Juneteenth: Indianapolis Events, Festivals, and Celebrations

On June 19, 1865, U.S. troops entered Galveston, Texas to announce that freedom had arrived for all enslaved people in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued January 1, 1863, technically freed all enslaved peoples, but it was not until that first Juneteenth that the news had reached all Americans and was enforced throughout the nation.

It is important to recognize that Black Americans faced, and continue to face, injustices and inequity long after that hot summer day in 1865. At the same time, Indianapolis and its people continue to make strides towards achieving equity and quashing injustice—and the city will be celebrating that freedom and tenacity all month long.

Take a look below to see some of the Juneteenth events going on in Indy this month. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Event NameDateTimeLocation
Juneteenth Foodways Festival ($20 Early Admission Tickets Also Available)June 164:30 – 8 p.m.Harrison Presidential Site
Indy Juneteenth Parade and CelebrationJune 1710 a.m. – 7 p.m.Military Park
Madam Walker Legacy Center Block PartyJune 17-1812 – 5 p.m.Madam Walker Legacy Center
Juneteenth & JazzJune 1711 a.m. – 4 p.m.Eiteljorg Museum
Juneteenth Freedom CelebrationJune 1710 a.m. – 2 p.m.Tarkington Park
CBLC Juneteenth BookfestJune 1711 a.m. – 1 p.m.Indianapolis Central Library
An Afternoon of Celebration with Thomas & The SituationJune 172 – 4 p.m.Indiana Historical Society
Juneteenth Celebration with Live Performances and ActivitiesJune 1710 a.m. – 5 p.m.Indiana State Museum
Juneteenth CelebrationJune 19Begins 11 a.m.Moorhead Community Resource Center
Indiana Black Heritage Juneteenth Art Show and Concert ($25 General Admission)June 196 – 8 p.m.Indiana Landmarks Center
Table showing Juneteenth events in Indianapolis. Click on an event to view information/sign up page and location details. Click on a location to get directions.

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