Celebrate a weekend of education and advocacy with your community during the Juneteenth Oregon Parade and Festival.
Juneteenth Oregon is a nonprofit organization that connects and strengthens communities, and shares the history of Juneteenth. The organization is celebrating its 51st Juneteenth Oregon festival this year.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of African American slaves.
Events held on Juneteenth honor this monumental change in American history through celebration, education, advocacy and bringing communities together.
View a full list of Juneteenth celebrations in and around Portland.
Here are all the details about this year’s event in Portland.
2023 Juneteenth Oregon Parade and Festival
The free annual community empowered Juneteenth festival brings its celebration to the community with local jazz, hip hop and soul legends, education, empowering speeches from community leaders and more.
Juneteenth Oregon Parade and Festival is taking place Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 18, from 12 to 6 p.m.
The festival kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday. This year, the parade starts at King School going south on Martin Luther King Blvd. then turns west on Knott and ends at N. Graham St./N. Williams Ave.
At Lillis-Albina Park, you’ll enjoy musical performances, 130+ local vendors, a variety of food and a kids’ area.
The event also features guests from the Miss Juneteenth Oregon program, which provides education and resources to help youth build resilience, gain confidence and make positive life choices.
Here is the lineup of performances for each day:
- Kirk Green
- BridgeCity Soul
- Greater Kind
- Jason Neville Funky Soul Band from New Orleans
- BridgeCity Jazz
- Tyrone Hendrix
- Jubu Smith
- Alonzo Chadwick
- Saeeda Wright
- Arietta Ward
The event is free to attend. Lillis-Albina Park is located at N Flint Ave. and Russell St. in Portland. For more information, visit Juneteenth Oregon’s website.
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