JuneteenthKC 2018 Official Activities

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Join us for a stroll through the streets of the historic 18th & Vine district for an evening of live entertainment and art showcased by minority vendors and artisans.

The spirit of African-American pride and freedom returns with the 2nd Annual JuneteenthKC Cultural Parade, an extravagant procession of marching bands, drill teams, civic clubs and various organizations through the 18th & Vine Historic District.

The 7th annual JuneteenthKC Heritage Festival features KC’s BEST local live entertainment and FREE activities for the ENTIRE family.  The festival provides an opportunity to explore local businesses, service agencies and over 50 local/regional retail vendors of products and services.

Nelson-Atkins Museum Juneteenth Celebration | Saturday, June 9th

Be sure to stop by the Nelson Atkins Museum of Arts an OFFICIAL JuneteenthKC Program Partner!



2018 Theme: Passport to Freedom

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Brought to Kansas City in 1980 by Horace M Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America INC, Juneteenth is an annual heritage celebration and platform that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in America and provides the backdrop to pay tribute to the founders of our community.

JuneteenthKC is extremely proud to host the 7th annual JuneteenthKC: Passport to Freedom heritage celebration event which will feature cultural activities, a variety of retail, food, non-profit, public service, and youth oriented vendors in addition to JuneteenthKC OFFICIAL Main Stage highlighting KC's best live entertainment!

JuneteenthKC is a 501c3 organization that celebrates African American Pride 365 days a year!

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Get Involved

There are plenty of ways to get involved with the 2018 JuneteenthKC celebration.  Whether you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring events, becoming a vendor or participating in the parade.  Join us!