available online.
32nd Yr. Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz and Arts Festival
1575 White Ave., Pomona, CA 91768
32nd Yr. Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz and Arts Festival is happening on Saturday, June 18th from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. The festivities include arts and crafts, musical performances, poetry, food, and more. Register online for this free event.
Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).
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