Check out Juneteenth events in Kansas City, Wichita, Parsons, Manhattan, Junction City, Topeka, Atchison, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Hutchinson and Nicodemus.

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Fri. & Sat., June 14-15

Juneteenth Jazz & Soul Festival

Fri, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sat, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Larry Norvell Band Shell

1101 Fremont Street; Manhattan, Kansas

Celebrate the 30th year of Juneteenth. Opening the celebration on Friday, is Manhattan’s own JahVelle Rhone & Fly Rythum followed by one of the most sought after musicians and arrangers in the country, saxophonist Donald Hayes.

Saturday night, Amber “Flutienastiness” Underwood will open for two-time Stellar Award winner Kirk Whalum!

Saturday enjoy a 5k run/walk, community unity walk, zumba, yoga, BBQ & Soul Food cook-off, car wash competition, vendor booths, food trucks, and much, much more.

This free, family friendly event is for everyone – tickets are not required!


Sat., June 8

Juneteenth in the Park

Heritage Park, W. 6th St.

10 a.m.

Motorcycle & Car Show,

Juneteenth Got Talent Show, 3 p.m. and Youth Essay & Artwork Contest

Hosted by Junction City Juneteenth Community Association


Sat., June 1

Juneteenth Cultural Parade

11 a.m.

Staging at Grove Park Pool, 18th & Benton. – Kansas City

The parade proceeds down Benton to 18th and then down 18th to the Historic Jazz District, ending at 18th & MLK

Buy Black Expo – A Taste of KC

4-7 p.m.

Linwood YMCA – 3800 E. Linwood Blvd, KCMO

This event is free and open to the public. It will be right after the Juneteenth parade. Come out and taste what KC has to offer! We have black owned vendors and restaurants showcasing their skills! They will have samples to try and plates to buy; from food to drinks.

Sat., June 8

Juneteenth Celebration at The Nelson – Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Preopening Music 10 -10:30 a.m.

Pianist Elijah Thomas

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Opening Program

Kirkwood Hall, Plaza Level, Nelson-Atkins Building

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

The Kansas City Boys Choir & The Kansas City Girls’ Choir

Noon–1 p.m. & 1:15–2 p.m.

Noguchi Court, Bloch Building

Live Music – Joe Straws Jr. & Caliph Stigler Jr.

12:30-1, 1:30–2 p.m.

American Galleries Rotunda, Nelson-Atkins Building

Story Telling by Buffalo Soldiers

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Atkins Auditorium

Stinson McClendon Documentary Film, “BOUT IT” and Q&A

12:45–1:30 p.m.

Bloch Lobby

Jazz flautist Amber Underwood 1:45–2:15 p.m

Gallery L3, Bloch Building

Spoken Word: Poets Natasha Ria-El Scari, Aisha Sharif, and Glenn North.

1:45–2:15 p.m.

Atkins Auditorium

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey

Enjoy a dance performance inspired by the “30 Americans” exhibition choreographed by Tyrone Aiken.

2:15–2:45 p.m.

Kirkwood Hall, Plaza Level, Nelson-Atkins Building

The Charlie Parker Memorial Foundation Jazz Ensemble

2:30–3:15 p.m.

Bloch Lobby

Finale Review

DJ Joe Straws, Nikol Straws, and De Barker perform with dancers for a Kansas City 2-Step showcase.

3:15–4 p.m.

Bloch Lobby

Dance to Live Music by Charlotte Fletcher & Soigné with Lee Langston

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bloch Lobby

Artist Demonstrations by:

Gullah Basket Weavers

Anthony High

Clarissa Knighten

Nedra Bonds

Charles “Swavy” Jones

2–3:30 p.m.

Noguchi Court, Bloch Building

Race Project KC

Talk to high school students about the Race Project KC initiative and discuss how the themes relate to Kansas City’s past and present.


10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lens 2, Bloch Building

Art Activities Create a paper North Star quilt collage. Add your personal touch to a special Juneteenth coloring page created by local artist Michael Toombs.

Classroom 4, Nelson-Atkins Building

Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City: – View display featuring Jerome Berry’s Super Soul Sista comic book.

