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Event Date: 06/16/2018
Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival (Website)
Juneteenth Cincinnati, Inc.
Lydia Morgan
6242 Orchard Lane,
Cincinnati, OH 45213 United States
Mobile: 5137063216

Cincinnati's 31st annual Juneteenth Festival will be on the weekend of June 16-17 in Eden Park near downtown.

Traditional festival on Saturday, father's day June Festival concert on Sunday.

Details on our website

Event Date: 06/17/2017
Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival (Website)
Juneteenth Cincinnati, Inc.
Lydia Morgan
6242 Orchard Lane,
Cincinnati, OH 45213

Cincinnati's 30th annual Juneteenth Festival will be held on June 17-18,2017 in Eden Park, Cincinnati, OH. Admission is FREE.

Cincinnati's Juneteenth tradition began in 1988 as a neighborhood festival--attracting some 1500 participants to a neighborhood park. As it's grown, the annual Festival has continued to reflect its origins in a racially integrated community, with both multi-racial organization and attendance.

In 1993, the Festival moved to Eden Park at the invitation of the Park board. Festival features have included such diverse family-centered (and free!) activities as traditional storytelling, magic acts, games, races, sweet potato pie bake-off, Health pavilion, hands for freedom quilt, music (blues, African drumming & dancing, gospel, jazz, reggae, etc.), and education pavilion. Festival vendors offer a wide variety of food, clothing, art, folk crafts, ethnic literature, etc.

The Saturday Festival will present entertainment on two stages, beginning at noon on June 17. The day will end with the internationally renowned R&B group, The Deele.

Until 2005, the Festival was only on Saturday. We then added Sunday as a revival of June Festival Concerts, which began in the early 1930,s when Black performers were not welcome in other music venues.

Sunday afternoon is now Father’s Day Concert featuring a wide variety of inspirational music and dance. This year we are delighted to have the Grammy Award winning Charles Fold Singers.

Check our website for more details--and plan to join Cincinnati's freedom celebrants in Eden Park on June 17-18.

Admission is free.
Fees for vendors are very reasonable.

Event Date: 06/18/2016
Wesley Community Center Juneteenth Celebration (Website)
Wesley Community Center
Yvette Kelly-Fields
3730 Delphos Avenue,
Dayton, OH 45417 USA
Toll free: 9372633556
Mobile: 9372633556
Fax: 9372633556

The Wesley Community Center Juneteenth Celebration began under Texas native Dr. Robert Walker, the longest serving executive director of the Wesley Community Center. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. Even with nowhere to go, many felt that leaving the plantation would be their first grasp of freedom.

Juneteenth symbolizes the end of slavery and the beginning of freedom. While its roots are in Texas, Juneteenth has become a day to celebrate freedom all over the United States.

Juneteenth almost always focuses on education and self-improvement. Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing.

Wesley Center’s 2016 Juneteenth Festival takes place at the beautiful McIntosh Park near downtown Dayton. Juneteenth is celebrated in over 250 cities nationally and recognized by 40 million African Americans as their freedom and Independence Day. The local Juneteenth festival attracts hundreds of people in Dayton, Ohio and is considered one of the largest celebrations in the area.

This year’s Juneteenth will start at 9 am with a health and fitness kick off followed by a full day of activities for all ages.

The schedule includes Zumba, live cooking demonstration, line dancing, fun, physically interactive activities with partner Five Rivers Metro Park offering several outdoor experience areas to try such as slacklining and BMX Bike riding. There is a Kids’ area is for those 12 and under to enjoy a party trains, hands on fun activities. Finally, The Village offers attendees a place to buy items a variety of items from food to local designer clothes.

This event is free and open to the public. If you wish to sell food or your goods at the festival, call Zontaye Richardson at 263-3556 x218.

