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10 ways we are celebrating Juneteenth in the Tampa Bay area

The events commemorate the holiday that takes place annually on June 19.
A shirt recognizes the importance of Juneteenth during a recent celebration.
A shirt recognizes the importance of Juneteenth during a recent celebration.
Published Jun. 17
Updated Jun. 17

Juneteenth is a holiday marking the emancipation of anyone who had been enslaved in the United States, celebrated annually on June 19. The following are 10 local ways we’ve found to celebrate freedom for all.

Juneteenth Commemoration: Gather with family and friends to celebrate Juneteenth with live music, food, poetry readings and a book sale. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Best Richardson African Diaspora Museum and Books, 1463 Tampa Park Plaza St., Tampa. 813-944-2112.

Juneteenth Business Expo: The second annual expo features Black-owned vendors from various industries, children’s activities, educational activities, Black music, Black entertainment and food trucks. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The Deuces, Ninth Avenue and 22nd Street S, St. Petersburg.

Miss Juneteenth Pageant: Young women vie for the title of Miss Juneteenth 2021. $10. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Center for Manifestation, 3102 E Lake Ave., Tampa. 813-241-6919.

Reverberations: Juneteenth Opening: The opening for a display of artwork exclusively by Black artists blends the past and present to reveal stories of racism, oppression, hope and resilience that continue to reverberate today. Presented by the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. Remains on display through Aug. 29. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. $20, $15 students, teachers, seniors and active military, $10 youth ages 7-18, free for children 6 and younger. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except on Tuesdays, when the museum is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, 150 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 727-892-4200. thejamesmuseum.org.

Juneteenth Festival Freedom Saturday: Enjoy DJ music, entertainment, food trucks and family activities as you shop local products and services in a block party atmosphere. $35. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. New Saint Paul A.M.E. Church, 4603 N 42nd St., Tampa.

Juneteenth Festival: Celebrate Juneteenth at this family-friendly festival with bounce houses, arts and crafts, comedy, live music, spoken word, dance performances, vendors and food. Free. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Moore Eventful Event Hall, 11141 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. 727-914-8270.

Afrocan Fest: Explore Tampa Bay’s black culture while enjoying music, art, food and fashion with a “Night Garden Experience” theme. Free. 6:19-10:19 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. 813-251-5059.

Feed Yo Soul Fest (Juneteenth Edition): Celebrate Juneteenth with a soul meal, soul music and messages of “black excellence.” $35-$50. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Al’s Finger Licking Good Soul Food, 2302 E Seventh Ave., Tampa.

Arts Legacy Remix: Juneteenth Commemoration: In honor of Juneteenth, catch the premiere of Freedom Tree, an original poetic word and choreographed performance by members of the Straz Center Veteran and Civilian Dance Ensemble. Additional music and spoken word performances accompany to commemorate Juneteenth. Takes place outside on the Riverwalk. Go to strazcenter.org for tickets. Free. 7 p.m. Saturday Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Juneteenth Jubilee: A celebration of Black liberation and expression with food trucks, art installations, a film screening, entertainment and Black-owned pop-up vendors. Benefits Keep St. Pete Lit. Pay what you can. 10 p.m. Saturday. The Factory, 2622 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg.