Juneteenth Celebration at Emancipation Park Conservancy in Houston

Juneteenth 2022 Events in Houston | Image Credit – Emancipation Park Conservancy

Juneteenth is the celebration of the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers landed in Galveston to officially tell slaves in Texas that they were free. Juneteenth is now an official federal holiday, so there’s more reason than ever to celebrate.  We’ve put together a list of Juneteenth events in the Houston area for you to choose from.

Houston Juneteenth Events 2022 – Saturday, June 11, 2022, to Monday, June 20, 2022 

1. Guided Juneteenth Freedom Walk Tours in Galveston

Freedom Walk Tour in Galveston

What better way to commemorate Juneteenth than by walking in the footsteps of those who fought for freedom on that fateful day? Juneteenth Freedom Tours in Galveston will take visitors on a journey to witness the places of liberation when Major General Gordon Granger read the historic General Order No. 3 in Galveston, conducted by a local “memory keeper.” The Juneteenth Freedom Tour can also be undertaken as a self-guided tour! For additional details call – (409) 256-3822.

When: Saturday, June 11th & 18th – 9:00AM, 10:30AM, 12PM, 1:30PM; Sunday, June 12th and 19th -12PM, 1:30PM and 3:00PM; Monday June 20th -12PM, 1:30PM and 3:00PM
How Much: $20, To reserve a spot and get additional details, call (409) 256-3822. Organized by the Juneteenth Legacy Project.

Houston Juneteenth Events 2022 – Wednesday, June 15, 2022

2. Juneteenth Youth Talent Show & Extravaganza

 The event will be held at the Bay Area Community Center in Seabrook, Texas, June 15 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The event will showcase some of Harris County’s and surrounding cites young talented singers, poets, dancers and performers ages 5- 17. The Juneteenth Talent Show & Extravaganza will include a kids zone full of fun activities featuring: workshops, exhibition, food, games and arts & crafts and impromptu Talent Show.
When: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: 5002 East Nasa Parkway, Seabrook, TX, 77586
How Much: not stated

Houston Juneteenth Events 2022 – Friday, June 17, 2022

3. Memory Builds The Monument film screening at The DeLUXE Theater

Celebrate Juneteenth and Black Music Month with a film screening of the award-winning 5th Ward film, Memory Builds the Monument. Remembering Club Matinee!

This short documentary highlights the cultural and social challenges of African-American Houstonians in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. The throughline of this story showcases how music and venues of these eras played a part in defining generations in Houston’s Fifth Ward, and how memories, on the verge of being lost, can be shared to propel the future. Join us for a screening of this award-winning film and a night of great music and community fellowship. 
When: 7:30 pm & 9:00 pm
Where: 303 Lyons Ave Houston, TX 77020
How Much: Free

Houston Juneteenth Events 2022 – Saturday, June 18, 2022

4. “Markers, Murals & Mains” JUNETEENTH TOUR

Juneteenth Events in Houston

Image Credits: independenceheights.org

The cultural and historic organizations across the Third, Fourth and Fifth Wards (3-4-5) are joining forces for a city-wide Juneteenth observance! One of the events that we are offering in support of this initiative is Markers, Murals & Mains” tour series the weekend of JUNE 18-20, 2022. The goal of these tours is to showcase the cultural and historic assets that exist in the 3-4-5, Independence Heights and Acre Homes communities, using their respective historic “main streets” as our guide.
When: 1o:00 am
Where: Historic Olivewood Cemetery, Independence Heights and the Fifth Ward
How Much: Free

Black Panther at Juneteenth Event at Children's Museum Houston

Image Credit – Children’s Museum Houston

Known to some as the country’s “second Independence Day,” Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War. There will be several activities that embrace the spirit of Juneteenth, including book readings celebrating diversity, and special performances. Also, don’t miss an appearance by Black Panther.
When: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: $15

6. Emancipation Park Juneteenth Celebration 2022

Juneteenth 2022 Events in Houston

The celebration opens on Saturday with a ceremony acknowledging Juneteenth and Emancipation Park’s history. Throughout the day attendees will have access to local vendors, interactive kid zones and much more. Performances by: Keeshea Pratt Band featuring Jewel Brown and James Boogaloo Bolde. The evening will conclude with musical performances by The Isley Brothers and Kool & the Gang.
When: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: Free

