Juneteenth celebrations happening from San Antonio to Austin

There are a  number of Juneteenth celebrations kicking off Friday and continuing through the weekend around San Antonio and Austin, as well as the cities inbetween.

While this will be the first year that Juneteenth is observed as a national holiday across the country, it has been officially recognized in Texas since 1979.

The holiday marks the day in which federal troops arrived in Galveston Bay to take control of the state and announced that more than 250,000 slaves were freed through the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865.

San Antonio 

Juneteenth San Antonio is three days of celebrations at Comanche Lookout Park. The event will begin Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11 a.m., and last through 11 p.m., with live music, food, children’s activities, and a health fair. 

History Harvest at Comanche Park is an event hosted on Friday by the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) for families to bring their family documents, such as photos, birth and death announcements, journals, yearbooks, and oral histories, in order to have them digitally preserved. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

The 2022 Juneteenth Family Festival is bringing live music, a carnival, and more to Real Life Amphitheater from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for the carnival and concert can be purchased here

The San Antonio Block Party will kick off Saturday at Alamo Beer Co. at 3 p.m. The event is free to attend, but attendees must register in advance

University of Incarnate Word is holding the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration in the McDermott Convocation Center on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature multiple speakers, a performance by the Gospel Praise Team, and a dance performance by the Diverse Dance Academy. The presentation will be followed by an outdoor barbecue and resource fair that will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

Gardopia Gardens and Community First Health Plans are joining forces to hold the Juneteenth & Summer Solstice Farmers Market on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The free event will include local vendors, music, educational workshops, and fresh produce distribution.

The San Antonio Missions are holding a Juneteenth Night on Saturday. The benefit game against the Amarillo Sod Poodles will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 and give fans access to the Invisible Diamond exhibit, Negro League memorabilia silent auction, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and fireworks show. The fundraiser will benefit SAAACAM.

The Juneteenth Festival at Legacy Park will be a free celebration hosted by SAAACAM on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Austin 

The 2022 Central Texas Juneteenth Celebration will kickoff at 10 a.m. with a parade that will begin at MLK Jr. Boulevard and Salinas Street, and end at Noon at Rosewood and Boggy Creek Park.  The Park Festival celebration will take place with live music and vendors, and will end with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Juneteenth Freedom Fest is a free event at Colony Park on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration will feature a BBQ content, sling-shot showcase, children’s activities, music showcase, and food trucks. 

The Soul Food Truck Fest at Hutson-Tillotson University will bring together 10 Black-owned food trucks on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. VIP ticket holders can get early access at 11 a.m. The event will also feature vendors and live music. Tickets are $15 for adults and kids get in free. 

The Texas Farmers’ Market Juneteenth Celebration will happen all weekend long. On Saturday, the market will celebrate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakeline Mall in Cedar Park and on Sunday at Mary Elizabeth Branch Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The celebration will include live music, cooking demonstrations, and raffles. 

If you’re not wanting to make the hike to Austin, there are also a number of celebrations taking place in the Hill Country. 

San Marcos 

The Juneteenth Foundation is holding the 2022 Junteenth Charity BBQ Cook-Off at Plaza Park on the River on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the event will begin at 1 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. 

The Juneteenth Unity Walk will kick off Saturday’s festivities at 9 a.m., and will feature musical performances by Thee Duo band and Trio Faze. Line-up for the Unity Walk will be at the intersection of LBJ and MLK and end at Dunbar Park. 

New Braunfels 

The city is holding its 6th annual Juneteenth Jubilee on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VFW post 7110 at 600 Peace Ave.. The event will feature a musical performance by Booker E Entertainment and a luncheon for participants.

Did we miss a Juneteenth celebration? Send it to katy.barber@mysa.com.

Original News Source Link

Leave a Comment