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GREATER BOSTON

Juneteenth

Join Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park in commemorating Juneteenth, and to learn more about Black history in Boston.

Visit Georges Island & the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center for live music, story time, history tours, and an exploration of Black History in Boston.

Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center & Georges Island

June 17- 18

 

Community Concert – Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth, Landmarks Orchestra starts the summer season with a debut performance at the Kroc Center!

Featuring works from Scott Joplin, William Grant Still, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and more, this concert will be a wonderful way to kick off our season and celebrate the works of iconic Black composers.

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Boston

June 17, 4 p.m.

 

Juneteenth Joy Celebration In Hyde Park

We are thrilled to announce Hyde Park’s second annual community-wide Juneteenth Celebration planned for Saturday June 17, 2023 at 10 a.m.

This event will feature a 65-minute ceremonial celebration launched with a Color Guard by the 54 Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company A and the Black National Anthem.

The Ceremony will continue with honoring the “Living History makers of Hyde Park” and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Builders, with an exhibit and brief ceremonial salute. Following this, there will be performances, awards, group arts, dance activities, a local Black vendor fair, educational exhibits, activities for children and tastings from local eateries. We have invited State and City officials and national speakers. Games and prizes will be a part of the 4.5-hour celebration. It will truly be JOY-filled!

Francis D. Martini Memorial Shell Park and Moynihan Recreation Area

June 17, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Juneteenth Celebration At Franklin Park

Juneteenth at Franklin Park is a Roxbury Homecoming and a celebration of when the last slaves were freed.

Enjoy picnics, barbecues, music, and dancing at the Shattuck Picnic Grove and all over the park.

Franklin Park, Boston

June 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Juneteenth Wine Tasting

Join us on Monday, June 19th from 6:30-8pm for a special Juneteenth Wine Tasting featuring producers of color. Sip on 4-6 curated wines while learning about their unique stories and experiences in the industry. Tickets are $35, including a $10 TOM card so you can pair your wine with a delicious meal from the Market. Don’t miss out on this delicious celebration!

Time Out Market Boston

June 19, 6:30 p.m.

 

Juneteenth At Fenway: Red Sox Vs. Yankees

Join us for the Juneteenth Celebration at Fenway Park on Sunday, June 18, as the Red Sox take on the New York Yankees! Ticket holders who purchase via this special offer will receive a Red Sox jersey in Juneteenth colors! Jerseys will be available in sizes Adult S-XL, with sizes distributed on a first come, first served, basis.

Additionally, your ticket includes access to a private pre-game social in The 521 Overlook with complimentary light food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Fenway Park, Boston

June 18, 7 p.m.

 

Juneteenth At The MFA

In partnership with Citizens, admission to the MFA—including access to “Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence”—is free for all Massachusetts residents on June 19 in honor of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally observed commemoration of the ending of slavery in the US.

Join us for performances, participate in art-making activities, catch a Spotlight Talk, and see “Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina,” a new exhibition honoring the work and legacy of the enslaved men, women, and children who crafted stoneware storage vessels in Old Edgefield for roughly 50 years before emancipation.

Tickets available in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free with a valid Massachusetts zip code.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

June 19


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NORTH OF BOSTON

Juneteenth Family Program

Visit the Concord Museum for a celebratory Juneteenth performance with Illstyle & Peace Productions. The group creates work rooted in West African Dance, contemporary and old school hip hop blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing, and beatboxing. Illstyle & Peace Productions is dedicated to delivering a positive message that showcases the many creative ways that hip hop can be explored, deconstructed, and built back up again.

This program is free and open to the public. Space is limited; advanced registration is required.

Concord Museum

June 19, 2023 10- 11 a.m.

 

“Journey to Juneteenth” with Storyteller Valerie Tutson

In commemoration of the upcoming Juneteenth holiday, Essex Heritage and the National Park Service are bringing award-winning storyteller, Valerie Tutson, to the Salem Armory Regional Visitor Center. Valerie will be presenting “Journey to Juneteenth”, a 45-minute program comprised of a collection of short stories celebrating freedom. During the performance, Tutson will recount the day that news of emancipation reached Galveston, Texas, through the eyes of a fictional character. Audiences will learn about the day General Granger read Order No. 3 and its impact on the fictional character’s life as an enslaved person and what happened to her and her family after.

The event is free to attend, but registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited. All ages are welcome.

Salem Regional Visitor Center

June 10, 11 a.m. -12 p.m.


