Celebrate the end of the enslavement of African-American people in the United States with Juneteenth on June 19. Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed in Galveston, Texas after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1st, 1863.
Juneteenth is now a paid holiday for Franklin County employees, replacing Columbus Day, so there’s even more reason to celebrate this year! Read below for Juneteenth events focused on celebration and activism.
We Are Maroon: Juneteenth 2021
June 19, 2021 at 1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Featuring performances, workshops, and activities celebrating Juneteenth. See full details and announcements on the Maroon Arts Group Facebook page.
Special features in June 19 include:
- 9 am. Yoga Outside the Box
- 10:15 am. Fitness Outside the Box with live band
- Taste of Juneteenth
- 5-7 pm. Paint the Power
- Garden Activities
- Belle Âme (Beautiful Souls), created by artist/curator in residence, Ludie Senatus. Exhibit runs June 18-July 9
- Free Pictures with Dad: June 19 from 2-5 pm, and June 20 from 1-3 pm.
925 Mt Vernon Ave
Columbus, OH 43203
King Arts Complex Juneteenth Celebration Days
June 17, 2021 from 8 am – 3 pm. Juneteenth Celebration – Growing & Growth Collective. See details
8 am. Garden Service Projects – see sites here.
1 pm. Dedication Ceremony for the Julialynne Walker Gateway Learning Garden at King Arts Complex
3 pm. After the Dedication Ceremony, head down to the Maroon Arts Group MPACC Box Park and support Brozeville Growers Market (925 Mt. Vernon Ave.)
June 19, 2021 from 11 am – 6 pm. Juneteenth Freedom Day. See details
Learn more about college admissions, gardening, health screening, Covid testing/vaccinations, record expungements, affordable housing and more. This free community event with food, art and vendors.
King Arts Complex, 835 Mount Vernon Avenue Columbus, OH 43203
Juneteenth Celebration at Huber Park in Reynoldsburg
June 19, 2021 from 10 am – 3 pm. See details.
- 10 am. 5K Unity in the Community Walk/Run. Register at columbusice.com
- 11 am – 2 pm. Health Screenings by African American Male Wellness Agency
- 12 pm – 3 pm. Main program includes Thiossane Institute of West African Dance, COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic, food trucks, and vendors
Huber Park, 1640 Davidson Dr, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Juneteenth Jubilee by Black Liberation Movement
Sat, June 19, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 6:00.
Join BLMCO for the first annual Juneteenth Jubilee in Columbus, Ohio. 2021 will be the first year that Juneteenth is an official paid holiday in the state of Ohio. Featuring performances, vendors, art and more. See details on Eventbrite.
Goodale Park, 120 West Goodale Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Ohio History Connection Black Music–The Soundtrack of Humanity
A Juneteenth Commemoration with Dr. Ted McDaniel and Dr. Mark Lomax.
Sat., June 19, 2021 from 1–2:30 p.m.
Explore Black music with two renowned performers and educators. Dr. Ted McDaniel and Dr. Mark Lomax II will discuss Black music as a continuum and reflect on spirituals and blues as they relate to the foundation of global music. In addition they will talk about music as a symbol of resistance during the late 1800s and beyond. Dr. Lomax will share selections from his collection, 400: An Afrikan Epic that directly relate to Juneteenth.
Co-hosted by National Afro–American Museum & Cultural Center.
$20/per registrant, $5/Ohio History Connection member, Free/Ohio History Connection premium member. Details and tickets here.
1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration with Black Yoga Collective
June 18 – June 20, 2021. Local vendors, food trucks, free yoga, meditation and fitness classes for Black Yoga Showcase, Outdoor Art Exhibition, Bounce houses and face painting. Details here
Friday, June 18 at 9 pm: Line Dancing Party
Saturday, June 19 from 12 pm – 9 pm: Podcast and live panel, Open mic and live music, Glow and Flow
Sunday, June 20 from 11 am – 5 pm Juneteenth Car Show
Proceeds benefit scholarships created to provide access & opportunity to students of color in health, wellness & self-care.
Culture Lounge, 6170 Busch Blvd, Columbus, OH 43229
Fishing with Dad x A Taste of Juneteenth
June 19, 2021 from 12 pm – 4 pm.
Join the 11th annual Fishing with Dad event and our Inaugural Taste of Juneteenth. Details on Facebook.
The Columbus Urban League
788 Mt Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH 43203
Jokes on Juneteenth by Cap City Comics
Sat, Jun 19, 2021, 8:00 PM
Featuring: Mary Matthews, Simon Fraser, Jeff Lidala, Christian HB, Lukas Mateus. Your Headliner Xavier Dunson. Hosted by Halima Abshir. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Details here.
Bottoms Up Coffee, 1069 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43222
Juneteenth Community Festival by Phenix Banquet Center
Sat, June 19, 2021 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm
The Juneteenth Community Festival (JCF) will be a day of family fun in a space for all persons in our communities. This is an event that aims to give the neighborhoods a space to connect, celebrate and learn. Event will be outdoors on the Outdoor Venue at Phenix Venue Complex. Event will hold rain or shine. Music. Live Performances. Food Trucks. Community. Fun for the entire family. Free Parking. Supporting small businesses and vendors. Tickets and details.
Phenix Banquet Center, 2101 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, OH 43232
A Juneteenth Symphony by Columbus Cultural Orchestra
Sat, June 19, 2021 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Join us online for an hour and a half of hip-hop, classical, and jazzy orchestral arrangements played by the Columbus Cultural Orchestra under the direction of Founder & Director Stephen Spottswood.
Online Ticket Holders. We encourage you to donate any dollar amount to support CCO. You can watch the concert live-streamed on Facebook Live and enjoy this event from your home.
In-Person Ticket Holders. Tickets are $10 per person for those who would like to attend in-person. Details and tickets here.
Flavor 91 Bistro, 5186 East Main Street, Whitehall, OH 43213
Love & Light BBQ at Goodale Park
June 20, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Community BBQ at Goodale Park to celebrate Juneteenth. BBQ starts at 1:30pm. Food provided while supplies last, plus vendors, performances, and artists. Details here.
If you’re interested in donating to cause:
Cincinnati’s 34th Juneteenth Festival
June 13, 17, 18, 20, 2021: There are several in-person events being held in the days leading up to Juneteenth, but the traditional festival will once again be held as a virtual concert performances on June 20. See more details here.
Let us know of any other Juneteenth events in Columbus, or Virtual Juneteenth events in 2021!
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