How to Celebrate Juneteenth in Dallas

Celebrate black history and culture this month.

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 By Gabby Johnson

Enjoy community festivities

On Tuesday, June 19, from 3-7 p.m., the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is hosting their annual Juneteenth Festival. As one of the largest and most well-known Juneteenth celebrations, this free event will include live entertainment by local artist, musicians and dancers, food vendors, kid's activities and free health screenings.


Be immersed in song and dance

Join the Central Pointé Church of Christ Praise Chorale and the Seasoned Saints Community Church Choir of Dallas for soulful choir performances at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library on June 16, from 1-3 p.m. In addition to that, be moved by a modern dance performed by the Beckles Dancing Company. Finally, take in some major knowledge about the history and importance of Juneteenth by Emma Rodgers of the Civil Rights Museum at the Martin Luther King Community Center. This event is free to attend.


Experience African culture

Celebrate with exclusive performances by the Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble at the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge on June 16, from 5-10 p.m. During this free, kid-friendly event, Bandan Koro will share their experiences and inspiration with African culture through dance, music and specialized presentations. After the performance, stick around for a special screening of the movie Despicable Me 3.


View a piece of history

Be captivated by the original copy of the General Order No. 3 on special display at the Dallas Historical Society. This world-wide declaration – announcing the freeing all slaves in Texas – was designated an official holiday in 1989. The special display is open June 16-24 and is free to view.


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