Juneteenth is celebrated each year on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Last year, it became a national holiday and to help locals celebrate, we have compiled a list of fun things to do for Juneteenth around the Orlando area.
Celebrate Juneteenth in Orlando
Here are some great places to celebrate Juneteenth in Orlando.
A BTGM Juneteenth Event for Kids and Families
Black Theater Girl Magic is hosting the Lunch and Learn: A BGTM Juneteenth Event for Kids and Families on Sunday June 19 from 11am to 3pm. This free and unique event will celebrate the holiday with stories about Juneteenth, face painting, music, and free food for the littles. Although the event is free, it is recommended that families pre-register.
Celebrate Juneteenth at the Library (Virtual or In-person)
Visit the library or join in online to commemorate Juneteenth, which celebrates when the last slaves were freed in the US.! Orange County Library system will celebrate by making confetti poppers! Kids will be able to make Juneteenth confetti poppers using balloons, toilet paper rolls, and tape. There will also be information about Juneteenth itself, so kids, and their parents too, can learn about this new National Holiday. Recommended for children ages 6-8.
Central Florida Washington Shores Juneteenth Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Celebration
That title says it all! The whole family will enjoy the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Juneteenth History Museum and Events Center. The free celebration happening on Saturday June 18 from 10am to 7pm will have entertainment for the kiddos, stage performances by local artists, and vendors.
City of Orlando Juneteenth Festival
This will be the first event of its kind held by the City Beautiful since Juneteenth became a federal holiday. The inaugural City of Orlando Juneteenth Festival will be held on Saturday June 18 from 12pm to 5pm. Take the whole family over to Lake Lorna Doone Park to enjoy food, music, and a kid zone for the little ones.
Culture Fest Orlando
Culture Fest Orlando is not a happening as a direct result of Juneteenth, but it still actually is a representation of African American music, art, and culture. Bring the entire family out on June 18 to Festival Park Orlando; the festivities kick off at 12pm and the music show starts at 2pm. This is a great way to celebrate Juneteenth in Orlando.
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Facets of Freedom
The Second Annual Facets of Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration will be held at the at Loch Haven Park in Orlando on June 19 from 6pm to 10pm. The event will have food trucks, live art experiences, pop up markets, and great music for the whole family to enjoy. This event will start later in the day than the usual Juneteenth in Orlando celebrations, so you may want tot make sure the little ones get in a good nap first.
Juneteenth 407 is in its third year of celebrating Juneteenth. They are hosting two fun family activities on Juneteenth weekend. On Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, join in a fun scavenger hunt around downtown Orlando exploring Black Owned Businesses and learning Black History Facts. Saturday afternoon there is a fun block party featuring vendors, DJs, food trucks and a kids zone. Everyone is welcome!
Juneteenth Cultural Celebration
The first ever Juneteenth Cultural Celebration in Clermont promises to be fun. This free family event will be held at the Waterfront Park in Clermont on Saturday June 18 starting at 4pm. The whole family will enjoy an evening of music, art, and authentic African and African American food.
Juneteenth in Longwood
Bring the family out to enjoy Juneteenth in Longwood on Saturday June 18 from 11am to 3pm. Head over to Reiter Park and enjoy music, food trucks, and more!
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Take the family to enjoy Kissimmee Juneteenth on Saturday June 18 from 12pm to 5pm. Games, food trucks, vendors, and later in the day, a great concert too! this free event will be held on the festival lawn of Kissimmee Lakefront Park.
Mid – Florida Juneteenth Music Fest
The Mid – Florida Juneteenth Music Fest will be held at the Apoka Amphitheater on Saturday June 18 from 3pm to 10pm. During the day, there will be arts and crafts, food trucks, and education on the importance of Juneteenth. Later in the evening, there will be a concert with both local and national artists. This event is a ticketed event, so purchase tickets early!
Mount Dora Juneteenth Festival
The Mount Dora Juneteenth Festival is a family friendly event being held at Cauley Lott Park in Mount Dora on Saturday June 18 starting at 12 noon. There will be food vendors of all types, live entertainment, activities for the kiddos, and even a splash pad for the kiddos to stay cool (weather permitting).