Juneteenth Celebrations in St. Louis

If you are looking for ways to celebrate Juneteenth, St. Louis has some sensational events. From festivals and block parties to bike rides and musical performances, you can find an event to join in community celebration.  

Juneteenth, recognized as a U.S. federal holiday under the name Juneteenth National Independence Day, falls on June 19 and commemorates the date when Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army ordered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas, in 1865.

If you are looking for more events in St. Louis, check out our all-encompassing 2024 list of concerts, theater, and arts and music festivals. Be sure to keep an eye on our weekend events listing and Instagram to get the latest on everything from theatre to dance and music to museums. 

 

Juneteenth Celebration presented by St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 

Join the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for an uplifting experience honoring Juneteenth, featuring empowering spoken word by Tracy Stanton, a presentation about the history and meaning of the Juneteenth holiday by Dr. James Tucker, and performances by Ballet 314 and members of the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. 

WHEN: Thursday, June 13 

WHERE: Missouri History Museum 

COST: Free  

 

Issa Kickback: Juneteenth Celebration presented by the St. Louis County Library  

This all-ages Juneteenth kickback will have food trucks, yard games, a live DJ and a performance by Gentlemen of Vision. 

WHEN: Friday, June 14 

WHERE: St. Louis County Library (Lewis & Clark Branch) 

COST: Free  

 

Celebrating Juneteenth: Creating Our Futures presented by the Saint Louis Art Museum  

The Saint Louis Art Museums Juneteenth celebration will feature a panel of artists with practices rooted in the principles of Juneteenth and will discuss the importance of remembering history and ways we can imagine new Black futures. André Fuqua and Brianna McIntyre of Occupy Vacancy confront legacies of racism and urban renewal in north St. Louis neighborhoods, and Patrick Earl Hammie’s series I AM… THE NIGHT explores the psychology of racism through lynching photographs manipulated to look like Rorschach tests. 

WHEN: Friday, June 14 

WHERE: Saint Louis Art Museum 

COST: Free 

 

Neighbors Impacting Communities (NIC) Juneteenth in Soulard – 2024 

Join Neighbors Impacting Communities in their third-annual Juneteenth celebration, featuring free entertainment and activities for patrons of all ages. 

WHEN: Saturday, June 15  

WHERE: Soulard Park 

COST: Free 

 

Ferguson Juneteenth Celebration 

This celebration will have an art fair, food trucks, live music, a children’s area, a new business ribbon cutting, small business vendors, and more. 

WHEN: Saturday, June 15 

WHERE: Plaza at 501  

COST: Free 

 

ART 2063: 4th Annual Juneteenth Caribbean Heritage Festival 

This celebration features a commemorative walk for freedom and justice, inspiring speeches, live music and entertainment throughout the day, a children’s village with face painting, bouncy houses and more, and a variety of vendors.

WHEN: Saturday, June 15  

WHERE: Forest Park (Cricket Field) 

COST: Free 

 

Juneteenth Celebration (Delmar Loop) 

The Delmar Loop Juneteenth Celebration festivities include an energizing 5K Morning Run (Race for Reconciliation), an afternoon vendor fair, and an evening celebration featuring performances by talented African dancers, drummers, musicians, and even a car show! 

WHEN: Saturday, June 15 

WHERE: Tivoli Theatre (Delmar Loop) 

COST: Free 

 

2024 Juneteenth Community Ride presented by River City Outdoors 

This Juneteenth event celebrates St. Louis’s Black artists, musicians, and history with a bike ride featuring post-event activities and live music. 

WHEN: Saturday, June 15 

WHERE: 4206 Kennerly Ave 

COST: Free 

 

2024 BLK Family Reunion Festival  

BLK Family Reunion Festival was created to unite the Midwest and highlight the region’s culture through music, activities, food, and family. This Juneteenth Weekend extravaganza features a stellar performance and DJ lineup, a kid and gaming zone, and a variety of food, drink and small business booths.

WHEN: Saturday, June 15  

WHERE: Harris-Stowe State University 

COST: Free 

 

Juneteenth Program: Rhythms, Rhymes and Cultural Times 

This one-woman show by Peggy Harris is a collection of narratives depicting the lives of various strong Black women, including an African Royal’s recount of the slave trade, Harriett Tubman’s journey to freedom, Harriet Scott’s support of her husband Dred, and Luisah Teish’s call to join women of color together to embrace their culture and spirituality. 

WHEN: Saturday, June 15  

WHERE: Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site 

COST: Free  

 

5th Annual Juneteenth Festival Block Party presented by House of Soul 

This Juneteenth Block Party will feature a VIP Lounge, live music/bands/DJs, various vendors, a street fashion runway experience, a kid’s zone, live street painting, games, karaoke and more. 

WHEN: Wednesday, June 19 

WHERE: 12th-13th Washington Ave.  

COST: Free 

 

The City of Dellwood 2024 Juneteenth Festival 

This Juneteenth Celebration in Dellwood features a community resource fair, parade, art and oratory contest, kid zone and live music. 

WHEN: Wednesday, June 19       

WHERE: Dellwood Recreation Center 

COST: Free  

 

3rd Annual Juneteenth “FREE – DOME” Celebration Produced By Saint LAAA FaB 

The Juneteenth “FREE-DOME” Celebration is a one-day, family-oriented event celebrating the rich heritage, history, and culture of people of African descent. 

WHEN: Wednesday, June 19      

WHERE: The Griot Museum of Black History 

COST: Free   

 

4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration with Old North STL 

Get ready to honor and celebrate Juneteenth with friends and family with a day filled with music, food, and community at the 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration!

WHEN: Saturday, June 22  

WHERE: North 14th Street & Montgomery Street 

COST: Free 

 

#BLACKWALLSTREET314 Festival

The annual #BlackWallStreet314 festival is filled with cultural experiences, live entertainment, including a Juneteenth concert, Black business street fair, health and community resource fair and more! The special guests for this year’s event are national recording artists Roscoe Dash and Travis Porter.

WHEN: Saturday, June 29

WHERE: 5955 Dr Martin Luther King Drive

COST: FREE

 

How do we fill this list? Great question! Here is the short answer – it’s not easy. StLouisArts.org is powered by the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, the largest public funder of the arts in the region. We are here to lift up all the artists, arts programs, and arts organizations who make St. Louis great. If you don’t see a show or event on the list, it’s possible we just forgot to add it. You can always email us!   

 

Photo credit: St. Louis Symphony Website and BLK Family Reunion Festival website