9 am Festival Opens

On The Stage

9 am Zumba Workout

10 am Line Dancing

11 am Red Velvet Cupcake 5K Awards

11:30 am Cooking Demonstration

12:30 DJ

Under The Tent

10 am Red Velvet Cupcake Post Race Party

12:30 pm Veggie Poolozza

Other Activities

11:00 am to 5:00 pm Five Rivers Metro Parks Outdoor Experience featuring Slack lining, Disc Golf and other experiences

11:oo am to 5:00 pm The Village – vendors selling goods of all kinds including clothes, jewelry and food (get vendor applications by emailing or

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm 2016 Juneteenth Skills Challenge (Registration coming soon)

11:00 am to 5:00 pm Kids Area featuring a water park, face painting and the Game Train

Event Date: 06/17/2016
Juneteenth Celebration & Benefit (Website)
Underground Railroad Museum
Dr. John S. Mattox
71056 Morristown Flushing Road,
Flushing , OH 43977 USA
Mobile: 740-827-0386
Fax: 740-695-1563

The Underground Railroad Museum's Juneteenth Celebration and Benefit shall be held at the Health and Physical Education Recreation Community Center on Ohio University's Eastern campus, St. Clairsville, Ohio. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with festivities 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Major sponsors are Ohio University and Bob Evans Farms. See the upcoming news release in The Times Leader newspaper, Martins Ferry, Ohio.

Event Date: 06/22/2013
Dayton Juneteenth Festival (Website)
Dayton African American Legacy Institute
Tammy Cooper
PO Box 638,
Dayton, OH 45409 USA

Dayton Juneteenth Festival

~Celebrating Freedom~
Saturday June 22, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
W.S. McIntosh Park
Dayton Ohio

This will be the 15th year that Dayton Ohio will celebrate freedom from slavery by recognizing Juneteenth (Texas Holiday), Black Music Month, Paul Laurence Dunbar, W.S. McIntosh, Dr. Robert L. Walker, Reading of The Emancipation Proclamation as well as Dayton soldiers who served in the civil war.

The festival is a free family and community event.

Several Dayton Artists will be featured throughout the day.
Bring your lawn chair and park gear! Rain or Shine, it is going down!

the history and meaning of Juneteenth.....Freedom!

Event Date: 06/22/2013
Call & Post Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration (Website)
Call & Post
Vicki Dansby
11801 Shaker Blvd., Apt/Suite
Cleveland, OH 44120 United States

Join us as we celebrate our heritage and the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation with all genres of Live Music, Spoken Word, Food, Specialty items and exhibitors, Fun and Dancing in the Streets!

The event will be held from 11am - 8pm on Williams Avenue off 116th Street; 1 block south of Shaker Blvd (Behind the Call & Post). The street will be closed to traffic.

Event Date: 06/15/2013
2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Sassafras Ridge Mountain Retreat (Website)
Camp Genesis, LLC
Tracy James
315 Parkwood Ave,
Ccolumbus, OH 43203 USA

We are hosting 3-Day Camping and Music Festival celebrating the Emancipation of our Ancestors at our 700 acre Afro-centric mountain retreat. Camping Thursday thru Sunday with ALL DAY entertainment with powerhouse reggae, jazzy R&B, Neo-Soul and Spoken Word on stage on Saturday. African drumming workshop around the campfire Saturday night. Hike the trails of the Underground Railroad in our Harriet Tubman Nature Preserve. All inclusive tent packages available. Perfect occasion for first-time campers. Youth under 18 FREE!!

Event Date: 06/23/2012
Dayton's Fourteenth Annual Juneteenth Celebration (Website)

Tammy Cooper
Dayton, OH 45402 USA

DAYTON, OHIO – The fourteenth annual Dayton Juneteenth festival will take place on Saturday June 23, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. at W.S. McIntosh Memorial Park (formerly Riverview Park) located at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Riverview. This community event includes music, poetry, entertainment and food/product vendors. The festival is family oriented and free for everyone.

Tammy L. Cooper, event director says, “Juneteenth is celebrated as the date that slavery was abolished in the United States. Our local celebration begins with a parade that starts at the Paul Laurence Dunbar home.” Line-up begins at 10 a.m. at 219 North Paul Laurence Dunbar Street Dayton, Ohio 45402 with the march beginning promptly at 11 a.m. “Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the live entertainment.”

