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How to Celebrate Juneteenth This Month

Festivals, concerts, markets, and more in Houston and Galveston

By Amarie Gipson June 10, 2022

This month will mark two years since the US government declared Juneteenth a national holiday. Though the holiday’s origin is in Galveston, Houston has played a large role in preserving the legacy of this significant moment in Black Texan history. The next week is filled with things to do in the city, so put on your sunscreen and head outside. 

Here are 10 of our most anticipated events to celebrate in the city and beyond: 

Juneteenth Celebration on the Island 

Saturday, June 11 at the Roof Garden (Strand District, Galveston)

If you’re in the mood for a last-minute road trip, head to Galveston for the first of many celebrations this month. Tickets are $40, and all proceeds go toward Ivy Isle Foundation’s college scholarship fund. 

Jewel Brown: A Legacy

Saturday, June 11–25 at Community Artists’ Collective (Third Ward)

Houston’s Community Artists’ Collective is partnering with the Community Music Center of Houston and Harambee Art Gallery to honor the life of American jazz singer Jewel Brown and celebrate Black Music Month. Artists include Tamirah Collins, Khaili Sam-Sin, photographer Nic High, and more. The exhibition will be on view through June 25, and admission is free. 

Juneteenth Celebration at Bayou Bend 

Saturday, June 18 at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (River Oaks)

Bring your whole family out for a free day at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Bayou Bend location. Browse the collection, hear from docents, participate in art-making activities, or listen to a conversation with artist Ted Ellis (and more!) starting at 10 a.m. 

BLCK Market’s 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 19 at East River (Downtown) 

Shop from 100 Black business vendors while enjoying live music and food trucks at East River near Downtown Houston. BLCK Market is one of the nation’s largest Black business gatherings. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. 

Mayor Turner’s Annual Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade 

Saturday, June 18 at Acres Homes Multi-Service Center (Acres Homes) 

Mayor Turner is hosting a parade in his native Acres Homes, one of Houston’s oldest settlements for Black Americans. The fun will begin promptly at 10 a.m., starting at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, traveling north on W Montgomery, and ending at Great Zion Missionary Baptist Church at noon. Registration for participation is closed. 

Black Is Primary: A Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 18 at POST HTX (Downtown) 

We’re super amped about Black Is Primary, a free, all-day, all-ages festival at Houston’s splashiest new event venue, POST in Downtown. The event is organized by Houston’s 5th Poet Laureate, Outspoken Bean, and is divided into five categories: storytime, performance, entrepreneurship, concert (details below), and celebration. Bring your kids to the atrium for choir and spoken word performances, a book fair, an evening conference on financial equity, music by DJ Spastar, and a slab line on-site. Grab food from any (or all) of the businesses in the POST Market. (And if you need help, let us be your guide.) 

Juneteenth HBCU Alliance Music Fest & Scholarship Benefit 

Saturday, June 18 at 713 Music Hall (Downtown)

As part of the Black Is Primary festival, Live Nation is helping host a concert with performances by Grammy Award-winning R&B artists Lucky Daye and Chrisette Michele alongside rapper Wale. The show will take place at 713 Music Hall at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $75. 

We Are Juneteenth

Saturday and Sunday, June 18–19 at Emancipation Park (Third Ward)

Celebrate Emancipation Park’s 150th anniversary in Third Ward. It’s perhaps the biggest don’t-miss Juneteenth event in the city, spanning two days and featuring performances by the Isley Brothers, Kool and the Gang, Sheila E (are you kidding me?), and more. 

Juneteenth: The Journey to Freedom

Sunday, June 19 at Miller Outdoor Theatre (Museum District) 

Houston’s outdoor amphitheater is hosting an evening of commemorative Juneteenth performances suited for the whole family. Enjoy five thematic acts that sweep Black history and explore topics like civil rights, social justice, and slavery. The event will be live-streamed online for those unable to make it out to watch in person. Free tickets will be available on Friday, June 18.  

The Music of Whitney Houston

Sunday, June 19 at The Hobby Center 

Join vocalist Rashidra Scott and the Houston Symphony for a night at the Hobby Center celebrating Whitney Houston. Brent Havens will lead as conductor, and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are still available and start at $39. Preview the concert here.

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