Celebrate Anywhere – Juneteenth Celebrations Near You

Get ready to celebrate Juneteenth!

Why all Americans Should Honor Juneteenth

Celebrations in the Kalamazoo Area

Kalamazoo College Juneteenth Celebration

Friday, June 18th, 2 p.m.

Location: K-College Lower Quad

Thank you to everyone who registered for the Block Party! Registration for lunch is now closed. However, we encourage you to join us from 2 – 5 p.m. for music with O’Jamm, games with BAFSA and dancing to the sounds of DJ Chuck on the Quad.

Soul Artistry LLC (virtual)

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 1 – 3 pm  

Livestreamed performances from the Mary Jane Stryker Theater at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum featuring youth poets, dancers, vocalists and a DJ ranging in age from 5 – 18 years old. Free on Facebook.

Soul Artistry FB Live Link

Black Arts & Cultural Center and Kalamazoo Public Library (virtual)

June 19, 2021, 1-3 p.m.

Juneteenth Freedom Day at Arcadia Creek Festival Site

Saturday, June 19, 12 – 6 p.m.

The event will feature musical performances, celebrate Black fathers and celebrate recent 2020-2021 graduates of 2 and 4 year colleges. This community commencement will begin at 4 p.m.

Juneteenth Basketball Tournament & Slam Dunk Contest

Saturday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

Location: Wings Event Center

This event will feature Doug Anderson, Kalamazoo native and Harlem Globetrotter. Advance tickets are $7 for children 12 and under, $15 for ages 13 and up. Tickets at the door will cost $10 for 12 and under and $20 for 13 and up. $5 of each ticket will go to Eliminating Racism & Creating/Celebrating Equity (ERACCE), Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community (ISAAC) and Rootead.

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Address: 7000 N. Westnedge Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49009

The Nature Center is offering free admission throughout the month of June as a way to celebrate freedom and share the healing and nourishment that nature can provide. For free admission, simply mention that you are there to honor Juneteenth.

KZOO Juneteenth

A collaborative celebration of Juneteenth with programming by WMU, Kalamazoo College, and other Kalamazoo area organizations.

Visit the KZOO Juneteenth website for their list of events.

Brandford Marsalis at the Kalamazoo State Theatre

Saturday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m.

Branford Marsalis Tickets 

Statewide Juneteenth Kickoff hosted by Emergent Justice

Friday, June 18 from 6 pm – 11 pm

Address: 804 W. North Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Emergent Justice, PACCT, UPLift Kalamazoo, Urban Democracy FEAST, Urban Exposure Initiative, Fresh Start and Majyck Radio have partnered together to create a space of fellowship,celebration and sharing.

There will be content shared via Zoom from Detroit and Benton Harbor communities throughout the event. Performances from local artists, SkitzoMichigan and Kreative Kitty and Khadijah Brown, as well as children’s activities.

Featured documentary, Amend: The Fight for America (the first episode of the series) will be played once it is near dusk.

Amend: The Fight for America Trailer

Free PPE provided!

Amend Zoom Room Registration

The event will also be streamed FB live as well.

Minor Element: A Juneteenth Celebration (virtual)

Saturday, June 19 at 7 p.m.

Minor Element is an all-instrumental jazz fusion band from Battle Creek, Michigan. Originally a jazz trio, the group evolved over time to the diverse group of musicians it is today. As the band grew, so did their sound, pulling in elements of Jazz, Rock, Gospel, Fusion – basically anything that inspires them – to create their distinctive sound. Minor Element pride themselves on being music for the musician and the audience; not only can you hear the complexity in the original compositions, but you can find your groove too. This event is FREE but registration is required.

Register for Minor Element Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Jam – A Celebration of Freedom

Saturday, June 19, 3 – 6 p.m.

Address: Upjohn Park 1018 Walter Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

The Black Action Movement and WMU’s Black Student Union have come together to plan a Juneteenth event for the community! Come our and show out! There will be games, music, educational resources, and food…all FREE to you!

For more information contact: 734.489.9220 or bsuwmu1968@gmail.com