Juneteenth Cincinnati

Home of Cincinnati’s Annual Juneteenth Festival

 2023    36th Annual

Juneteenth Festivities

2023 will be Cincinnati’s 36th Annual Juneteenth Festival

  Juneteenth Cincinnati has produced the annual Juneteenth Festival since 1988. It began in Daniel Drake Park in Kennedy Heights and moved in the early 1990’s to Eden Park in partnership with the Cincinnati Park Board.
      Although not  the first celebration of Juneteenth in Cincinnati, it has been Cincinnati’s only annually celebrated  Juneteenth event.
Feb 25   March 4   March 11  March 18 
                               7:30 pm
                    Kennedy Heights Arts Center

Artists focused on the quest for freedom throughout the African Diaspora.  Visual art, spoken word, dance and music used to interpret this centuries-long struggle.

Presented in collaboration with the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, it was a series of four Saturday evenings at the Arts Center.

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See Art from the 2022 Voices of Freedom


June 11   Wade In The Water

Join the participatory dance along the Ohio River to acknowledge the significance of water to the 400+ year trek into and beyond enslavement.            Read More With Video


Vendors Are Welcome at the

Juneteenth Festival

Food      Crafts     Clothing    Jewelry   Information
  Saturday June 17 Only
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June 12- 16  Raising the Juneteenth Flag

Flag ceremonies at The Cincinnati Art Museum, Hamilton County Courthouse, and  Cincinnati City Hall.

June 17   Juneteenth Festival in Eden Park   12-9:00 pm
Celebrate the End of Slavery

● Free!
2 stages of Great Music
Supervised children’s area with many activities
● Historical re-enactors
● Health Screening
● Shopping
● Art
● Food
● Fun

ChessTime, a new Cincinnati chess club, is staging its “First Annual Juneteenth Chess Tournament” at the festival.  Cash prizes for the winners. This promises fast-paced fun & competition  for the players and entertainment for the rest of us.    Click HERE for details.

June 18  June Fest:

A Father’s Day Concert
Eden Park    2-6:00 pm

 In 2005 Juneteenth Cincinnati revived June Fest, a concert series that served the African American community, from the late 1920s through the early 1950’s, when African American performers and audiences  were not welcome in Music Hall and other venues.  The Juneteenth weekend ends on Sunday afternoon with the June Fest Father’s Day Concert,   featuring  a variety of inspirational spiritual music and praise dancing in Seasongood Pavilion

June 19    Juneteenth Parade

  • Downtown Cincinnati
  • Bands
  • clowns
  • dignitaries
  • step teams
  • drill teams

Juneteenth Educational Programs

Short programs of entertainment, self- esteem building and history at area youth & senior centers.

Juneteenth Cincinnati     Supporters & Sponsors

United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio