Juneteenth Festival

Liberation through the arts

From Emancipation to Elevation

Juneteenth, marking the abolition of slavery, is a day of reverence and self-celebration in honor of our ancestors. 
Through a curated range of artistic expressions, the festival fosters a space for reflection, celebration, and cultural enrichment, amplifying narratives of the Black  experience.

Thanks to unwavering community support, what began in 2018 as a single-day event has evolved into dynamic, year-long programming dedicated to contributing to the rich legacies of Black art and imagination.

Festival Schedule

June 19, 2024

Juneteenth Commemoration Ceremony

Join us for the 159th Annual Juneteenth Independence Day Commemoration Ceremony!

June 22, 2024

Scratching Your Roots Black Genealogy Society Membership Drive in Miller Park

This Black genealogy workshop is designed to provide tools for those of African descent to discover where their ancestors were from.

About Juneteenth

Juneteenth, a pivotal moment in American history, marks the abolition of slavery on June 19th, 1865. We honor our shared history by exploring and remembering the experiences of formerly enslaved Black people post-Emancipation. Our festival celebrates this historic day through visual art, dance, and music.

We aim to offer thoughtful artistic experiences that contribute to the spirit of celebration, reflection, and cultural enrichment. 

From a single-day event in 2018, our festival programming has evolved into ongoing events dedicated to the enduring legacies of Black art and imagination. Join us in reclaiming narratives and reflecting on the political resistance of Juneteenth. Learn more at JUNETEENTH.COM.

Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or an acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible— and there is still so much work to do.

President Barack Obama

Our Festivals

Festival events take place throughout the year and include music and dance performances, visual art exhibitions, delicious food, crafts, vendors and thought-provoking discussion panels in varying locations throughout Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Black dancer in traditional clothing.