Journey to Juneteenth is a month-long celebration spanning from May 20, Florida’s Emancipation Day, through June 19, the federal Juneteenth holiday. The journey of events will include lawn parties, galas, educational opportunities, a Gallery Night celebration and more.
In addition to the city-sponsored events, many local businesses and organizations are hosting Juneteenth events to commemorate the holiday.
Please note: This list may not be all-inclusive, as events continue to be added. Stay tuned to visitpensacola.com/juneteenth for updates.
- May 20 – Gulf Coast Culture Fest*
- May 23 – WFPL Downtown Library: Community Jazz Show
- May 24 – WFPL Downtown Library: Family “Freedom” Storytime
- June 3 – Toast to the Bay Wine & Spirit Festival
- June 4 – Beats’n’Eats Festival*
- June 6 – ‘My Ancestor’s Wildest Dreams’ Art Show at Artel Gallery
- June 9 – Sanford Greene: Marvel Comic Artist Talk*
- June 10 – ‘Southern Belle’ Tea and Talk: Film Screening & Talk with Margo Stringfield
- June 11 – Fort Pickens History Tour: “Journey to Juneteenth”
- June 11 – When Queens Link Up: Focused on Freedom
- June 15 – Drive to Freedom: Osceola Juneteenth Youth Golf Clinic (Summer Camp)
- June 16 – WFPL Downtown Library: “Juneteenth” Adult Crafting
- June 16 – Gallery Night ‘Celebrate Juneteenth’*
- June 16 – When Queens Link Up: Gallery Night Block Takeover
- June 16 – Gangstagrass at Vinyl Music Hall
- June 16 – Pensacola Happy Hour: Soul Food Edition*
- June 17 – 309 Punk Project: Visiting Artist Roscoe Hall
- June 17 – Fiesta Pensacola Minority Heritage Committee Emancipation Garden Party
- June 17 – Second Annual Family Reunion for the Culture*
- June 17 – Third Annual Juneteenth Gala
- June 18 – The Tune of Juneteenth Brunch*
- June 19 – Breadbox Theatre Presents: “Good Sense: A Rabbit Tale” All-Ages Puppet Show
- June 19 – Juneteenth Unity Fest
- June 19 – R&B and Blues Juneteenth Lawn Party*
- June 23 – Movement for Change ‘Freedom is not Free’ Banquet
- June 23 – Movies in the Park Series: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today.
Learn more about Juneteenth at juneteenth.com.