Juneteenth Events for Families In and Near NYC

Juneteenth Events for Families In and Near NYC
Getty Images

Juneteenth Events for Families In and Near NYC

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery. Families all over the world celebrate this important holiday through gatherings, picnics, as well as educational events to learn about the struggles African Americans have had to endure.

Here in NYC, there are many events and activities happening throughout the month where kids and their families can learn about the history of this holiday while also celebrating!

Psst… Check out these Pride Month events for kids and families!

Click on your region to jump to events near you:


Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth

Duffy Square, Broadway between 45th & 47th Streets, Midtown
Wednesday, June 19, 11 am – 12:30 pm
All ages

Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth is a free outdoor concert centered around Black artistry and unity that will feature an entirely Black Broadway cast performing Broadway musical numbers.

Juneteenth Celebration

Rockefeller Park, Chambers St. & River Terrace, Battery Park City
Saturday, June 15, 2 – 5 pm
All Ages

Battery Park City’s 8th annual Emancipation Day celebration offers fun, history, art and a performance by Juneteenth LP, whose mission is to share music of the African Diaspora through the lens of Black classically trained musicians. The Federation of Black Cowboys share history and horseback rides (ages 3 and up). Browse in the book tent and art exhibit tent, paint your own Juneteenth flag, and relax on the lawn. Juneteenth dress is welcome! Bring a picnic!

Juneteenth at CMOM

Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd St., Upper West Side
Wednesday, June 19, 10 am – 3:45 pm
All Ages
Included with $16.75 admission

Celebrate Juneteenth and learn about this special holiday through interactive art-making projects in celebration of Black liberation, resilience, and joy!

Juneteenth Free Day

ARTECHOUSE, 439 W 15th St., Chelsea
Wednesday, June 19, 10 am – 9 pm
All Ages
Advanced registration is required

To commemorate Juneteenth, and to celebrate the work of Black artists Vince Fraser and Ursula Rucker, ARTECHOUSE will open their space free of charge. The art space will offer activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy on-site, including a special “Sorrel Punch” cocktail – inspired by the tradition of celebrating with red food and drinks on Juneteenth – made with hibiscus and chai from West Africa. 

New York Family Juneteenth events ion NYC and beyond
Getty Images

June­teenth Historic Walking Tour

Governor’s Island, Ferry Terminal, New York Harbor
Wednesday, June 19, 11 am – 3 pm
All Ages

Join Gov­er­nors Island Nation­al Mon­u­ment at Cas­tle Williams for a free Ranger-led walk and talk about the cel­e­bra­tion of June­teenth, where vis­i­tors will explore the ori­gins of the hol­i­day and the his­to­ry of African-Amer­i­cans in ser­vice with the U.S. Army after the Amer­i­can Civ­il War.

The East Midtown Partnership Presents Black and Queer: A Juneteenth Concert

Christ Church NYC, 524 Park Ave., Upper East Side
Wednesday, June 19, 7 – 8:30 pm
Ages 8 and older

The 75-minute concert will celebrate the intersectionality of being Black and queer for members of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Backed by the formation of the full chorus, NYCGMC’s Black soloists will share what Juneteenth means to them through their own stories, solos and favorite songs during this celebration of liberation.

Harlem Grown’s Juneteenth Celebration

134th St. Farm, 116 W. 134th St., Harlem
Sunday, June 22, 10 am – 3 pm
Ages 3 and up

This celebration will focus on commemorating Juneteenth while educating, empowering, and elevating the Harlem community. Celebrate this important holiday, cook and taste recipes, and highlight black and brown businesses in Harlem.


Family Craft: Juneteenth

Pelham Bay Library, 3060 Middletown Road, Pelham Bay
Monday, June 17, 11:30 am – 12 pm
18 months-5 years 

Join the library for a hands-on project designed for families, in honor of Juneteenth. 

Juneteenth Celebration

Hunts Point Recreation Center, 765 Manida St., Hunt’s Point
Tuesday, June 18, 11 am – 2 pm
All Ages

Celebrate Juneteenth with activities that will include performances, creative art, light refreshments, and more.

Celebrate Juneteenth Story & Craft

Parkchester Library, 1985 Westchester Ave., Pelham Parkway
Tuesday, June 18, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Ages 3 – 8

Read a book and create something special to commemorate Juneteenth.

MORE Opera’s Juneteenth Jubilee 2024

Bronx Music Hall Amphitheatre, 442 East 162nd St., Crotona Park East
Wednesday, June 19, 2 – 3:30 pm
All Ages

Celebrate Juneteenth with musical fun for the whole family at a free outdoor concert. The program includes an original dramatic narrative in Spanish and English explaining the importance of Juneteenth for all Americans and exploring its musical and cultural traditions.  


Juneteenth Celebration

Lower Highland Playground, Jamaica Ave. and Elton St., East New York
Wednesday, June 19, 3 – 6 pm
All Ages

Celebrate Juneteenth with the Blue Bus and enjoy recycled arts & crafts, reading circle, and pick-up games for all.


