Juneteenth events in 2022 in Columbus, Ohio

While this bridge + mural was later torn down, its message remains | Photo by @6drone4

While this bridge + mural was later torn down, its message remains | Photo by @6drone4

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Juneteenth is on Sun., June 19 where the local community + the rest of the country commemorate when a group of enslaved people learned they were free from slavery in 1865. That historic day led to the first-ever Juneteenth in 1866 with food, singing, and spiritual readings where those who were there took pride in their progress.

While the original Juneteenth took place in Galveston, Texas, it’s now recognized nationwide, including in CBUS. To help you get involved this year, we’re highlighting local nonprofits and social justice organizations hosting events that commemorate Juneteenth.

Juneteenth events

  • Juneteenth Festival | Sat., June 18-Sun., June 19 | 12-10 p.m. | Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. | Free | The festival kicks off with a citywide drum call for peace and features Black performers, educational activities for kids, a car show, and food + drink vendors.
  • Juneteenth On The Ave | Sat., June 18 | 12-6 p.m. | Along Mt. Vernon Avenue | Free | Hosted by seven different community-based organizations, this event brings visual and performing artists together to support local Black-owned businesses.
  • Juneteenth Community Festival | Sat., June 18 | 4-9 p.m. | Phenix Banquet Center, 2101 Noe Bixby Rd. | $5 | In addition to commemorating Juneteenth with live music + food, this festival offers sickle cell blood testing from the Central Ohio Black Nurses Association.
  • Juneteenth Family Affair | Sat., June 18 | 12-3 p.m. | Brightside Academy, 1977 Cleveland Ave. | Free | Kids and families are invited to jump in bouncy houses, play games to win prizes, and connect with other local families.
  • Juneteenth Celebration | Sun., June 19 | 12-4 p.m. | Kelton House, 586 E. Town St. | Free | Explore the Kelton House museum, learn about our local connection to the Underground Railroad + listen to special guest speaker Julialynn Walker.
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