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Five Things To Do In NEO: Celebrating Juneteenth

Karamu House joins the Juneteenth Freedom Fest in Cleveland Saturday with a presentation of “Freedom on Juneteenth: Songs of Liberation.” [Karamu House]
Performers at Karamu House

Juneteenth is a national holiday celebrating the commemoration of the end of slavery on June 19, 1865. Take part in the celebration in Northeast Ohio by enjoying these upcoming events. 

Downtown Cleveland

Cleveland’s first  Juneteenth Freedom Fest is set to take place downtown at Mall C Saturday, June 19, 12 – 10 p.m. The family-friendly festival features Grammy award-winning performers, local Black vendors, interactive art demonstrations, food trucks and more.  

Buckeye Summer Soul Series

The Buckeye Summer Soul Series presents “Juneteenth on Buckeye” on Saturday, June 19, 12 – 6 p.m., at Art & Soul Park on Buckeye Road in Cleveland in collaboration with Black Lives Matter Cleveland, New Era Cleveland and Cleveland NAACP. Enjoy live entertainment, food, giveaways and more. 

Akron Symphony Orchestra

The Akron Symphony Orchestra presents its  Outside Voices Concert Series at Lock 3 on Saturday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. The free, outdoor concert will feature the Akron Symphony Strings and the Akron Symphony Symphonic Winds with a focus on works from underrepresented composers.  

Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland Public Library presents a  Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 18, 2 – 3:30 p.m., at the Glenville Branch on St. Clair Ave. The event is an outdoor, garden gathering featuring spoken word artist Siaara Freeman.  

Euclid Public Library

The Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers presents “Virtual Juneteenth Celebration: Cleveland Area Black Storytellers” on Friday, June 18, 12 – 12:45 p.m. The Facebook livestream shares important and educational stories of Black ancestry.