Juneteenth: Historic St. Albans

Field House in Archie Spigner Park, 169 St., Merrick Blvd., Marne Pl. bet. Linden Blvd., Sayres Ave., and 111 Rd., St. Albans
Wednesday, June 19, 11 am – 12:30 pm
All Ages

Learn about the history of the historic neighborhood of St. Albans, Queens, and the role that African Americans had in shaping New York City’s history. 

Juneteenth in Queens

Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Wednesday, June 19, 12 – 8 pm
All Ages

Experience a day of celebration and reflection to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States, including the last freed in Galveston, TX. Enjoy live music, dance performances, food vendors, and more. Connect with the community and learn about the rich history of Juneteenth.

Celebrate Juneteenth 2024 Festivities

The Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria
Wednesday, June 19, 12 pm
All Ages
Free except for the Museum tour, Media Game Lab activities, and film screenings, which are included with Museum admission of $10-$22

In celebration of the Juneteenth holiday and Black Music Appreciation Month, the Museum of the Moving Image is featuring an array of activities and screenings. Starting at noon, DJ Planet Mo will be spinning Afrobeats. 

Staten Island

Juneteenth: Black History in Science and Conservation

Fairview Park, Englewood Ave., W. Shore Expwy., Veterans Rd. W. , Rossville
Wednesday, June 19, 11 – 11:30 am
All Ages

In honor of Juneteenth, the Urban Park Rangers will highlight historic African Americans who have contributed to fields of environmental science and conservation.

SI Community Alliance Presents: 4th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Ter., Silver Lake
Saturday, June 22, 12 – 6 pm
All Ages

Commemorate Juneteenth with friends and family to enjoy live performances, delicious food, merchandise vendors, and interactive activities for all ages. 

Long Island

AdvoKids: Juneteenth

Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
Wednesday, June 19, 11 – 11:30 am & 12 – 12:30 pm
Ages 5 – 12
Included with admission: $17

Gain a better understanding of this federal holiday and make a festive confetti popper to celebrate. 

Sailing To Freedom

The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
Wednesday, June 19, 12 pm & 2 pm
All Ages
$6-$8 admission + $10 participant; museum members $5

Did you know that whaling was America’s first integrated industry? This Juneteenth,  celebrate the resistance and resilience of African Americans in the whaling industry. Discover the stories of trailblazing captains, ingenious inventors, and celebrated craftsmen. Enjoy a special scavenger hunt around the special exhibit and construct your own boat model using a variety of wooden materials and a bit of imagination.

Joy Fest: A Juneteenth Celebration

Hempstead Lake State Park, 1000 Lake Drive West, West Hempstead
Wednesday, June 19, 2 pm
All Ages

Commemorate the historical significance of Juneteenth at this community event featuring several activations that will incorporate cuisine, the arts, athletics, wealth building, holistic health information and demonstrations, information kiosks, and more, as visitors will be immersed in an amazing cultural experience.

Juneteenth Freedom

Kennedy Park, 355 Greenwich St., Hempstead
Wednesday, June 19, 5 – 8 pm
All Ages

Celebrate Juneteenth with live entertainment, cultural expressions, craft fair, food vendors, and fun games.

Summer Stage 2024: Soulful Freedom Juneteenth Celebration Concert

Tanner Park, 400 Baylawn Ave., Copiague
Friday, June 21, 6 – 9 pm
All Ages

Get your lawn chairs and blankets ready to enjoy a cultural experience with the Soulful Freedom Juneteenth Celebration Concert.

Relevant Directory Listings

See More

Speakitaly NYC

<p>SPEAKITALY NYC offers stimulating and entertaining lessons for children 0 to 16 years through a wide combination of activities based on the communicative approach anchored in the Common European Framework of Reference: active learning (group work, role plays, etc.) and practice exercises aimed to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Kids will start speaking and using Italian in a very natural way.  Small classes capped at 6 students to make sure each one gets the needed attention and facilitate learners' progress. </p> <p>Our method is driven by a didactic method that is the result of constant updates, professional certifications and more than 10 years of experience in working with non-native speakers from different native languages and levels of knowledge.</p> <p>Our aim is to develop a range of Italian language skills while improving accuracy that will enable the students and participants to interact without stress or feeling rushed. We want to help those in the community really embrace not only the true culture in Italy but the Italian culture within New York City… Who doesn’t love what Italy represents in the kitchen, in history & in the arts?</p> <p>Speakitaly wants to support multilingual families who want to learn a new language or pass along their ancestor’s heritage and culture. Raffaella, the founder said: "We see language awareness and intercultural sensitivity as the milestones for an inclusive society. Italian, like all other languages, is an enrichment and a growth in every way. Vi aspettiamo!"</p>

Collina Italiana, The Italian Language and Cultural Center

<p>Learn Italian the fun way. Children practice and absorb the language through arts & crafts, activities, games, songs and stories!</p>

British Swim School - Manhattan

<p>The premier learn-to-swim provider for people of all ages, offering programs for children ages 3-months through adults.  British Swim School uses gentle teaching methods and a survival-first approach to help people of all experience levels become safer, stronger swimmers. British Swim School’s safe, fun, and effective instructional program has made it the preferred choice for parents and students for over 40 years. Come see the British Swim School difference!</p>