Juneteenth celebrates the end of the enslavement of African-American people in the United States.
For those of you not in the know, Juneteeth “Celebration of Freedom Weekend” is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19, 1865 (some two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation) that news broke to those Americans in Texas that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free.
Since then generations upon generations of African Americans along with other ethnic communities have commemorated the day as one of reflection, faith, renewal, community and cultural pride.
Read on below for Juneteenth events focused on celebration and activism here in Las Vegas.
The 22nd annual event will be a festival of music, art, dance, rhythm, and culture and will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 4pm-9pm at the Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas. This event will be FREE to the general public and will be a festival of music, art, dance, rhythm, and culture. (435 S. Grand Central Pkwy)
Please join Discovery Children’s Museum as they celebrate the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Don’t miss the flag raising ceremony beginning at 10am. This celebration runs Saturday, June 17th, 10am-5pm, see the link for more programming.
NAACP Las Vegas presents a Jubilee Family Celebration, a Juneteenth and Father’s Day Block Party on Sunday, June 18th, from 5pm- 10pm. Head out to the vibrant Downtown Arts District for a day filled with inspiring performances, live music, thought-provoking speakers, and mouthwatering cuisine. This is a free event, you can get tickets here. (200 S. 3rd St, Downtown LV)
The Cookout at Cambridge Rec Center
Clark County Parks and Recreation present The Cookout, a celebration of community, music, parks, culture, and soul food, on Saturday, June 10, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cambridge Recreation Center. Music, food, games, arts & crafts and much more! (3930 Cambridge St.)
Enjoy three days of music, community and culture celebrating the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States. Seating is first come, first served at the venue. The Water Street Plaza Amphitheater is an enclosed outdoor venue designed to keep guests cool during warmer months with shade structures and ceiling fans. Subject to change or cancellation with or without notice.
Schedule of Events:
Friday June 16, 7:30pm The Spirit of Harriet Tubman
Featuring Leslie McCurdy in the Water Street Amphitheater
Saturday June 17, 7:30pm Songs of Freedom with Vegas City Opera
Featuring Dr Richard L. Hodges in the Water Street Amphitheater
Monday June 19, 5:30pm Celebration of Live Music, Poetry and Exhibits
Special Guests: National Youth Poet Laureate Alyssa Gaines, OKCello and The Woody Woods Quartet featuring Paul Stubblefield in the Water Street Amphitheater
I’ll update the post as new info becomes available. If you know of any Juneteenth events that I haven’t listed, please let me know in the comments below.