2022 Rochester Juneteenth Festival: A Freedom Celebration!

The 2022 Rochester Juneteenth Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St., in downtown Rochester. Bandice Black willserve as host.

The festival will feature food, vendors, speeches and live entertainment, including headliner The Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Band at 6 p.m., a performance that is sponsored by the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Special guests include:

Garth Fagan Dance, the Rochester City School District Marching Band, Teen Empowerment, Rissa Williams, the Ravettes and more. Additional Rochester Celebration Events include: ROC Freedom Riders Annual Bike Ride The ROC Freedom Riders Annual Bike Ride is set to begin at 10 a.m.,

Saturday, June 18, at MLK Jr. Memorial Park, just before the Rochester Juneteenth Festival. The 10-mile route will take participants through the city in celebration and support of “Black culture to commemorate Juneteenth,” according to the event invite. The bike ride is free. Register on Eventbrite. For more details, check the ROC Freedom Riders Instagram and Facebook accounts. (Search for username @RocFreedomRiders.)

Free Admission to the Strong Museum

The Strong Museum National Museum of Play is offering free admission during the Juneteenth Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the museum, 1 Manhattan Square Drive, Rochester. Featured will be special live appearances from Miss Sweet Potato Pie and from Garth Fagan Dance. Local Black businesses will also participate including as Hive Creative Works, Boundless Connections, Conkey Cruisers, and Sugary Delights. Black history educational programming will be part of the day’s offerings.

Do it For the Culture:

Juneteenth Day Party by the Beach Do it for the Culture is hosting a Party by the Beach from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Taste of the Bahamas, 4705 Lake Ave., Rochester. The event will also honor local Black entrepreneurs with awards presented by publicist Rashad J. Smith, known as Radical Rashad, and The Beat 105.5 FM. Music by DJ JK of Powa Squad International. Networking kicks off at noon. The Do it for the Culture entrepreneur awards presentation is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the party begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, nonrefundable. Find them on sale at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roc-juneteenth-day-party-by-the-beach-do-it-for-the-culture-tickets-333081033337.

ROC Juneteenth Run/Walk

The 6th annual ROC Juneteenth Run/Walk is at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 19, and the race begins at the Riverbend Shelter at Genesee Valley Park, which is on the eastern bank of the Genesee River According to organizers, funds raised will support the construction of an outdoor civil rights classroom known as Heritage Park. Registration is online-only and is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the race. The race-day packet is available for pick-up at the Riverbend Shelter from 11 a.m. right until the start of the competition at 1 p.m. Virtual participation is available. More information, including parking and race instructions, is available at https://juneteenth5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=9320.

Free Community Day at the Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum is extending free admission to the community in honor of Juneteenth from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the museum, 900 East Ave., Rochester. Attendees can view the closing of “Joshua Rashaad McFadden: I Believe I’ll Run On,” an exhibit that examines Black identity through photography.

There will also be two free film screenings in the Dryden Theatre: • 1 p.m. “The Throwaways,” which explores the “impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on Black people” 3:30 p.m. “Amazing Grace,” which “follows Aretha Franklin as she records her 1972 live gospel album.”

More information is available by checking https://www.eastman.org/event/free-all-special-events-family-events/free-community-day-juneteenth

Enjoy a day of historic interpretation at Honoring Juneteenth from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Genesee Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 

Attendees can learn the experience of a Black family living in Western New York in the 1860s, according to the museum.Admission is free for museum members. Ticket information, including pricing for non-members, is available by checking https://www.gcv.org/events/honoring-juneteenth.