Juneteenth Festival in Eden Park is a family event celebrating the end of slavery in America with a slew of eclectic activities, ranging from historical reenactments to drum line performances by local talent. Since Cincinnati’s initial Juneteenth celebration in 1988, the festival has blossomed into an event that draws nearly 20,000 people, ranging from young to old.
The Parade of Flags opening ceremony features 76 local children carrying the flags of African countries that were targeted for slavery and the countries to which these slaves were taken. The Historical and Educational Pavilion will inform and provide historical context for the event. Mini-sessions will focus on resume writing, dressing for interviews and highlighting skills to land you the right job. And then there's a sweet potato pie competition.
Live music is featured on two stages. Saturday's Seasongood Pavilion stage offers performances by local artists like Ms. Jaz, Basic Truth, New Brasil with Andre Souza, The Last Boppers and Soul Power with Nu Soul. Saturday night’s headliners are popular ’70s Dayton Funk band Slave and Cincinnati ’80s hitmakers The Deele (pictured), which launched the careers of L.A. Reid and Babyface.
Sunday’s 3 p.m. “Father’s Day” concert at Seasongood Pavilion will feature a wide range of local choirs and Gospel performers.
Overall hours for Juneteenth are 12:30-9 p.m. Saturday and 3-6 p.m. Sunday. Free admission.
For full details on the weekend celebration, go to www.juneteenthcincinnati.org.