Celebrating Juneteenth in Philly

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, June 15-21, 2023

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A black and white closeup snapshot of Little Richard, his mouth wide, expressive.

This week’s roundup features an assortment of Juneteenth events happening in and around the city. The Juneteenth Festival is certainly a staple, and there is plenty more in store in many Philly neighborhoods (and our neighbors in Wilmington, too). The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Delaware Art Museum, and Hatfield House open their museum doors, street festivals hit Germantown and Kensington, and a documentary screening along with a festival intersect with the month’s Pride festivities.

Little Richard: I Am Everything
Friday, June 16, 7pm
Bowl at Clark Park, 4300 Chester Avenue, Philadelphia

BlackStar and cinéSPEAK are hosting a special screening of Little Richard: I Am Everything this weekend as part of cinéSPEAK’s Under the Stars series at Clark Park. The documentary tells the story of Black queer origins of rock and roll and one of its earliest innovators, Richard Penniman.

17th Annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, June 17, 12-7pm
Starting on 6300 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

The long-running Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival, hosted by the Johnson House, arrives on Saturday with a day of music, African drumming, historical re-enactments, music, food, performances, a “Children’s Village,” panel discussions, and more.

Saturday, June 17
Lovett Park, 6945 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

The Prideteenth festival centers Black LGBTQ+ communities and is a family-friendly event. Food, performances, resource tables, and more are on deck.

Juneteenth at Hatfield House
Saturday, June 17, 1-5pm
Hatfield House, 3201 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia

Visit Hatfield House in Fairmount Park for live jazz, activities, and more. Be sure to check out Hatfield House’s new exhibit as well, Healing Through the Land: Black Faces in Green Spaces, a collaborative photo exhibit from We Walk PHL, In Color Birding Club, and GirlTrek.

Juneteenth Freedom Market
Sunday, June 18, 12-5pm
NextFab North, 1800 North American Street, Philadelphia

NextFab hosts a family-friendly Juneteenth-themed market featuring games, face painting, live music, raffles, and more.

Beyond Juneteenth Ancestors Festival: AfrisymPOEMsium & Expo
Sunday, June 18, 11am-4pm
Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington

The fourth annual Beyond Juneteenth Ancestors Festival at DelArt focuses on the education, healing, protection, and adaptation of the human spirit with live performances and presentations from a variety of artists. The event is free to attend but you’ll have to RSVP in advance.

Juneteenth Block Party
Monday, June 19, 11am-4pm
African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia

African American Museum in Philadelphia is throwing a block party for Juneteenth, with DJ Spinderella as the headliner. The free, family-friendly event will feature activities, music, games, visual arts, a local vendors marketplace, and food trucks—in addition to full access to the museum (pre-registration for access is encouraged). Performances by the Marian Anderson Museum’s Scholar Artist Ensemble, Mister Mann’s Jam Band, and PHILADANCO! will also be in tow for the afternoon.

Above: Little Richard: I Am Everything screens at Clark Park this weekend. (Image retrieved via Wikimedia Commons.)

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