The non-profit celebration is funded in part by local sponsors. The Dayton African American Legacy Institute (, presided over by retired Judge Bill Littlejohn, is the title sponsor. Additional sponsors include CareSource, Wesley Community Center, Dayton African American Cultural Festival, the Juneteenth Planning Committee and Pen of the Writer (

Event Date: 06/16/2012
Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival (Website)
Juneteenth Cincinnati Inc.
Lydia Morgan
6242 Orchard Lane,
Cincinnati, OH 45213 USA
513) 631-7289

Event Date: 06/18/2011
JuneteenthOhio (Website)
Mustafaa Shabazz
1511 East Livingston Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43205 USA
(614) 258-4633

Our feature artist will be David Ruffin Jr. (son of the late Temptations lead singer “Mr. David Ruffin”) in concert Saturday, June 18th @ 6pm singing old Temptations hits along with his new music. National recording artist K’Jon will also be performing on Sunday, June 19th @ 4pm.

This year we have teamed with OH Commission on Minority Health to offer free screenings during the 3 day event. We will also host our first College/Career Fair. Do not forget about our TALENT SHOW on June 17th! We have partnered with GCAC to present the winner with $3,000.

Come and join the celebration!!!!!!!!

Event Date: 06/18/2011
Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival (Website)
Juneteenth Cincinnati, Inc.
Lydia Morgan
6242 Orchard Lane, 6242 Orchard Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45213 USA

June 18 - 19, 2011 The Festival kickoff at 12:30 features the unique parade of flags of the African Diaspora. Over 70 flags representing the countries from which Africans were captured for hundreds of years and the countries to which they were taken as slaves. Abe Lincoln will set the tone for the rest of Festival.
A wide variety of entertainment will run through the afternoon at Mirror Lake and in Seasongood Pavilion, with music to suit all tastes--jazz, Latin, gospel, African, blues, and R&B. And closing out the evening from 7-9 pm in Seasongood Pavilion will be Mark Wood of LAKESIDE ®
Juneteenth Cincinnati has again teamed with First Books to offer free books to children in the Kid's area, where they can also ride horses with the Cincinnati Black Cowboys, get up close to farm animals with Sunrock Farm, play games, and even make Father's Day cards and tour the Fire Department's "Smoke House."
Attractions for teen-age participants include the free-throw and oratory competitions, golf & tennis tips, information about job & education opportunities and a great drum line exhibition including Withrow, Oakley, Daton (OH) and Louisville.
Historical portrayals will include the popular Toledo-based 5th U.S. Colored Troop Company C as well as local favorites Abraham Lincoln & Harriet Tubman.
Other features throughout the afternoon include exhibits by area museums, free health screening, mini workshops on relaxation techniques (exercise, meditation, and dance) and job skills and tips; Classic Cars; shopping for art; mini books, and crafts...and, of course, a wide selection of tasty food at reasonable prices.
The Juneteenth Festival is an alcohol-free, family affair with something for everyone. A delightful way to spend a family afternoon and evening in beautiful Eden Park. Come early...& stay late!

Event Date: 6/13/2010
The Dayton African American Choral Society will ho... (Website)
Dayton African American Choral Society
Brenda Ellis
Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435 USA
(937) 775-2072

The Dayton African American Choral Society will host a Juneteenth Celebration Concert on Sunday June 13, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. commemorate the legacy of the Emancipation of African Americans from Slavery. The concert will be held at Wright State University in the Creative Arts Center Concert Hall. Admission is Free.

Event Date: 6/21/2008
TMA"s Fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration Saturda... (Website)
Toledo Museum of Art
Visitor Services
2445 Monroe St.,
Toledo, OH 43620 USA

TMA"s Fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration Saturday, June 21 11:30 A.M. 7 P.M. Join your Museum and our Committee for Cultural Diversity as we celebrate the Juneteenth holiday and the African American experience. During last year's free family festival, more than 4,000 participants enjoyed a day of fun, food, music, dance, art, storytelling, and more. All activities, parking, and admission to the Museum are FREE.