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.

 2022    35th Annual

Juneteenth Festivities

Directions from your home

  to Eden Park.

Metro Bus: #4 or #11 to Gilbert & Eden Park Drive.

Driving with Google

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

● Free!
2 stages of Great Music
Supervised children’s area with many activities
● Historical re-enactors
● Health Screening
● Shopping
● Art
● Food
● Fun

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


Juneteenth Voices of Freedom

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. 

See the Great Art Work and Listen to Poems

The art will be exhibited at the Juneteenth Festival and poets will present their spoken word from the Mirror Lake Stage.



Vendors Are Welcome at the

Juneteenth Festival   

Saturday June 18

Affordable Fees

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June 20     Juneteenth Parade

  • Downtown Cincinnati
  • Bands
  • clowns
  • dignitaries
  • 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.

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