This year, Louisville is going big on Juneteenth, the annual celebration of the emancipation of all enslaved people in the United States. There are historically-minded events and all out parties. Here are a few:
Kentucky Black Festival (June 17-20) | Various locations | kentuckyblackfestival.org | Prices and times vary
A multi-day Juneteenth celebration with something for everyone: a gala, bike night, unity parade and fam fun field day.
Juneteenth Jubilee (June 17-20) | Various locations | juneteenthlou.com | Prices and times vary
Louisville Metro’s Juneteenth week of events (including some you may see here), featuring parties, a kids’ camp, wellness fair, geneaology event and more.
Celebrating Juneteenth Day At The OCHC (June 19) | Oldham County History Center | 106 N. Second Ave., La Grange, Kentucky | oldhamkyhistory.com | Free | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
A day of Black history activities, including a Civil War cemetery walk, hands-on kids’ projects, and a Black Union soldier presentation.
Juneteenth Celebration (June 19) | The Floyd County Library | 180 W. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana | floydlibrary.org | Free | 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
A “festive day” for all ages with live music, crafts and refreshments.
Juneteenth: Past, Present, Future (June 19) | Various locations | ideasxlab.com/unknown | Free | Noon, 1:30 p.m.
An art-centric Juneteenth event from the (Un)Known Project, starting with poetry and performances at Roots 101 and a Journey in Our Footprints walk to the Louisville waterfront, ending at the “On the Banks of Freedom” art installation for its unveiling.
A 502 Juneteenth Community Bike Ride (June 19) | Wyandotte Park | 1104 Beecher St. | Search Facebook | Free | Noon
A community bike ride of 6.19 miles.
Juneteenth Celebration (June 19) | Coleman Preparatory Academy | 2627 Crums Lane | colemanprep.org | Free | 2-6 p.m.
A family-friendly festival with music, a cornhole tournament, Black businesses, book fair, food trucks and more.
It’s A Family Affair, A Juneteenth Celebration w/ PAKG & Friends (June 19) | Zanzabar | 2100 S. Preston St. | zanzabarlouisville.com | $20 | 8 p.m.
Celebrate Black creativity with music from Producing A Kind Generation and Quintette from Soul Purpose.
Juneteenth Comedy Spectacular (June 19) | 21st in Germantown | 1481 S. Shelby St. | Search Eventbrite | $15 | 8-11 p.m.
A comedy show headlined by Brad Sativa (Nashville), accompanied by Louisville favorites.
Juneteenth Party (June 19) | Prizm | 2901 S. Fourth St. | prizmpop.com | $10 | 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
A party with sounds from Magic Domdi and Coop Le Moderne, drinks from Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey drinks and a giveaway.