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Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival
June 18 - June 20
Join the nationwide celebration of Juneteenth in Eden Park at the 35th annual Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival and the Juneteenth Father’s Day concert.
Look back at the nation’s nearly century-and-a-half journey from Emancipation and beyond. Pay homage to those who have gone before us and have paved the road to freedom – many with their lives. We stand on their shoulders. Juneteenth is a celebration for all Americans from all walks of life. We celebrate freedom.
Saturday, June 18, starting at noon:
- Great sounds on two stages, including The Hues Corporation (remember “Rock the Boat”?!), Ms. Jazz, The Elevation Band, Cincy Brazil Samba, Jazz Renaissance, and much more.
- Experience Voices of Freedom, the reflections of 10 artists & poets on the emotional impact of Emancipation
- Chat about History with Abraham Lincoln, the Taft Museum’s Buffalo Soldiers, and members of the 5th Ohio Colored Troop.
- Shuttle to the Cincinnati Art Museum for a special art “scavenger hunt”
- Kids of all ages will have a great time in children’s are—crafts, storytime with local leaders, face painting, free books, a petting zoo, and even free horse rides.
- Shop with the Juneteenth vendors, have your vitals checked at the Health tent, and absorb a bit of history at the History tent, and learn about a variety of community services.
- And, of course, there will be food for all tastes.
Sunday, June 19:
June 19th will be both Juneteenth and Juneteenth’s Father’s Day concert, a revival of the June Fest concert series in Eden Park and the Zoo in years when Black audiences and performers were not welcome in Music Hall and other venues.
And what better way to treat Dad than a relaxing and inspiring family afternoon concert in Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion? The afternoon will include The Grammy Award-winning Charles Fold Singers, Eddy Award winner Rameco Lattimore & TWC, Neva Ford Nations chart-topping gospel artist from Texas, Archie Byers & Remnant, the James McRae Choir, and more.
Monday, June 20:
June 19—Juneteenth—has been designated a federal, state, and local holiday. That means the official holiday this year will be on Monday. And for the first time ever, Cincinnati will have a Juneteenth parade. Organized by Hands that Heal the Homeless (HTH), the parade will begin in the West End and proceed to City Hall. More parade details at www.thecojp.com.
Interested in being a vendor at the Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival? Check their website for information.
About Juneteenth Cincinnati:
The 35th annual Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival is presented by Juneteenth Cincinnati, an Ohio non-profit corporation. Sponsors and supporters include Arts Wave, the Ohio Arts Council, Mercy Health, FC Cincinnati, AARP, Caracole, the Urban League, and many other Friends of Juneteenth.
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