2015 Juneteenth Celebration Overview

Juneteenth Audition Flyer

Click flyer for Auditions Info

Juneteenth is Scheduled for June 19th – 21st at William Land Park.

Sacramento’s Juneteenth Festival has always maintained the historical aspects of Juneteenth. There are several events that take place at Juneteenth that are considered historical to the festival. These include but are not limited to; a parade, fashion show, sporting games, dialogue on current issues, and red punch.

Sacramento’s Juneteenth Festival is a week long event. On Thursday we host the Juneteenth VIP Reception. The reception serves as the mechanism to preserve the history of Juneteenth in California. The reception is attended by many of Sacramento’s politicians and civil servants. The mayor and city council members, members of the California Legislative Black Caucus and other Senate and Assembly members attend. In addition to the weekend festivities, we host a scholarship luncheon and award elementary school winners of the Juneeteenth Essay Contest.

Get Directions

Friday Night’s Gospel Under the Stars Concert June 19th

The Friday night “Gospel Under the Stars” features some of Sacramento’s best gospel artists. In an evening setting “Under the Stars” in the Amphitheater near the pond of William Land park, A high powered gospel concert take place. The free concert is a two hour affair from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The concert features many of Sacramento’s local church choirs. Last year’s special guest were the Children’s Orphans Choir Of Uganda. Past participants include, Ascension, Ryan Oliver and many more.

Gospel Under the Stars Event

Saturday’s Festival in the Park June 20th

Join us for the largest event taking place from 8:00AM – 6:00PM. Saturday’s festivities begin with the Juneteenth Parade. More than twenty organizations (100 participants) are scheduled to participate. The parade will feature American History themed floats, marching bands, drill teams, car/motorcycle clubs and much more. Saturday will also feature live musical performances by Sacramento’s most talented musicians, food and ware vendors, on-site health examinations, poetry, theater performances, essay contests and the Health/wellness Pavilion. A key component of the festival is the Juneteenth Educational Theater. Admission is free for the event. Check below to see all the events:

Festival in the Park Event

Emancipation Parade

Saturday’s festivities begin with the Juneteenth Parade. More than twenty organizations (100 participants) are scheduled to participate. The parade will feature American History themed floats, marching bands, drill teams, car/motorcycle clubs, fraternities, sororities, the Buffalo Soldiers and President Abraham Lincoln has been spotted a time or two.

Download Registration Form

Run/Walk event for health

As part of our health/Wellness component we will host a run/walk event for health. This year’s event is a call for all to come out and run/walk the one mile course prior to this years parade. The run/walk for health event will start at 8:00 am on the parade route at 19th avenue and Sutterville Road.

Main Stage Entertainment

We will be hosting some of Sacramento’s best local bands. The Juneteenth Talent show, hosted by Lee Perkins will also take place on the Main Stage. The top 10 acts from the Juneteenth Auditions will compete for bragging rights and the trophy as winners of the Juneteenth Talent Show.

Talent Show

Do you have what it takes? Then audition to perform in the Juneteenth Talents Show. The talent show will showcase some of Sacramento’s most talented singers, poets, dancers, talented people in general. The top 10 performers are selected by the judges to compete in the Juneteenth talent show. The Talent show takes place at Saturdays festival in the park on the main stage in front of nearly 8,000 attendees. Celebrity judges will select the winner. The winner will be awarded a trophy and given automatic entry into the next years show. For those who are not selected to compete in the talent show they still have an opportunity to perform at the festival. Our second stage, the Freedom Stage offers that opportunity. A component of the Festivals mission is to offer the opportunity to perform during the festival.

Download Audition Form

Community Soldier Awards

We’ll present the “Juneteenth Community Soldier Award” to recognize those who serve the community without the fanfare. Individuals are nominated by members of the Juneteenth committee with the top three finalist receiving the award. The winners will be presented awards on the main stage during Saturday’s festival.

Fitness Camp

Hosted by Kidds Sports Gym. The camp will consist of four exercise stations to be completed in a timed rotation. Participants will have their heart rate checked prior to and after completing the stations. Health related information will also be provided.

Promote the Peace Stage Show

Featuring conscious music, poetry, dance and essays (12-21yr olds)

Technology Tent

• Interactive health technology demonstrations
• Gaming competition
• Interactive technology demonstrations
• Vendor product demonstrations

Arts & Educational Theater

The Educational Theater will highlight the African-American experience during the Gold rush, showcase a chronological timeline of the African slave trade and recognize the contributions of African- Americans to society. In addition, we’ll present a Juneteenth themed ballet performance by the Natalia Johnson Conservatory of Ballet. Other theater components include:
• On-site art presentations
• Artists displaying Juneteenth related pieces
• Presentations acknowledging the accomplishments of African Americans pre and post Emancipation


Junetenth provides an economic opportunity to local entrepreneurs by offering the opportunity for local vendors to sell their wares as part of Saturday’s festival in the Park. Nearly 7,000 people attend the festival which provides a great opportunity to sell wares. Non profit organizations also take part in the vending component. Resource based organizations are encouraged to disseminate resourceful information to attendees. In addition to ware vendors food vendors are welcome as well. The festival hosts some of Sacramento’s best food vendors. BBQ is a big hit with attendees. Some of the best backyard BBQ can be found at the festival. All types of food can be found at Juneteenth, it’s a cultural thing.

• Art, crafts and wares by local and regional artisans
• Social services organizations
• Food – An array of good eats prepared by local restaurants and independent proprietors

Download Ware Vendor Form Download Food & Beverage Vendor Form

Children’s Area

• Magic show
• Interactive games
• Face painting – lots of fun
• Water slides – Jump tents

Saturday Night’s Juneteenth Ball June 20th

The Sacramento Juneteenth Ball is a food and wine tasting event presented by Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. and the Sacramemto Junetenth Black Chefs Collaborative(SJBCC). The Juneteenth Ball is designed to spotlight the region’s finest Black chefs and wineries. The event will feature wine tastings and food pairings by the SJBCC.
Where: California Museum – (in downtown Sacramento on 10th & O streets)
When: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Hours: 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Purchase Tickets
Juneteenth Ball Event

Sunday’s Golf Tournament June 21st

On Sunday the 21st, Sacramento’s true golf warriors will gather to take on the beautiful 9-holes of William Land Park Golf Course. The Juneteenth Golf tournament is the final component of the 3-day festival. The tournament serves as a fundraiser for the Juneteenth Scholarship fund. The tournament is a best ball format with prizes for hole in one, longest drive and closest to the pin. The winning foursome receive individual trophies and bragging rights.
Where: William Land Park Golf Course
Registration: 6:30am
First Tee Off: 7:00am

Download Registration Form
Golf tournament Event

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Blue Shield
UC Davis
Wells Fargo
Golden One
Sponsor Form

Want to Be a Sponsor?

Check out our sponsorship options!

Make an impact! Be a part of Sacramento’s 2014 Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom Weekend by being a sponsor/advertiser within the commemorative Juneteenth program. The festival program will feature the weekend’s events, bios of our guest speakers and Community Solder Award recipients, as well as an historic timeline on the events leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation. For event sponsor packages, contact Gary Simon or call 916 541-2582.

Download AD Sponsorship Form View Sponsorship Packages