2023 Juneteenth Events

Juneteenth Events

Below is a list of Juneteenth events, educational resources, and activities scheduled in and around Renton. If we've missed your event, please send the information to [email protected]. 

Renton City Concert Band Juneteenth Celebration

Join the Renton City Concert Band during their Juneteenth Celebration Concert to showcase music of Black composers and performers on Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at McKnight Middle School, 200 Edmonds Ave NE. Tickets are available for purchase at Renton Community Center, Don Persson Renton Senior Activity Center, or at the door on the day of the performance. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors 50+.

Skyway Juneteenth Celebration & Festival

In partnership with the Renton School District, Skyway Coalition, and NAACP, they will host their free and fun filled community event in celebration of Juneteenth. The event will be held at Campbell Hill Elementary, 6418 S 124th St, Seattle, WA, on Saturday, June 17 from 3-7 p.m. Events included:

  • Food
  • Job Fair
  • Face painting
  • Airbrush tattoos
  • Carnival games
  • Community resources 

Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) Juneteenth Celebration

NAAM’s annual Juneteenth celebration returns this year with three full days of events for the entire community to enjoy. The event starts Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. and continues through to
Monday, June 19, at 5 p.m. at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 South Massachusetts Street Seattle, WA. 

  • Day 1: Game Show & Youth Night
  • Day 2: NAAM Film Festival
  • Day 3: Juneteenth Skate Party Celebration

Each day caters to the community in a different way and culminates with a celebration on Juneteenth featuring a skate party, yoga in the park, black vendors and more! Registration is not mandatory to attend, but feel free to register to get updates and event reminders. 

Africatown Community Land Trust and King County Equity Now Juneteenth Celebration 

Join in the celebration during with Africatown Community Land Trust and King County Equity Now free Juneteenth Celebration. The celebration is on Monday, June 19 from 12-8 p.m. at Jimi Hendrix Park, 2400 S Massachusetts St. Seattle, and will include Black-owned business, family-friendly games and activities, local musical acts and national headliners Talib Kweli and Kevin Ross.

21+ Freedom Flows: A Juneteenth Event Honoring 50 Years of Hip-Hop at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States in 1865—the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law in 1863, and some former Confederate states ignored Abe Lincoln’s executive order for more than two years. In commemoration of the pivotal day in Black American history, this Juneteenth shindig will be on Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the last half-century of hip-hop with a premiere of the fresh pop-up exhibit "My Mic Sounds Nice: Hip-Hop Feminism in History", an unveiling of MoPOP’s Online Hip-Hop Collection Vault, panels with hip-hop greats (including MC Sha-Rock and Jarobi from A Tribe Called Quest), and a freestyle rap battle.

While you're there, don't miss the chance to scope out "Contact High", the museum's ongoing exhibition of hip-hop photography. Tickets are $10-$15.

Reclaiming Our Greatness: Juneteenth Celebration

Hosted by the Elevate PR Management and Renton Residents for Change, they bring you, "Reclaiming Our Greatness: Juneteenth Celebration" on Sunday, June 25. The greatness of the African American people exists in the ability to reclaim the greatness that was inherited through their ancestors. The event will be held at Liberty Park from 12-5 p.m. The day will include:

  • 14 performances & community speakers
  • 40+ vendors & food trucks
  • Job fair
  • 3 on 3 basketball tournament
  • Bouncy houses
  • Face painting

Interested in being a vendor? Sign-up here.

Partners included: Valley Medical Center, City of Renton, Black Love Market, and more.

Renton History Museum Virtual Resources

King County Library System Events

The King County Library System (KCLS) has several upcoming Juneteenth celebrations and learning opportunities at various library locations.

  • Celebrate Juneteenth! At the Federal Way Library: You are invited to a Juneteenth experience on Saturday, June 10, from 2-5 p.m. at the Federal Way Library, 4200 1st Way S, Federal Way, WA. The day will include artistic performances, community partner information tables, and activities in the Makerspace. Learn about history through stories and hands-on activities. Featuring exhibits from the American Traveling History Museum: The Unspoken Truths, including Mother Africa and Black Inventors. Founder and curator Delbert Richardson will share information. Registration not required.
  • SilverKite Community Arts: Celebrating Juneteenth: SilverKite Community Arts will be celebrating Juneteenth on Wednesday, June 21, from 1-2:30 p.m. with various online events. SilverKite Community Arts offers online inter-generational workshops, talks, social hours, and performances free for KCLS patrons. Registration is required

Educational Resources

United Way of King County has committed $1.5 million in each of the next two years through their Collective to invest and shift power to the Black community. In addition, a group of 15 Black nonprofit leaders have determined how funding will be used to support equitable recovery and the long-term viability of King County’s Black community. Find out more at Black Community Building Collective.

Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, films and video, audio recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

Find available Juneteenth resources, articles, images, and other information to learn and celebrate the history of this celebration. 


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