Enjoy the various events taking place throughout Akron to celebrate Juneteenth 2022!
Click here for the Juneteenth map.
Stay Cool, Ride METRO all summer. 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.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement (juneteenth.com). To learn more, click here.
While you are in downtown, be sure to check out all of the other great events happening on June 17, 18 and 19, and make plans to grab a drink, a bite to eat or even do some shopping.
Juneteenth Dinner and Community Conversation
Saturday, June 18 | 5 - 6:30 pm | Lock 3
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, ways to achieve equity, and how to 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. Get tickets here.
Saturday, June 18 | 7 - 10 pm | Lock 3
DJ Forrest "Getemgump" Webb and the Unit Band will perform in Lock 3. The concert is free and open to all. Find out more.
Gospel Meets Symphony
Saturday, June 18 | 7:30 pm | E.J. Thomas Hall
The Akron Symphony Orchestra and the inspirational voices of the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir join together to present Gospel Meets Symphony.
The concert – one of Northeast Ohio’s proudest and most enduring musical traditions – features the Orchestra as well as a variety of inspirational songs performed by some of the area’s best musicians and vocalists, including the GMS 2.0 Choir, the junior gospel choir. Click here for tickets.
Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Gospel Meets Symphony Choir
Gospel Meets Symphony 2.0 Choir
Jonathon Turner, Choirmaster
Juneteenth Akron 5K Walk and Run presented by Akron Blind Center and Akron Urban League
Sunday, June 19 | 9 a.m. (Run), 10 a.m. (Walk) | Lock 2 Park
At event registration only
$20 for Adults
$10 for Father Son/Daughter Teams
Free for 18 and under
Run Starts at 9 a.m. Walk starts at 10 a.m.
T-Shirts for the first 50 registered
Call 330-253-2555 for more details
Sponsored by Huntington and The City of Akron
Summit Lake Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 18 | 11 am - 1 pm | Summit Lake Park
Guest speakers: Dr. Philathia Bolton, Kwame Williams
Tabling, Harmony House, 100 Black Men of Akron, and more!
Free Hotdogs for the first 100 attendees
Community pop-up vendors
Guided lake canoeing
Sunday, June 19 | 1 - 4 pm | Summit Lake Nature Center
Come on down to Summit Lake to celebrate Juneteenth! Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Summit Metro Parks is honored to share this day with community members. There will be crafts, food, fishing and more! Find out more about Summit Lake Nature Center.
African Migration / Juneteenth Farm Friday
Friday, June 17 | 10:30 am | Perkins Stone Mansion
This week will feature African American migration to Akron/Summit County and it will kick off our Juneteenth celebrations for the weekend. Students will be split into two groups: 1) preschool - first grade and 2) 2nd through 6th grade. Click Here to learn more.
Community Talk Back: Empowering a Community
Saturday, June 18 | 10:30 am | John Brown House
GinaKaye Maddox, John Brown Institute Task Force chair, will moderate the panel discussion. Community Talk Back programming was founded at the Society by Reva Golden, Education and Community Outreach Coordinator. Click Here to learn more.
- Taba Aleem – Project Ujima
- Bishop Samuel Hamption II – pastor of First Apostolic Faith Church
- Carla Davis – member of Akron's Racial Equity Task Force
- Albert A. Bragg, Jr. – director of Alpha Phi Alpha Homes
- Steve Arrington – executive director of the Bayard Rustin LGBTQ+ Resource Center
Soul Food Cooking Demonstration by Chef Dannika Stevenson, Sip Savor Soul
Saturday, June 18 | 12:15 pm | Perkins Stone Mansion
John Brown Open House featuring “Conversations of Grace,” an exhibition curated by artist Dara Harper
Saturday, June 18 | 12 – 3 pm | John Brown House
Juneteenth Akron History Hike | meets at Akron Zoo
Sunday, June 19 | 9 am | meets at Akron Zoo
Join us for an Akron History Hike to the John Brown Monument for Juneteenth and Father's Day guided by Dave Lieberth, Director Emeritus. Find out more.
24th Annual Juneteenth Festival
Sunday, June 19 | 12 - 7 pm | Stoner/Hawkins Park
Schedule of Events:
12 pm - West Akron Parade (starts from Buchtel. To join call 330-622-1797)
1 pm - Buy Black Business Market opens
2 pm - Opening ceremony and Community Drum Circle
3 pm - Sponsor messages and community giveaways
4 pm - Gerald R. Carter Teen Talent Show
5 pm - Family Kickback and Father / Son Flag Football Games
6 pm - Ancestral Balloon Release and West Side Car Show.
All day: Free food for kids, family fun, live DJ, giveaways, food trucks, open mic and vendor market.
Ward 5 Community Townhall Meeting and dialogue
Friday, June 17 | 6 - 8 pm | Joy Park Community Center
Submitting and assistance with ARPA Funding Applications
Joy Park Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, June 18 | 12 - 6 pm | Joy Park
For even more Juneteenth events and observances, check out this article in the Akron Beacon Journal.