2017 Juneteenth Celebration Overview

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Sacramento’s 15th annual Juneteenth Celebration June 15-17

Sacramento’s 15th annual Juneteenth Celebration will be taking place June 15-17 to commemorate the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation which declared all those enslaved were now freed. To celebrate this momentous occasion in American history, come out and participate in FREE community events.

We will be kicking off the celebration on Thursday evening, June 15 from 2-6pm with a Youth Safety and Opportunity Festival at Cesar Chavez Park. This free festival will include a Spoken Word Competition with cash scholarship prizes as well as youth- focused interactive activities, live music, give aways and food trucks.

On Friday, June 16 from 7-9pm at William Land Park Amphitheater come enjoy “Gospel Under the Stars” a concert featuring some of Sacramento’s best gospel artists and a fashion show By Mario B Productions.

And on Saturday, June 17 from 11-6pm join us at William Land Park for:

• 2 stages of live entertainment
• Educational and art exhibits
• Health/wellness pavilion with healthy living demonstrations
• Talent Show
• Fitness Camp By Kidds Gym
• Over 80 area vendors including 10 food vendors providing tasty eats
• Guest speakers and more

To audition for the Spoken Word Competition or the Talent Show go to the Fruitridge Community Collaborative Auditorium located at 4625 44th Sacramento CA on May 27 from 12-3pm and June 4 from 4-7pm. A three-judge panel will select the top acts to perform at this year’s festival.

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Friday Night’s Gospel Under the Stars Concert June 16th

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 17th

Join us for the largest event taking place from 11:00AM – 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.

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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.
Gospel Under the Stars Event
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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

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Children’s Area

• Arts & Crafts – By Nubian Crafters
• Magic show
• Interactive games
• Face painting – lots of fun

Saturday Night’s Juneteenth Ball – CANCELLED

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

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Juneteenth Ball Event

Sunday’s Golf Tournament TBD

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

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Golf tournament Event

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Black Child LEGACY
The Center
Councilmember Larry Carr
UC Davis
Golden One
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Make an impact! Be a part of Sacramento’s 2017 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.

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