Updated: Aug 17, 2021
This weekend America celebrates Juneteenth, which is an incredibly important day, as it’s the day (June 19, 1865) that the last slaves in Texas had been told of their freedom from slavery, over two full years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863).
This year feels extra exciting as yesterday, President Joe Biden signed into law a bill that adds Juneteenth to the list of federally recognized holidays.
With all of that explained, we are overjoyed to present to you Curbside’s second Juneteenth weekend roundup. We have quite a few different Juneteenth community events that are sure to get you in a celebratory mood. Additionally, as it is still Pride month we have some great LGBTQIA+ events as well. All of the events we are covering in this event roundup will be adhering to Covid guidelines and restrictions.
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Have a safe and fun weekend, Curbsiders.
Juneteenth Celebration - Free
Saturday, June 19 - 10 am to 12 pm
Town Center Park - Wilsonville, OR
Join the City of Wilsonville for its first annual Juneteenth celebration. Imran Haider, a member of the city’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, will be hosting a “short program that is also scheduled to feature community voices from the DEI Committee and the Wilsonville Alliance of Inclusive Communities.” Come see how the first-ever Juneteenth celebration in Wilsonville shakes out.
Juneteenth East County - Free
Saturday, June 19 - 10 am to 6 pm
Vance Park - 1300 SE 182nd Ave - Gresham, OR
Join Beyond Black, a community organization out of Portland, for its 3rd annual “East County” Juneteenth celebration. They describe the event as “a celebration of freedom from slavery.” There will be food, a bunch of vendors, live performances and more. The event is free.
The Official Juneteenth Celebration - Free
Saturday, June 19 - 12 pm to 7 pm
Alton Baker Park - 100 Day Island Rd - Eugene, OR
Join Honoring Our New Ethnic Youth (H.O.N.E.Y) and Xcape Dance Company for their second annual Juneteenth Celebration. They describe the event's goals as, “In an effort to further educate our community, show the richness of our presence, and create a gathering space to honor the current and past events of our people, members of the Black community are organizing a Juneteenth Celebration. This year's theme is: Turning Trauma to Joy.”
They continue, “This event will include Black-owned businesses, Black-owned food carts, Black performing arts, speeches and educational moments for the community of Eugene to be further informed of the struggles, perseverance, and the underlying issues that have caused a deficit in equality for our people. The goal of this event is not only to bring together and empower our Black community but to educate the people of Eugene as we look forward to a more unified and justice-based tomorrow.” If you are in Eugene, you don’t want to miss this event.
49th Annual Juneteenth Oregon - Free
Saturday, June 19 - 1 pm
This is going to be a great event. This weekend, join Jack London Revue and PDX Jazz for a HUGE collection of music and special appearances for the 49th Annual Juneteenth Celebration. We are excited to see how this event plays out!
Musical performances include:
Cool Nutz & DJ Fatboy
Yawa Amenta aka Amenta Abioto
Libretto + DJ Ozroc
Donna Jones & The Delegation
DJ O.G. One
Special guests include:
Governor Kate Brown
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
Drummer Mel Brown
Juneteenth - Free
Saturday, June 19 - 4:30 pm
Millennium Plaza City Park - 200 1st St - Lake Oswego, OR
Respond to Racism, a community organization, alongside the City of Lake Oswego, is hosting a Juneteenth celebration. The event will feature remarks from RTR’s President, Willie Poinsette, the Mayor of Lake Oswego, Joe Buck, community activist Antoinette Edwards, and much more. There will be music, poetry, and activities for kids. This should be a great family-friendly event for you to enjoy this weekend.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2021 Juneteenth Celebration - Free
Saturday, June 19 - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
(Online) Oregon Shakespeare Festival - Ashland, OR
Celebrate Juneteenth with the beloved actors at the OSF as they celebrate and focus on Black joy. Join Christiana Clark and William Thomas Hodgson as they run the event that is PACKED with artist performances and presentations. For the list of performances, click here. They also invite you to join an artist-led social media Juneteenth celebration on TikTok and Instagram.
Pride Party 2021 (21+)
Friday, June 18 - 12 pm to 11:30 pm
The Big Legrowlski - 812 NW Couch St. - Portland, OR
The Little Lioness Productions and Paige DeAlmeida are hosting an evening of Pride celebration! The bar will be open at noon, and there will be dancing, DJ’s, pop-up performances, and more. We have promoted a few different events from The Big Legrowlski and we are looking forward to seeing how this night goes.
Black Trans All Stars Present: Black On Both Sides 2021 - Free
Friday, June 18 - 6 pm
Irving Park - 707 NE Fremont St. - Portland, OR
Join Crave Theatre for a celebration of Black Trans Pride at Irving Park in Portland this Friday. From 6 pm to midnight come to celebrate, march, and enjoy Black, Indigenous and POC vendors, mutual aid, food, music, and more. “Honor The Living, Honor Those Past.”
Shut Up and Be Queer - Rainbow Party w/ A’Keria Davenport - Free
Friday, June 18 - 6 pm
Local Lounge - 3536 NE L King Blvd. - Portland, OR
If you have ever wanted to meet someone who was on RuPaul's Drag Race, now is your opportunity! Come down to the Local Lounge to party and get your drink on. If you pick up the VIP tickets ($60 to $120 + $7 meet & greet) you will be able to meet the one and only A’keria C Davenport. There will be performances from Flawless Shade, Autumn Rainz Hart, Sue From Corporate and more.
Pride Parade Watch Party - Free
Sunday, June 20 - 1 pm to 3 pm
(Online) Joyful Transitions PDX - Portland, OR
Joyful Transitions PDX, a Portland-based charity organization, is hosting a digital watch party for Pride 2021. They explain the event, “Join us to watch the Pride Parade and all the floats go by as we celebrate our pride in who we are! Joyful Transitions PDX even makes a small appearance!” We are ready to get our pride on!
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