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SOUTH OF BOSTON

Juneteenth Black in Business Vendor Market

Back by popular demand– Buy Black NB brings you an event with a hand-selected diverse group of local vendors offering you an opportunity to find your next favorite product!

Celebrate the summer and enjoy art, food, clothing, children’s entertainment, live music and handmade goods!

Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, New Bedford

June 17,·11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Juneteenth Celebration and Unveiling of the Rochester Little Free Diverse Library

Join TTAR for a Juneteenth Celebration and unveiling of our newest Little Free Diverse Library at the Plumb Library in Rochester!

Celebrations will include a talk by Leon Correy III, Fairhaven Select Board member: Leon E Correy III is Chair of the Fairhaven Select Board and founder of the Fairhaven Belonging Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  When elected to the Board in 2022, he became the first African American appointed to the highest office in the town, and only the second person of color to be voted into any office in the town. Leon served as the 2008 St.

Joseph H. Plumb Library, Rochester

June 17, 12:30–2:30 p.m.

Juneteenth Festival

Kennedy Pavilion Park, Fall River

June 17, 12-6 p.m.


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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

DOUBLE FEATURE: Jubilee, Juneteenth & The Thirteenth and The 1619 Project – Juneteenth Jubilee Festival Cultural Screenings

A Cultural Double Feature! Join Inkwell Haven Foundation and Union Chapel Education & Cultural Institute for a special screening of the first episode of the 1619 Project docu-series based on Pulitzer Prize winner, Nikole Hannah-Jones’ landmark 1619 Project. Following that will be a screening of the popular Jubilee, Juneteenth & The Thirteenth featuring Hill Harper, a documentary that accurately portrays the influential but often overlooked role that African Americans in Boston and Massachusetts played in the events that led to the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Union Chapel, Oak Bluffs

June 16, 5 p.m.


Exhibit: Black Fine Arts

Waterkolours Gallery pop-up exhibition at MV Salads in honor of Juneteenth weekend.

MV Salads, Oak Bluffs

Various dates and times

 

Oak Bluffs Library Celebrates Juneteenth at HarborFest 2023

Oak Bluffs Library will have a tent at HarborFest to celebrate Juneteenth! Our children’s librarian, Michelle Lynch, will be in our tent providing a Juneteenth craft, magnetic poetry and both adult and children’s library books that can be checked out right from the tent. The featured books that people can check out will be from our adult African-American collection and children’s books focussed on Juneteenth and celebrating Black heritage.

Oak Bluffs Public Library

June 17, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


The Annual Juneteenth Jubilee Cultural Festival

The Annual Juneteenth Jubilee Cultural Festival presented by Inkwell Haven Foundation in partnership with Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association.

Juneteenth Jubilee Festival kicks off at 12:30 p.m. with the Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony and leads into a full day of culture. Learn more about Martha’s Vineyard history; join for a fireside chat with Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, and continue with cultural performances by Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Christian Sands; world-renowned actress Lynn Whitfield; founder of Rock Noire, musician/vocalist Grace Gibson; harpist Tulani, local performers Sean and Siren; and more.

Juneteenth Jubilee Cultural Festival is free and open to all.

Trinity Park Tabernacle, Oak Bluffs

June 17, 12:307 p.m.

 

Juneteenth Family Picnic and Concert

Join the Edgartown Public Library for a festive picnic on the front lawn in celebration of Juneteenth. Chef Look will be serving up a family-style lunch, and there will be live music provided by Andrew Sue Wing, a Boston-based singer/songwriter and guitarist specializing in R&B.

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, no registration required.

The event has been generously funded by the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library.

Edgartown Public Library, Edgartown

June 17, 1-3 p.m.


Juneteenth Celebration Screening of The Original Kings of Comedy at The Strand Theater

The Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Festival Presents: A Juneteenth Celebration Screening of The Original Kings of Comedy directed by Spike Lee.

The Original Kings of Comedy is a 2000 American stand-up comedy film directed by Spike Lee and featuring the comedy routines of Steve HarveyD.L. HughleyCedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac.

The Strand Theatre, Oak Bluffs

June 17, 7:15 p.m.


Union Chapel Special Sunday Service with Rev. Michael Eric Dyson

While Union Chapel Sunday Service does not officially begin for the season until July, in celebration of Juneteenth Jubilee weekend, the church will open doors for this service.

This is a free event.

Union Chapel, Oak Bluffs

June 18, 10 a.m.

 

Juneteenth Gospel Brunch

Join us at the Edgartown Yacht Club for the second annual Juneteenth Gospel brunch, honoring Captain William (Bill) Pinkney and featuring a special performance by Athene Wilson.

