26 Juneteenth Events in Pennsylvania

On June 19, 1865 – two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved African Americans living in Texas finally learned that the abomination of slavery was officially over and they were free.

Celebrate and commemorate this momentous “Day of Freedom” at these 26 events being held throughout Pennsylvania for Juneteenth 2022. Find more inspirational content on how to celebrate Juneteenth in PA on our website.

1. Continuing the Journey: An Evening with Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.

Longwood Gardens plays host to Voices Underground and distinguished author, scholar, and political commentator, Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., for an evening of dynamic conversation about Juneteenth and its importance to the ongoing journey toward freedom at Continuing the Journey: An Evening with Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. Join in the conversation and enjoy a jazz performance by the acclaimed Kendrick Scott Trio, which kicks off the evening’s lively discussion.

When: Jun. 17

Where: Kennett Square

Cost: $25

2. Freedom” Illuminated Fountain Performance

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Freedom” Illuminated Fountain Performance | Credit: Longwood Gardens

Dance to the music of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, and other black artists as the night sky glows with Longwood Gardens’ illuminated fountain performance, Freedom. This Juneteenth tribute to the end of slavery in the U.S. honors and recognizes the themes of freedom, hope, and strength, ending with Beyonce’s heart-felt and spirit-lifting rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing.

When: Jun. 17, 18, & July 31

Where: Kennett Square

Cost: Price varies

3. Western Pennsylvania Juneteenth Homecoming Celebration

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Western Pennsylvania Juneteenth Homecoming Celebration

It’s three days of music and celebration at the largest free Juneteenth concert in the nation featuring both national and local music artists at Pittsburgh’s Point State Park and Market Square at the Western Pennsylvania Juneteenth Homecoming Celebration. Funk-soul band War is among the national headliners at Point State Park, while DJ Spinderella and DJ Holiday headline the performances at Market Square. There will also be dozens of minority-owned small businesses, artisans and other vendors at a Juneteenth Minority Vendor Plaza along Liberty and Penn Avenues.

When: Jun. 17-19

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: Free

4. Juneteenth 2022 Reading PA

Reading kicks off its four-day Juneteenth 2022 celebration and commemoration with a flag-raising ceremony on the steps of City Hall at 1 p.m. on Jun. 17. St. John Missionary Baptist Church is hosting the opening service on Jun. 18 describing the importance of Juneteenth to the nation and community, along with music and recognition of local unsung heroes. It’s a party at Berks Lodge #47 on Jun. 19 with free food, games, and entertainment at the Community Family Barbecue, followed by the closing service on Jun. 19 at Holy Trinity Church of God.

When: Jun. 17-19

Where: Reading

Cost: Free

5. Reflections of Black Experiences: Voices of Freedom through the Ages Art Exhibition

The State College NAACP is kicking off its third annual Juneteenth Celebration with an art exhibition at the Woskob Family Gallery featuring original 2D and 3D art, photography, sculpture, and crafts submitted by local individuals of color. The exhibition, Reflections of Black Experiences: Voices of Freedom through the Ages, is curated by Grace Hampton, Penn State professor emerita of art, art education and integrative arts. The public reception and awards ceremony includes music by the Lake Ensemble.

When: Jun. 17

Where: State College

Cost: Free

6. State College NAACP Juneteenth Block Party

Sample delicious dishes, support Black vendors, and come vibe with DJ Winner as he drops the beats. Enjoy the sound of live jazz, blues, funk, gospel, hip-hop, and R&B by a host of bands at the Juneteenth Block Party on Fraser Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown State College. There will be poetry readings by local youth, musical performances by Grammy-nominated artist Ronnie Burrage, dance by Kikora Franklin featuring Tubist Dr. Velvet Brown-MOJATUBA, and a dramatic reenactment by renowned actor Charles Dumas.

When: Jun. 18

Where: State College

Cost: Free

7. Grand Jubilee Juneteenth Parade

In 1870, African Americans, whites, veterans, politicians, activists, poor, wealthy, men, women, and children paraded through the streets of Pittsburgh to celebrate the ratification of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving Black Men the right to vote. The 2022 Grand Jubilee Juneteenth Parade in downtown Pittsburgh celebrates that momentous day in the city’s and the nation’s history, followed by a voting rights forum at 1 p.m.

When: Jun. 18

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: Free

8. Juneteenth Lehigh Valley

Historical Menu Tastings, live music performances, art exhibitions, poetry readings, quilting demonstrations, and a host of other events are being held in celebration and commemoration of Juneteenth at the SteelStacks. There are so many fun, educational, inspirational, and delicious events going on, you will want to try to get to them all during Juneteenth Lehigh Valley!

