This year, Juneteenth falls on a Saturday, so expect plenty of special events and celebrations to go down all day (and weekend) long. You can check out markets highlighting Black-owned food businesses and vendors, and head to outdoor performances featuring local musicians, dancers, and poets. Also, Lyft is offering free rides to events happening around the city.
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Juneteenth on the Waterfront
MegaBlack SF is hosting Juneteenth on the Waterfront, an event celebrating Black-owned vendors and food businesses at the Embarcadero Ferry Terminal Plaza and Ferry Building Farmers’ Market. Entry is free, or you can purchase a tasting ticket, which will get you samples from each of the eight participating vendors (including Teranga, A Girl Named Pinky, and Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement). Stop by any time between 8am-2pm this Saturday.
2nd Annual Oakland Juneteenth Fest
From 12-8pm on Saturday, the Lake Merritt Amphitheater will be filled with DJs, food vendors, and art installations, and also feature a lineup of speakers. Admission is free, but donations to Oakland’s Juneteenth Fest are welcome.
Juneteenth at Bayview Opera House
The Bayview Opera House is celebrating Juneteenth by hosting their first in-person event since March 2020. Their outdoor stage will host a lineup of musicians, dancers, poets, and more, 1-3pm on Saturday. Buy tickets and donate to BVOH here.
Planterday + Red Bay Coffee
Oakland-based mobile plant shop Planterday will be popping up outside of Red Bay Coffee’s Fruitvale Public Roastery on Saturday, 8am-12pm. So kick off your Juneteenth festivities with a charcoal latte and some new plants.
As part of the city’s 2021 Pride celebration, SF Pride is hosting a Black Liberation event at the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Western Addition. 3-9pm on Friday June 18th, they’ll have live music and vendors, and are encouraging people to bring rollerskates. Check their website for more details.
On Juneteenth, all Tartine locations will donate 100% of their proceeds from morning bun sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. So stop by Tartine Manufactory, or the bakeries in the Mission and Inner Sunset, to grab one (or a few).
Celebrate Juneteenth with MoAD
The Museum of the African Diaspora has organized a series of virtual talks and workshops on Saturday, including a roundtable discussion called Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretics: Shredding While Black and Female, and a lecture/dance party celebrating African American social dances. Events are pay-what-you-can, but be sure to register online to receive a Zoom link.