Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival
From 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on June 16 and 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on June 17 & 18, 2017, you can listen to live music and Juneteenth historic readings, shop the Artists Market, experience African Drum & Dance, participate in everything from kite flying to chess matches, get your stretch on with yoga in the park, show off your skills at Double Dutch & Hop Scotch, indulge with multicultural cuisines, & more at the Juneteenth Atlanta Music Festival.
Plus, the Juneteenth Atlanta African History Parade steps off at noon on Saturday, June 17. The parade starts at Mozley Park and travels east on MLK Jr. Drive to Morris Brown College, where it meets up with the Junteenth Atlanta Music Festival.
If you don’t know what Juneteenth is, here’s the short version of why it’s a day of celebration mixed with reflection: Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) is considered the date that the last slaves in America were freed.
The Juneteenth Atlanta Music Festival takes place at Morris Brown College, located at 643 M.L.K. Jr. Drive NW, Atlanta.
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Juneteenth Celebration at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta
Historic Oakland Foundation hosts a Juneteenth celebration at Oakland Cemetery on Saturday, June 17. From 9-12 Please join us at Oakland Cemetery’s Bell Tower for:
- Guided walking tours of Oakland Cemetery’s African American Grounds
- Adult tours at 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
- Children’s tour at 10:15 a.m.
- Storytelling with LaDoris Bias-Davis
- 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Headstone cleaning demo and workshop*
- 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
- Cultural Scavenger Hunt for kids (updated for 2017)
- A self-guided, kid-friendly hunt available at any time during Juneteenth
- Burial records lookup
This event is free and open to the public. No reservations required for tours.
Free Admission to Juneteenth at the Atlanta History Center
The two-day Juneteenth celebration focuses on the appreciation and commemoration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. There’ll be performances of The Order of Freedom and Clay: Palm to Earth, storytelling, Mama Koku’s stories, & more.
Juneteenth is a free admission weekend at the Atlanta History Center on June 17th and 18th
If you have time while you’re there, you can check out the Atlanta History Center’s exhibitions, explore the Smith Family Farm and Swan House, and walk the twenty-two acres of gardens and trails.
Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.