Juneteenth Music Festival – one of the biggest Juneteenth celebrations in the country – back and in person
Denver June 17th Music Festival is back with a hybrid 10th anniversary celebration. Guests can visit Denver’s Five Points neighborhood and / or the Levitt Pavilion to enjoy live music, dancing, food, vendors and more. Denver7 is a proud sponsor of the Juneteenth Music Festival.
Juneteenth celebrates the day African Americans in Texas learned their freedom two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth was recognized as a commemorative holiday by Denver City Council earlier this year.
Denver’s Juneteenth Music Festival has been one of the nation’s biggest community celebrations in decades, and this year is no different. The addition of Juneteenth R&B Summer Kick Off to Levitt Hall on Friday June 18, a virtual livestream and other new festival elements mark the expansion of the Juneteenth Music Festival beyond its original Welton Street imprint. Organizers believe this growth speaks to a wider acceptance of the disparities that Juneteenth’s recognition represents, in part due to the social justice movements of 2020.
This year’s Juneteenth Music Festival events and activities include:
Tuesday June 15
Juneteenth eats at Cheba Hut: Customers can support the Juneteenth Music Festival by having lunch and / or dinner at any of the 14 Colorado Cheba Hut locations for Juneteenth Eats, a day of on-site promotions, loot and activations at select locations. A portion of the proceeds from on-site sales and full-day delivery will be used to fund Juneteenth Music Festival community programs for entrepreneurs and artists.
Friday June 18
Live broadcast of the June music festival: In partnership with Denver Community Media, this six-hour live broadcast not only features an array of entertainment with special guests who present highlights from the upcoming Welton Street Festival weekend, but also the annual Dream Big Awards. Starting at 2:00 p.m., the program can be viewed via social media platforms and on Denver Community Media channels Comcast 56 and 881HD.
R&B summer kicks off in June with 112: This outdoor, family-friendly event at the Levitt Pavilion will be an evening of moving sounds from local talent and headliner, 112. Doors open at 5:30 pm and guests are encouraged to take full advantage of Levitt’s beautiful grounds with facilities. picnic chairs, lawn chairs, blankets and more as they also remember to stay safe and socially distant. Tickets range from $ 29.50 to $ 49.50 and are available at www.levittdenver.org.
Saturday June 19-Sunday June 20
Annual parade on June 17: The Juneteenth Parade, which depicts the flooding of the streets with newly freed slaves, kicks off the street festival. This parade of artists and community organizations spans 26e Street with a traveling party.
Juneteenth Street Festival at Welton Plaza: This year, Denver’s historic Juneteenth Street Festival features 10 blocks of craft traders, food vendors, and interactive activities flanked by performance stages and the Juneteenth Kids Zone.
Denver Black Pride at Charles Cousins Plaza: This famous square is named after the late Denverite; Charles Cousins. Cousins was a highly regarded entrepreneur and real estate mogul known for leading the charge on affordable housing for Denver’s black community. Cousins died in 2009 at the age of 91. In partnership with The Colfax Center, producer of Denver’s Black Pride Festival, the Juneteenth Music Festival will activate this space with the festive sounds of live musicians and DJ sets.
Five Culture Points at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio: Denver history Cléo Parker Robinson Dance has been a cultural epicenter for the arts for over 50 years, exhibiting an exemplary community as a 501c3 non-profit organization and providing rewarding community experiences and programming. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance will host educational panels and panel discussions during the Festival, as well as the Juneteenth Museum highlighting seven decades of the iconic Five Points celebration.
The Juneteenth Music Festival is produced by JMF Corporation, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate freedom through community engagement by focusing on the historic significance of Juneteenth.
More information about the Juneteenth Music Festival – including how you can donate and buy to support Denver’s BIPOC entrepreneur and artist community – can be found at www.juneteenthmusicfestival.com