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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 African American culture and learn more about its past, present, and future. Many of these events are FREE. So, grab family, friends, and church members and check out these Juneteenth events.

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2024 Juneteenth Events in Cincinnati

Juneteenth Career Fair

Friday, June 14
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kentucky Career Center (Covington, KY)
Free Admission
Meet with potential employers and learn about their open positions as you celebrate education, empowerment, and excellence. Hear from over 30 employers, many being felon friendly.

Friday, June 14
Noon
Cincinnati City Hall (Downtown)
Free Admission
Watch as City Hall raises the Juneteenth flag to celebrate emancipation.

The Village of Golf Manor Juneteenth Celebration

Friday, June 14
4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Volunteer Park (Golf Manor)
Free Admission
Join in recognizing the unique challenges faced by and promoting the rich cultural heritage of Black people in America with this Juneteenth Celebration featuring food, music, activities, and vendors. Parking is limited. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration

Friday, June 14
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Wyoming Civic Center (Wyoming)
Free Admission
Enjoy live entertainment, food from local businesses, shopping from local black-owned vendors, and activities for all ages. Local Healthcare providers will conduct free blood pressure screenings on-site, Mental Health providers will share resources, and other outreach service providers will be present. There will also be free face painting and balloon artists, arts and crafts, and more!

Norwood Juneteenth Flag Raising

Saturday, June 15
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Norwood City Hall (Norwood)
Free Admission
Watch as Norwood raises the Juneteenth flag to celebrate emancipation.

Freedom 5K Lap

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The race begins and ends at Woodlawn Community Center (Woodlawn)
$30
This 3.1-mile walk and run is a celebratory event that honors the journey to freedom for previously enslaved African men, women, and children. Register online.

Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration

Saturday, June 15
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Covington Landing (Covington, KY)
Free Admission
Following a Juneteenth parade beginning in Randolph Park, visitors can enjoy awards, bingo, vendors, spoken word, entertainment, and more. Families can check out activities, including a fashion show, a dance contest, Kona Ice, face painting, bounce houses, games, prizes, and more.

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Cincinnati’s Juneteenth festivities reflect the spirit of freedom, equality, and community.

Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 15
Noon – 9 p.m.
Eden Park (Walnut Hills)
Free Admission
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.

Art on The Rise

Saturday, June 15
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum (Mt Adams)
Free Admission
Enjoy a flag-raising featuring The Cincinnati Juneteenth Choir, which will join Cincinnati Music Accelerator to provide live music and entertainment. Local students will perform spoken word responses to the theme of freedom. Walnut Hills Culture Club will facilitate a collaborative art-making mural for participants. Food for purchase from Graeter’s. Parking is limited. Weather permitting.

Juneteenth Community Festival

Saturday, June 15
2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
West Chester Clock Tower & Square (West Chester)
Free Admission
Enjoy a family-friendly, community-oriented day of honoring the past, celebrating progress, and building on the promise of freedom for all. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy music and entertainment. Food trucks and merchandise vendors will be there.

Juneteenth Weekend Yacht Day Party

Saturday, June 15
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Queen City Riverboats (Dayton, KY)
Starting at $55
Bringing the day party energy with sounds from DJ Hope playing the livest of Hip Hop, R&B, and Afrobeats. Don’t miss this opportunity to come together, celebrate, and have a great time sailing under the blue skies with friends, food, drinks, and good energy!

Juneteenth Block Party

Saturday, June 15
4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The Banks
Free Admission
Join Paloozanoire for a Juneteenth Block Party dedicated to people, including families, creatives, entrepreneurs, and those climbing the corporate ladder. This event is free to the public and open to all.

Juneteenth Parade: Roots and Rhythm

Sunday, June 16
10 a.m.
E Court Street (Downtown)
Free Admission
The annual parade pays homage to the roots of African American culture, from the traditions passed down through generations to the stories of resilience and triumph that have shaped the collective Black identity.

Juneteenth Celebration

Sunday, June 16
Parade lineup: 10 a.m.
First Baptist Church (Elsmere, KY)
Free Admission
Following a Juneteenth parade beginning at Dixie and Garvey, enjoy a community worship service, a cookout, children’s activities, and live entertainment.

Juneteenth Father’s Day Concert

Sunday, June 16
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Eden Park (Walnut Hills)
Free Admission
Featuring various inspirational spiritual music and praise dancing in the Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park. Live performances include genres such as jazz, gospel, and soul.

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Juneteenth: The Cookout

Sunday, June 16
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Five Points Alley (Walnut Hills)
Free Admission
Join the Cincinnati Young Black Professionals for food, games, music, and vibes. DJ Stone and DJ Zap will be spinning favorites for the cookout! Bring the family, bring a friend, meet some new folks, and make new connections as we celebrate Black Freedom in America!

