Juneteenth Edition

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, June 18–20

The 155th anniversary of Emancipation Day is finally a federal holiday, so celebrate in style.

By Emma Schkloven June 18, 2021

Juneteenth Night Light Bike Ride

Let’s Do This Houston (LDTH) and 3rd Ward Tours have teamed up for this special nighttime bike ride. Circle around town, through Discovery Green, Midtown, and the Museum District on LDTH’s new LED-equipped Dutch bicycles while vibing to a playlist featuring artists who uplift Black culture.

June 18. From $11. 2301 Elgin St. More info and tickets at letsdothishouston.com.

Absolute Equality Mural Dedication + Galveston Events

The Juneteenth Legacy Project will dedicate its new mural, Absolute Equality, at 11:30 a.m., but Galveston, the birthplace of Juneteenth, is celebrating all day long. Hear a reading of General Order No. 3 in the morning during the 42nd Annual Al Edwards Juneteenth Celebration at historic Ashton Villa (2310 Broadway Ave.), before hitting up the Juneteenth Parade and Picnic in the afternoon. Then partake in a conversation on slavery and emancipation at The Grand 1894 Opera House (2020 Postoffice St.) and march with members of Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church (2015 Broadway Ave.). Finally, end your day with a bang during the island’s Juneteenth fireworks display (29th & Seawall).

June 19. Free. Various locations in Galveston. More info at juneteenthlegacyproject.com and visitgalveston.com.

Juneteenth Freedom Fest

Your kiddos should learn about the newest U.S. federal holiday, and there’s no better place for educational fun than the Children’s Museum of Houston. The kid-approved Freedom Fest activities include a DJ-hosted line dance featuring music that celebrates Black culture, a spoken-word poetry performance, African drumming by Houston’s Joy of Djembe Drumming Ensemble, Juneteenth-themed story time, and chalk-art creations.  

June 19. From $11. Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St. More info and tickets at cmhouston.org.

Miss Juneteenth Screening

Join the Houston Museum of African American Culture and the Houston Cinema Arts Society for a special screening of Channing Godfrey Peoples’s critically praised indie film Miss Juneteenth. The 2020 film, which nabbed South by Southwest’s Louis Black “Lone Star” Award, follows former Miss Juneteenth and single mom Turquoise Jones as she tries to help her daughter, Kai, win the Fort Worth pageant. Attendees will also see the Houston premiere of Godfrey Peoples's short, Doretha's Blues, and enjoy a custom Juneteenth mixtape from DJ Red of Screwed Up Records and Tapes.

June 19. $30 per car. Moonstruck Drive-In, 100 Bringhurst St.. More info and tickets at hmaac.org.

Third Ward Juneteenth Celebration

Meet artists from Project Row Houses and support Black-owned businesses during this Juneteenth celebration outside of the historic Eldorado Ballroom in Third Ward. There’ll also be bites from local food trucks and music.

June 19. Free. Eldorado Ballroom Parking Lot, 2310 Elgin St. More info at projectrowhouses.org.

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