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32nd Annual Juneteenth Festival

June 15 - June 16


Eden Park

FREE

Photo from Juneteenth Festival website (2018)

Celebrate how far we have come with family and friends at the Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival.

 

The annual Juneteenth Festival Cincinnati will take place from June 15 – 16 in Eden Park. There will be music, food, dancing, vendors, kid’s activities, and more to celebrate the end of slavery by remembering June 19, 1865. Admission and entertainment are free, and parking and directions for Eden Park are easily accessible. This event is FREE and open to the public. 

 

On Saturday, June 15, festivities will start at Noon and continue with two stages of FREE entertainment until 9:00 p.m.
Lots for kids
R&B, Reggae, Latin, Blues,  Gospel
Evening feature: The Deele
Living History
Shopping
Food

 

On Sunday, June 16, the Juneteenth Father’s Day Concert will take place at the Seasongood Pavilion beginning at 2:30 p.m. so treat Dad, and the family, to a relaxed afternoon of inspirational music. This is part of carrying on a tradition of June concerts in Eden Park that began in the 1920s featuring African American artists and audiences.

 

Celebrating the Arts & Cultures of the African Diaspora
The Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival traditionally begins with a flag parade. Some 70 flags represent both the African regions (now countries) from which Africans were captured and enslaved and the countries to which they were transported during the 300+ years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The 2019 Festival has moved beyond carrying and displaying the flags to presenting the music and art that is both diverse and common to the ancestors of Africans enslaved in the Caribbean and North-South-and-Central America.

 

Juneteenth Festival Cincinnati in Eden Park
Cincinnati’s Juneteenth tradition began in 1988 as a neighborhood festival in Kennedy Heights-attracting some 1,500 participants to Daniel Drake Park. Over the years, the annual Festival has continued to reflect its origins in a racially integrated community, with both multi-racial organizations and attendance.

 

Cincinnati celebrates Juneteenth with great music, kid’s activities, shopping, health screenings and information about the history and public services–and, of course, great food. Everything but food and items purchased from vendors is free. Since moving to Eden Park, the Festival has mushroomed, with attendance estimates as high as 15,000-20,000.

 

The Festival begins with a unique and sobering parade of flags of the African Diaspora, representing some 70 countries from which Africans were forcibly taken and the countries in which they were then enslaved.  

 

In addition, festival features have included such diverse, family and kid-centered activities as traditional storytelling, magic acts, crafts, horse and pony rides, sack races, sweet potato pie bake-off, free books, games, and music (blues, African drumming & dancing, gospel, jazz, reggae, etc.). The festival also offers vendors offer a wide variety of food, clothing, art, folk crafts, ethnic literature, and more. The Festival is completely non-profit. It is staffed entirely by volunteers, organized by Juneteenth Cincinnati, and has the invaluable help of many sponsors and donors.

 

About Juneteenth
Juneteenth celebrates and remembers June 19, 1865, when a Union General landed in Galveston, Texas, and issued his own version of the Emancipation Proclamation. June 19 was celebrated in Texas first as “Emancipation” or “Freedom Day” and then as Juneteenth. It is now a Texas state holiday.
Slavery is a painful but important part of American history. Juneteenth is a time to reflect on where we’ve been and how far we still have to go, but it is also a time to celebrate!

Venue

Eden Park
950 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States
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Phone:
513.357.2619
Website:
http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/central/eden-park/