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STL Juneteenth Celebrations

STL Juneteenth Celebrations with illustrations of people holding signs
Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, with increasing official recognition, becoming a federal holiday in 2021.
There are dozens of celebrations happening in St. Louis this Juneteenth – check them out below!

Dexter Silvers’ One-Man Show

When 2-5 p.m. June 19-20 • Where St. Louis Art Works, 5959 Delmar Boulevard • How much Free • More info

St. Louis artist Dexter Silvers presents a one-man show for Juneteenth and Father’s Day. It will include live demonstrations, spoken-word artists and an unveiling of his latest piece. Silvers is known for creating photorealistic paintings of St. Louis buildings and street scenes.

Harlem: A Juneteenth Celebration with Robert Nelson

When 7:30 p.m. June 19 • Where Blue Strawberry, 364 North Boyle Avenue • How much $15-$20, $15 for livestream • More info

St. Louis rhythm and jazz singer Robert Nelson, along with his band, Renaissance, present a salute to music from and inspired by the Harlem Renaissance.

St. Louis rhythm and jazz singer Robert Nelson brings “Harlem: A Juneteenth Celebration” to Blue Strawberry on June 19.

Juneteenth at City Foundry STL

Where Noon June 19 • Where City Foundry STL, 3730 Foundry Way • How much Free • More info

An event at City Foundry STL includes educational opportunities, interactive sports, vendors, street performances, a yoga session and live music, including a set by DJ Nune (Lamar Harris) and a performance by Zida Lioness.

 Juneteenth at City Foundry STL aims to educate, engage, entertain

Juneteenth: A Walk Through History

When 1-3 p.m. June 19 • Where Kiener Plaza, Broadway and Chestnut Street • How much Free • More info

The St. Louis chapter of the National Black MBA Association takes participants on a walking tour of locations where slave activity took place and discusses the origins of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth Celebrate Freedom

When 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 19 • Where Killion Park, 2400 Washington Avenue, Alton • How much Free • More info 618-910-7422, 618-799-9151

Funk-pop band Dirty Muggs performs at this event hosted by Bubbling Brown Sugar (Mix 99.5). Also includes vendors, prizes and food.

Juneteenth Celebrate Freedom

When 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 19 • Where Market in the Loop, 6655 Delmar Boulevard • How much Free • More info

The Loop Special Business District and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority/Omicron Eta Omega chapter’s Juneteenth celebration will include poetry, essays, music, dance, arts and design, with a presentation by Mathew Foggy on the Hype the Stripe movement.

Juneteenth Celebration

When 1 p.m. June 19 • Where Plaza at 501, 501 South Florissant Road, Ferguson • How much Free • More info 314-578-1327

Celebration includes live entertainment, arts and crafts and more.

Juneteenth Celebration

When 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 19 • Where Emerson YMCA, 3390 Pershall Road, Ferguson • More info 314-521-1822

Event includes food, music, community activities and Black-owned businesses.

Juneteenth Celebration

When 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 19 • Where JC Supper Club, 9053 Riverview Drive • How much Free • More info 314-755-1923

JC Supper Club and What Up Doe? Radio present a Juneteenth Celebration with a pop-up shop supported by the Urban League St. Louis Women’s Business Center. Events include yoga, a financial education panel, music and food.

Juneteenth Celebration Art Show and Sale

When 7 p.m. June 19 • Where Griot Museum of Black History, 2505 St. Louis Avenue • More info 314-241-7057;

Bidding in the fourth annual art show and sale runs June 19-21.

Juneteenth Celebration at Field House Museum

When 1-3 p.m. June 19 • Where Field House Museum, 634 South Broadway • How much Free • More info

Julius B. Anthony, the president of St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature, and Linda Nance, the founding president of the Annie Malone Historical Society, will join in this celebration featuring another look at two exhibits on Black children’s literature and the legacy of Annie Malone. The St. Louis Gospel Choral Union Alumni will perform.

Juneteenth Celebration: Freedom in Equity Festival

When 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 19 • Where Jones Park, 2920 Argonne Drive, East St. Louis • How much Free • More info

The Freedom in Equity Festival sponsored by Juneteenth Metro East starts with a motorcade that heads to East St. Louis City Hall for a flag raising ceremony. Events continue throughout the day with vendors, entertainment, music and activities for children at Jones Park.