Portland Juneteenth Celebrations: Freedom Day Marches, Speakers, Music, Rides & More!

In 2021, Juneteenth falls on Saturday. Juneteenth, also known as “Independence Day” or “Freedom Day”, commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of African American slaves.

On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation effectively ending slavery on January 1, 1863, however, the Proclamation had little effect in the State of Texas until two and half years later. It was on June 19, 1865, that Union General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free.


2021 Portland Juneteenth Events & Celebrations

  • June 12: Multnomah County Library Presents Juneteenth Celebration | 11AM-4:30PM, Online (more info)
  • June 12: Side Yard Farm’s Collaborative BIPOC & Queer Market | 10AM-3PM, 21 Vendors (more info)
  • June 12: Elevate BIPOC Market @ The Breathe Building | 11AM-4PM (more info)
  • June 17-19: Clinton St. Theater presents The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) (more info)
  • June 19: Milwaukie Juneteenth Celebration @ Milwaukie Riverfront Park | 3-6PM, Speakers, Performers, Music, Food Trucks (more info)
  • June 19: Juneteenth Pride Celebration @ Local Lounge | 5PM-Close (more info)
  • June 19: Rose City Rollers & Brown Girl Rise Present Juneteenth BIPOC Skate Hang @ Gateway Discovery Park | 1:30-4:30PM, Meal & Snacks (more info)
  • June 19: Juneteenth Celebration featuring the Annette Lowman Trio @ Corkscrew Wine Bar | 8-10PM (more info)
  • June 19: Too Turnt Events Presents Juneteenth at Rainbow City | 6-10PM, Food, Vendors, Performers (more info)
  • June 19: Portland Art Picnic – Juneteenth @ Wilshire City Park | 11AM-5PM (more info)
  • June 19: Lake Oswego Juneteenth Celebration @ Millennium Plaza Park | 4:30-6:30PM, Speakers, Music (more info)
  • June 19: PDX Jazz Presents Juneteenth Oregon @ Lack London Revue | 1PM, Live Stream (more info)
  • June 19: Fremont Fun Run Brews & Scoops 3K Obstacle Course | 9AM-1PM, Juneteenth, Father’s Day, Pride Celebration (more info)
  • June 19: 4 The Culture Pop-Up Markets Presents Juneteeth Block Party @ Billy Webb Elks Lodge | 12-5PM, Free (more info)
  • June 19: Vend Again Juneteenth Markers Market @ Honey Latte Cafe | 11AM-4PM, Music, Raffles, Food (more info)
  • June 19: Juneteenth Celebration @ Stem Wine Bar | 6-8PM, Live Music w/ Kingsley, Live Mural Art w/ Naomi Liyaki, Benefit Black Resilience Fund, Songwriter (more info)
  • June 19: Big Yard Foundation Presents Celebration of Black Lives @ King School Park | 1-6PM, March, Speakers, Food, Music (more info)
  • June 19: Vanport Mosaic Presents Malcolm X Birthday Tour: Black Panther Party Legacy Tour of Albina | 10:30AM-12:30PM (more info)
  • June 20: Third Eye Books Grand Opening | 2-4PM, Special Appearance by Author Tianna Bartoletta (more info)
  • June 26: Community Chef Dinner Series! Juneteenth w/ Chef Rachelle Dixon @ Zenger Farm (more info)


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