How to Celebrate Juneteenth 2024 in Metro Detroit

Festivals, live music, film screenings, and more
Photograph by Cheryl and RJ Photography, courtesy of Juneteenth Jubilee Detroit Freedom Weekend

This year is the 159th anniversary of Juneteenth. Celebrated on June 19, the day commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans. Observe the holiday in metro Detroit at these local events.

We Rise Above! Puppet Show

Detroit Public Library children鈥檚 librarians and artists from Detroit Puppet Company come together for a puppet performance that explores the lives of John Lewis, Mae Jamison, and Amanda Gorman and how they helped increase equality for Black Americans. June 12-14 and 17-18. Detroit Public Library, multiple locations; .

6th Annual Juneteenth Jubilee Detroit Freedom Weekend

Celebrate Juneteenth with an educational and art-driven block party that aims to 鈥渆ducate the community on the importance of Juneteenth, highlight music鈥檚 impact on social change, and showcase programs and resources offered by Motown Museum.鈥 The event will offer panel discussions, a vendor marketplace, food trucks, fitness activities, a kids鈥 area, and much more. June 14-16. Events at the Motown Museum, the Joseph Walker Williams Community Center, and Eastern Market. Detroit; .

4th Annual Madison Heights Juneteenth Festival

This event kicks off with an opening ceremony that features welcoming remarks and an opening prayer with Darryl Smith, TSGT, US Air Force retiree and a performance by Emmy Award-winning artist Crystal 鈥淜iri鈥 Turner. The main event follows with live music, a food truck rally, a pop-up market with 50 vendors, and plenty of fun for kids including a 25-food climbing tower, bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, crafts, and more. June 15. Civic Center Park, ; .

Juneteenth Fundraiser for the Detroit Justice Center

The Ann Arbor family-owned yarn and craft shop Spun is raising money for Detroit Justice Center in honor of Juneteenth. Make a purchase on select days when 19% of your purchase will go to support the organization鈥檚 mission to build a more equitable Detroit. June 18-20. Spun Ann Arbor, ; .

Juneteenth Concert

The Detroit-based band Mollywop! performs a free show for Juneteenth at 6 p.m. Advance registration is required.听June 19. The Hawk Community Center, ; .听

Juneteenth Celebration

The City of Royal Oak is celebrating Juneteenth with a family-friendly events that includes a Freedom Walk, vendor booths, soulful music, horse rides, games, and more.听June 19. Royal Oak Centennial Commons and the nearby farmers market building, ; .听

Juneteenth Celebration

Emagine Entertainment is showing the movie听SchoolDaze for a week in honor of Juneteenth. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit United Negro College Fund and opening night on Juneteenth proper features a meet and greet with actress Dawn Lewis. June 19-26. Emagine Royal Oak, ; .听

Juneteenth Detroit 5K Run/Walk

Run or walk in this 5K race to honor Juneteenth and celebrate freedom, unity, and resilience. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome. June 19-23. Glory Supermarket, ; .

4th Annual Ypsilanti Juneteenth Celebration

This annual Juneteenth event will feature local vendors and community organization alongside live entertainment, giveaways, and more. June 21-23. Downtown Ypsilanti; .

Detroit Book City鈥檚 Juneteenth Book Fair

This book fair is Michigan鈥檚 largest outside Juneteenth book fair and features live stories and folktales from Africa and African Diaspora, a kids鈥 area full of activities, and a special line-up of authors including Valerie D. Wade, Cashae Brown, Anthony Walker, Deontae Williams, and many others. June 22. Historic People鈥檚 Community Church, ; .

Juneteenth Freedom Day

Join the city of Detroit at Spirit Plaza for Black resource groups, spoken word performances, arts and crafts, a DJ, natural vendors, giveaways, and more in honor of Juneteenth.听June 22. Spirit Plaza, ; .听

This story originally appeared in the June 2024 issue of 黑料网 Detroit magazine. To read more, pick up a copy of 黑料网 Detroit at a local retail outlet. Our digital edition will be available on June 6.