Places to celebrate June 16th in the Bay Area

San Francisco Mayor London Breed opened the June 16 holiday season on Friday with an announcement and flag-raising ceremony at City Hall. June 16 is the federal holiday that declared freedom for enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas in 1865.

Biden made June 19, 2021 a federal holiday, but as Breed mentioned in her speech, people celebrated black culture and history on that date years earlier. Here’s a snapshot of some of the places to party in the Bay Area this year.


Juneteenth Freedom Celebration: June 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fillmore District, San Francisco.

Spread across eight city blocks, this celebration features community leaders, performances, vendors and fashion.


Juneteenth on the Waterfront: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Embarcadero Ferry Terminal Plaza, San Francisco.

Expect handcrafted groceries, black-run shop vendors, and a farmers’ market to kick off a month of June 16 celebrations in San Francisco.


Freedom Day at MoAD: June 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., San Francisco.

The Museum of the African Diaspora is offering free entry to its current exhibitions on June 16th. Free.

SF Black Wall Street Celebration: June 19, Gilman Park, San Francisco.

The third annual Black Wall Street celebration includes food vendors, the Black Millionaire Marketplace, live performances and children’s amusement park rides all day long.


Ferguson Rises Screening: Saturday 12pm-5pm, Bayview Opera House.

The Bayview Opera House will host a Flowers for Fathers Marketplace, a documentary screening of Ferguson Rises and a panel discussion on race and fatherhood with Mike Brown Sr.



Marin City Juneteenth Festival: June 19, Rocky Graham Park, 800 Drake Ave., Sausalito.

Marin City’s sixth annual Juneteenth Festival kicking off with live music, food and local vendor booths. This year’s theme is Looking to the Future.


Juneteenth Tiburon Celebration: June 17, 4-7 p.m., 1704 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon.

Tiburon’s celebration will commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people across the United States with jazz, poetry readings and guest speakers including Mayor John Welner.


Mill Valley Freedom Festival: June 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mill Valley Downtown Plaza, 87 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley.

This inaugural event celebrates June 16 with poetry, live music, storytelling and family-friendly games.



Berkeley Juneteenth Festival: June 19, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Adeline Street and Alcatraz Avenue.

The 35th annual Berkeley Juneteenth Festival focuses on family fun and entertainment with live music from several jazz artists including Nate the Soulsanger.


Oakland’s Juneteenth Festival: June 18-19, 11am-8pm Lake Merritt Amphitheatre.

The Tenth Annual Pan African Wellness Fest on June 18 features meditation, mental health resources, yoga, tai chi, self-defense, spoken word, interactive art installations and more. Party on the 19th with some of the Bay’s most popular DJs.

Tickets start at $5.

Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: Juneteenth through dance: June 25, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Virtual Live Stream.

The Grown Woman Dance Collective of Oakland will host their annual dance performance to celebrate strength, resilience and joy. This year’s virtual showcase will be streamed live and can be viewed free of charge.


Hayward Outdoor Fitness Festival: June 18, 10am-1pm, Hayward Heritage Plaza.

Trap yoga, dance and workout sessions will lead the second annual Hayward Juneteenth Celebration, which will take the form of a wellness festival.


Livermore Valley Arts celebrates June 16: June 18-19 June, Bankhead Theater and Plaza, Livermore.

On June 18, radio personality and comedian Faith Alpher will address the state of racial justice today. On June 19, Livermore Valley Arts hosts a Juneteenth Festival with Tri-Valley for Black Lives at Bankhead Plaza.



Juneteenth in the Streets Festival: Sunday through June 18, San Jose.

This week begins on Sunday with brunch at soul food restaurant Jackie’s Place and ends with a street party on June 18 featuring local food vendors, artists, musicians, businesses and community services. Tamar Braxton will make headlines.


Juneteenth at the Children’s Discovery Museum: June 19, 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m., 180 Woz Way, San Jose.

The Children’s Discovery Museum with partner Silicon Valley African Film Festival shows animated short films, organizes drum workshops and drum building courses for children.



June 16 Celebration and Lunch: Saturday 12pm-3pm, 251 City Park Way, San Bruno.

The San Bruno Culture and Arts Commission and the San Bruno Public Library will celebrate June 16 in person at San Bruno City Park this year. Enjoy music, community, crafts, and opening remarks from community leaders.



Sonoma County Juneteenth: June 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 1671 Hendley St., Santa Rosa.

Join Sonoma County’s 52nd Annual MLK Juneteenth Community Festival with live entertainment, food and games.


Juneteenth Remembrance Project: June 18, 2-4 p.m., Sonoma Community Center,

276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

The Remembrance Project is a community art project that creates activist art banners for social justice. Participants in the June 16 workshop will design quilt blocks that highlight issues plaguing local or larger communities.


The Healdsburg Jazz Festival: June 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg.

Performances span a wide spectrum of Black music and arts, including gospel, early blues, New Orleans jazz, funk, R&B, spoken word and modern swing music. The festival also includes educational programs and crafts for children.



City of Richmond Juneteenth Parade and Festival: June 18, 10am to 6pm, Booker T. Anderson Center, Richmond.

This year is Richmond’s first in-person Juneteenth festival since 2019. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Booker T. Anderson Center and ends at Nichol Park, where a food festival and live music await. Free.

Juneteenth-Proud To Be — Partner Painting: June 19, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 548 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill.

Celebrate June 16th with a painting night led by teachers at Painting with a Twist. The whole family is welcome.



Vallejo’s 32nd Anniversary Celebration: June 18, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Vallejo.

Vallejo’s festival includes 75 to 100 exhibitors and expects hundreds of visitors who will come out and enjoy vendors selling goods and food, children’s activities and live entertainment


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