Bloch Lobby

Kansas City Center for Inclusion and Kansas City Anti-Violence Project Meet & Greet

Classroom 5, Nelson-Atkins Building

Traveling Trunk of Black Inventors & Innovators

Explore African American innovations on display plus a live stream of Alvin Ailey performance in Atkins Auditorium.

Sat., June 15

JuneteenthKC “Fortifying Legacies” Festival

Noon -10 p.m.

18th and Vine Jazz District, KCMO

Enjoy the official Juneteenth KC festival celebration featuring KC’s best local live entertainment while enjoying free activities and fun for the entire family!!

Over 75 local/regional retail vendors and nonprofit vendors premiering their products and services. Vendor deadline is May 31. Contact 816-673-0004 for more details!!

Sat, June 15

Juneteenth KC #RYVS/YOUTHpreneurs of KC

5-– 10 p.m.

Black Archives of MidAmerica

1722 E. 17th Terr.

While you’re enjoying Juneteenth KC, make sure to find your way into the Black Archives to see their exhibit and to check out the products being offered by budding Youthpreneurs of KC.

Wed., June 19

6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

“Let’s Talk” International Day of Drumming and Healing

Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th, KCMO

$10 donation

Performance will utilize the music from areas of West Africa. Everyone welcome.


Sat., June 8 – Sun., June 9

14th Annual Atchison Juneteenth Celebration

Free food, music and activities for everyone. Features family activities, games, food, Atchison African‑American History tours, speakers and much more. Featuring blues singer Tonya Chereese and the Total Package Band of KC on June 8 – LFM Park – 1101 N7 Street, Atchison, KS. 


Fri., June 21 – Sun., June 23

Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Retrace

How would you like to walk the grounds that the Buffalo Soldiers did back in 1866? Come on out and join us for a fun filled weekend with plenty of food, libations, music and history of our beloved Buffalo Soldiers. You don’t want to miss this event to raise scholarship money. 3 years ago we have over 200 motorcycles on the charity ride.

Fri night is meet and greet with food and music at Home2 Suites by Hilton, 250 Delaware St, Leavenworth. Sat the base of operations will be the Heritage Center, 109 Delaware St., Leavenworth, with music, food, raffle and tracing the Buffalo Soldiers’ trails.


Past, Present and Future: The African-American Community in Reno Co.

Ongoing Exhibit

This exhibit features artifacts, photos and oral histories some of the pioneering families and leaders of the African American community in Hutchinson, Kansas. 

Reno County Museum – 100 S. Walnut, Hutchinson –


Fri., June 21 – Sat., June 22

Juneteenth 2019 – Hustle and Motivate

Community Event – Food, Music, Family, Fun for the Kids

Sponsored by PK Bar and Grill

Glenwood Park – 21st St. and Southern Ave., Parsons


Sat., June 22

Lawrence’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration

12-8 p.m.

Free music, DJ, food, arts, crafts, stories and more. Moderator is TV sportscaster Michael Coleman, a Lawrence native now based in Texas – Holcom Park Rec Center – 2700 W 27th St., Lawrence, KS.


Mon., June 3

Juneteenth Unity Walk & Flag Raising.

11:35 a.m.

Kansas State Capitol

300 SW 10th (South Lawn)

Topeka will join Juneteenth committees across the country in raising their Juneteenth Celebration flag at noon. This special unified commemoration is being held as part of the National 400 Years of Slavery recognition. A short program will help make this a memorable event.

Sat., June 15

6th Annual Topeka Family and Friends Juneteenth Celebration

12 to 8 p.m.

Hillcrest Community Center

1800 SE 21st

Come celebrate Juneteenth in Topeka with a day of fun and cultural activities. The emcees for the day will be Eugene Williams executive director of KTWU and WIBW multimedia journalist Deneisha Richards. History of Juneteenth will be given by genealogy librarian Sherry Camp and there will be live music entertainment, presentations, spoken-word, vendors, raffles, food trucks, KidZone and more.


Sat., June 1 – Wed., Aug. 21

Sorting Out Race – new exhibit at The Kansas African-American Museum

Sorting Out Race arose out of a desire to divert artifacts with racial content from thrift stores to an exhibit that would generate a healthy community conversation about racial stereotypes past and present in order to heighten awareness of our continuing struggles with race.

