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Celebrate Juneteenth 2024!

About Juneteenth

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. To learn more, click here.

Downtown Akron Juneteenth Celebration Weekend

While you are in downtown, be sure to check out all of the other great events happening from June 15 - 22, and make plans to explore 35 Black-owned downtown businessesgrab a drink, a bite to eat or even do some shopping

Juneteenth Adult Mix & Mingle
Friday, June 21 | 6 - 8 pm | The Knight Stage (Akron Civic Theatre) | space is limited: register below

Graphic image of the 2024 Juneteenth Flyer, side 1 Join us for a Juneteenth mixer at the beautiful Knight Stage. The Mix & Mingle will be an opportunity for community members to enjoy time together, network and get to know some of downtown Akron’s Black-owned businesses. Details coming soon. Get free tickets here. 

Juneteenth Celebration Saturday Family Celebration
Saturday, June 22 | 3 - 7 pm | Cascade Plaza | Free & Open to All - All Ages

Live Performances
Free Activities
Crafts and games
Downtown Akron Black-owned business vendor fair

At 7 pm, join us in the Lock 3 Back Yard for live music, including a free concert at 8:30 pm by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, presented by Lock 3 and the City of Akron.

The 2024 Downtown Akron Juneteenth Celebration is presented by DAP in partnership with the City of Akron, Lock 3, and Akron Civic Theatre, with additional support from Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Akron Community Foundation, Akron Civic Commons and GAR Foundation, and through the time and efforts of the Downtown Akron Juneteenth Planning Committee.

Downtown Akron

Spike Lee's Crooklyn at The Nightlight
Wednesday, June 19 | Three screenings: 3 pm, 5:30 pm, 8:15 pm | The Nightlight Theater

Minority Behavioral Health Group presents Crooklyn at The Nightlight on Juneteenth! There are three showings at 3:00, 5:30, and 8:15 and tickets are available now at nightlightcinema.com.

50% of ticket sales will go directly to the Harambee Summer Camp!

East Akron

Ward 5 Fifth Annual Juneteenth Festival, presented by B & V Community Resource House
Saturday, June 15 | 12 - 5 pm | Joy Park Community Center

  • Live music by Rayr Image Band
  • Vendors
  • Basketball
  • Pickleball
  • Walking track
  • Splash pad and much more

For vendor information call/text: 330-289-2779

West Akron

The Official 26th Annual Akron Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 15 | 1 - 7 pm | Stoner/Hawkins Park

This year Akron Juneteenth celebrates 26 years of service, culture and freedom in our African-American Akron Community. Hosted by Akron Black Coalition and the City of Akron. Find out more.

  • 1 pm Buy. Black. Business. Market open
  • 2 pm Opening Ceremonies – AROPI
  • 3 pm Sponsor Messages & Giveaways
  • 4 pm Gerald R. Carter Teen Talent Show
  • 6 pm Ancestral Balloon Release

What's Happening on the Bloc Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 15 | starts at 4 pm | 848 W. Exchange St. Akron, 44302

Grand Opening of The Freedom House. Find out more.

  • Live DJ 4 - 8 pm
  • Bouncy house
  • Snow cone machine
  • Yard games (cornhole, giant Connect-4, giant Jenga)
  • Live painter
  • Freedom House banner signing
  • Juneteenth history sheet
  • Cards (UNO)
  • Grilled burgers, hotdogs
  • Nigerian food
  • Fireworks at 9 pm

West Akron Parade and Juneteenth, Father's Day Celebration
Sunday, June 16 | 1 - 5 pm* | Kerr Park
*Parade Step Off at 12 pm

Lawn chairs and sunbrellas advised.

  • Sing-Along karaoke hosted by Dontay Tay-Woo McGhee
  • Food trucks
  • Youth entertainment

Guest Speaker and performances

  • Kwame Williams and the Ni Maisha Kamili Drummers
  • Building Dreams Drummers

Spoken words by

  • Medusa
  • Reality the Poet
  • Jason Blakely

With jazz, blues and old school R&B from Soulful 7 Band

Find out more.

Juneteenth - Celebrating the History and Importance
Monday, June 17 | 6 - 7 pm | Odom Boulevard Branch Library

Commemorate freedom and reflect on history. This workshop offers a deep dive into the significance of Juneteenth, its impact on culture, and ways to honor this pivotal moment in American history. Find out more.

Let's Celebrate Juneteenth
Tuesday, June 18 | 3 - 7 pm | Maple Valley Library

Free, presented by New Generation Drill Team and Flag Unit
Essay contest, drum roll, door prizes, vendors, and the play "What's the Meaning of Juneteenth?"
For more information call 330-481-8462.

Akron Urban League Juneteenth Celebration
Wednesday, June 19 | 1 - 7 pm | Akron Urban League

Enjoy an electrifying performance by ST1XX at the Akron Urban League Juneteenth Celebration. Come celebrate freedom, heritage, and community. Don't miss this spectacular showcase of talent and culture! For updates, visit AkronUrbanLeague.org and follow @st1xx_18 on social media.

Honoring Our Past. Celebrating the Present. Renewing Our Faith in the Future.
Wednesday, June 19 | 4 - 7 pm | John Brown House

The John Brown Institute of the Summit County Historical Society of Akron will be partnering with many organizations for the annual Juneteenth programming on June 19th. Find out more.

  • 4 pm | Hike to the John Brown Monument at the Akron Zoo
  • 4 pm | Activities at John Brown House (diverse African American cuisine, cultural organizations, tours of John Brown House, including new exhibits by Akron Black Artist Guild
  • 5:30 - 6:30 pm | Spoken word performance by Xposyur

Community Talk Back open to guests to share "What Juneteenth Means to You"

Grounds and house open for free. Food and vendor items available for purchase.

There will also be a bus tour of African American historical sites including the University of Akron's Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron's Black History and Culture, Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, the Sojourner Truth Legacy Plaza and Statue and the Matthews Hotel. Tickets for this tour are $20.00 per person.

This is a joyful celebration! Come and join us for a time of reflection on the historical highlights, accomplishments and resilience of our African American community.