Juneteenth 2024 Activities in the St. Louis Region

Dear Campus Community,

Below is a brief list highlighting some of the incredible community-building events organized by various groups across the St. Louis Region to celebrate Juneteenth this year.

If there is a Juneteenth 2024 celebration we are missing please inform us by sending an email to odei@umsl.edu so we can add it here.

Thursday, June 13th

Thursday Night at the Museum: Juneteenth Celebration

5:00pm – 8:00pm. MO History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112)

The evening will include empowering spoken word by Tracy Stanton, a presentation about the history and meaning of the Juneteenth holiday by Dr. James Tucker, and performances by Ballet 314 and members of the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Friday, June 14th

Issa Kickback: Juneteenth Celebration

5:30pm at the Lewis and Clark Branch Public Library (9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63136)

Food trucks, yard games, live DJ, and a performance by Gentlemen of Vision. Limited number of free vouchers for food trucks.

Celebrating Juneteenth: Creating Our Futures with Saint Louis Art Museum

6:00pm – 7:30pm. The Farrell Auditorium at the Saint Louis Art Museum (One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63110)

2022-2024 Romare Bearden Fellow, Charlie Farrell, will moderate a panel of artists whose practice is rooted in the principles of Juneteenth, history, and freedom. André Fuqua and Brianna McIntyre of Occupy Vacancy confront legacies of racism and urban renewal in north St. Louis neighborhoods.

Saturday, June 15th

Delmar Juneteenth Celebration

8:00am – 7:00pm. Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130)

The Race for Reconciliation 5k Morning Run, afternoon vendor fair, and evening celebration featuring live entertainment and a car show.

NIC Juneteenth in Soulard

8:00am – 5:00pm. Soulard Park (South 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104)

Third annual Juneteenth Celebration in Soulard hosted by Neighbors Impacting Communities. Live entertainment and local vendors. Donations will support NIC, which aims to uplift St. Louis youth in the arts.

Ferguson Juneteenth Celebration

4:00pm – 9:00pm. Plaza at 501 (501 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO, 63135)

This community-oriented event gives neighbors a chance to come together, share a meal, and support local business owners while doing it. Several booths will offer games or activities for families and children.

2024 Juneteenth Community Ride presented by River City Outdoors

8:00am at Tandy Recreation Center (4206 Kennerly Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63113.)

This Juneteenth celebrate St. Louis’ Black artists, musicians, and history with a community bike ride featuring live music and storytelling.

ART 2063: 4th Annual Juneteenth Caribbean Heritage Festival

7:00am – 7:00pm. Cricket Field in Forest Park (5595 Grand Dr. St. Louis, MO 63112)

Includes Commemorative Walk for Freedom and Justice, speeches by community leaders, live music and entertainment, an open-air museum celebrating freedom fighters of African and Caribbean descent, and a variety of vendors.

18th Annual Juneteenth Celebration hosted by Sabayet

11:00am – 6:00pm. (4000 Maffitt Ave, St. Louis, MO 63113)

There will be a live Jazz Band, African dancers, singers, poetry, vendors, bounce house, face painting for children and more.

2024 BLK Family Reunion Festival

11:00am – 7:00pm. Harris-Stowe State University (3026 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103)

The BLK Family Reunion Festival was created to unite the Midwest and showcase the region’s culture through music, activities, food, and family. Check out their artist lineup!

Juneteenth Celebration at Natural Bridge Branch Library

2:00pm. Natural Bridge Branch (7606 Natural Bridge Rd, St. Louis, MO 63121)

Join the Natural Bridge Branch of St. Louis County Libraries in their “Goodbye Texas” themed Juneteenth Celebration. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, June 19th 

Juneteenth at the Garden

9:00am – 5:00pm. Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110)

Learn about Juneteenth and see activities and demonstrations designed to celebrate Black contributions to horticulture and science.

Freedom Summer STL hosted by ArchCity Defenders

11:00am – 3:00pm. Fairground Park (3715 Natural Bridge Ave, St. Louis, MO 63107)

Advocacy and resource fair offering voter registration, trainings on Abolition, Civics, Expungement, Housing Rights, and Voter rights, and legal consultations.

The Illinois Black Woodstock Festival: Juneteenth Edition

12:00pm – 9:00pm. East St. Louis (8206 State Street, East Saint Louis, IL 62203)

This festival will include soul, reggae, and R&B music; cocktails and beer; food vendors; local businesses; and kid-friendly activities.

Collinsville 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

11:00am – 4:00pm. 115 E Clay Street, Collinsville, IL 62234

See Collinsville’s first ever Juneteenth Parade. Afterwards there will be live entertainment, food, drinks, raffles, and games.

3rd Annual Juneteenth “Free-Dome” Celebration

June 19th, 2024. 1:00pm – 7:00pm. The Griot Museum of Black History (2505 St. Louis Ave, St. Louis, MO 63106)

Come join the The Saint Louis African American Artifacts Festival and Bazaar (SAINT LAAA FAB) for this family oriented event celebrating the rich heritage, history and culture of people of African descent.

Dellwood Juneteenth Festival

12:00pm – 9:00pm. Dellwood Recreation Center (10266 W Florissant Ave, St. Louis, MO 63136)

Parade, firework show, voter registration, blood drive, free health screenings, mammograms, community panel discussion, and art & oratory contest.

Juneteenth Jubilee

June 19th. 10:30am – 1:00pm. Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112)

Part of the Missouri History Museum’s Summer Family Fun series, come learn about the meaning of Juneteenth and explore galleries for stories of local Black Americans who resisted and experienced slavery. There will also be a music-filled story time and an Afro-fusion dance workshop to enjoy with your family.

Thursday, June 20th

A Celebration of Black Composers

7:30pm at the Terry M. Fischer Theatre STLCC (3400 Pershall Road, St. Louis, MO 63135)

Attend this free concert put on by The Gateway Festival Orchestra to celebrate Juneteenth with a musical program that pays homage to the enduring contributions of Black composers across genres and time.

Saturday, June 22nd

4th annual Juneteenth Celebration with Old North STL

12:00pm – 6:00pm. North 14th Street & Montgomery Street, St. Louis, MO 63106

Join the Community Wellness Project for music, food, and community at this Juneteenth celebration.