Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day,” is a holiday that celebrates the abolition of slavery in Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, some states under Confederate jurisdiction did not implement it until years later. It wasn’t until June 19, 1965 that Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, and Union General Gordon Granger announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free by executive decree.

This holiday marks our second independence day and is the oldest nationally celebrated remembrance of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth brought a new era for people to shape identities independent of racial character, promote ethnic pride, and create economic prosperity for generations to come.

Check out the events below for places to celebrate Juneteenth in Austin with your friends and family this year.

Juneteenth Events in Austin

June 12-19, 2023
Stay Black and Live: Juneteenth Festival
George Washington Carver Museum, Library & Genealogy Center
Celebrate Juneteenth with a week-long festival featuring a stunning lineup of local Black speakers and musicians, along with a cookout and music festival.

June 15, 2023
Freedom & Juneteenth
Pease Park - The Tudor Cottage and Terrace
Take part in an evening of celebration commemorating Juneteenth. Gain a deeper understanding of the significance of the holiday through panelist discussions and film screenings.

June 17, 2023
Central Texas Juneteenth Parade & Celebration
Chicon St, Between E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Rosewood Ave & Rosewood Park
This annual event is always a grand celebration. Starting at the corner of E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. & Salina St., traveling down Chicon St., and ending at the corner of Chestnut Ave. and Pleasant Valley Rd. this parade is altogether a great time for friends and families to join in the celebration outside. Continue the party after the parade with a Juneteenth festival at Rosewood Park.

June 17, 2023
Juneteenth Freedom Fest
Colony District Park
Celebrate the rich culture and history of Juneteenth at the Austin Area Urban League Freedom Fest. Stop by for activities for the whole family, music and barbecue.

June 18, 2023
Black History Social Ride
Texas State Capitol
Join Black History Bike Ride for a special new route along Austin's downtown and east side for a fun morning learning about Austin's Black history.  Hang around for a post-ride after party.

June 18, 2023
Juneteenth Celebration: Painting with Regina Thomas + Black Austin Car Tour
Neill-Cochran House Museum
Celebrate the holiday with a family-friendly painting event. Regina Thomas, author of Signs and Symbols: The Trees are Talking, will lead a painting workshop for all ages. The Black Austin Car Tour allows visitors to experience Black West Austin from the comfort of their own car. This driving tour begins at the Neill-Cochran House Museum and winds through historic sites of Pease Park, Wheatsville and Clarksville, two of the original fifteen freedman counties established in Austin after the Civil War.

Juneteenth Celebrations Near Austin

June 10, 2023
A Taste of History Juneteenth Celebration
Hopewell Rosenwald School (Cedar Creek)
Tour the recently restored historic schoolhouse, an oral history of the school from former students and families, and enjoy refreshments and family-friendly activities at the Hopewell Community Club's Juneteenth Celebration. The Hopewell Rosenwald School was built in 1922 to educate young African American children around the turn of the century. It was closed in the late 1950s and was places on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

June 17, 2023
Juneteenth Block Party
Robin Bledsoe Park
Visit a fun block party featuring live music by Soulful Soundz Party Band, food trucks and a vendor market. The event will also have kid-friendly activities, like a splashpad and carnival rides.

June 17, 2023
Juneteenth Celebration
Buda Amphitheater & City Park (Buda)
The Buda community's annual Juneteenth Celebration will take place at the Buda Amphitheater & City Park pavilion. Expect music, barbecue and activities to commemorate Freedom Day for Black Americans across our country.

June 17, 2023
Round Rock Juneteenth Festival
Lakeview Pavilion at Old Settlers Park (Round Rock)
This free, family friendly event features specialty food and retail vendors, a great music line up including Grammy award winners Eric Bellinger and Montell Jordan, and more. 

To learn more about Black-owned businesses to support and Austin’s Black cultural history check out our Guide to Black-Owned Austin.