Tuesday, June 18
10 a.m.
Hamilton County Courthouse (Downtown)
Free Admission
Watch as the courthouse raises the Juneteenth flag to celebrate emancipation.

Juneteenth Cookout at the Nabe

Tuesday, June 18
Noon – 3 p.m.
Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses (The West End)
Free Admission
Enjoy a free cookout, KONA Ice, and a community celebration of Juneteenth! This event will be outdoors at the playground next to the Neighborhood House.

Juneteenth Eve “Ile Omi” Closing Reception

Tuesday, June 18
6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Studeō PAR- (Northside)
Free Admission
Enjoy a freedom party celebrating Juneteenth featuring artist conversations, an outdoor projection, live music, food, and more!

Juneteenth Celebration

Wednesday, June 19
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (Avondale)
Free Admission
Enjoy a block party with free food, activities for children, information booths, and even a live broadcast from Lincoln Ware. The food truck lineup includes Sweet Jazz Treats, AJ’s Cheesesteaks, A Little Taste of Soul, Saturday Morning Vibes, and Fat Katz Cuisine.

Juneteenth Jubilee

Wednesday, June 19
10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (The Banks)
Free Admission
Celebrate true independence with live music, programming, community vendors, and food trucks for a jubilant takeover of Freedom Way. Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Orlando Brown, Jr. will be the event’s featured guest, delivering a motivational speech followed by a photo and autograph session. The Juneteenth Jubilee will culminate in a march down the banks to the Ohio River, the symbolic River Jordan over which thousands of enslaved people crossed into freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Juneteenth Celebration

Wednesday, June 19
Noon – 5:30 p.m.
Florence Nature Park (Florence, KY)
Free Admission, Registration Required
This year’s celebration promises to be a vibrant and enriching experience filled with music, entertainment, cultural exhibitions, educational presentations, and much more.

Juneteenth Fireworks Festival

Wednesday, June 19
Noon – 10 p.m.
The festival starts at noon, and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Woodlawn Community Center (Woodlawn)
Throughout the day, guests can enjoy a dance competition, a double Dutch battle, line dancing, live performances, and more, followed by an incredible fireworks display presented by Rozzi Pyrotechnics.

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Families and friends unite in Cincinnati to celebrate the freedom and legacy of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth Concert with 2nd Wind

Wednesday, June 19
4 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (The Banks)
Free Admission
Celebrate Juneteenth with a free outdoor concert with the 2nd Wind Band outside the Freedom Center.

HBCU Juneteenth

Wednesday, June 19
4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Washington Park (OTR)
Free Admission
HBCU alumni chapters and HBCU enthusiasts will provide college resources, HBCU exposure, family-friendly fun, free food, music, scholarship awards, and more.

Juneteenth Family Movie Night

Wednesday, June 19
6 p.m.
Ziegler Park (Pendleton)
Free Admission
Bring your blankets and chairs and settle in for a night of fun and entertainment featuring a movie showing of “Spider-Man Across the Universe.” The first 100 guests who register will receive food tickets, and games and drinks will be available for everyone to enjoy.

FC Cincinnati Juneteenth Celebration

Wednesday, June 19
7:30 p.m.
TQL Stadium (The West End)
Starting at $46
Join Paloozanoire and Juneteenth Cincinnati at TQL stadium as FC Cincinnati takes on Philidelphia.

Juneteenth Panel Discussion

Saturday, June 22
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Findlay Market (OTR)
Free Admission, Registration Required
Guests will break into four groups for a guided discussion with a panelist, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists include Jena Bradley (Director of Community Partnerships for bi3) and Jeremiah Pennebaker (Sr. Associate for Black Led Social Change at United Way). The discussion will be led by Kai Stoudemire-Williams (Founder of Black Is Excellence).

Juneteenth Jam!

Saturday, June 22
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
North College Hill Chase Bank (North College Hill)
Learn more about the history of Juneteenth, presented by NCH City Schools, create a “make & take” craft, and play GIANT games! Sign up to participate in a free Financial Literacy workshop presented by Chase Bank and receive a ticket good for a free cup of Kona Ice!

Juneteenth Tasting Event

Sunday, June 23
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Findlay Market (OTR)
8 for $20; 18 for $40
Celebrating the cuisines of Findlay Market’s various Black-owned businesses. Tickets are sold in bundles. One ticket = one sample.

Free People’s Party

Sunday, June 23
8 p.m. – Midnight
Lost & Found (OTR)
Starting at $5
Free People’s Party is a Black and Queer celebration dedicated to honoring both Juneteenth and Pride Month, blending hip-hop, house, disco, and soul music.

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History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, 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.

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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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