Juneteenth Dinner & Community Conversation

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  • Saturday, Jun 18, 2022 5 - 6:30 p.m.

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To honor Juneteenth, Downtown Akron Partnership will host a dinner for 150 people in Lock 3 on Saturday, June 18, featuring catering by Ernie’s, a signature drink by Perfect Pour (there will be a non-alcoholic option), and dessert from Sweet and Savvy Cake Shop. In an “On the Table”-style community conversation, facilitators around the table will start and moderate discussions on a variety of topics on ways to strengthen the community, achieve equity, and encourage shared experiences among people of all incomes and backgrounds. A number of tickets will be offered to families through outreach partners. Dinner guests will receive a commemorative tile featuring artwork by Diane Johnson.

Free Concert, open to everyone, no tickets necessary

After the dinner, DJ Forrest "Getemgump" Webb and the Unit Band will perform from 7 to 10 p.m., the concert is free and open to all.  

Click here to download a map of Juneteenth events in Akron.

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2022 Juneteenth celebrations in Akron have been enriched and enhanced by numerous partners, including the Akron Black Artist Guild, Akron Juneteenth Festival, the City of Akron, North Hill Community Development Corporation, Summit County Historical Society, Downtown Akron Partnership, and others.

Hand sanitizing products for the Lock 3 dinner are provided by GOJO. Support for the Juneteenth Celebration in Lock 3 is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight and Ohio Arts Council.

Akron METRO RTA provides free, fixed-route bus rides on Saturdays and Sundays, from June - September 2022.  Free rides apply on all METRO fixed-routes and ADA services.

For more information about routes and schedules, visit akronmetro.org or call 330-762-0341.