What’s Booming: Juneteenth, Juneteenth, Juneteenth, and Juneteenth

By Rachel Marsh | June 17th, 2021

By the way, this weekend is Juneteenth

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This edition of What’s Booming is dedicated to Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the emancipation of slavery and, awww yeah, our country’s newest federal holiday.

We wanted to fill this week’s events roundup with local Juneteenth everything because we just love celebrating the Black community, and because – oh boy – there were a lot of Juneteenth events.

Way to go, Richmond.

Juneteenth in the Park

Saturday, June 19 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Pocahontas State Park

With food trucks, vendors, entertainment, storytelling, and more. Get there early for the Hidden History Hike, a five-mile educational exploration of the once-segregated section of Pocahontas State Park.

Saturday Salutations: Juneteenth Commemoration

Saturday, June 19 from 9-11 a.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Presented by Project Yoga Richmond

Come together by the power of music, meditation, and om.

Juneteenth Powhatan

Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the lawn next to Habitat ReStore

Enjoy local food trucks, a collection of Powhatan’s Black entrepreneurs and artists, a vintage car show, and words from local author and historian Sandra Morris Kemp. Oh, and did we mention the red velvet waffles?

Black Connections Juneteenth Expo

Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Military Retirees Club

What better day to support local Black-owned businesses? Especially when there are 50 of them all in one place.

Juneteenth: Freedom Day

Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s and St. John’s Episcopal churches

One day, two churches, a whole lot of celebrating. Featuring communal worship, songs, prayers, and a March for Unity.

Juneteenth Jamboree & 5k

Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 335 Richmond Highway. Presented by Vows Foundation

Food, music, entertainment, vendors, games, and a 5k. Which you can totally walk if you want to.

The Black Village of RVA Presents a Juneteenth Block Party

Saturday, June 19 from noon-7 p.m. at Diversity Richmond

Party it up with culture and commemorating: featuring a day filled with live music, spoken word, games, dancing, food, Black-owned businesses, and more.

Henrico County Juneteenth Celebrations

Saturday, June 19 from 1-10 p.m. at Dorey Park

Featuring an entire day filled with food trucks, vendors, live history interpretations, games for kids (and, sure, adults too), live music (like Punky & Oneness and Bak N Da Day), and fireworks.

RVA Black Bar Crawl

Saturday, June 19 from 2-8 p.m. See site for locations

Three very special cheers to these local Black-owned businesses, gladly serving up their finest beverages in honor of the holiday. What better way to honor Juneteenth, after all?

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