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Juneteenth events in Cincinnati to celebrate the culture!

 

Juneteenth is an annual celebration and acknowledgment commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Enjoy plenty of Juneteenth events in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Check out parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, networking, flag ceremonies, concerts, film screenings, and more!

Take time to celebrate the African American culture to learn more about the past, present, and future. Many of these events are FREE. So, grab your family, friends, and church members and check out these Juneteenth events.

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Featured Juneteenth Events

 

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Juneteenth Celebration Luncheon

Friday, June 16
11:30 a.m.
Forest Park Senior Center (Forest Park)
Free Entry
A grill out and then enjoy a one-hour documentary on the history of Juneteenth. This event is open to the public.

 

Juneteenth CincinnatiJuneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 17
Noon – 9 p.m.
Eden Park (Walnut Hills)
Free Entry
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.

 

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Juneteenth Father’s Day Concert

Sunday, June 18
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Eden Park (Walnut Hills)
Free Entry
Featuring various inspirational spiritual music and praise dancing in Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park. Live performances include genres such as jazz, gospel, and soul.

 

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Urban League Juneteenth Celebration

Monday, June 19
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio (Bond Hill)
Free Entry
Join the Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio in recognizing the achievements of the Black community. Featuring complimentary food from Black-owned vendors, community & corporate partner tables, a raffle for Cincinnati Music Festival tickets, shout-outs highlighting Black businesses, a Covid-19 Q&A session with Camille Jones, MD, MPH, and more!

 

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ULGSO’s 75th Anniversary at the Ball Park

Monday, June 19
7:10 p.m.
Great American Ballpark (The Banks)
$12.25 -$34.25
On Juneteenth, celebrate the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio’s 75 Years of Service by joining as the Red’s take on the Rockies. The League’s Mission is to help Black people and historically underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self-reliance, power, civil rights, and justice.

 

 

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Friday, June 16

 

Raising the Juneteenth Flag

Noon
Cincinnati City Hall (Downtown)
Free Entry
Speakers include Mayor Aftab Pureval, City Manager Sheryl Long, Paul Boothe, Rev. Andre Oneal III, Iris Roley, and songstress Lisa Craig. Come out for the flag raising and prepare for the huge Juneteenth Celebration in Eden Park.

 

Golf Manor’s Juneteenth Celebration

4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Volunteer Park (Golf Manor)
Free Entry
Featuring vendors selling apparel, art, handmade jewelry, and accessories. Also, expect spiritual leaders, financial advisors, mental health organizations, reproductive health advocates, and political candidates to register voters.

 

Wyoming Juneteenth Celebration

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Wyoming Civic Center (Wyoming)
Free Entry
Featuring food, music, face painting, balloon art, African drummers, local vendors, free health screenings, and more.

 


Saturday, June 17

 

Juneteenth Jam

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Chase Bank (North College Hill)
Free Entry
Food, music, and fun – In Celebration of Freedom! There will also be Kona Ice (free for the first 300 guests!), inflatables, and a photo booth.

 

Juneteenth Chess Tournament

10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Awards at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum (Eden Park)
$60 entry fee
Compete in 10-minute chess games in six rounds containing two matches per round at Mirror Lake for cash prizes.

 

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Juneteenth Celebration

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lincoln Grant Scholar House (Covington)
Free Entry
Celebrate Juneteenth with the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission. They will have info on voting rights work, using the Inflation Reduction Act to make communities more equitable and sustainable, and so much more!

 

Sweet Potato Pie Contest 

Pie drop-off at 11 a.m.
Judging from 11 a.m. – Noon
Winner announcement at Noon
Eden Park (Walnut Hills)
Free Entry
Compete in the annual sweet potato pie contest. Each person can bring one pie in a disposable pie plate.

 

Juneteenth Panel Discussion

11 a.m. – Noon
The Columns at Findlay Market (OTR)
Free Entry
A panel discussion moderated by Kai Stoudemire-Williams, founder of Black is Excellence. Bringing together community leaders and business owners to discuss the history and importance of the holiday.

 

Young Black Genius Block Party

Noon – 3 p.m.
Ziegler Park (Pendleton)
Free Entry
Featuring food trucks, vendors, live performances, speakers, games, and more!

 

Jerina’s Juneteenth Food Festival

Noon – 8 p.m.
Jerina’s Lounge (Roselawn)
Free Entry
Featuring food trucks, vendors, giveaways, 360 pictures, Live DJs, and great people.

 

Hamilton Juneteenth Celebration

Noon – 9 p.m.
Marcum Park (Hamilton)
Free Entry
Activities for the whole family, entertainment, Dance Fitness, vendors, and more! This year’s headliner is Cincinnati’s own Natural Progression.

 

 

Related Article: Celebrate Juneteenth by Supporting Black-owned Businesses

 

 

Norwood Juneteenth Celebration

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Town Common (Norwood)
Free Entry
Activities on the Common will include events for kids, a DJ, singers, poetry readings, dance, and artwork. Entertainment consists of The Mathematics, Trend N Motion, a Coakley Middle School chorus musical performance, and more.

 

Juneteenth Black Business Brunch 2.0

1 p.m.
Comfort Suites Cincinnati (Downtown)
$19
A Juneteenth Brunch for Black entrepreneurs to network, celebrate, acknowledge, and assist Black businesses with information and resources to help their businesses evolve.

