What is Juneteenth?

It is an unofficial (but quickly becoming official state by state) American holiday celebrated annually on the 19th of June in the United States to commemorate Union army General Gordon Granger’s reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on 19 June 1865, proclaiming that all enslaved persons in the U.S. state of Texas were now free!

Where can you go in the Miami Valley to celebrate?


Join us for the Juneteenth Speaker Jam Featuring community leaders, discussions, and light hors d’oeuvres. Kick off Juneteenth celebration!

Date and time: Friday, June 14 · 6:30 – 8:30pm

Location: Dayton Metro Library – Northwest Branch

Juneteenth Celebration

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Campus: Dayton
Location: Sinclair Conference Center


Join Sinclair’s Chief Diversity Officer, Michael Carter, for a free lunch and program celebrating Juneteenth, the day known as the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

This year’s celebration will feature Timothy Askew, Ph.D., Author of Cultural Hegemony and African American Patriotism: An Analysis of the Song “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, a song of Diversity and Inclusion.


Juneteenth Celebration & Fundraiser for DCDC

Time & Location

Jun 19, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

The Brightside , 905 E 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402, USA

About the event

Join us for this beautiful, fun celebration and fundraiser for our Dayton Contemporary Dance Company!  Local art inspired by the dancers and their work will be auctioned off – you don’t want to miss this.  Enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities, including performances by DCDC and other local performers, fantastic raffle prizes, a Phat & Rich food truck, a cash bar, and live painting!

Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2023

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Featured Program 5:00 – 6:15 PM
FREE ADMISSION – Open to the Public!
Gates open at 4:00 PM
Presented by the Kettering Board of Community Relations and City of Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts

Join us for Kettering’s Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration! This free, family event features live music from Luv Locz Experiment, food trucks, local vendors, crafts for children and an inspiring, informative keynote address by historian and TEDx Talk presenter Faheem Curtis-Khidr.

Luv Locz Experiment

4:00-5:00 PM, 6:15-7:00 PM
This Dayton-based, reggae-infused, funk’n soul band brings a unique sound and the perfect energy to the celebration. From original music to their own twist on favorite tunes, you’ll be transported to the islands to dance your troubles away!

Luv Locz Experiment website
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Faheem Curtis-Khidr

5:30-6:15 PM
A hit at Kettering’s first Juneteenth celebration in 2022, Faheem Curtis-Khidr delivered a personal, compelling presentation that brought history home to our community. Faheem is a tenured faculty member and Equity Fellow at Sinclair Community College. His local research project on West Dayton’s Hog Bottom neighborhood has been recognized and showcased at the REACH Conference, The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, and by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Faheem has provided equity trainings and presentations, including a TEDxDayton Talk on the need for equity in the university experience.


Local Minority-Owned Businesses, Arts & Crafts, and more:

Chicken Heads Ghost Kitchen
The Cookieologist
Pooter Mae
Seven Spa
Vegan It Iz Eats
Evolv U Fit Academy
Dayton Fit Lab
MacBrand Clothing
Welcome Home Dayton
The Art of Yetunde Rodriguez
African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG)
Dayton Metro Library Bookmobile

Food Trucks:
iQuisines – freshly made-to-order stuffed chicken & waffles and dessert waffles
De’Lish – Dayton’s Best Creole, Cajun and Soul Food
Diamond Daiquiris – delicious sno-balls and daiquiris with homemade syrups
Scooby’s BBQ


Date: Saturday, June 15th
Location: Levitt Pavilion

This event begins at 5:30PM with Home of Urban Creative Arts Community curated ceremonies, commemoration, and concert.  Experience poetry, African dance, musicians, drumming, performances, commemoration, food trucks, live choir, creative sculptures, and Grammy Nominated E.U. featuring Sugar Bear!

Join us in June for the annual Juneteenth and FatherFest celebration.

The George & Sarah Gammon 5K Run/Walk/Discover on Saturday, June 8th;

Juneteenth FatherFest Prayer Breakfast, Friday, June 14th at 9 am;

Juneteenth FatherFest Celebration on Saturday, June 15th from 11 am to 7 pm.

Date: Sunday, June 16th 4p-9p
Location: Eichelberger Amphitheater
The City of Huber Heights’ Culture and Diversity Citizen Action Commission (HHCDCAC) is excited to host the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Music Festival at the Eichelberger Amphitheater on Sunday, June 16, from 4-9 p.m. Parking and admission into the festival is free. Local musical acts and many black-own food truck proprietors and retail vendors will be on hand.
Community members will have a unique opportunity to hear some of the Dayton area’s best musical acts, with Gemstone as the headliner. Additional talent will include Ric Sexton and Friends, Luther Suede, Rhonda Sumlin, and DJ Oscar.
Food trucks will be present during the entire festival and include the ever-popular Norman’s Bakery, First Bite Catering, Diamond Daiquiris, and Courtlands BBQ.  For those who wish to support local businesses and shop while listening to music and enjoying delicious food, the follow retail vendors will be present: Cakez by Da Pound, My Chocolate Company, Razor Sharp Salon & Barbershop, Chozen, Razor Sharp Moving and Service, Nae’s Treats, Bout That Light LLC, KC Jewels, ABWA Polaris Huber Heights, Adeaze’ Custom Designs, Homework Café, Kandles by Ki, and the City of Huber Heights Parks and Recreation department.

Regal Rhythms Poetry presents: Kettering Health’s Juneteenth “A Freedom Celebration” on Sunday, June 23, 2024 from 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. 

Regal Rhythms Poetry presents: Kettering Health’s Juneteenth “A Freedom Celebration” on Sunday, June 23, 2024 from 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. at Sinclair Community College, 444 W Third Street, Dayton, OH 45402. This is a FREE, family-friendly event hosted by MoPoetry Phillips featuring performances by the Jazz Renaissance Band, SoL; Bi-Okoto African Dancers, songstress Shree Phillips; and spoken word performances by A Slate, Gifted, Zeda Stew, and Victoria Pepperoni; and special guest, Michael Carter. Parking available in Lot C. Enter through Building 12 from the north or south side and take the elevator up to the 1st floor. Refreshments included

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