Juneteenth Cincinnati 2024
Multiple Locations in Cincinnati
Attend the Juneteenth Cincinnati Celebration in Eden Park and other venues from June 9 to June 17.
Juneteenth is an occasion to celebrate one of the most important events in American history–the end of slavery in America. In 2021 Juneteenth became an official U.S. holiday.
Juneteenth Cincinnati has produced the annual Juneteenth Festival since 1988. It began in Daniel Drake Park in Kennedy Heights and moved in the early 1990s to Eden Park in partnership with the Cincinnati Park Board.
Although not the first celebration of Juneteenth in Cincinnati, it has been Cincinnati’s only annually celebrated Juneteenth event.
Juneteenth Cincinnati Festivities
Wade in the Water
Smale Park (The Banks)
Join the participatory dance along the Ohio River to acknowledge the significance of water to the 400+ year trek into and beyond enslavement.
Raising of the Juneteenth Flags
Come out for flag raisings throughout the week and prepare for the huge Juneteenth Celebration in Eden Park.
Eden Park (Mt Adams)
Over 25 performances on two stages will reflect the shared heritage within the African diaspora. Genres include blues, jazz, R&B, Latin jazz, African dancing, and the Voices of Freedom poetry slam.
The festival features activities for kids, including crafts, books, games, and horseback rides. Festival goers can visit, learn, and shop with 50 vendors and exhibitors. Vendors offer a wide selection, including hot dogs, ribs, chicken, Asian fusion, fish, lobster, sundaes, and funnel cakes.
Juneteenth Father’s Day Concert
Eden Park (Mt Adams)
In 2005 Juneteenth Cincinnati revived June Fest, a concert series that served the African-American community from the late 1920s through the early 1950’s, when African-American performers and audiences were not welcome in Music Hall and other venues. The Juneteenth weekend ends on Sunday afternoon with the June Fest Father’s Day Concert, featuring a variety of inspirational spiritual music and praise dancing in Seasongood Pavilion.
About Juneteenth Cincinnati
Cincinnati’s Juneteenth tradition began in 1988 as a neighborhood festival in Kennedy Heights-
In the following years, the Festival has been a popular event. Festival features have included such diverse, family-
The Festival is completely non-
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