 

Paint & Sip Juneteenth Edition

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Northwood Cider Company (Norwood)
$25
Celebrate Juneteenth by painting along with artist Danielle.

 

Juneteenth Craft Fest

2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Esoteric Brewing Company (Walnut Hills)
Free Entry
A celebration of black culture, beer, and entrepreneurship by connecting black and minority-owned businesses to the neighborhood.

 

Who Dey Chicks Juneteenth Block Party

3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Victory Park (Norwood)
Free Entry
Set up those lawn chairs, bring your favorite food and liberations, and get ready to celebrate.

 

Juneteenth Block Party

4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
East Freedom Way (The Banks)
Free Entry
All are welcome to celebrate with us as we aim to cater to various individuals and families. Juneteenth Block Party is dedicated to the people, including families, creatives, entrepreneurs, and those climbing the corporate ladder.

 

SpeakFreely: Juneteenth Evening at the Museum

6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (The Banks)
$10 – $20
Featuring music, poetry, food, and drink themed in the light of a modern-day “speakeasy.” SpeakFreely will take you back to a time when underground speakeasies’ brought people from all classes and backgrounds together. Tickets include access to the museum galleries, light bites, a cash bar, and a complimentary whiskey tasting by Uncle Nearest.

 


Sunday, June 18

 

Elsmere’s Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration

Noon – 6 p.m.
First Baptist Church Elsmere (Elsmere)
Free Entry
Free food, drinks, community and health services.

 

ArtisanFest513 Juneteenth Market

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Entry
Local restaurants, vendors, and artists showcase their products in the heart of Cincinnati, Washington Park.

 

Juneteenth Tasting Event

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Findlay Market (OTR)
$10 – $20
Featuring all Black-owned businesses, with 100% of the ticket proceeds going back to those businesses. Event attendees can redeem tickets for small bites at market merchants and vendors.

 

Juneteenth Hip-Hop Brunch

Noon – 3 p.m.
Revel OTR Urban Winery (OTR)
$50
Dance and sing along to your favorite Hip Hop/R&B classics. The brunch buffet will include a pasta bar and traditional breakfast items. Mimosas and drink specials will be available for purchase.

 

The Cookout: A Juneteenth Celebration

2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Five Points Alley (Walnut Hills)
Free Entry
Cincinnati Young Black Professionals are offering classic cookout vibes. Food and games will be provided. DJ 5.0 and DJ Stone will provide all the essential cookout favorites.

 


Monday, June 19

 

Great Parks Community Day

7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Various Locations
Free Entry
Guests can take advantage of the many activities available at Great Parks without purchasing a Motor Vehicle Permit.

 

Juneteenth Parade

10 a.m. – Noon
Begins at West Court Street and Linn Street (Downtown)
Free Entry
This historic event promises to be a celebration, bringing together individuals from all walks of life. Honoring the past, embracing the present, and shaping a brighter future together.

 

Fifth Third Community Day

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (The Banks)
Free Entry
Guests will receive free admission and experience special Juneteenth-related activities. Reserve your tickets online or in person. Fifth Third Community Days are made possible through the generous support of the Fifth Third Foundation.

 

Juneteenth Fireworks Festival

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Woodlawn Community Center (Woodlawn)
Free Entry
This one-day event features basketball competitions, musical performances, merchandise vendors, and food vendors. It ends with a 15-20 minute fireworks display.

 

Cincinnati Ending Gun Violence Coalition Kickoff Juneteenth Party

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Hub Bar (Pendleton)
Free Entry
Enjoy delicious cocktails and small bites as you converse with fellow attendees. A speed-dating networking session for organizational reps and community leaders. Allowing attendees to discover new resources, connect with opportunities, and empower their organization.

 

2nd Wind Band Juneteenth Concert

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Woodlawn Community Center (Woodlawn)
Free Entry
2nd Wind Band will be in concert at The Woodlawn Community Center in honor of Juneteenth.

 

Brown Sugar Fashion Gala: Chocolate City A Juneteenth Celebration

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Mockbee (OTR)
$10 – $53
Celebrating the beautiful Holiday of Juneteenth with a soulful culture fashion show.

 

Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies Juneteenth Game

7:10 p.m.
Great American Ball Park (Downtown)
$12 – $270
The Cincinnati Reds are offering a special promotion giving away a Juneteenth sticker sheet for fans in attendance.

 

Free Peoples Party

8 p.m. – midnight
Lost & Found (OTR)
$5 – $10
An excellent opportunity for people to learn about the significance of House Music in Black history and culture. Providing a platform for speakers to share their knowledge and experiences. Pata Roja will provide food.

 


Ongoing Juneteenth Events

 

Film Screening: Juneteenth: A Galveston Story

Friday, June 16, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 17, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 18,2:00 p.m.
Monday, June 19, 2:00 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (The Banks)
Entry is included with general admission
This documentary film features stories by prominent Galveston County community members and descendants of people who witnessed the events in 1865. Learn what has shaped the Juneteenth tradition and holiday before, on, and after June 19, 1865.

 


History of Juneteenth

 

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in GalvestonTexas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.

 

Further Readings

 

 

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These Cincinnati Juneteenth events are informative, fun, and entertaining! If there are other things to do in Cincinnati we missed, submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar.

 

Written by: Crystal Kendrick

 

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