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How to celebrate Juneteenth 2024 in Austin

From parades, to markets, to art shows and tours, there’s a way for everyone to get in on the celebrations of freedom.

A group of people marching down the street with a banner reading "celebrate Juneteenth."

East Austin’s Juneteenth Parade has been a tradition for more than four decades.

Photo via KVUE

Juneteenth (aka Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day) is just around the corner on Wednesday, June 19.

The holiday observes the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation — two and a half years after it was passed — and officially became a federal holiday in June 2021.

There will be plenty of ways to celebrate, but here are a few to consider.

the Texas African American History Memorial at the Texas State Capitol

The center of the Texas African American History Memorial at the Texas State Capitol depicts Juneteenth in Texas when African Americans gained freedom.

Photo by @imdxtryu

2024 Historical Juneteenth Parade and Festival | Saturday, June 15 | 10 a.m.-9 p.m. | Multiple locations, Austin | Free | Kick off Juneteenth celebrations with a parade — check out the parade route to follow along.

Freedom Fest 2024 | Saturday, June 15 | 12 a.m.-4 p.m. | Turner Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr., Austin | Free | There’s something for everyone at this community gathering, including a comedy show, performances from local musicians, children’s activities, free food, and panels.

Community Juneteenth | Saturday, June 15 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Austin Public Library Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St., Austin | Free | Enjoy performances from dancers + drummers, a puppet show, vendors, and an art gallery at this annual tradition.

Black Makers Market: Juneteenth Celebration | Saturday, June 15 | 12-6 p.m. | Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin | Cost of purchase | Discover and support 50+ vendors, live music from a DJ, photo ops, and snacks for purchase.

“Juneteenth: The Galveston Story” Screening | Wednesday, June 19 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin | $13 | In this film, the Galveston County community and descendants of people who attended the inaugural Juneteenth in 1865 tell their stories.

Black History Social Ride + Block Party | Wednesday, June 19 | 6 p.m. | Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin | Free | The fifth annual bike ride will begin at the Texan African-American History Memorial and conclude in a block party at Rosewood Park.

“If They Took Us Back” | Wednesday, June 19 | 7 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin | $38 | This special Juneteenth screening also includes a mini-documentary about the making of the film, live performances from a featured soundtrack artist, and a Q+A session with the film’s cast and director.

Juneteenth Jubilee | Friday, June 21 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m | 800 Lavaca St., Austin | Free | Join this celebration of freedom with food vendors, games, live music, and informational booths.

The Neill-Cochran House Museum Juneteenth Celebration | Saturday, June 22 | 12-5 p.m. | Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St., Austin | Free | See the opening of “A Juneteenth Rodeo,” enjoy the home’s new facilities, and eat lunch with the community.