Sat., June 14 – Sat., June 22

Juneteenth ICT 2019

Juneteenth ICT armbands are available for $5 for ages 8 and older and $3 for ages 7 and under. Purchase your armbands at United Vybez Cultural & More, T.O.P.S Steaks and Hoagies, WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Armbands serve as entry to all events for the week except the Wichita Natural Hair Expo.

Fri., June 14 – Sun., June 16

Days of Service Painting the Antoine Carr Basketball Court

McAdam’s Park, 1329 E 16th St N

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sponsored by Sherwin Williams

Sat, June 15

4th Annual Wichita Natural Hair Expo

12 – 5 p.m.

Wichita State University Eugene Hughes Metroplex, 5015 E.29th St. N.

Tickets: $5 – $40 @

The Wichita Natural Hair Expo is the ultimate natural hair affair in central Kansas! The WNHE aims to educate, inspire, and empower all who seek to wear their hair in its natural textured state. The 4th Annual Wichita Natural Hair Expo will feature a variety of workshops focused on hair care, self-love, fitness and other topics. In addition to workshops, there will be live demonstrations, exhibitors, giveaways, entertainment and lots more!

Sun., June 16

Father’s Day Recognition

2 p.m.

Nominate fathers for recognition at the following link The top ten men will be recognized at the program. This event is invite only. Sponsored by The Center

Wed., June 19

Redefining Blackness

6 p.m.

CAC Theater, Wichita State Univ.

Evening of spoken word, drumming circles, Juneteenth History told by the African American Council of Elders Wichita/SouthCentral Kansas.

7:15 pm

Juneteenth Keynote Speaker Pastor Dr. Michael W. Waters.

In partnership with the 400 Years of African American History Commission.

Fri., June 21

Sounds of Juneteenth ICT

6 – 9 p.m.

McAdams Park, 1329 E 16th St.

Featuring musical guests, spoken word, food court and beer garden. (Bring your lawn chairs).

Sat., June 22

Parade and Park Celebration

10 a.m.

Parade starts @17th & Hillside and goes down 17th to McAdams Park

Sponsored by Wichita State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion

10 a.m.

Juneteenth ICT Senior Breakfast

McAdams Gym

Sponsored by Westar Energy

Park Celebration

11 a.m.

Several entertainment acts throughout the day, vendors, food, fun, beer garden and DJ Richy on the 1’s and 2’s all day!

Main Stage Lineup

11:00am – Park Opens

11:30 – Noon – Road to Hautness

Noon – 1:00pm – Showtime at R-Pollo

1:00pm – 1:30pm – Sounds of DJ Richy

1:30pm – 2:00pm – Independent Artists

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Sounds of DJ Richy & Juneteenth ICT Contests

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Gospel Hour featuring Roy Moye III

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Sounds of DJ Richy

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Greek Showcase

6:00pm – 6:30pm – Midwest ConneXion

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Kevin Harrison & Friends

7:30pm – 8:15pm – Natasha Houston

Juneteenth Kid’s Corner

Sponsored by Wichita Public Schools USD 259

​Kid’s Corner Lineup

Noon – 1:00pm – Storytime Village

Noon – 3:00pm – Stem Circuit Challenge

1:00pm – 1:30pm – Pitch on the fly

1:30pm – 3:30pm – Griots Drumming Circle & Storytime

2:30pm – 4:30pm – Urban Gardening

​Location: McAdams Park Rec. Center Gym (1329 E 16th St N, Wichita, KS 67214)

​Food Court sponsored by The Wichita Regional Chamber and W/ A Community of Young Professional’s


Sat., June 22

Bettie Clark Johnson Tribute Awards

6 p.m.

Honoring Cherrie Dennis Baldon, Josephine Brown, Bishop Mark L. Gilkey, Cameo Profit and Towanda Profit

Presented by Sunflower Chapter of Gospel Music Workshop of America

Mt Olive Tabernacle of Praise – Church of God in Christ, 909 N St Paul, Wichita

Mon., June 24 and Mon., July 22

Kansas African American History Trail – Day Trip

Visit sites on the The Kansas African American Museum’s history trail while in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Different sites will be visited on each trip. More info here


July 25-28

141st Homecoming Emancipation Celebration

Pancake Feed, 5K Run, Tours, Family Research, Children’s Activities, Baseball, Talent Show, Gospel Extravaganza, Dance + MORE

More info here


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