2. 13th Annual Juneteenth NY Festival Three Day Celebration (Linden Park, Brooklyn)- June 17-19th 9am-6pm
Kicking off on June 17th, Juneteenth NY is honoring the holiday with a live and in-person three-day celebration. The Juneteenth NY festival was first held in 2009 and will celebrate its 13th year this year. Each year, the festival centers around Black history and changing harmful narratives. This Juneteenth NY festival’s theme is “Unity in the Black Family Unit.” On Friday June 17th, the event will take place virtually, featuring conversations with NY State of Health, Sun River Health, and more.
The in-person portion, beginning on June 18th, will include a food market featuring local Black-owned restaurants, live performances, and a children’s basketball clinic hosted by the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Liberty. On Sunday, the festival will wrap up with a fashion show presenting up and coming Black designers and a musical performance by R&B singer and founder of Zhane, Renée Neufville. Attendees at the festival are encouraged to design a quilt block in honor of loved ones lost to COVID-19 for Libation & Liberation: The Quilt Project. This multi-city project commemorates Black textile making and provides space to express grief. The event is free and reservations are required. The festival is expecting 25,000 attendees across the weekend’s events.