Editor’s Note: This list is from 2020. Find the 2021 Juneteenth events here.
In the wake of the social unrest, and calls for racial justice following the deaths of unarmed African Americans, many people, corporations, and organizations are clamoring to reflect on and celebrate African American history, including the annual Juneteenth holiday.
Juneteenth, also known as the Black Fourth of July, Independence Day, Freedom Day, and Jubilee Day, commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas learned that they were free—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.
Locally, this year, there are also a flurry of Juneteeth celebrations in the Twin Cities to enjoy both in-person and online. If you attend a public event, you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and be mindful to maintain at least 6-ft of physical distance. We’ve highlighted a few events below. Add more events in the comment section.
10 AM- 12 PM @ 912 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis
Join the Minnesota Freedom Junetteth celebrate for a day of fun for the entire family. Early arrival and masks are encouraged.
11 AM-6 PM @ CTUL, 3715 Chicago Ave., Mpls.
The committee of Black workers of CTUL “Future Fighters” is inviting community members to come celebrate with food, music, art, and a march. The event offers a space to have fun, learn about the history of resistance of Black communities, connect with each other, and demand justice for Black lives.
12-5 PM @ Phelps Park, located at 701 E. 39th St., Mpls.
This event, put on by the Boys and Girls Club and organizer Vlad Gaetan, includes a five-on-five basketball tournament, and a seven-on-seven football tournament, as well as a cookout and a food drive to help support the community.
Juneteenth: Community Festival and Rally for Justice
12-6 PM @ Cub, 701 West Broadway Ave., Mpls.
All are welcome at this community celebration that aims to show the love, unity, resilience, and beauty of North Minneapolis. The gathering offers free food from Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, plus giveaways of diapers, household items and supplies, and grocery items.
Free mental health kits for children (while supplies last), toys, cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and free t-shirts will also be on hand. There will be live musical performances and a rally (starting at 4 pm) in honor of George Floyd.
Juneteenth Reparations Rally
1-4 PM @ Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul
Hosted by Black Lives Matter Minnesota and others, this event gathers community members together to demand reparations for disenfranchisement and discrimination of African Americans due to slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, redistricting, and police terror.
2-5 PM @ 1900 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls
Enjoy free food, fun and community spirit, and discussions on how to move forward and thrive. Get to know local businesses, and build community relationships during this time of trauma and healing.
Donations are welcome and will be given to organizations dedicated to bringing justice and providing the needs of the community.
Juneteenth Celebration – Unite & Rebuild MSP
3-8 PM @ Target Parking lot, 2500 E. Lake St., Mpls.
This family-friendly Juneteenth celebration focusing on unity in the community and offers food trucks and special guests DJ Mickey Breeze, Jamela Pettiford, Kory Pullman, Patricia Lacy, Dr. Brittany Lewis David Billingsley, Brandon Commodore and more.
Donations for the food drive are encouraged. Click for suggested donation items and more details.
4-7 pm @ Webber Park, 4400 Dupont Ave. N., Mpls
The Sit in to Breathe Project will be hosting its first-ever Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration. Come celebrate together, while reflecting on the unrest and challenges ahead.
4-8:30 PM @ 6332 Boone Ave. N., Mpls.
Brings the kids out to learn about Juneteenth in a fun and lively environment. The event offers a bouncy house, face painting games, and prizes, as well as food, snacks and tons of desserts from Rocxi’s Treats.
Juneteenth Social Justice Rally
5-8 PM @ Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Ave. N., Mpls.
This rally will honor Juneteenth by continuing to push for social justice. Organizers hope to bring people together to unite for change, and hold federal, state, and local government accountable, to move policies and reform.
5-8 pm @ Kelley Park, 6855 Fortino St., Apple Valley
Organizers are inviting community members to celebrate the beauty of Black culture with music, entertainment, speakers, food, retail vendors, dancing, educational experiences, kid activities, and more.
8 am @ George Floyd’s Memorial, 3759 Chicago Ave, Mpls.
Lace up your sneakers and run/walk/bike/ or whatever your preference for 8.46 miles in celebration of Juneteenth and in honor of George Floyd. The run will start and finish at 38th and Chicago Ave., the site of Floyd’s passing on Memorial Day.
11 am-1 pm @ 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Mpls.
If you’d like to avoid public gatherings, here’s an opportunity to get out and celebrate from a distance. Decorate your car and load up the family for this car parade in honor of Juneteenth. Click for route details.
1-5 PM @ Cub Foods Broadway, 701 W Broadway Ave., Mpls.
Shop and celebrate Black businesses, enjoy free food and supplies, donate, and/or volunteer to serve food to community members.
Juneteenth Revolutionary Blackout Bike Ride
4-8 PM @ The Trailhead, 1221 Theodore Wirth Pkwy., Mpls.
This Black biking experience aims to heal and connect with the sacredness of Black bodies and life. Enjoy the sounds of soul music through speakers, commune with the ancestors, and ride through the breeze Slow Roll Style.
What to bring: water, snacks and your mask. Helmets are strongly encouraged as well. Organizers also suggest “incense, outfits that slay, slices of mango, CBD balm, your family and dem, your quarantine boo, your visions for liberation.”