Celebrating Juneteenth in Philadelphia

The Weekly Roundup, June 15-22

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A side profile of Alford-Tate in a deep navy blue suit looks out into an audience, an illustrated landscape behind him
Nathan Alford-Tate performs as James Forten at the Museum of the American Revolution. (Photo courtesy of the MoAR.)

Hey friends, it’s that time of year again! Juneteenth is upon us, and in celebration, I’ve curated a list of Juneteenth and related events to check out this weekend. From block parties, movie screenings, outdoor fests, museum events, and more, Philly is rich with festivities for the holiday.

Be safe and be love, y’all.

Juneteenth with Sistahs Laying Down Hands
Friday, June 17, 12-2pm
LOVE Park, 1599 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia

The multi-artistry collective Sistahs Laying Down Hands is popping up at LOVE Park for an afternoon session to get folks in the spirit of the holiday. Music, spoken word, storytelling, dance, and more will all be part of the mixed media festivities. The event is free and open to the public.

Egungun Festival
Saturday, June 18, 10am-4pm
The Copeland Sculpture Garden and Labyrinth, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington

The third annual Juneteenth Egungun Festival kicks off at the Delaware Art Museum this weekend, with a variety of live performances, vendors, food trucks, kid-friendly arts and crafts stations, African drumming, and more.

Uhuru Flea Market
Saturday, June 18, 9am-5pm
Clark Park, 4398 Chester Avenue, Philadelphia

Over 60 vendors and exhibitors are slated for this year’s June edition of the flea market, featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, local artists, crafts, records, bikes, and essentially anything else you could possibly imagine, really.

Interna$hional Bounce Juneteenth Fest
Saturday, June 18, 12-8pm
Sunflower Philly, 1725 North 5th Street, Philadelphia

Black Soul Summer and Interna$hional Bounce link up for a day of DJ sets, vendors, live art, activities, and more. There’s promise of an outside roller disco, so be sure to bring your skates.

Juneteenth Weekend at the MoAR
June 18-20
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia

The MoAR hosts Juneteenth activities including a neighborhood walking tour, discovery carts, pop-up talks, and more, with an emphasis on the stories of unsung Black people of the Revolutionary era and Juneteenth itself. The Museum also has some virtual offerings as well.

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

AAMP is throwing a block party for Juneteenth on Sunday. Free and open to the public, the party is a family-friendly outdoor festival featuring live performances (including from Talib Kweli and Philly’s own Lady Alma), a community marketplace, vendors, food trucks, line dancing, art-making, and more.

Movies on the Block
Sunday, June 19, 5pm
The Lawn at uCity, 3701 Filbert Street, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Film Society is bringing its Movies on the Block summer series back after a two-year hiatus, and they’re kicking it all off with a Juneteenth special. Before the screening, things get going with a live DJ, Black movie trivia, a raffle, and a variety of Black vendors from around Philadelphia (this leg of the party is 21 and over only). It all comes before screening Drumline, which flicks at 8pm.

A Night of Black Excellence
Sunday, June 19, 4-8pm
The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market Street, 52nd floor, Philadelphia

The Pyramid Club is hosting an art exhibition, market, and silent auction celebrating Black artists and creatives on Juneteenth. It should be a sight to see, especially during the sunset hours from that high in the Center City skyscraper.

Isaac Julien: Once Again… (Statues Never Die)
June 19 through September 4, 2022
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

The Barnes opens the immersive five-screen installation by artist and filmmaker Sir Isaac Julien on Juneteenth. While not a dedicated Juneteenth event, the work explores the storied relationship between philosopher Alain Locke and Dr. Albert C. Barnes. Julien has a long history of creating video installations and films around the investigation of African diasporic politics and culture.

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