Celebrate Juneteenth events in Austin to commemorate the day Texas slaves in Galveston were informed of their freedom in 1865. The holiday is recognized and celebrated by most states, but it’s an especially important day for Texans.
Juneteenth, recognized on June 19th, is also called “Freedom Day”, “Emancipation Day”, and “Jubilee”. Traditionally, the day is filled with parades, festivals, and lots of food. Overall, it’s a joyous day of celebration — you don’t want to miss it!
Central Texas Juneteenth Parade and Park Festival
Rosewood & Boggy Creek Park
2300 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, Texas 78702
The 2021 Juneteenth Parade will begin at 10 am on June 19th and will run down Chicon Street in East Austin. Get a spot early so you don’t miss the floats, dancers, and all-around good time.
The park festival begins at noon and will host local musicians, food, and games. The fireworks show starts at 9 pm!
Travis County Juneteenth Park Day
East Metro Park
18706 Blake Manor Road, Manor, Texas
Celebrate Juneteenth in Manor at the park! The Texas Parks and Wildlife will have fishing poles and bait to fish at the park pond, the YMCA pool will be open for swimming, and food booths are available to grab some lunch after all the fun. Plus, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available if you haven’t been vaccinated yet.
Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival 2021
Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park
3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, Texas
Chow down on some of the best ribs in Texas and enjoy a lineup of Grammy-nominated musicians such as DJ sensation JAY SHALÉ/DJ SHALÉ, Eric Bellinger, and Montell Jordan to celebrate Juneteenth in Round Rock. There will also be other food vendors available if you’re looking for other food options.
Juneteenth Watch Party
If you’d prefer to celebrate Freedom Day at home, Black UX Austin is hosting a virtual celebration of Juneteenth this year. Join a virtual panel discussion about the history of Juneteenth at 1 pm and a Livestream of local musicians.
Juneteenth Celebration: Live R&B Band and DJ
1104 E 11th St, Austin, Texas 78702
Grab some dinner and enjoy the hookah while you listen to some great reggae, afrobeat, and hip-hop music to celebrate the day at Victory Grill. Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm.
“On Juneteenth” with Annette Gordon-Reed
Learn more about the importance of recognizing Juneteenth for furthering the fight for racial equity with Harvard Professor and Pultizer Prize-winning Author Annette Gordon-Reed. Make sure to register in order to view the event hosted by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum on June 17 at 8 pm.