Where to Celebrate Juneteenth in Kansas City

Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated since the late 1800s. Celebrate with others in the community at many events taking place around the Kansas City metro all month long.

Juneteenth at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (June 8)

Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

JuneteenthKC Heritage Festival at 18th and Vine (June 15)

Saturday, June 15, noon – 10 p.m.

Kansas City’s OFFICIAL celebration of African American pride and culture returns to 18th and Vine. In addition to music performances special entertainment includes face painters, balloon artists, pony rides and more.

Juneteenth Overland Park (June 15)

Saturday, June 15, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

See the parade, watch performances, visit stores and vendor booths, and participate in fun family-friendly activities. Juneteenth Overland Park is also very excited to have local personalities as a part of the festivities! The stage will be located near the Museum at Prairie Fire. Vendor booths will be along Access Road. In case of rain, activities will be moved inside the museum.

Juneteenth in Prairie Village’s Harmon Park (June 15)

Saturday, June 15, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The annual, free event offers the opportunity to enjoy a late afternoon and early evening of food, drink and fun featuring music from the band Funk Syndicate. A variety of activities for the whole family will be available, including face painting, balloon artists, arts and crafts, games and inflatables. Several Black-owned vendors will be on-hand at the event.

Juneteenth Observance in Johnson County (June 19)

The Jubilee of Juneteenth: Celebrating a Legacy of Freedom

Johnson County Government will hold its third annual Juneteenth celebration on Wednesday, June 19, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Lenexa Civic Campus Commons (17101 W. 87th St, Lenexa). The theme of this year’s event is “The Jubilee of Juneteenth: Celebrating a Legacy of Freedom.”

The program will include keynote speaker Glenn North, emcee Steve Arledge, live music from the Louis Neal Big Band with vocalist Lisa Henry, a Roller Dance Performance by SK8SHOT Studios, comments and proclamation from Board of County Commissioners Chairman Mike Kelly and more. This year’s event will also honor the memory of past emcee, Nathan Louis Jackson.

At the event, the public can enjoy a children activity and craft area, engage with staff representing various county programs and services, purchase food and beverages from the Lenexa Public Market and park for free.

Juneteenth Celebration at Olathe Public Library (June 19)

June 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join the Olathe Public Library as we honor Juneteenth at both Indian Creek Library and Downtown Library, including a Black business pop-up market at Indian Creek Library.

Juneteenth at Nelson Atkins (June 20)

As part of city-wide observances and in partnership with JuneteenthKC, the free Juneteenth Celebration honors the enduring contributions of African Americans with a full day of festivities, including live music and dancing, storytelling performances, film screenings, and educational experiences in the museum’s galleries.  

Sarah McGinnity
Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!

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