Juneteenth is an American holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States, specifically recognizing the date (June 19, 1865) when the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the United States (Texas) were told they were free. Read more about the history of Juneteenth Here
Juneteenth Week at Now You're Cooking! (Chesapeake)
When: Monday, June 14 - Saturday, June 20, 2020
Where: Now You're Cooking Culinary Studio, 1128 North Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake VA
Description: Join us as well celebrate Juneteenth! Juneteenth day is June 19, but we will celebrate all week. We will have chefs, caterers, restaurateurs and food trucks each day! The list will be provided in the event. Each day new menus will be offered.
Juneteenth Celebration (Chesapeake)
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 from 11am - 4pm
Where: Chesapeake City Park: 900 City Park Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
Description: Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Our Inaugural Celebration includes entertainment, arts & crafts, and special guest speakers! This event is free! Take a break and enjoy Family-Friendly Fun, Entertainment and Education from local Residents who CARE about our heritage, culture and future generations! Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks!
IMPORTANT: **Pavilion space is limited to 50 people, per Virginia State Phase II Guidelines Social Distancing and safe interaction regulations are required**
More Information/Updates: CLICK HERE
Juneteenth Celebration (Hampton)
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 from 3-7pm
Where: Oozlefinch Beers & Blending 81 Patch Rd, Fort Monroe 23651
Description: #Juneteenth celebration Friday June 19th 3-7pm @ Oozlefinch Beers & Blending on Ft Monroe- Family friendly - Bring your drums,trumpets, signs,and positive vibes. On the sacred lands where it all started in 1619. Thank you ancestors. #BLM757 #BlackLivesMatter757 #BlackLivesMatter
JUNETEENTH A FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATION (Newport News)
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 from 4-8pm
Where: Contemporary Arts Network 9601 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia
Description: We invite you to join us as we come together for a day of artistic expression and catharsis in response to the current events. The day will consist of outdoor music, DJ sets, spoken word performances, mural tours, and vendors. We encourage you to “Doodle” how you feel as we welcome “Doodlefest”.
If you are interested in going indoors to view the new CAN Headquarters, we will be giving small group guided tours throughout the day. While inside you can visit the “Buy Black” Pop-Up at Daily Bread Boutique, a pop-up consisting of Black Owned Independent clothing brands. You can also participate in Catharsis, an interactive art exhibition at Eleanor and Hopps where you may paint a word, phrase, or image on the walls of our gallery as an expressive release of how you’re feeling.
At 7 pm you may join us for a meditation walk from the CAN Headquarters to Huntington Beach where the day will culminate with a performance art piece upon arrival. We look forward to a day of celebration, togetherness, growth, healing, and creation.
FEEDING5000 Juneteenth Celebration
When: Saturday, June 20, 2020 Time: 12:00 NOON
Where: The Alley Newport News 100 NewMarket Square, Newport News, VA
Description: Come and enjoy a delicious meal that will be served "#ToGo." #SocialDistancing measures will be in place, #FaceMasks and other safety precautions are used during all FEEDING 5000 programs and services.
CommUNITY Rally for Social Justice & Education Reform (Norfolk)
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 from 11am-2pm
Where: Town Point Park, Norfolk VA
Description: Organized by Blue Buffalo: We’re very excited to announce that we will be closing down ALL locations this upcoming Friday, June 19th in observance of Juneteenth. Please join us for a peaceful rally that day to show our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and to help bring change to our society as a whole.
Voter Registration Kickoff and Juneteenth Celebration (Norfolk)
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 from 2-5pm
Where: 1000 Holt Street, Norfolk VA 23504
Description: Come celebrate our liberation with voter registration! Even if you are registered - come fellowship together and bring someone who needs to register! Masks required. Social distancing expected. Raffles for Prizes! Music! Snacks! Outdoor Event!
35th Street Juneteenth Celebration (Norfolk)
When: Friday, June 19 from 4-11pm (changed from 2 day event)
Where: Freshtopia VA: 532 W 35th Street Suite C, Norfolk, Virginia 23508
Description: Festival celebrating Culture, Food and Music.
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 from 6-7pm
Where: 5957 East Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Description: Bring the family for a Juneteenth Balloon Release Celebration! Friday, June 19th 6P-7P at "Thee Soulfood Kitchen." 5957 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. Ernest Lowery of Juneteenth. Love, the New Journal and Guide, and Dee Polite of Phenomenal Sounds will be featured during the Celebration.
Juneteenth Phamily Fun Weekend (Norfolk)
When: Saturday June 20 - Sunday June 21, 2020 Update:
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Juneteenth Phamily Fun day is being rescheduled. Thanks in advance stay tuned for more information.
