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The best places to celebrate Juneteenth in Houston and Galveston this weekend

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 6/13/2022 By Ana Khan, Staff writer

This year marks the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday honoring the emancipation of those formerly enslaved in the United States.

The annual celebration, also known as Jubilee Day, Freedom Day and African American Independence Day, is remembered across the city and beyond with art, live performances, food, special events and festivals. Here’s our guide to help you plan your Juneteenth weekend.

Juneteenth Tours: Attendees have the opportunity to enjoy three tours of the Jack Yates House, Kellum-Noble House and Fourth Ward Cottage located in Sam Houston Park all month long. Tour docents are set to explain what these homes represent in the African American history of Houston. Tours booked on June 18-20 will include teacakes and red punch. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby, $12-$15; heritagesociety.org/calendar/2021/6/19/juneteenth-weekend-fun

Juneteenth 2022: Freedom Work: Join the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association, the Rice University Association of Rice Alumni and the Texas Southern University National Alumni Association to celebrate Juneteenth with three panels exploring ideas and questions central to the holiday. 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 17; Anderson Clarke Center at Rice University, 6100 Main, free; eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-2022-freedom-work-tickets-343061515227

‘Memory Builds the Monument’ at The DeLuxe Theater: Celebrate Juneteenth and Black Music Month with a film screening of the award-wining 5th Ward film. 7 p.m. June 17; 3303 Lyons, free; eventbrite.com/e/memory-builds-the-monument-film-screening-tickets-344434872977

Mayor Turner’s Annual Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade: The parade will begin at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center and travel north on W. Montgomery the west on Dolly Wright before ending at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church. 10 a.m.-noon June 18; Acres Homes Multi-Service Center 6719 W. Montgomery; houstontx.gov

A Juneteenth Celebration at Bayou Bend: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens commemorates Juneteenth with a family centered program focusing on Black history. There will be an art-making workshop, a talk by artist Reginald Adams and a Juneteenth-themed presentation by performing artist Jolie Rocke. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 18; 6003 Memorial, free; mfah.org

Black is Primary: A Juneteenth Festival: This all-ages event honors Black heritage through storytelling, cultural performances, art, lectures and food. Headliners include Houston Poet Laureate Outspoken Bean and San Diego Poet Laureate Rudy Francisco. The event also features a nighttime concert at 713 Music Hall with Lucky Daye, Chrisette Michele, Wale and Aiyana-Lee. 10 a.m. June 18; POST Houston, 401 Franklin; posthtx.com

Juneteenth Celebration: Children’s Museum Houston will host a series of events including book readings celebrating diversity, performances and a special appearance by Black Panther. 10 a.m. June 18; 1500 Binz, $11-$12; cmhouston.org

Juneteenth Bike & Brunch to Bar 5015: Participants will cruise the city streets while enjoying music with a stop for brunch at Bar 5015 on Almeda. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 18; 3rd Ward Tours, 3409 Emancipation, $12-$30; letsdothishouston.com

Juneteenth Celebration at HMAAC: The Houston Museum of African American Culture hosts an event to commemorate Juneteenth that includes live music by Kombilesa Mí, the art exhibit Juneteenth Champions by Ted Ellis and vendors. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18; 4807 Caroline, free; instagram.com/p/CdvrdCCLHII

Juneteenth Celebration: Celebrate Juneteenth with a live art session with artist Lauren Luna, tours, Living History performances, a live DJ, a food truck, and a cash bar at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. Noon-4 p.m. June 18; 3816 Caroline, $5; facebook.com/events/544192613756261

Juneteenth Celebration at Emancipation Park: The two-day festival features live performances by The Isley Brothers, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kool and the Gang, Sheila E and more. 4-10 p.m. June 18-19; Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation, free; epconservancy.org/get-involved/wearejuneteenth

Juneteenth Champions: The Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) presents a special historical exhibition of 30 portraits featuring civil rights activists, educators, authors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists with connections to Juneteenth by artist Ted Ellis. 5-7 p.m. June 18, 4807 Caroline; hmaac.org


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Juneteenth-Style Meal Distribution: Emancipation Park Conservancy and the restaurant Lucille’s 1913 are teaming up to feed as many as 2,000 fellow Houstonians in Emancipation Park. It will be a Juneteenth-style meal distribution featuring meals that represent the spirit of the day. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 19; Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation on the side of the park facing Taum. Open to the public but registration required at epconservancy.salsalabs.org/wearejuneteenthiscommunity/index.html

