35th Annual Juneteenth Festival
Juneteenth Cincinnati began presenting the Juneteenth Festival in 1988. It began in Cincinnati’s Drake Park and in the early years moved to Eden Park at the invitation of the Park Board. The Festival celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S. in 1865 at the end of the Civil War and the continuing struggle over the ensuing years to achieve the full fruits of freedom. Although the 1988 Festival was not Cincinnati’s first celebration, it has been the only annual event.
June 16- 17 Raising the Juneteenth Flag
June 16: Cincinnati Art Museum–10:00 am
June 16: Hamilton County Courthouse–11:00 am
June 17: Cincinnati City Hall 1:00 pm
June 18 Juneteenth Festival in Eden Park 12-9:00 pm
Celebrate the End of Slavery
June 19 Juneteenth
Fathers’ Day Concert
Eden Park 2-6:00 pm
Since 2005 the Juneteenth Father’s Day Concert has been the Sunday feature on Juneteenth weekend. June Festival for Negro Music concerts in Eden Park began in the late 1920’s, providing a n opportunity for African American performers and audiences who were not welcomed at Music Hall and other venues. The concert series ended in the 1950’s and was revived in 2005 by Juneteenth Cincinnati.
The Father’s Day presents a variety of inspirational and spiritual music and praise dancing in Seasongood Pavilion.
June 12 Wade In The Water
Dance along or across the Ohio River to acknowledge the significance of water to the 400+ year trek into and beyond enslavement. Details & Video
Reflect on the many emotions and wide range of the anticipation and brought on by emancipation and “Freedom”. Presented in collaboration with the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, visual art, spoken word, dance and music are used to show some of the emotions of the newly freed people.
June 20 Juneteenth Parade
- Downtown Cincinnati
- step teams
- drill teams
Parade Information: www.thecojp.com
Juneteenth Summer Flame
A weekly short program of youth entertainment, self- esteem building and history at area youth centers.