Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It is celebrated annually on June 19. Here are 31 ways you can celebrate locally.
Juneteenth Kickoff Mixer: Meet new people and learn about the history of Juneteenth as you enjoy music, food and drinks. Benefits the 2024 Black Excellence Summit. $10-$25. 6-9 p.m. Thursday (June 15). Moore Eventful Event Hall, 11141 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. 727-914-8270.
Juneteenth Day of Action: Celebrate Black History in St. Petersburg and demand the city keep the Historic Gas Plant city-owned to ensure a Black future in St. Petersburg. Free. 6 p.m. Thursday (June 15). St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N.
Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony and Festival: Join Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and the Tampa Bay Juneteenth Coalition to raise the Juneteenth Flag over Old City Hall during an outdoor ceremony at 11 a.m. After the ceremony, move to Lykes Gaslight Square Park for a festival with vendors, food trucks and family-friendly activities. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday (June 16). Old City Hall, 315 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-274-8211.
Juneteenth Celebration: The City of Dunedin’s day of “recognition, restoration and celebration” includes live music, performances and craft and food vendors. Free. 6-9 p.m. Friday (June 16). John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park, 420 Main St., Dunedin. 727-812-4530.
Vibe ‘N Color: Juneteenth Jamboree: A showcase of musical talents and visual art. $30-$100. 7 p.m. Friday (June 16). Venue on 6th, 1701 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa.
Celebrate Juneteenth: This celebration includes children’s activities, music by DJ Corey Thornton, the Tampa Bay Bucs video game bus, a selfie station, raffles, pizza for kids, vendors, food, Wellness Way and a salute to fathers. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (June 17). Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1070.
Juneteenth Freedom Festival: Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, shopping local and eating from a variety of food trucks. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (June 17). Warehouse Arts District Association, 515 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg.
Sankofa Juneteenth Freedom Festival: Celebrate Black history and freedom at this outdoor festival and African cultural market. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday (June 17). Rebirth Event Park, 1924 E Comanche Ave., Tampa.
USF Juneteenth Celebration: Join the USF Black Alumni Association for a multidisciplinary celebration honoring the end of slavery. Includes food vendors, jazz music, dancers and several panels. Free. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday (June 17). Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.
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Juneteenth Hair and Fashion Gala: The second annual celebration of Black excellence features music, live performances, vendors, cultural tributes, a runway show, speakers and food. Benefits a small-business grant. $45. 2-8 p.m. Saturday (June 17). National Guard Armory, 16386 Spring Hill Drive, Brooksville.
New Outlook: Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom: This outdoor event features live entertainment and vendors. Free. 3-7 p.m. Saturday (June 17). Freedom Park, 100578 Berkley Road, Polk City.
Tampa Bay Juneteenth Festival: Immerse yourself in this block party-style cultural experience with DJs, food trucks, shopping, a job fair, health clinic and community activities. $30, $10 age 16 and younger. 3-9 p.m. Saturday (June 17). Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 609-359-0529.
A Travel Through Time Juneteenth Celebration Gala: Listen to music and browse historic pictures and artifacts before a formal dinner, dancing and the stage play “A Travel Through Time.” $65. 5-9 p.m. Saturday (June 17). Historic Ybor City, 1300 E Eighth Ave., Tampa.
Shades of Pride Festival: This Juneteenth celebration highlights the impact of Black and brown culture on the LGBTQ+ community. At 6 p.m., there will be a live show with host King Jives, his all-star cast members and special guest TS Madison, covering some of today’s “HOTT” topics. Free. 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday (June 17). The Factory St. Pete, 2622 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
Juneteenth Living the Culture: Silk and Jeans: A fashion show with a business expo and drum and dance performance. $25. 6 p.m. Saturday (June 17). Greenwood Recreation Center, 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater.
Franks Juneteenth Charity Gala: Jorgie Franks and the Black Business Bus Tour throw this gala to benefit local charities. Includes live music, dance performances, food and spoken word that reflect the Black community. 6-10 p.m. Saturday (June 17). The Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview.
Paint and Sip Juneteenth Celebration: The Black-owned, immigrant-owned business invites you to celebrate freedom as enjoy music and follow step-by-step instructions to paint on a pre-stenciled canvas. $30. 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday (June 17). Joe’s Palette Art and Splatter Studio, 1915 East Bay Drive, Largo. 727-289-6033.
Juneteenth Cooler Fete: Pack your cooler and organize your neon outfit for a night of dancing to soca, reggae, Afrobeats and more. $25-$30. 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday (June 17). THAP Courtyard, 5508 N 50th St., Tampa.
Shades of Pride Festival: Juneteenth Poetry Slam: St. Pete Pride presents a spoken-word poetry contest with a $1,000 cash prize. Free (donations appreciated). 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday (June 17). The Factory St. Pete, 2622 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
Juneteenth Afrobeats Party: This Afrobeats dance party celebrates Black excellence. $20. 10 p.m. Saturday (June 17). Allusions Bar & Lounge, 3711 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. 813-382-4293.
Juneteenth Freedom: Celebrate the advancement, music, food and culture of African Americans. No cover. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday (June 18). 8361 Stone Run Court, Tampa.
Juneteenth Cultural Celebration: Arts, History and Equity: This visual arts festival displays the historical significance of Juneteenth while highlighting the area’s culture. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (June 18). Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.
Juneteenth Community Festival: A celebration of culture, creativity and community. Free. 2-6 p.m. Sunday (June 18). Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg.
Jazzy Juneteenth Jubilee: An all-white party by the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. 5-8 p.m. Sunday (June 18). The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-892-5202.
Afrocan: A celebration of Black excellence and culture. Includes live art, music, DJs, fashion, food and a history walk. 5-9 p.m. Sunday (June 18). Perry Harvey Park, 1000 E Harrison St., Tampa.
Juneteenth Freedom: Celebrate what Juneteenth stands for with free admission to the Tampa Bay History Center. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday (June 19). 801 Water St., Tampa, 813-228-0097.
Krate Juneteenth Celebration: Wesley Chapel’s food and drink district celebrates Juneteenth with reggae grooves by Jahfari. No cover. 4-8 p.m. Monday (June 19). Krate at the Grove, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. 407-757-5614.
“Moonlight”: Juneteenth/Pride/Industry Night: The 2016 film chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. $5. 7 p.m. Monday (June 19). Screen Door Cinema Kress Annex, 1624 E Seventh Ave., Tampa.
Arts Legacy REMIX: Juneteenth Commemoration: The third annual celebration of freedom features spoken remembrances, writings of historical importance and an original performance of music, poetry and dance created specially for this Juneteenth commemoration. Free. 7:30 p.m. Monday (June 19). David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.
The Island Sisters Book Launch: Haitian American author Micki Berthelot Morency pulls from her experience as an advocate for women and children to depict the emotional journey of abuse survivorship and of women fighting for dignity, freedom and their own lives. Free. 7 p.m. Tuesday (June 20). Tombolo Books, 2153 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-755-9456.
A Celebration of Juneteenth and Tampa History: This event is designed for individuals who want to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and the influence of African Americans in Tampa. Lunch is provided. Free. 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (June 21). Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 N Central Ave., Tampa. 813-273-3652.