When: Jun. 18

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: Free (RSVP required for Historical Menu Tastings)

9. Journey to Freedom Juneteenth Festival

Celebrate Juneteenth and the rich, unique culture and history of African Americans at the Journey to Freedom Juneteenth Festival at the Creamery of Kennett Square. It’s an afternoon and evening filled with live performances, historic re-enactors, authors, artists, drum line, live music, unique vendors, delicious food, and drinks from African American breweries. Enjoy a private beer tasting & panel discussion with local brewers (tickets required) and a live performance by Group Therapy to end the day.

When: June 18

Where: Kennett Square

Cost: Free; $20 for Brewer Tasting and Panel Discussion

10. JuneTeenth Freedom Festival

Commemorate Emancipation Day and celebrate freedom at the African American Network’s 20th annual JuneTeenth Freedom Festival in downtown Stroudsburg. Enjoy fun-filled and educational games, entertainment, face painting, food, and a host of vendors at this wonderful and free community event.

When: Jun. 18

Where: Stroudsburg

Cost: Free

11. Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration

Racial Reconciliation of Franklin County with host support by Wilson College invites you to a day of service and fun, entertainment, and fine food at the third annual Franklin County Juneteenth Freedom Celebration. Spend the morning helping out with a variety of local service projects, then party away the afternoon with free music, performances, food, and even free books and a raffle!

When: Jun. 18

Where: Chambersburg

Cost: Free (registration ahead of time is requested)

12. Erie’s Juneteenth Celebration

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Erie’s Juneteenth Celebration

Erie’s Juneteenth Celebration is a family friendly block party in the heart of the downtown. There will be a variety of vendors, Kid Zone featuring a bounce house and free bike raffle, and live entertainment featuring The Breeze Band.

When: Jun. 18

Where: Erie

Cost: Free

13. Pottsgrove Manor Juneteenth Book Club

Built in 1752 for John and Ruth Potts and their 13 children; Pottstown Manor was also “home” to a host of paid, indentured, and enslaved people. Join Dr. Robert Hewitt, Professor Emeritus at Shippensburg University, to honor the history of the black experience in America in a guided discussion of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of America” by Edward E. Baptist at Pottsgrove Manor’s Juneteenth Book Club.

When: Jun. 18

Where: Pottstown

Cost: Suggested $2 donation (registration required)

14. "Together in History" Lecture

Deepen your understanding of the past and how the labor of exploited people is a part of the nation’s shared historic narrative and the vital importance of incorporating Black History into that narrative as Dr. Robert Hewitt, Professor Emeritus at Shippensburg University, presents his lecture, “Together in History,” at Pottsgrove Manor. All members of the public are invited to attend.

When: Jun. 18

Where: Pottstown

Cost: Suggested $2 donation

15. Greater Norristown NAACP Juneteenth Celebration

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Greater Norristown NAACP Juneteenth Celebration

Residents of Norristown can spend the afternoon free of charge at Elmwood Park during the Greater Norristown NAACP Juneteenth Celebration. This family friendly event will feature live music, animal meet and greets, keeper chats, and the opportunity to connect with local organizations.

When: Jun. 18-19

Where: Norristown

Cost: Free for Norristown residents (must pre-register); Price varies for non-residents

16. The Story of Jack at Peter Wentz Farmstead

Pennsylvania’s history is one that includes thousands of African Americans who were enslaved as house servants, farmhands, laborers on iron plantations, and skilled craftsmen. Learn the story of one such man during a special Juneteenth tour of the Peter Wentz Farmstead as the Story of Jack at the Peter Wentz Farmstead is told. Jack was enslaved by Peter Wentz and made two attempts to escape to freedom.

When: Jun. 18-19

Where: Lansdale

Cost: Free (registration is recommended to reserve your spot for a free tour)

17. Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival

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Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is proud to host the largest annual Juneteenth commemoration and celebration in the nation with the Juneteenth Parade and Festival. With over 2,000 participants including dance groups, bands, and more than 20 floats, the culturally festive 1.5 mile Juneteenth Parade starts the celebration, followed by the festival at the historic Malcolm X Park. There’s plenty of fun for the whole family in the Children’s Village with a carnival, games, face painting, and even a photo booth. Everybody Eats Philly is holding a Juneteenth Cookout + Produce + Essentials Give Back at the park starting at noon.

