San Antonio’s Juneteenth celebrations kick off this Friday – San Antonio Report

Juneteenth, now a federal holiday, commemorates the date Union soldiers arrived in Galveston to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln had signed into law almost two and a half years earlier.

Texas was the last state after the Civil War to allow enslavement. Juneteenth has been a state holiday since 1980.

City Hall and most city offices will be closed Friday, as will Metro Health clinics, senior and community centers, and all branch libraries.

As celebrations gear up and Freedom Day nears, Visit San Antonio has compiled a list of Black-owned restaurants in San Antonio, and the San Antonio Report has pulled together a list of where and how you can celebrate.

What is Juneteenth?: An Online Learning Experience

On Thursday, June 16 and again on June 20 at 7 p.m., Melaneyes Media, a San Antonio independent film company, is hosting a virtual class on the history of Juneteenth. Tickets are donation-based. The Zoom event will be interactive; viewers can participate in two pop quizzes, watch rare footage of celebrations that date to the early 1900’s, plus interviews from scholars and more. A live Q&A will follow.

Texas Freedom Festival’s Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration

Now in its 26th year, the festival runs Friday and through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day at Comanche Lookout Park. At the reunion-like event, attendees can expect music, plenty of food available to purchase, entertainment, basketball and domino tournaments, and arts and crafts for children.

On Friday, Black residents are encouraged to  bring family documents, such as photographs, birth and death announcements, journals and yearbooks to volunteers with San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum at the park, who will digitally preserve these records as part of its “history harvesting” project.

On Saturday, the city will offer health screenings and wellness information until 2 p.m. Sunday’s festival includes a “Gospel Church in the Park” celebration. Admission is free

Celebrate Juneteenth

Enjoy an evening of Black art, music, history and food at Legacy Park, 103 W. Houston Street, hosted by In the Eye of the Beholder art gallery and the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday night.

The Juneteenth Family Festival

On Saturday, June 18, Perpetual Innovations Entertainment and the Impact Network host their inaugural Juneteenth Family Festival at the Real Life Amphitheater in Selma. The festival kicks off at 8 a.m. with a 5K, for which a $30 registration is required. Prizes, medals and gift cards will be given to winners of the race.

The opening ceremony and two symposiums, one on marriage and the other for singles, is free; tickets for the carnival and concerts — featuring Tim Bowman and Grammy Award-winning artists Erica Campbell and Fred Hammond — may be purchased here. Parking is free.

SA Juneteenth Block Party and Fair

Starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Alamo Beer Company in Dignowity Hill. The event is free but attendees are asked to reserve tickets online. A portion of the funds raised will go to support the educational and community efforts of the Dream Big Scholarship Fund, Inc. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; event will include food trucks, vendors, a kids’ play area with a bounce house and face painting and a photo booth. DJs will be spinning old school hip hop and R&B. Education, business and health resources will be available through community partners, sponsors and vendors. 

Juneteenth & Summer Solstice Farmers Market

Community First Health Plans and Gardopia Gardens, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing accessibility to fresh produce, are hosting a free farmer’s market Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m. Fresh produce will be available along with local vendors, music and educational workshops at Gardopia Gardens, 619 N. New Braunfels Ave. 

Juneteenth Night at the Missions Baseball Fundraiser

Watch the San Antonio Missions go head to head with the Amarillo Sod Poodles at the Nelson Wolff Stadium starting at 7 p.m. Saturday night. The fundraiser event, which will celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to baseball, will benefit the Texas Kidney Foundation and the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum. 

VIP tickets are $75, which include a meet and greet with South Texas Negro League players; an all-you-can-eat buffet; the Invisible Diamond exhibit, which commemorates the unknown players who led to the integration of Major League Baseball; and access to the Negro League memorabilia silent auction.

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