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The Top 11 Juneteenth 2022 Events in Seattle

Festivals, Markets, Exhibits, and More for the Week of June 19
June 15, 2022
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Africatown's Juneteenth Celebration will include a Second Line-style parade on Sunday. (King County Equity Now via Facebook)
Juneteenth (a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth") commemorates the 1865 emancipation of Black slaves in the United States. Today, the celebration often includes singing, street fairs, cookouts, and Miss Juneteenth contests. As of this year, Juneteenth is also an official state-recognized holiday in Washington. Read on for the biggest events planned for the holiday, from the Africatown Juneteenth Celebration 2022 to The Songs of Black Folk: The Music of Resistance & Hope, or check out our Juneteenth calendar for even more options.

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design Opening Night Party Add to a List
Get the first look at MoPOP's brand-new Afrofuturism costume exhibit Add to a List , which officially opens on Saturday and features over 60 costumes created by the Oscar-winning designer for Black Panther, Roots, Do the Right Thing, Selma, Malcolm X, and more. At the opening night party, expect a Q&A sesh with Ruth Carter herself, a dance party featuring DJ Lady Love, and pop-up costume design activities. (If Afrofuturism is your jam, you'll want to check out Hollaback to the Future: Afrofuturism Dimensions Add to a List at the Museum of Museums, too.)
(Museum of Pop Culture [MoPOP], Uptown, $18 - $30)

JUNE 17–18

Afrikan Marketplace Add to a List
Arts space Wa Na Wari hosts a monthly Afrikan marketplace, and this edition lines up perfectly with Juneteenth weekend. Shop for jewelry, scarves, home decor, art materials, and more from local Black vendors. For extra fun, stick around afterwards on Friday for free portraits for Black folks Add to a List , or time your visit for Janae Johnson's book release Add to a List on Saturday.
(Wa Na Wari, Central District, free)

JUNE 17–19

Festival Sundiata: Black Arts Fest Add to a List
First held in 1980, Festival Sundiata is the longest-running African American festival in the Pacific Northwest, and was named in remembrance of Sundiata Keita, founder of the Mali Empire. Spotlighting the many cultures and ethnicities of people of African descent, this festival celebrates Juneteenth with a groovy blend of hip-hop, dance, and gospel performances, plus an art gala, youth drill and dance teams, a marketplace with African American vendors, soul food, and more.
(Seattle Center, Uptown, free)

SATURDAY, JUNE 18

We Out Here on the Pier Juneteenth Celebration Add to a List
We Out Here Festival will commemorate Juneteenth with a free celebration that "honors Black culture and creates space for the community to come together and experience Black brilliance in various forms." Highlights include performances from local singer-songwriter JusMoni and rapper Stas Thee Boss (formerly of THEESatisfaction), as well as a pop-up art gallery and tasty food trucks. There will also be a kickoff celebration Add to a List on Thursday at Langston.
(Pier 62, Downtown, free)

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

Africatown Juneteenth Celebration 2022 Add to a List
Singer/songwriter/producer Eric Bellinger—who has worked with the likes of Usher, Trey Songz, and Justin Bieber—and local favorite Parisalexa will headline Africatown's major Juneteenth festival on Sunday, which will also feature African drumming, a "360 photo booth," and a kids' area. Beforehand, there will also be a Second Line-style parade Add to a List from Madison to Massachusetts on 23rd Ave, featuring dance and drill teams, skate groups, and more.
(Jimi Hendrix Park, Central District, free)

Black Stax Add to a List
Black Stax are a performance group with the mission "to honor the legacy of Black Arts & Culture by ‘stacking’ all forms of Black music & art." The trio is known for an eclectic sound that blends jazz and '70s soul as well as their captivating live shows.
(12th Avenue Arts, Capitol Hill, $24)

Juneteenth "The Songs of Black Folk: The Music of Resistance & Hope" Add to a List
Mark Juneteenth with a free concert that celebrates African American spirituals and their evolution into contemporary genres like gospel, jazz, R&B, and hip-hop. Performances will include vocal powerhouses Robin Henderson, Felecia Curry, Zhane' Perez, and Martha Nash, led by conductors Dr. Steven Newby and Ramon Braxton Bryant.
(McCaw Hall, Uptown, free)

Juneteenth Celebration: Skate to Freedom Party & Community Day Add to a List
Bust a move at this family-friendly party with complimentary skate rental. If life on wheels isn't your thing, don't fret—you'll find all-ages activities, Black-owned vendors and food trucks, music, and more at this Juneteenth celebration, part of the Northwest African American Museum's Juneteenth Week 2022 Add to a List .
(Northwest African American Museum, Central District, free)

REVIVAL: Juneteenth Pop-up Market Add to a List
Pop over to the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict for a celebration of Black businesses. This afternoon market includes music by KEXP's DJ Riz, Black retailers like God Body Soaps and Undefined Clothing, and community resource-sharing. Hungry? There'll be plenty of food vendors on site, too, dishing up delicious treats like Caribbean-inspired ice pops and gluten-free, vegan baked goods. 
(Midtown Plaza, Capitol Hill, free)

South Hudson Music Project Presents: Juneteenth with The Elnah Jordan Experience Add to a List
Gifted vocalist Elnah Jordan, who has shared the stage with legends like Gil Scott-Heron and Bobby Blue Bland, will celebrate Juneteenth with a lively evening of jazz.
(The Royal Room, Columbia City, Free)

THROUGH JUNE 21

Unspoken Truths Add to a List
American traveling history museum The Unspoken Truth will be presented by creator Delbert Richardson. Compiling authentic artifacts, storyboards, and the ancient art of storytelling, Richardson's immersive installation offers unique perspectives on American history told through an Afrocentric lens. The comprehensive exhibit includes sections focusing on Africa, American chattel slavery, and the Jim Crow era, plus a portion titled "Still We Rise." Promoting community healing, The Unspoken Truth provides a new opportunity to move toward cultural competence and social justice.
(MOHAI, South Lake Union, $0 - $22)

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