Where to celebrate Juneteenth in Central Texas

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Where to celebrate Juneteenth in Central Texas

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Ricardo Brazziell
Members of Epsilon Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity perform as they make their way through the Juneteenth parade on Saturday, June 18,2016. Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Juneteenth, a holiday observed on June 19 every year, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It honors the day in 1865 when Union soldiers delivered the news the war had ended and that slaves were freed — two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Here’s a roundup of events in Central Texas commemorating the holiday. See all Juneteenth events in Central Texas here.

Thursday, June 15: Juneteenth Art Exhibition at Austin Revialization Society featuring young artists.

Friday, June 16: Juneteenth in Manor at the East Travis County Rural Community Center with food, music and fun for all.

Friday, June 16: Travis County Juneteenth Celebration with a ceremony in the Commissioners Courtroom followed by a celebration in the parking garage on the northwest corner of Eighth Street and Lavaca Street.

Friday, June 16: 4th Annual Juneteenth Music Festival with performances from local bands and artists, the Austin All-Star Band and Black and Gold Dancers at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center. All proceeds go to the Reagan High School Band.

Friday, June 16: Night Before Juneteenth at Dozen Street. Dance with the BLNTD Collective with a DJ set and a backyard party.

Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17: Bastrop Juneteenth Celebration. The celebration kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a banquet honoring educators and other individuals. Saturday’s celebrations include a parade through downtown Bastrop at 10 a.m., followed by an Emancipation Proclamation program at 11:30 a.m. and a street dance at 7:30 p.m. on Main Street. All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17: 9th Annual Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival. The free two-day festival consists of live music, a barbecue cook-off, a health fair, food/retail vendors, kids’ activities and other entertainment.

Saturday, June 17: Georgetown Juneteenth celebration at San Gabriel Park. The celebration starts with a panel and gospel performance at 11 a.m. followed by a barbecue lunch and interactive presentations.

Saturday, June 17: Austin Juneteenth celebration at George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center with live music on two stages and food, games and indoor and outdoor activities. 

Sunday, June 18: Wells Branch Homestead’s Celebration of Juneteenth. The Wells Branch Neighborhood is celebrating Juneteenth with jazz music on the lawn at the Homestead at KF Park.

Monday, June 19The Kitchen Diva’s Lunch and Learn Series at the George Washington Carver Museum. Try the jerk chicken that beat iron chef Bobby Flay and get a culinary history lecture. The lunch includes African, Caribbean, Texan and Southern dishes.

Did we miss an event? Add it to our calendar here and make sure to choose “Juneteenth” from the “categories” menu.

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