Seven Events to Celebrate Juneteenth This Year

Celebrate Juneteenth this year with exciting events for all ages and interests.

Photo courtesy of Juneteenth Cincinnati

If you want to celebrate African American independence this Juneteenth, there are a number of Cincinnati celebrations for you. The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, the date when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were informed that all slaves in Confederate states were free—more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. This Juneteenth, honor African American freedom and excellence at these local events. 

Findlay Market Juneteenth Panel Discussion 

If you’re interested in learning more about the significance of Juneteenth, RSVP for Findlay Market’s Juneteenth Panel Discussion. The event will feature community leaders and business owners, centering discussion around Juneteenth’s history and significance.

June 17, 11 am–noon, The Columns at Findlay Market, 109 W. Elder St., Over-The-Rhine

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Juneteenth Festival in Eden Park 

This all-day celebration in Eden Park is perfect for everyone in the family. The festival features live music on two stages, historical re-enactments, and an activity-packed children’s area. If you’re in need of a bite to eat, the Juneteenth Festival will also feature vendors like Nou Street Food, Cousins Maine Lobster, We Do BBQ, and more.

June 17, noon–9 pm, Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams 

Findlay Market Tasting Event 

Findlay Market hosts a tasting event spotlighting Black vendors on Sunday. Attendees can purchase tickets to exchange for delicious samples; all ticket proceeds go toward the merchants. If you’re looking to try new foods, enjoy live music, and support Black-owned businesses, grab your tickets and stop by the event.

June 18, 10 am–4 pm, Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-The-Rhine

Juneteenth Hip Hop Brunch

Rich AunTea and Cincinnati Urban Box, two Black and woman-owned businesses, are partnering to celebrate two years in business with an exciting Hip Hop Brunch. Guests can indulge in a brunch buffet while enjoying hip-hop and R&B classics at Revel OTR Urban Winery. If you’re interested in enjoying food and music while supporting Black-owned businesses, make sure to get your tickets before this event.

June 18, noon–3 pm, Revel OTR Urban Winery, 111 E. 12th St., Over-The-Rhine

Cincinnati Official Juneteenth Parade

Cincinnati Official Juneteenth Parade will bring together passionate individuals for a celebratory procession through the West End. The parade’s theme this year is “Legacy,” celebrating African American stories and the importance of diversity and inclusivity for the future.

June 19, 10 am–noon, West Court Street and Linn Street, 1027 Linn St., West End

Brown Sugar Fashion Gala: Chocolate City – A Juneteenth Celebration 

If you want to explore African American culture this Juneteenth, join the Brown Sugar Fashion Gala for their fashion show. The show will highlight culture and soul, engaging audiences with beautiful styles.

June 19, 6:30–9:30 pm, Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-The-Rhine

Free Peoples Party ‘A Black House Experience’

If you’re searching for a nighttime event this Juneteenth, look no further than Free Peoples Party’s “A Black House Experience.” OTR cocktail spot Lost & Found is partnering with WARMTH Culture, a Black and queer femme-led music collaborative, to host a night of R&B, hip–hop, and house music. The event starts at 8 p.m. with local POC, LGBTQIA+, and women performers in celebration of Juneteenth.

June 19, 8 pm–midnight, Lost & Found, 22 E. 14th St., Over-The-Rhine

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