Where to Celebrate Juneteenth in Kansas City

Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated since the late 1800s. Celebrate with others in the community at many events taking place around the Kansas City metro.

Juneteenth at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

JuneteenthKC Heritage Festival at 18th and Vine

Saturday, June 18, noon – 10 p.m.

Kansas City’s OFFICIAL celebration of African American pride and culture returns to 18th and Vine. In addition to music performances on the main stage and blues area, special entertainment includes the KC Aerialist, Stone Lion Giant Puppets, face painters, balloon artists, story tellers, an outdoor skate rink and more. Learn more.

Juneteenth in the Dotte

Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come on out to this community event to show unity in Wyandotte County! Local Vendors, Community Agencies, Local Music, Speakers and more! Bring your family and let’s celebrate unity. Learn more.

3rd Annual Juneteenth Peace March & Rally, Overland Park

Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This event in Overland Park includes a march from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., and a rally from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. This event is organized by the Advocacy and Awareness Group of Johnson County, with the help of community partners. #JoCoJuneteenth

Juneteenth Summer Family Fest at Hope Center

Saturday, June 18, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Juneteenth Summer Family Fun Fest provides an opportunity for the entire community to gather together in celebration of both historical and modern black culture. Families can enjoy a variety of entertainment, quality products from select local vendors, delightful bounce houses, delicious food, and an overall celebration of freedom. Learn more.

Juneteenth in Prairie Village

Saturday, June 18, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Prairie Village Diversity Commit- tee will be teaming up once again with Stand-Up for Black Lives + Prairie Village, the Johnson County NAACP, and Village Church to co-sponsor the second annual Juneteenth Celebration. You’re invited to join the festivities in Harmon Park. The event will be filled with activities for all ages, including live music, local vendors, food trucks, and a poster contest for kids.

BLK + BRWN Block Party

Sunday, June 19, noon – 5 p.m.

Local authors selling their work, some special performances and other businesses, vendors and music! Learn more.

A Juneteenth Celebration: Building the Beloved Community

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26

Don’t miss this joy-filled commemoration of Juneteenth; acknowledging the day in 1865 when the last American slaves in Texas found out they were actually free. The Juneteenth Celebration will include a Keynote Speaker: Reverend Adrienne Denson Ewell, Red Bridge UMC and messages from: Reverend Emanual Cleaver III (St. James Church) and Reverend Adam Hamilton (The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection)

Plus, educational exhibits recognizing Black inventors and young entrepreneurs (exhibits open from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and on Sunday, June 26 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.), a powerful music program led by professional musician Isaac S. Cates, voter information and registration available. Learn more.

Juneteenth Celebration at Olathe Public Library

June 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This celebration includes speakers, children’s story times, historical figure portrayals and a book discussion at the Olathe Indian Creek Library. Find a schedule of events here.

Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!

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