There’s been an uptick in the scope and number of Juneteenth festivities in the Twin Cities this year.
While that may be partly due to the waning pandemic, recognition of our newest national holiday is likely being fueled by a rise in equality activism and pride of heritage. Local celebrations, which honor African American culture, feature storytelling, readings, kids activities and live performances as well as food vendors and markets.
Here’s a sampling of Juneteenth events this weekend.
Breck School: “Kumbayah, the Juneteenth Story.” An original play with a pre-show reception and post-show dialogue moderated by Tamuriel Grace, 10 a.m. show and Kevin Lindsey, 7 p.m. Fri., pre-show reception at 5:30 p.m. at Breck’s Carlson Theater, 123 Ottawa Av. N., Golden Valley. sweetpotatocomfortpie.org
Apple Valley: The Unapologetically Black event features kids’ activities, Black-owned food and retail vendors and music. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Fri. Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road, Apple Valley.
Harrison Park: Music, food and activities. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fri. 503 Irving Av. N., Mpls. minneapolisparks.org.
Creekview Park: Outdoor movie screening of “Summer of Soul.” Dusk Fri. 5001 Humboldt Av. N., Mpls. minneapolisparks.org.
Sanctuary Covenant Church: Family-friendly activities, games, food, storytelling and educational and entertainment opportunities. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 2018 Aldrich Av. N., Mpls. sanctuarycov.churchcenter.com.
Brooklyn Center: Vendors, activities, food and entertainment. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Brooklyn Center. ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us.
UROC: Commemorative march and block party with roller skating, mural and art-making, free food and haircuts, music, vendors and speakers. 1-6 p.m. Sat. Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Av. N., Mpls. umn.edu.
West Broadway: Robotics and drone competitions, fashion show, Black art, children’s activities, food trucks and vendors. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. West Broadway from Bryant to Emerson Avs. N., Mpls. juneteenthminnesota.com.
George Floyd Square: Block Party with vendors, games, performances and free food. Noon-6 p.m. Sun. 3736 Chicago Av. S., Mpls.
Hook & Ladder: The Soul of the South Side features live music, speakers, poets, Black-owned business marketplace, live art and food vendors. 1-6 p.m. Sun. 3010 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls. thehookmpls.com.
Juneteenth Father’s Day Edition: Food trucks, vendors and family activities. 2-8 p.m. Sun. Johnson High School parking lot, 1349 Arcade St., St. Paul.
Juneteenth Celebration Roseville: Entertainment and BIPOC business vendors. 4-8 p.m. Sun. Central Park, 2540 Lexington Av. N., Roseville. dogoodroseville.com.
Juneteenth Community Celebration: Family activities, entertainment and free food. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Carty Park, 705 Iglehart Av., St. Paul. 612-223-1425. twincitiesradionetwork.com
Emagine Theaters: Throughout the month of June, Emagine Willow Creek and Eagan theaters host a Juneteenth film festival with screenings of “School Daze,” “Coming 2 America,” “Sorry to Bother You” and more. Proceeds will benefit the United Negro College Fund. For film schedule, go to emagine-entertainment.com.