Juneteenth events in metro Detroit include films, food, music and shopping

Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an annual holiday to celebrate equal rights and freedom of slaves in the United States. On June 19, 1865, federal troops freed the remaining slaves in Texas, enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation, a full 2½ years after its signing.

Celebrations and events will be held in southeast Michigan, and include supporting and shopping at Black-owned businesses, award ceremonies, music, films, food and  live entertainment to acknowledge what's considered the longest-running African American holiday.

Here is a list of upcoming events to acknowledge and celebrate the holiday. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to add your event to the Free Press list.

June 4-30Juneteenth Film Festival: The film festival will run during the month of June with different films showing each week that honors Black actors and actresses, writers, directors and filmmakers as well as showcasing films that present compelling moral stories and educate on racism and black history. Tickets are $5 with all net ticket proceeds going to the UNCF. Emagine Royal Oak, 200 N. Main, Royal Oak. Week of 6/4/21: Harriet (R), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (R), Moonlight (R); week of 6/11/21: Judas and the Black Messiah (R), One Night in Miami (R), If Beale Street Could Talk (R); week of 6/18/21: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse (PG), Get Out (R), Ray (PG-13); week of 6/25/2:1 MLK/FBI (PG), Whose Streets? (R), Just Mercy (PG-13). 

2 p.m. June 13-192021 WSU Juneteenth Opening Celebration: Wayne State University will celebrate with events and activities taking place across campus and in the city of Detroit.

June 17-19Juneteenth Jubilee Freedom Weekend: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will celebrate online, with some in-person elements. The celebration kicks off June 17 with “Juneteenth: Lift Every Voice,” a film documenting the anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” through the eyes of historic museums and anthropologists from across the U.S. It's on the museum website at

7-10 p.m. June 18Movie Night in the D Juneteenth Jubilee: Watch the film “Concrete Cowboys,” starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin at Campus Martius Park. Presented by Chase Bank’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative in collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum and Detroit Downtown Partnership. Free.

8 a.m.-8 p.m. June 19Juneteenth Family Reunion: There will be food, Black vendors, live music, entertainment, free giveaways and more. Catalpa Oaks County Park in Southfield. Free.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 19Juneteenth Mobility Stroll & Roll: The Dearborn route will begin at Michigan and Schaefer and end at Dearborn City Hall Park. Several stops are planned along the route. The event will include activities geared toward all ages, including a Kids Zone and a Mobility Zone. The program begins with dignitary speakers, music and a stretching session from 9-10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall Artspace and the Stroll & Roll starts at 10 a.m. Vendors and voting stations will be along the route. Free, but people are asked to register here.

12-6 p.m. June 19Juneteenth Jubilee Stroll on the Historic Avenue of Fashion: There will be more than 40 Black-owned businesses providing discounts, giveaways, entertainment, raffles, a live podcast, a wellness hub with free resources and more. The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with a street dedication to Marvin Gaye and then transitions to Livernois Avenue for more festivities. Check-in at Best Artist Management, 19954 Livernois, Detroit to pick up a map of participating businesses, swag bags and event materials. General stroll tickets are free with registration; VIP stroll ticket are $15 in advance.

12-10:30 p.m. June 19Juneteenth In The D: A day of festival fun that includes food, play, listening, envisioning and learning in the area near Dabls Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum6559 Grand River in Detroit.

1:45-6 p.m. June 19Detroit Black Wall Street Juneteenth Celebration: Shop with local vendors, special performances, food and more. DLoft Lounge, 21380 Coolidge Highway, Oak Park.

3-7 p. June 19Buy Black Juneteenth Pop Up Shop: Support local Black businesses in the Washtenaw County area. Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti. Free.

4-8 p.m. June 19Unity in the Community: a Juneteenth Celebration: A celebration of cultural diversity that will feature performers and entertainers, a panel of community leaders, food trucks and more. Municipal Park, behind Lathrup Village City Hall, 27400 Southfield, Lathrup Village.

4-10 p.m. June 19Juneteenth Festival ’21: Celebrate Black art, culture, and more in mid-Michigan at REO Town Lansing, S. Washington (between Elm and South streets).

6-10 p.m. June 19African American Leadership Awards Celebrates Juneteenth: Held at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison, Detroit.