Although it only become a federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth has been celebrated by Black communities in Seattle for years. It’s a day for the community to get together and enjoy good food, music, and Black culture. Many of these events are free or low-cost, so make sure to get out there this weekend—and, of course, support Seattle’s Black-owned businesses, makers, and restaurants year-round. Here are ten Juneteenth celebrations that you can attend in Seattle this year:
1. Black Arts Legacies Celebration
This free celebratory social event will have catered bites and drinks and live music and performances.
When: Thursday, June 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
2. Laughing in Black, a Juneteenth comedy show
This comedy show is sure to be a good time. You get a free drink with your ticket purchase; find out more details here.
When: Friday, June 17 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Seattle Drum School of Music
3. Black Love: A Form of Resistance at MOHAI
All ages can enjoy this presentation about the National Award-Winning Unspoken Truths exhibition followed by a special storytelling experience. For more information and to register, go here.
When: Saturday, June 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Museum of History & Industry
Cost: Free with museum admission (registration required)
4. Juneteenth Photo Booth: Free Portraits for Black Folks
Black Seattleites can get their portrait taken for free at this Juneteenth photo booth event.
When: Friday, June 17 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Wa Na Nari Gallery, 911 24th Avenue
5. We Out Here On The Pier
Food trucks, games, and live entertainment will be available at this free event on the waterfront at Pier 62.
When: Saturday, June 18 from 2 to 6 p.m.
Where: Pier 62
6. Women’s Power Soca Brunch
Women are invited to participate in this high-energy, 45-minute power soca dance lesson that is followed by a brunch. Get more info here.
When: Sunday, June 19 at 11 a.m.
Where: Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu, 525 21st Ave
7. Juneteenth Community Health Fair
The whole family can enjoy food trucks, activities for kids, live performances, and more at this free celebration.
When: Sunday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza
8. “The Songs of Black Folk” music and book giveaway
This musical Juneteenth celebration will be followed by a book giveaway. Get more information and register for the event here.
When: Sunday, June 19 at 6 p.m.
Where: McCaw Hall
9. Skate to Freedom
Swing by Judkins Park for a day of skating, food trucks, music, and more. Don’t own skates? No problem: there will be free skate rentals so all can join in the fun.
When: Sunday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Judkins Park
10. Juneteenth Market & Mixer
Popular Black-owned restaurant Communion is hosting this Juneteenth mixer in the Central District. Stop by to support local DJs, storefronts, and over 30 vendors.
When: Sunday, June 19 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: 24th and Union (Central District)