Where: Barraud Park, 2500 Barraud Ave, Norfolk, Virginia 23504
Description: It's time to reconnect! Come out and celebrate love and family. A time to reflect and rejoice! Friday Sat Sun - fish fry
Juneteenth - A Celebration of Freedom (Portsmouth)
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4pm
Where: Portsmouth Festival Park, 16 Crawford Circle, Portsmouth VA
Description: Join us on June 19, 2020 for a day of remembrance. Wear a mask and bring a chair.
Juneteenth Rally For Justice (Richmond)
When: Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 1:30-5pm
Where: Virginia Union University 1500 N Lombardy St Richmond, VA 23220
Description: It’s time to turn the protest into a movement. On June 20th, come celebrate Juneteenth by making legislative demands to the Commonwealth’s political and social leaders. Through power in numbers, we will celebrate our past and make demands for a better future.
Juneteenth at Desmond's Island Soul Grill (Virginia Beach)
When: Friday, June 19, 2020
Where: Desmond's Island Soul Grill 977 Reon Drive Ste 102, Virginia Beach VA
Description: This Friday 6/19 is Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the announcement of emancipation to the last enslaved of the Confederate States (in Texas) on that day in 1865... you better believe we celebrating! Come by for our full regular menu as well as a number of specials. In addition, we are excited to welcome the following popups throughout the day!! Starting at 1pm we will have @alodeuri, @lalolitavintage, @zions_kreations and @charlierenee55 rocking with us! These four businesses are owned by some Beautiful Dope Black Women who either entrusts us with their teens as part of our staff and/or are there with no doubt when we need a hand or two.
Jesus, Justice, & Juneteenth Unity Gathering (Virginia Beach)
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 from 6-7:30pm
Where: Mt Trashmore Park Stage, Virginia Beach VA
This is a gathering to celebrate the historical significance of Juneteenth in American history. This is a holiday to commemorate the last slaves to find out they were free, on June 19, 1865. This Independence Day is worth celebrating as well! Come join us for this celebration as we learn, love, and unify. We will have a unity walk around Mt. Trashmore to finish out the night as we continue to seek equality. Please use the EventBrite link
to ensure your free spot is reserved! Out of love we are encouraging social distancing and masks. As you attend and post to social media, please use #J3VB for Jesus, Justice, and Juneteenth in Virginia Beach!
Arts4 The 757 Production, Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom
When: Available online now
Description: On June 19, 1865 the last of the enslaved in Texas were told that slavery had been abolished and that they were now free. In commemoration of “Juneteenth,” otherwise known as “Freedom Day,” recognizing the abolition of slavery, Hampton Parks Recreation and Leisure Services, in collaboration with the Hampton History Museum, presents an Arts4 The 757 Production, “Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom.”
Self Preservation - An Online Juneteenth Event
Friday, June 19, 2020 from 12-1pm Where:
VAACR Task Force founding chair and Virginia Delegate Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond) will be joined by Dr. Colita Nichols Fairfax, chair of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, Norfolk State University professor, and president of the Barrett-Peake Heritage Foundation in Hampton; and Niya Bates, historic preservationist and board member of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville. Justin Reid, Director of Community Initiatives at Virginia Humanities will moderate the discussion. Free and open to the public, but registration is required.For More Information/Updates/To Register: CLICK HERE
History of Juneteenth Documentary Watch Party
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 from 12-2pm
Description: Join us on Friday, June 19 as we take an opportunity to learn and educate ourselves about "Juneteenth". Presented by Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott at the Allen Public Library. Her program traces the history of Juneteenth events from the late nineteenth-century freedmen colonies' and settlements' celebrations to the present community events. After the documentary, we will engage in a discussion led by our very own, Ericka Smith. Ericka is a Counselor with the YWCA and works with children and adults who are both experiencing and healing from domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse, and other complex traumas.
Virtual Juneteenth Celebration with Suffolk Public Library
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 from 6 - 6:30pm
Where: Suffolk Public Library Facebook page
Description: Gather virtually with local poet and historian Nathan Richardson, friends and neighbors to remember and learn about Juneteenth, the nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States on June 19th. Once we have the video link we will post it here so be sure to follow this event page so you receive notifications. And invite your friends!
After the video we encourage you to post your own stories and comments, poetry, photos and video in the comment section of the video.
Worship Night Online
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 at 8pm
Description: C3 - Calvary Community Church in Hampton VA will be premiering our live worship night recording on Juneteenth. This is our response to what is happening in our world today. God has birthed a specific word and a unique sound out of our church through original music which we believe will be instrumental in our healing process. C3, let's rally together as we release this night of worship. We may not be able to worship in the same room, but we can still worship together!