Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day”, is the oldest known African American celebration commemorating the end of slavery and there are celebrations that take place all over the greater Austin area during the week of June 19th. Below are a few options to celebrate in the Austin area.
Juneteenth Celebration at Pflugerville Public Library
When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 6-7:30pm
Where: Pflugerville Public Libray, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville
Celebrate Juneteenth a few days early with a short dance performance by the Copperfield Youth Group followed a performance by local blues musician Jackie Venson.
Juneteenth Celebration & Parade in Austin
When: June 18, 2016
2K Emancipation Run/Walk - 9:30am at Comal St. and MLK Blvd
Juneteenth Emancipation Parade - 10:00am, Comal St. and MLK Blvd
Park Celebration: Noon - 8 pm, Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Avenue
Juneteenth Rhythm & Ribs Festival
When: June 17 & 18, 2016
Where: Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park, Round Rock
The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, with music performances by DJ Cut Creator and Les and the Funk Mob. The celebration continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18. The barbeque cook-off participants will already have their pits fired up and meat cooking for judging starting at 12 noon. At 3 p.m., the opening welcome from Round Rock Mayor kicks off the day’s festivities. The entertainment on Saturday includes the headliner, Cupid and the Dance Express and Tameca Jones Band. There will also be a health fair, moonwalks, clowns, games, food, retail vendors and much, much more! Free admission and parking.
ACC's Celebration of Juneteenth
When: June 17, 2016, 10 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Eastview Campus, Bldg. 3000, Room 3154/3156 & Courtyard
The Sounds of Freedom celebration at the Eastview Campus will commemorate the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. Community members and students will enjoy live entertainment, games, vendor booths, a domino tournament, and college information. The event is free and open to all.
Juneteenth Program includes:
10 A.M.–1:30 P.M., ROOM 3154/3156
10 a.m. - Welcome, Program
10:15 a.m. - Juneteenth Readings
10:30 a.m. - Smooth N EZ Dancers of Texas, Step N Motion Dancing Groups and other performers
11 a.m.–12 p.m. - Historical Reflections
12 p.m.–1 p.m. - Lunch, Room 3158, Courtyard, or Student Lounge
1 p.m.–1:30 p.m. - Interactive Activity
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - Dominoes Tournament, Student Lounge
3:30 p.m. - Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks
11:30 A.M.–2 P.M., EASTVIEW COURTYARD AND ROOM 3154/3156Family friendly entertainment, DJ and Music, games for children, Tasty Treats, ACC’s Riverbat, Vendors and more.
Juneteenth: Art is Cool. Art is Freedom
When: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 11 am
Where: Austin Public Library, Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St., Austin
Library programs and workshops reflect the creative endeavors and diverse interests of the Austin community. The Carver Branch, George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, H.E.B. and Outreach Productions commemorate Juneteenth 2016. Don't miss the Meet and Greet at 11, a puppet show at noon with refreshments, dances and readings to follow. Free!