When: Jun. 19

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: Free

18. Freedom’s Table: A Dinner of Friendship with Adrian Miller

Join Voices Underground and acclaimed author, Adrian Miller – The Soul Food Scholar and “recovering attorney and certified barbecue judge,” for a barbecue feast and fireside chat celebrating the bounties of freedom and the hope of reconciliation at Freedom’s Table: A Dinner of Friendship with Adrian Miller. Enjoy an evening filled with wonderful food and tales from his works, including The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans who have Fed our First Families from the Washington's to the Obama's.

When: Jun. 19

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: $100

19. Juneteenth Parade and Jamboree

What better way to commemorate Juneteenth than with a parade celebrating Black Lives and a jamboree! Bring your most uplifting Black Lives flags and signs to wave during the second annual Juneteenth Parade in Gettysburg’s Lincoln Square. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon filled with live music, children’s activities, food trucks, storytelling and the Black Market Place during the third annual Juneteenth Jamboree at the Gettysburg Rec Park.

When: Jun. 19

Where: Gettysburg

Cost: Free

20. Juneteenth Jubilee Street Festival

Norristown’s inaugural Juneteenth Juneteenth Jubilee Street Festival is one you won’t want to miss! The event kicks off with a drum procession, reading of the Emancipation Proclamation (General Order No. 3), and ribbon cutting ceremony. Highlights of the day include acclaimed performance artist Millicent Sparks appearing on the DeKalb Street Bridge in the persona of Harriet Tubman and free admission to the Centre Theatre’s exhibit of the works of noted historian, bibliophile and author Charles Blockson documenting the global Black experience through history.

When: Jun. 19

Where: Norristown

Cost: Free

21. Phoenixville’s Juneteenth Celebration

Phoenixville’s Juneteenth Celebration features historical re-enactors, music, art, dance, drummers, street theater, magic, Soul food, and storytelling that shed light on the importance of African American history in the United States and the community. The events take place in the 200 block of Bridge Street and include activities at Reads & Company Book Shop and inside the “healthfully air conditioned” Colonial Theatre.

When: Jun. 19

Where: Phoenixville

Cost: Free

22. Juneteenth Cultural Mixer

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Juneteenth Cultural Mixer

In celebration of Juneteenth, the Crispus Attucks Community Center is bringing the community together in hosting a cultural mixer with the theme of “Juneteenth: Past, Present, Future.” There will be free food and beverages, performances by the Unstoppables and Sir Dominique Jordan, historical re-enactors, and time to gather and reflect on the meaning of Juneteenth now and in the future.

When: Jun. 19

Where: Lancaster

Cost: Free (registration not required, but encouraged)

23. Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day

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Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day

Allentown’s second annual celebration of Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day is an all-day, family event at Cedar Beach Park honoring local black leaders, fathers and mentors. There will be soul food vendors, entertainment including a Flick and Float, basketball, football, and a free single session Learn to Swim Lesson. Winners of the 2022 Juneteenth Pageant will be announced. The celebration of Freedom Day culminates with a dazzling fireworks display lighting up the night sky.

When: Jun. 19

Where: Allentown

Cost: Free

24. Juneteenth Jubilee Block Party

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Juneteenth Jubilee Block Party

The Black Scranton Project Center for Arts & Culture (BSPCAC) fourth annual Juneteenth Jubilee Block Party is filled with celebration, entertainment, and education emphasizing the themes of freedom and perseverance. There will be music, food, games, giveaways, and more as you dance, celebrate the cultural achievements of Black Americans, listen to Black artists, speakers, and activists, while also learning how to take action.

When: Jun. 19

Where: Scranton

Cost: Free

25. Juneteenth HBG Jubilee

There will be live music, games, talent acts, and lots of fun for the whole family at the Juneteenth HBG Jubilee in Reservoir Park. Local vendors will be on site as well as several community organizations showcasing all that they have to offer. After Church in the Park kicks off the celebration at the top of the program.

When: Jun. 19

Where: Harrisburg

Cost: Free (registration requested)

26. Juneteenth Block Party Celebration

Celebrate African-American Independence Day with Union Lutheran, The Movement, Weary Arts Group, the York NAACP, The Human Relations Commission of York City. There will be free food, music, free clothing, a bounce house, games, and more as the community comes together in joy and commitment at the Juneteenth Block Party Celebration to breaking every chain that keeps its citizens from freedom through the pillars of prayer, education, and mentorship.

When: Jun. 19

Where: York

Cost: Free

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