7. Juneteenth Parade and Picnic in Galveston

If you’d like to celebrate Juneteenth where it all started, head down to Galveston and join the parade. Line up will begin at 11 a.m. on Ball Street (26th to 41st). The family-friendly event will end in a picnic at 40th St. (Ball to Winnie).
When: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Where: Ball Street (26th to 41st), Galveston, TX77550
How Much: Free

8. Juneteenth Celebration in Bicentennial Park

Baytown’s Juneteenth Celebration is back after a successful first year! Join at Bicentennial Park on Saturday, June 18, 2022 for live entertainment, food, shopping, and fun for the whole family!
Event Schedule:
4:00PM-5:00PM: Piano Vibes
5:30PM-6:30PM: Mambo Jazz Kings
6:30PM-7:00PM: Juneteenth Ceremony
7:00PM-8:15PM: The Four Tops
8:30PM: Fireworks
When: 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: 1001 Market St, Baytown, TX 77520
How Much: Free

9. Missouri City Juneteenth Concert in the Park

The Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation is holding its 19th annual Concert in the Park in honor of Juneteenth. The music festival caps of five days of family-oriented celebration and will feature hip-hop, R&B, jazz, blues, country, and Zydeco.
When: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
How Much: Free

Houston Juneteenth Events 2022 – Sunday, June 19, 2022


BLCK Market Juneteenth Celebration

Image Compilation from BLCK Market FB Page

BLCK Market presents the 3rd Annual JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION at East River HTX. Join BLCK Market as they host 100 small black businesses and entrepreneurs. Experience the culture with their unique vendors, live music and food trucks.
When: Sunday, June 19, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: 49 Bayou St, Houston, TX 77020
How Much: Free

11. Juneteenth Black Art Show at Prime Art Gallery

Join on June 19th for a beautiful tribute to Black Art and Creators. Artists will collectively contribute pieces for this Art Show. All works are for sale. See you there! 
When: Sunday, June 19, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: 11002 Westheimer Rd. Houston, Tx 77042
How Much: $20 + $1.65 Sales Tax

12. Wells Fargo Presents Juneteenth: The Journey To Freedom at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Juneteeth- The Journey To Freedom at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Hosted by Mayor Sylvester Turner. A brilliant performance filled with dramatic visuals, live music, narrations, and dance that tells the story of African Americans from 1865 to today and their journey to the celebration of freedom.
Presented in partnership with Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston First, KTSU 90.9 FM and City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
When:  8:00 pm
Where: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
How Much: Free

Houston Juneteenth Events 2022 – Monday, June 20, 2022

13. Juneteenth Jubilee at NIA Cultural Center in Galveston

Juneteenth Jubilee Performance at NIA Cultural Center in Galveston

Image Credit – VisitGalveston.com

Celebrate the birthplace of Juneteenth on the historic ground with music, live performances, and historic reenactments. This event is completely free and open to the public.

When: June 20, 2022, 3 pm to 6 pm 
Where: NIA Cultural Center in Galveston – 2100 Strand St, Galveston, Texas 77550
How Much: Free

Any other Juneteenth 2022 events in Houston that we missed? Comment below and let us know. 

Also, check out our round-up of Juneteenth 2022 Events in Galveston! 

Juneteenth – Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Juneteenth important?

Juneteenth is the celebration of the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers landed in Galveston to officially tell slaves in Texas that they were free.

When is Juneteenth 2022?

Juneteenth 2022 will be celebrated on Sunday, June 19.

Is Juneteenth a holiday?

According to Wikipedia, on June 15, 2021, the Senate unanimously passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday; it subsequently passed through the House of Representatives by a 415–14 vote on June 16. President Joe Biden signed the bill on June 17, 2021, making Juneteenth the eleventh American federal holiday and the first to obtain legal observance as a federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was designated in 1983.

On U.S. federal holidays, non-essential federal government offices are closed and federal government employees are paid for the holiday. There are a total of 11 federal holidays.

How is Juneteenth celebrated?

According to Wikipedia, Juneteenth celebrations include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, and the reading of works by noted African-American writers, such as Ralph Ellison and Maya Angelou. Some Juneteenth celebrations also include rodeos, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, park parties, historical reenactments, and Miss Juneteenth contests.

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