Private tours on the Amistad will be available after brunch. Tickets cost $125 each and will be available for sale in late May. Presented by the Vineyard Gazette Media Group. Sponsored by The HistoryMakers and Toyota.

Edgartown Yacht Club, Edgartown

June 19, 10 a.m.

 

Juneteenth Picnic

The Oak Bluffs Association invites everyone to honor Junetenth with a picnic at Inkwell Beach. Bring your own picnic to celebrate this historic day in a relaxed style with family, friends and neighbors. Fun and games will be brought to you by local businesses like Island Spirit Kayaks, The Lazy Frog and Stefanie Wolf Designs.

Inkwell Beach, Oak Bluffs

June 19, 4-6 p.m.

 

Juneteenth Potluck

Celebrate Juneteenth with us at our cookbook potluck! We’ll cook different recipes from the cookbook Watermelon and Red Birds by Nicole A. Taylor, and come together for a meal and discussion.

The cookbook will be at the circulation desk — choose your recipe and we’ll make a copy for you.

Oak Bluffs Public Library, Oak Bluffs

June 20, 5:30 p.m.

 

Juneteenth Jubilee

A replica of The Schooner Amistad celebrating with the theme Free as the Wind. The public is invited to tour the ship and participate in many events and activities planned for their three-day weekend. Tour the ship on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Martha’s Vineyard

June 16 – 19, 2023

 


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CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

JuneteenthFest 2023

Come out and celebrate with us! Food, music, games, raffle, and face painting! Bring your own chair or blanket.

Framingham Farm Pond

Jun 17, 1-6 p.m.

 

Juneteenth

Join us in celebrating freedom at our Juneteenth event held in Natick Center from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on the Natick Common.

The event will include speakers Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd Pastor, from Greater Framingham Community Church, with performances by The Drum Nomads, Crocodile River Music, and Slow Boat. There will be activities and food available for purchase.

ASL Interpreting Services by The Learning Center for the Deaf and provided by a grant from Middlesex Savings Bank. In partnership with the Framingham Centre Common Cultural Council and the Common Street Spiritual Center.

Natick Center Cultural District

Jun 19, 1-4 p.m.


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WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Journey to Freedom Statue of Harriet Tubman

Don’t Miss Seeing Our Newest Exhibit:

Journey to Freedom Statue of Harriet Tubman

The iconic Journey to Freedom Replica of Harriet Tubman currently on exhibit at the Birthplace has been extended until June!

Don’t miss out on seeing the replica of Wofford Sculpture Studio‘s Journey to Freedom Statue of Harriet Tubman. While the actual statue is currently traveling across the U.S., the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum is proud to exhibit it’s miniature twin until June of this year.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Adams

 

A Celebration of Race & Redemption (A Virtual Juneteenth Event)

In celebration of Juneteenth, join the Clark Black Alumni Association (CBAA) for this virtual conversation with Professor Ousmane Power-Greene, Ph.D., an associate professor in the History department and Clark’s director of Africana Studies. Dr. Power-Greene will address the 15 years of inspiration (all at Clark!) that went into his recently published novel, “The Confessions of Matthew Strong.” This event is free and open to all.

Jun 15, 2023, 7-8 p.m.

 

Pittsfield’s Juneteenth Celebration

The NAACP Berkshire County Branch invites you to join them for this free, family-friendly event and celebrate Juneteenth with a Freedom Walk and fun community gathering at Durant Park in Pittsfield! The day will be full of live entertainment and music with DJ Young Champ, and will feature a photo booth, local Black businesses and food, art projects, family-friendly activities, and community partners tabling.

Durant Park, Pittsfield

June 18, 12 p.m.


Let’s Celebrate Juneteenth!

Celebrate Juneteenth at Beacon Field! Includes Taste of Greenfield and a Youth Parade.
Open to all: food, clothing, craft vendors, youth groups, performers, and community. Begins at Noon.

Beacon Field, Greenfield

June 19, 12 p.m.

 

Old Sturbridge Village, Juneteenth

On June 19, 2023, we will commemorate and explore the history, resilience, and culture of Black people in America. We encourage visitors to consider the historical and present-day significance of Juneteenth through interactions with guest speakers and performers as well as Old Sturbridge Village’s costumed educators. Engage in discussions and ask yourself “what can I do to further educate myself?” about the past and how it informs the present day. We will also welcome several special guests!

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

June 19, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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