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10 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth in Harlem and Beyond

11 ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Harlem

Juneteenth, which falls on a Monday this year, is almost here.

Also known as Freedom Day, the holiday commemorates the day when the last enslaved Black people were liberated in Texas on June 19, 1865.

Naturally, there are loads of ways to celebrate in Harlem and beyond throughout the weekend— including the longest-running Juneteenth parade in the state.

Here's the full list:

Saturday, June 17 10am-2pm

Upper West Side Enter at W 85th St and Central Park West

Head to Seneca Village, once home to the largest community of African-American landowners, for a day of art, mindfulness and breath work, and Black spirituals.

Saturday, June 17 10am-1:30pm

Central Harlem Chase Bank, 55 W 125th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

Stop by this pop-up hosted by Chase Bank for shopping—don't miss the new collaboration between Harlem Haberdashery and Vontelle Eyewear—food & drinks, plus live entertainment.

Saturday, June 17; parade starts at 11am, street fair noon-6pm

Central Harlem 116th St between Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave

New York's longest-running Juneteenth parade is followed by an all-day street fair with live entertainment and more.

Saturday, June 17 11am-6pm FREE

Central Harlem Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Blvd and W 135th St) and outdoors on 135th St between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds

Timed to coincide with Juneteenth weekend, this day-long literary festival celebrating writers of African descent includes readings, panel discussions and writing workshops. This year’s theme is “Literacy is Generational Wealth.”

Saturday, June 17 noon-7pm

Central Harlem Harlem State Office Building Plaza, 163 W 125th St and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd

This celebration of Black culture on the plaza features live performances, music, vendors, plus giveaways from Pepsi, Krispy Kreme and Aloft Hotels.

Saturday, June 17 2pm-8pm FREE

Central Harlem St. Nicholas Park, St. Nicholas Ave and 135th St

A special Juneteenth edition of Good Vibes in the Park, including movement meditation, live music, guest speakers, DJs and dancers.

Saturday, June 17 2pm-5pm FREE

Central Harlem The Bandshell at Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Ave between 147th and 148th Sts

Hosted by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, this outdoor music and dance festival celebrates both jazz and the 50th anniversary of hip hop.

Saturday, June 17 at 2pm

East Harlem The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at E 103rd St

Songwriter, musician, and storyteller Queen Esther performs live at this Juneteenth concert, introduced by Harlem's own style queen Lana Turner.

Sunday, June 18 at 8pm FREE

Central Harlem 120th St between Lenox Ave and Mt. Morris Park West

This unique live concert held on a brownstone stoop is marking Juneteenth with 14 Black musicians playing Quincy Jones, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and more.

Monday, June 19 at 1pm

Central Park Fifth Ave and 90th St

Run, walk or roll at this Juneteenth-inspired 5K that starts at Fifth Avenue and 90th Street and ends with tours of Seneca Village, the 19th century African-American community.

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