Here’s a history lesson for some: Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The holiday honors June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier.
Denver’s annual Juneteenth Music Festival is on Saturday, June 16 in the Historic Five Points District. The annual parade — this year’s theme is “The Wakanda Experience” — steps out from Manual High School at 11 a.m. It winds through the streets of East Denver.
Festivities run from 11 a.m. until mid-evening. Festival-goers will find live entertainment, food and Youth Engagement Zone, along with pavilions devoted to health and education.
Enjoy and engage with hundreds of vendors while the kids play in the youth zone.
Grab a refreshing beverage served in a pineapple from the Drink Garden powered by Jack Daniels Honey. And relax with the ‘Bruhs’ in the Omega Lounge.
Juneteenth Music Festival will conclude with a powerful performance from Hip-Hop legend Rakim at main stage at 7 p.m.
Here’s the 2018 schedule:
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — #DREAMBIG Awards Ceremony
2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. — The Mighty Nice Band
3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — DJ Set
3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. — The Wil Alston Band
4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. — Clothing Chaos Five Points Legend Fashion Exhibit
5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. — Ramond
6 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. — DJ Set
6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. — DJ MU$A
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — Rakim