Celebrate Juneteenth Across Maryland
Let freedom ring as we celebrate emancipation and the journey towards justice and equality.
Juneteenth, our newest national holiday, commemorates the final emancipation of the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas. We celebrate this day with parades, festivals, and a spirit of unity and equity, with events all across Maryland.
Join us as we kick off a week of Juneteenth celebrations in and around Baltimore with a 5K Run/1 Mile Walk across the Hanover Street Bridge. Connecting the communities of Port Covington and Cherry Hill, the route crosses the Bridge, makes a short loop in Middle Branch Park, then heads back over the bridge. Start and finish will be at the magnificent Port Covington Park. Proceeds from the event will support the college entrance and completion efforts for SEED students through the College Transition & Success Program. The Juneteenth 5K is a "shine-only" event and in the case of rain the race will go virtual. Your registration fee will be treated as a donation if we go virtual and you choose not to participate in the virtual race.
Come out and join us for our FREE annual parade and festival at the Bates Athletic Complex. There will be one main stage, featuring headliners Beverly Crawford, Le'Andria Johnson, Vivian Green, Rakim the Rapper, Be'La Dona Band, and a host of local talent! Fireworks will immediately follow the show.
Watkins Regional Park hosts this free family event as part of its ongoing mission to provide exciting and unique cultural programming to county residents. The Juneteenth celebration is a must-attend event that will surely delight all.
Who were the enslaved ironworkers of Catoctin Furnace? What happened to their community? The Smithsonian Channel’s America’s Hidden Stories: Forged in Slavery reveals a startling new picture of slavery and the role that skilled African Americans played in America’s Industrial Revolution.
Join us for a FREE screening of the world premiere of the Smithsonian Channel’s America’s Hidden Stories: Forged in Slavery.
Come to the Blackwater Center for the Arts and enjoy a free public event filled with activities for the whole family the ENTIRE day! From dance classes to films, art exhibits to paint and sips, and The Living Legends awards to a full day of concerts you won't want to miss!
Celebrate Juneteenth at National Harbor and visit their Freedom Day Black-Owned Marketplace in the Capital Canopy. In the evening, look forward to indulging in a variety of cultural performances on the Plaza Stage.
Don’t miss Columbia Festival of the Arts’ Free LakeFest Weekend at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. A three-day outdoor festival with live music performances, invitational arts show, Juneteenth celebration hosted by The 3rd, and more!
The Eastern Shore Juneteenth Festival & Parade is organized by Eastern Shore Juneteenth, a not-for-profit organization based on the lower shore of Maryland. Through an annual Juneteenth celebration, Eastern Shore Juneteenth intends to bring the community together to celebrate Black culture and achievement; to provide community education on Black history and the ongoing struggle for civil rights; and to create a safe space for Black creativity and expression.
The inspiration for JOTR was to connect rail and transit to the history of great jazz musicians and composers such as Count Basie’s 9:20 Special, Duke Ellington’s Daybreak Express, Take the A-Train and many more.
The Shops at Waldorf Center celebrate Juneteenth with live music, African cultural drumming, food, art, poetry, and more at this free celebration for all ages.
The Historic Hosanna School Museum
A Day of "Edu-tainment" for the whole family and featuring our "Transition to Freedom" Concert: The African American Experience through Music.
Join us at the Arts Center and the surrounding downtown area for an afternoon of live performances from choirs, comedians, and storytellers, plus panel discussions, community vendors, food trucks, and kids activities.
The NAACP of Allegany County hosts a Juneteenth Day in downtown Cumberland. Join in the celebration of liberation with all-day festivities including a virtual meditation, remembrance ceremony, March for Justice, and a Festival at Canal Place.
The Cheverly African American Community Organization (CAACO) will host its annual Juneteenth celebration. The event will take place at Cheverly Town Hall after the parade that starts at 10:00 AM. The Buffalo Soldiers Organization will conduct the Juneteenth flag raising ceremony. Come out and enjoy the festivities, good food, guest speakers, and more!
Local African American artists will feature their work for the Juneteenth Celebration in Washington County. Virtual Exhibit will be available online starting June 10th.
Spend some time on the grounds of the picturesque Lexington Manor Park for the annual Juneteenth event. This free, family-friendly festival honors African American history by offering food, artisans, and live jazz music in the evening. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, small tents, or umbrellas to the event.
Freedom Fest aims to bring together Americans of all ethnicities, in celebration of this monumental part of American history! Enjoy the festivities including live music, craft vendors, fashion, & interactive family fun.
Local chefs and restaurateurs David and Tonya Thomas team up to discuss the culinary history of African American cuisine and food traditions associated with Juneteenth at The Walters Art Museum. They will each speak to the role of food in their own personal histories and how they invest in unpacking the culinary history of the African diaspora and Maryland’s contributions in their work today. This is a FREE event, but registration is required.
Bring your yoga mat, lawn chair, or blankets for two fun days. Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, Nonprofit Outreach, and Beverages by Thick-N- Thin Brewery Co. The event partners, Children in Need, will do a Socks and Underwear Drive for children in need this year. The aim is to provide all Washington County essential clothing, personal care items, and educational supplies.