Juneteenth is known as “Emancipation Day” or “Freedom Day” in Texas, though the celebrations now stretch beyond the Lone Star State’s borders. This year, the holiday falls on a Saturday (June 19th). Check out the list below of local Juneteenth parties, parades and more this weekend:
- Greater East Austin Youth Association/Central Texas Juneteenth Parade at 10 a.m. The route is largely on Chicon Street in East Austin. Park festivals will take place at Rosewood & Boggy Creek Parks after, with fireworks at 9 p.m. at Boggy Creek. More information at JuneteenthCentralTexas.com.
- Start at the Texas African American History Memorial and ride bikes — stopping by a Juneteenth BBQ — on Saturday. Event info here.
- The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin will host its inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Summit: Birth of a New American Freedom. Speakers will discuss education, housing, wealth, and why Juneteenth matters now more than ever. It will take place on Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m. Registration is required and the event is virtual. Click here for more information.
- Six Square, CarverMuseumATX, and the Black Austin Coalition presents Juneteenth 2021: Stay Black and Live Vol. 2, an all day, city-wide celebration. The festivities include a car parade, panel discussion, music and spoken word performance, and raffle prizes. More info here.
- Get out of the house and stay cool at a Juneteenth Driving Tour. The tour begins at the Neill-Cochran House Museum and winds through historic sites in Wheatville and Clarksville, two of the original fifteen freedman communities established in Austin after the end of the Civil War. The tour includes access to videos for each stop that explore the history of the site and create connections between the past and present. For more info, click here.
- Kenny Dorham’s Backyard are throwing a week-long party to celebrate Black arts and culture in Austin in honor of Juneteenth! Join them for a week of music, dance, film, art, spoken word, and community in the heart of Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District. See the details here.
- The Victory Grill invites you to celebrate Juneteenth in style with live music. Tickets available here!
- The city of Buda is hosting their 2nd annual Juneteenth celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. More information on the Hays County website.
- Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will have both virtual and in-person events for 2021. Check out their offerings online.
- Hutto has their 2nd annual Juneteenth celebration, which consists of three parts: at 10 a.m. citizens march, an 11 a.m. ceremony on the significance of the celebration and a festival/vendor fair from noon to 6 p.m. Find more details on Hutto’s Facebook page.
- The city of Kyle has a “Dialogue for Peace and Progress 2021” celebration that serves as an online and in-person hybrid event. Get the details here.
- New Braunfels’ fifth annual Juneteenth Jubilee will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at Rivers Den Resort, 388 St. Mary Street in New Braunfels. The event is free, with a $20 parking fee. Learn more here.
- Noir Creators Space is highlighting local black businesses with its Juneteenth celebration in Pflugerville. Vendors will be presenting food, drinks, beauty, wellness, education and more. Get the details on the open market here.
- Round Rock has its “Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival” on Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park. Expect games, food, vendors, music and more. Admission is free. Details online.
- San Marcos has a Juneteenth Unity Walk at 9:30 a.m. at the LBJ MLK crossroad memorial. San Marcos is also doing an art display from elementary school students, gospel concerts, games, speakers, vendors, food trucks, museum openings and a charity BBQ cook-off: find all the details on the Hays County website.
- Wimberley is hosting its monthly Zoom called “Voices at the Table” with Sandra Organ Solis and Dr. Carlos Solis, focusing on the history of Juneteenth. This event will happen on Sunday, June 20th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and is completely virtual. You can learn more about it and register here.
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