A list of Juneteenth events happening around Tampa Bay

Juneteenth celebrates the day the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Texas in 1865.
A replica poster for Juneteenth, signifying the end of slavery on June 19, 1865.
A replica poster for Juneteenth, signifying the end of slavery on June 19, 1865. [ FRED BELLET | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published June 15, 2020|Updated June 16, 2020

Live events

BLM Business Expo: A Juneteenth event celebrating and supporting black-owned businesses features up to 100 vendor booths, food and a wig sale. Masks required and social distancing will be enforced. Free. Noon-7 p.m. Friday. Expo Hall, 2810 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 254-8104.

Juneteenth: Celebrate Freedom: Grab a bite to eat and march at this peaceful protest with speakers and a march through downtown St. Petersburg. This year also honors the memories of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Free. 2-7 p.m. Friday. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg.

Juneteenth Celebration: Join the Tampa Bay Juneteenth Coalition for a cookout with free food, more than 25 vendors, music and raffles. Masks appreciated. Free. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Kings Forest Park, 8008 E Chelsea St., Tampa.

Juneteenth March: Join the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity for a peaceful march for “Peace-Justice-Reform.” 4 p.m. Friday. Meets in Joe Chillura Courtyard Square, moves West on E Kennedy. Ends with a rally in Gaslight Square.

Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom: The museum celebrates with food and a “big reveal.” Free. 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday. Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Virtual events

Juneteenth Music Festival: A virtual celebration of global freedom features the Dream Big Awards highlighting individuals who have made a positive impact in our community. In between awardee interviews see musical performances, live podcasts, a virtual dance competition, comedy, financial literacy segments, and more. Find it live at Free. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday.

Juneteenth Celebration: Children’s Day at the Museum: Children can learn about the history of Juneteenth and the Emancipation Proclamation through educational activities, book readings and video talks. Search for “Childrens Day at the Museum” on Eventbrite to reserve your free ticket for access to activities and videos. 10 a.m. Friday.

Juneteenth Storytelling Open Mic: Celebrate Juneteenth with a night of stories as storytellers share fiction and nonfiction exploring the themes of hope, freedom, family, community and home. Shares must be five minutes or less. Register on for a Zoom ID and Facebook information. Free. 2-3 p.m. Friday.

Juneteenth Virtual Meditation: Celebrate black minds through breath work, meditation and reflection on our past. Register on Eventbrite for a Zoom ID. Donations appreciated. 2-2:30 p.m. Friday.

Juneteenth Virtual Soul Food Experience: Join the Black Professional Network to talk about the history of Juneteenth and learn how to make succotash. Sign up at Eventbrite for a list of cooking ingredients and viewing instructions. Free. 5-7 p.m. Friday.

Miss Tampa Bay Juneteenth Coalition Pageant: Watch as middle school and high school contestants compete in categories of talent, community achievement interviews and evening wear. This year’s theme is 20/20: Our Future is Clear. Find it live on the Tampa Bay Juneteenth Coalition Facebook page. Free. 6 p.m. Friday. (813) 270-5687.

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Juneteenth 2020: Stay Black and Live: This giant virtual celebration from Austin, Texas, celebrates freedom and acknowledges the current racial tensions in this country with guest speakers, music and spoken word. Search “Stay Black and Live” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitch. Free. 7-11 p.m. Friday.

This is for Us: Juneteenth: Join the Association of Black Psychologists South Florida and the Haitian Think Tank for discussion on black consciousness and liberation. There will be music by DJ Porterhouse. Use Zoom meeting number 898 6920 7209 and password 437692. Free. 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Juneteenth Movie Night: Mind Evolution University invites you to an exploration of Juneteenth through a viewing of Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, in which a frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, and it becomes a hit. Discussion follows. Register on for a Zoom ID. Free. 2-5 p.m. Saturday.