The official date of Juneteenth is June 19, but the Cincinnati area has events and celebrations planned throughout the entire month. The holiday celebrates the June 19, 1865, emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
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Wade in the Water, 3 p.m., Purple People Bridge. Dancers will cross bridge from Newport to Cincinnati, a tribute to the significant role of water in African American history and of a time when the Ohio River was both the symbolic and real boundary between enslavement and freedom. Note: The bridge was closed in early May for emergency repairs. If it still closed on June 13, event moves to Cincinnati waterfront. juneteenthcincinnati.org.
Harriet Tubman Straight Up Outta' the Underground, 1 p.m., The Summit Hotel, 5345 Medpace Way, Madisonville. One-woman interactive storytelling experience tells story of this most recognized conductor of the Underground Railroad. Presented by the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. $15. eventbrite.com.
How Freedom Echoes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex, 6620 Montgomery Road. Teaches historical importance of Juneteenth and how our own voice continues to carry a message of hope and freedom to the next generation. Course runs June 14-18. $190. kennedyarts.org.
Lift Every Voice and Sing, noon, streaming via blkfreedom.org. In partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 10 museums partner to celebrate the victory and liberty of African American people via film documenting the national exploration of the deep-rooted anthem "Life Every Voice and Sing." blkfreedom.org.
Flag Raising Ceremony, 11 a.m., Hamilton County Courthouse, 138 E. Court St., Downtown. juneteenthcincinnati.org.
Flag Raising Ceremony, 10 a.m., Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum St., West End. Flag raised in observation of Emancipation Day. juneteenthcincinnati.org.
Juneteenth Kickoff Party, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Esoteric Brewing Company, 918 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. Celebrating Cincy Black Pride. Presented by DJ Jayy and DJ Rah D. cincinnatiblackpride.com.
Juneteenth Panel Discussion, 1 p.m., Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. Sponsored by ArtsWave. Located at The Columns on the south side of the market. Panelists: Paul Booth, Lydia MOrgan, Jordan Anthony-Brown and Tim Barr. Free. Tickets: juneteenth-panel-discussion-2021.eventbrite.com.
The Annual in the Street on Juneteenth Block Party, 4-11 p.m., Dora District at Freedom Way, Downtown. Featuring DJ Prymtime, Natural Progression, and DJ Aire and DJ Rah D. Sponsored by AGAR and Paloozanoire.
Cincy's Black Business Power Brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Celebrating Black entrepreneurs of Cincinnati. Reservations needed by June 5. rilentertainment.net.
Art in Color, 2-8 p.m., ArtScape Lebanon, The Art Depot, 740 S. Ohio 42, Lebanon. Exhibition of Black artists. Runs June 19-July 14.
Harriet Tubman Straight Up Outta' the Underground, noon and 2 p.m., Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. One-woman interactive storytelling experience tells story of this most recognized conductor of the Underground Railroad. Presented by the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. Free, tickets required. memorialhallotr.com.
Mobile Black Wallstreet, 2-7 p.m., Esoteric Brewery, 918 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. Street festival featuring food, craft beer, kids activities and live music in brewery parking lot. Co-sponsored by Cincinnati Music Accelerator and Keep the Money in the Melanin. Free. mobileblackwallstreet.org.
Juneteenth at Findlay Market, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. Free live music throughout the market includes Tracy Walker at Jane's 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Aprina Johnson at Race St. Station from noon-1 p.m., DJ DigBeatz at Jane's from 4-8 p.m. and Nick Jackson on-site throughout the day. Ticketed tasting event featuring all Black-owned businesses runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and includes Afromeals, Dat's Ole School Cookin', Chamaele, Flavors of the Isle, Herban Vegans, K&J Seafood, Makers Bakers, Maya's Bakes and Sweet Mae's Cookie Co. $20 for 10 tasting tickets, $10 for five tasting tickets. juneteenth-tasting-event-2021.eventbrite.com.
Juneteenth Jubilee, daylong celebration at three venues across Springboro, with shuttle service running between all three venues. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Springboro Area Museum (110 S. Main St.) you can pick up a map to explore real sites of the Underground Railroad on a self-guided tour. Volunteers at each site will tell stories of Quaker ancestors who helped slaves on the path to freedom. At North Park Amphitheatre (195 Tamarack Trail) from noon-8 pm. there will be live music from Vibe 5, Deron Bell Band, Omega Baptist Church and more. Local food trucks, vendors and prize giveaways. Event kicks off with National Anthem and the Black National Anthem. At Coffman Family YMCA (88 Remick Blvd.), there will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament with up to 14 divisions and over 200 games. Live DJ, food trucks, trophy prizes and more. springborojuneteenth.com.
Juneteenth Daycation, 3-8 p.m., Newport Ultra Lounge, 120 E. Third St., Newport. Indoor/outdoor venue with music by DJ DayDay and DJ Stone. Drink and food specials. Ages 21-up. eventbrite.com.
Juneteenth Freedom Day, 6-10 p.m., The Flex Shop, 914 Race St., Downtown. Enter at back of building through alley on right side of store front. Performances by AG, DJ dini Beatzz, Tyre' Rashaun, Addvantz, Richey Blaze, Gelato Crawford, Sensei J, Black Crown Mafia, Girlnxtdoor, Deuce22ecued, Dale da Great, Jacene, Doc Trends, TV Showez, Young King, B.A.D. and TJO. $10. eventbrite.com.
Juneteenth Virtual Celebration, 11 a.m., online and WXIX FOX19. Concerts on community cable and online. juneteenthcincinnati.org.
I Hear Music in the Air, 3-5:30 p.m., Corinthian Baptist Church, 1920 Tennessee Ave., Bond Hill. Drive-in format concert in the parking lot with lawn seating available. Headlined by Grammy Award-winning artist Fred Hammond with performances by Jason Clayborn, Shawanda Smith, Waymond Dean, Lamont Sanders and Trevon Perry. Food and retail vendors onsite. $100 VIP parking lot, $40 VIP lawn seating, $25 per person car or lawn. ihearmusicintheair.com.
Step Afrika! presents Stono, streaming June 5-18. World premiere piece highlights the spirit of resistance and activism of a part of American history that has often been overlooked: The largest insurrection of enslaved Africans in North America, which happened Sept. 9, 1739, in South Carolina on the banks of the Stono River. $6. cincinnatiarts.org.
Urban Roots, a new podcast on Black Cincinnati, airs a special series bi-weekly from June 5-July 17. Series weaves community voices, historical interviews and archival audio to tell the histories of Avondale, Evanston and South Cumminsville. On July 17, series will be celebrated at a special exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. planandpreserve.com/urban-roots-podcast.