Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. 

Juneteenth is generally celebrated with a huge community festival, live music, food, vendors and more. More can be found about Juneteenth here.

Here’s where you can celebrate at Juneteenth Events in Austin and beyond!

June 5:

High Noon Talk: Juneteenth Rodeo Wed, 12 – 1PM Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 

Take a midday break with our High Noon Talks! Discover the interesting, and often untold, stories of Texas at our casual lunchtime talk series.

During the late 1970s, Texan photojournalist Sarah Bird found herself captivated by non-mainstream rodeos. She documented a variety of competitions for many years, and truly fell in love with the Black rodeos.

June 8:

Program: Texas Juneteenth — PIONEER FARMS Sat, 9AM – 12PM Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr Austin, TX 

“Texas Juneteenth: Amazing History, Enduring Legacy” will feature readings of Union Gen. Gordon Granger’s proclamation in Galveston announcing that Texas slaves had their freedom, presentations about the history of Juneteenth and a special arts program.

The special program will start at 9 a.m. with tours of the Dodson House that is under restoration as the new Freeman’s history site to showcase the amazing successes and self-guided empowerment of formerly enslaved Texans in the decades after Emancipation, despite prevalent racism of the day.

Juneteenth Parade & Celebration Sat, 10AM Elgin Parks and Recreation Center, 361 State Hwy 95 Elgin, TX 

Juneteenth continues on Saturday starts at 10:00 AM. with the Grand Parade. Line up for the parade will start at 8 a.m. from Booker T. Washington Elementary School and parades through Historic Downtown Elgin. After the parade there will be activities at Veterans’ Memorial Park downtown until 6:00 PM.

June 9:

Freedom & Juneteenth at Pease Park Sun, 12 – 4AM Pease District Park, 1100 Kingsbury St Austin, TX

Join us for a fun-filled evening at Freedom + Juneteenth!

  • Engage in a panel, Curating Community: Nurturing Black Joy and Business Growth in Austin, featuring experts sharing insights on Black community curation and businesses.

  • Dance to the beats of our live DJ.

  • Check out live art by a local artist.

  • Enjoy a dance performance by Ballet Afrique.

  • Explore Black-owned vendors selling a variety of unique goods.

June 14:

Juneteenth BBQ Taste-Off , Fri, June 14, 2024, 7:00pm to 11:00pm Old Settlers Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd Round Rock, TX 

June 15:

Juneteenth Central Texas Sat, 10AM – 9PM Rosewood Neighborhood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave Austin, TX 

Austin, the capital of Texas, had its first official Juneteenth celebration in 1867. Historical records show that the Freedmen’s Bureau helped to organize a parade, a picnic, and a festival to commemorate their freedom. They met at the Comal Street Bridge, the only bridge that crossed the Colorado River then, and marched to the Capitol grounds. There, they sang songs, listened to speeches, played games, and had food and drinks. The event was successful and drew a large crowd of both Black and white residents.

Juneteenth Festival Round Rock Sat, 3:30 – 11:30PM Old Settlers Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd Round Rock, TX 

Black Makers Market: Juneteenth Celebration Sat, 12 – 6PM African American Cultural and Heritage Facility, 912 E 11th St Austin, TX 

Celebrate Juneteenth in style at the African American Cultural Heritage Facility on June 15th! We’re bringing 40+ vendors, food trucks, Kids Corner delights, giveaways, and top DJs together for a day filled with joy and unity. Open to all who want to commemorate this historic day with us!

Juneteenth Block Party 5pm – 9pm 601 S Bagdad Rd Leander, TX 

In collaboration with the Leander Public Arts and Culture Commission, the City of Leander commemorates Juneteenth with a block party at Robin Bledsoe Park. This free, family friendly event is jam-packed with musical performances, food vendors, and a fun zone.

Living Our Legacy 26th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Sat, 12 – 9PM Rosewood Neighborhood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave Austin, TX

Creative Action at Juneteenth Celebration Sat, 11AM – 1PM George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St Austin, TX 

Creative Action will be providing arts activities that celebrate freedom and honor our family and ancestors. This Juneteenth celebration will be held in the historic Rosewood neighborhood at the George Washington Carver Museum.

Lisa Haynes
Lisa Collins-Haynes is full-time photographer, for the past 7 years. She specializes in client work for motherhood sessions and underwater portraits. She also does commercial work in food and product photography. Lisa holds a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a Masters in Business Administration. Before becoming a photographer, Lisa was an International Travel Writer and enjoyed traversing the globe and story-telling to her readership. Writing was an unexpected pathway into the diverse world of photography for her. When not working behind the lens, Lisa enjoys volunteering in the community, cooking, traveling with her husband and spending time with family and friends. She resides in North Austin; has one college-aged daughter and a grand puppy named, Cookie.

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