Community Event

37th Annual Berkeley Juneteenth Festival

Sun, June 16, 2024 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
3271-3299 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703


Berkeley’s Juneteenth Festival commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

The significance of Juneteenth carries a lot of weight for African Americans: celebrating our emancipation from chattel slavery, but never forgetting the nightmare of slavery; celebrating the journey of our ancestors, and our resilience as a people for what we have had to overcome as a result of the systemic legacy of slavery, and in spite of the obstacles that were placed before us; celebrating our unique culture, made in America, but rich with our African heritage; celebrating the contributions we have made to the fabric of America, notwithstanding our humble beginnings, and finally a commitment to the fight for equal justice under the law .


KID/STEM Zone Activities may have attractions like a rock wall, skating, and STEM activities. Art programs for young children also include dance, storytelling, slides, jumpers and clowns, face painting and art projects coordinated by community organizations.


RD BONDS MAIN STAGE is the “heart” of Juneteenth. The music incorporates the best of the African American experience: drumming, jazz, blues, neo-soul, gospel, R&B, and reggae. While talents, like Pharoah Sanders have graced our stage, the Festival is a vehicle for showcasing “up and coming acts”, providing new talent with an opportunity to expand their audience.


LOTHARIO LOTHO STAGE features performances directed towards young adults. Auditions are held thirty days prior to the Festival. Acts may include song, theatre, dance, gospel, jazz, spoken word, and fashion.