44th Annual JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL 2019 Update!

Get ready for the 44th consecutive Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo! One of the largest cultural events, of its kind, in the world, Buffalo’s Juneteenth festival will begin on Friday, June 7 at the flag-raising ceremony, in front of City Hall.  Sankofa Days follow, through June 13, with daily events, held throughout the city, that educate and celebrate the African and African American experience, and cause the community, at-large, to reflect on this year’s theme, “The Awakening, After 400 Years”.

On June 14, the setup for the annual festival begins in Martin Luther King Park, and on June 15, at 11:00 a.m., the parade-of-all-parades kicks-off the 2 day event that will have something for everyone, of all ages.  From 3 stages of entertainment; to the “Children’s Zone”; to vendors, and health and well-being information resources; to food that’ll make you yearn for seconds; and so much more, you don’t want to miss this year’s festival and all that it has to offer.


Juneteenth Festival, Inc. is now accepting vendor applications for Juneteenth 2019 (June 15 and 16). Please register by mail before May 1  to avoid late fees. No refunds will be issued after May 1, 2019 Applications received after May 1 may be accepted at the sole discretion of Juneteenth Festival, Inc.  For more information go to www.juneteenthbuffalo.com or call the headquarters at (716)891-8801.


Calling all students, grades 8 – 12, to the annual search for the Malik and Malika (African terms for “King” and “Queen”).  These young people will be selected to be ambassadors of the festival, and represent the mission of Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo, Inc., for the next year.  Interested students will submit essays that demonstrate insightful thought and focused research as they respond to this prompt:

“Compare and Contrast Racism, in America, pre -1865 vs. Racism, in America, 2019.” There will be one male and one female winner, who will each receive $100  and “wear the crown.”

Assistance in preparing the writing portion will be provided to prospective applicants at Juneteenth Headquarters, 1517 Genesee St., from 6– 7p.m., April 3, 10, and 17. Please call 716 891-8801, for more information and to reserve your child’s or student’s spot, in the writing workshops.

ALL submissions must be received, or postmarked, by Friday, April 26, 2019, and should be legibly written, or typed, and mailed to and mailed to Juneteenth Festival, Inc., P.O. Box 412, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, NY 14205, or hand-delivered to headquarters, Mon. – Fri., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by 

Jennifer Strickland, Public Relations Chair