Live in the DTL Juneteenth celebration in Lawrenceville, Georgia

Live in the DTL Juneteenth celebration in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Photo by City of Lawrenceville

Juneteenth Celebrations in Georgia

Celebrate the Juneteenth holiday with friends and family at festivals, concerts and more special events throughout the state.

For decades, communities have celebrated Juneteenth, now recognized as a federal holiday, as a way to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans across the United States. It marks the official day, June 19, 1865, when enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, received news of their freedom — more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Across the country, celebrations are often marked with parades, festivals, and family gatherings to honor the cultural and historical significance of the holiday while also providing a space for education and reflection. This year, we've curated a list of a few ways you can celebrate Juneteenth in Georgia:

Juneteenth Events & Festivals

June 14

Lawrenceville: LIVE in the DTL Juneteenth Celebration

Celebrate diversity through a variety of expressions of Black culture, including live music, art, and food. Bring your blankets, chairs, and dancing shoes for this free concert.

June 15

Acworth: Concert on the Green: A Juneteenth Celebration

Bring blankets and folding chairs, and join the celebration of freedom and respect for all cultures at Logan Farm Park starting at 5 p.m. with live music from 7-9 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Atlanta: Juneteenth Celebration at the Atlanta History Center

Join this free public program that combines the celebration of Black culinary heritage with America's pastime, baseball. Through culinary demonstrations and exhibitions – including More Than Brave: The Life of Henry Aaron, which explores the legacy of one of baseball's greatest players, and "Barbecue Nation," an exploration of the history of barbecue – celebrate the legacy of Juneteenth and the joyous union of food, family, and heritage

Dublin: Taste of Juneteenth

Celebrate the significance of African history, arts, and culture with a festival full of educational and entertaining dance, music, spoken word performances, and so much more. Enjoy a parade, live music and entertainment, food, and art for the whole family.

Fayetteville: Juneteenth Festival at Town at Trilith

Connect, reflect, and rejoice in the spirit of Juneteenth at this festival, featuring live music, vendor booths, and food trucks.

Marietta: Juneteenth at the William Root House Museum

Commemorate Juneteenth with guided museum tours, living history demonstrations, storytelling, and more. Free admission.

Perry: Juneteenth Freedom Day Festival

Celebrate freedom and equality at this festival with live entertainment, children's activities, food trucks, and more.

Stonecrest: Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom

Enjoy a kids zone, live performances, food trucks, vendors and a fireworks show.

Woodbine: Juneteenth Jubilee

Enjoy live entertainment, including a performance by singer-songwriter Noa, vendors, games, free food from 12-1 p.m., free books about African American history and culture, presentations about the history of Juneteenth, and raffle prizes.

June 15-16

Juliette: After Juneteenth -- A New Beginning in Middle Georgia

Join a walking tour of Jarrell Plantation Historic Site to learn about the enslaved people who lived in middle Georgia before the Civil War and stayed after to seek a new beginning. Reservations required.

June 19

Augusta: Juneteenth Augusta Festival

Join this free event to hear from speakers, take part in health and wellness checks, and enjoy musical and spoken word acts, exhibits, entertainment for kids, and vendors.

June 21-23

Atlanta: Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival in Piedmont Park

Join family and friends to mark the Juneteenth holiday in Atlanta's Piedmont Park with a parade, music, art, food and celebrations of Black culture. The free, three-day Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival features music performances on six stages. Check the festival website for the complete lineup of performers.

June 22

Savannah: Juneteenth Fine Arts Festival

Experience the richness of African American heritage through cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and mesmerizing dance performances. With spoken word poetry and an array of activities, the Savannah Juneteenth Fine Arts Festival promises an enriching and unforgettable celebration for all.

Published: April 2024
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