Black Art Show: Primary Paint Party pays a tribute to Black art and creators as artists collectively contribute pieces for this art show. All works will be for sale. 1-6 p.m. June 19; 11002 Westheimer, $20; eventbrite.com/e/black-art-show-tickets-325317963787

BLCK Market: Shop from small Black businesses and entrepreneurs as BLCK Market hosts their 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Along with the market, there will be food trucks and live music. 1-5 p.m. June 19; East River, 49 Bayou, free; eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-juneteenth-celebration-tickets-229648152807

Juneteenth: The Journey to Freedom: Audiences will enjoy performances by nationally recognized artists and be immersed in a story-telling journey with visuals, educational narrations, moving live music and dance performances. 8 p.m. June 19; Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive; milleroutdoortheatre.com

BAYTOWN

Baytown's Juneteenth Celebration: The annual event features DJ tunes and live music from Mambo Jazz Kings and soul legends and the Four Tops, plus, you can shop arts vendors, enjoy games and food and end the night with a fireworks display. 4-9 p.m. June 18, Bicentennial Park, 1001 Market, free; baytown.org

GALVESTON

Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration: Live gospel music at The Grand Opera House, featuring Bishop Marvin L. Sapp. Anthony Hall, Bishop Neal Roberson and Keyla Richardson. 3-6 p.m. June 17, 2201 Strand, $42-$55; thegrand.com

43rd Annual Juneteenth Proclamation Reading: Local elected officials and family members will be present at Ashton Villa to pay homage to former State Representative Al Edwards. 10-11 a.m. June 18, 2328 Broadway; visitgalveston.com

Juneteenth Festival: The event will feature food vendors, entrepreneur showcases, the Black Artist Artwalk Exhibition, the 1st Juneteenth "Making Moves" Youth Basketball Tournament, live entertainment by "Pee Wee & The Too Laid Back Band,” the Galveston Heritage Chorale, DJ Mr. Micheal Lewis, comedian "Dunbeezy," as well as, historian, Mr. Sam Collins who will highlight the history of Juneteenth. Noon-8 p.m. June 18, Menard Park, 2222 28th St; visitgalveston.com

Juneteenth Parade & Picnic: The annual historic parade celebrates the legacy of Juneteenth followed by a picnic at Wright Cuney Park. The parade will start at 26th and Avenue H and will end at 41st and Avenue H. Picnic will immediately follow at Wright Cuney Park, 718 41st St. 1-5 p.m. June 18; visitgalveston.com

Galveston Railroad Museum Speaker Series: The museum’s series commemorates Juneteenth with featured speaker George Lewis, he will share his history with the railroad, experiences and what it means to be a Pullman Porter. Reception to follow presentation. The museum currently has a Pullman Porter exhibit on view that relates the history, uniforms, photos and artifacts from this important part of American history. 1 p.m. June 18, Train Depot, 2602 Santa Fe Place; galvestonrrmuseum.org

‘Juneteenth: The Galveston Story’: Watch a documentary film at Moody Gardens’ MG 3D Theater that features stories about Juneteenth as told by prominent Galveston County community members and family members of the people who were there in 1865. Free to register, with a $4 convenience charge per transaction. Screenings at 11a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. June 19, 1 Hope Blvd; moodygardens.com

Avenue L Baptist Church Juneteenth Celebration: The Galveston church will host a Juneteenth celebration program with speakers and choirs, to help celebrate a rich heritage. 11 a.m. June 19, 2612 Avenue L; visitgalveston.com

Juneteenth Jubilee: Celebrate the birthplace of Juneteenth on the historic ground with music, live performances and historic reenactments. 3-6 p.m. June 19, Absolute Equality Mural, 2201 Strand, free; galvestontx.gov

Juneteenth General Order #3 Reenactment: Celebrate where it all began and salute the christening of the 1861 Customs House as the June Nineteenth Museum. 3 p.m. June 19, 1917 Postoffice, free; galvestontx.gov

HALLETTSVILLE

Juneteenth Celebration at Hallet Oak Gallery: Hallet Oak Gallery’s Juneteenth special event features artists Moses Adams, Naomi Carrier, Satori Davis and Gene Grant. Noon-4 p.m. June 19, 115 N Main N. Main; halletoakgallery.com

PEARLAND

5th Annual Juneteenth Celebration: The annual event includes historical education, networking opportunities and community fun, while acknowledging the end of slavery in America. Presented by Pearland MLK Celebration Committee in conjunction with the Brazoria County NAACP. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18, Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway; pearlandmlkcc.org

ana.khan@houstonchronicle.com

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