This year, Juneteenth falls during the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst occurrences of racial violence in American history. The 2021 Tulsa Juneteenth Festival will serve as an important space in the community to honor and defend humanity and make space to be present and relish in the fullest expressions of freedom.
The Juneteenth Festival is a free public event featuring live entertainment, an art exhibition, and a local market with over 40 plus businesses, more than 10 food trucks, and a Kids Zone.
Juneteenth Festival Schedule
Five days of festivities
On Wednesday, June 16, the celebration will commence at Circle Cinema with a screening of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s upcoming documentary, “Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised.”
On Thursday, June 17 on the Historical Greenwood Ave, the annual Tulsa Juneteenth Block Party will feature local performers and support local businesses. A family movie screening of Red Tails will be shown at Movie in the Park on the festival lawn located on Greenwood Ave.
On Friday, June 18, the Festival will showcase more than 40 innovative Black vendors, undeniable food and the “In Bloom” Art Exhibit featuring Oklahoma native painters and photographers, artists talks and creative workshops. This year’s festival will present the Tulsa All Star Band, Charlie Redd, Omaley B, and The Wise Men to kick off Friday night with an infusion of soul-funk and R&B performances at 6:00 p.m. on Greenwood Ave.
Cameo will be the headliner
On Saturday, June 19, the 2021 Tulsa Juneteenth Festival will continue at 9:00 a.m. for the first Wellness Event, In Our Being, a time of healing through journaling, meditation and movement. As the day continues, Tulsa Juneteenth is excited to have Black Health Counts on site to offer free COVID-antibody testing and health screenings from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. as well as pertinent health education for the community. The headliner for Saturday night is CAMEO, an American Soul Funk group known for its 70’s hits “Candy” and “Word Up”.
On Sunday, June 20th, the Tulsa Juneteenth Festival welcomes Pastor Michael Todd and Transformation Church to close out the events with Church in the Park on Greenwood Ave beginning at 11 a.m.