Juneteenth 2024 | Desert Botanical Garden

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Juneteenth 2024

DATE: June 11
TIME: 6-9 p.m.
PRICE: FREE with community day reservation


Join us as we commemorate Juneteenth at the Garden. Stroll through the trails to enjoy a day filled with activities that celebrate Black culture and traditions.

Desert Botanical Garden honors Juneteenth’s legacy of change by celebrating Black culture and excellence through storytelling, history, art, performance, community discussion and entrepreneurship.

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of chattel slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, tens of thousands of enslaved Africans in Texas were emancipated, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln. Initially a Texas state holiday, Juneteenth became a federally recognized holiday on June 17, 2021 and is observed on June 19.

Juneteenth Evening Festival 6-9 p.m. | FREE with community day reservation

Celebrate Juneteenth while also recognizing June as Black Music Month. Bring the entire family and engage in games and activities for children.

Stroll our evening market to shop with local artists and vendors. Enjoy an evening filled with music, dance, food and fun. We will honor the past, celebrate the present and embrace a bright future while exploring the rich cultural heritage of Juneteenth.

Ottosen Entry Garden
Music –
Musical sounds by Jonathan Levingston
Reflection Zone – Designated space to pause, reflect and explore the history of Juneteenth in a calm and inclusive environment.

Amphitheater 
Kids Zone – Juneteenth Kids Zone is an exciting and educational experience for children. Join us for a fun-filled games, activities and celebration of freedom and unity.

Binns Wildflower Pavillion
Wellness Zone –
Come experience the soothing sounds of a sound bath meditation. Sound baths aim to guide the listener into a deep state of relaxation, reducing stress, anxiety and promoting overall well being.

Ullman Terrace
Musical performances
Kapsol Music – Afrobeats, Pop, Latin, R&B music
Outside The Line – Funk, Motown, Popular, and Classic Rock

Sunset Plaza
Music
Musical sounds by DJ TokSik

Food Trucks
Trash Panda Vegan – Vegan
Mickey’s BBQ – Texas Style BBQ

Market
Design with Kemi – Wellness Education
Mind333 – Apparel/Accessories
Hephzibahi Designs – African Apparel
Alla Herbs – Body Care
Rae on Canvas – Live Caricature Artist
Would Could Products – Stationary/Accessories
Berry Cultured – Children’s Apparel/Accessories
Eb’s Delite – Desserts
Alberto Devon – Live Artist
For Reasons Unknown – Home Goods
Fulani Malik Creations – Handmade Jewelry
Broom Bush Tea – Organic Teas
Vintage Oats – Organic Granola/Acai Bowls
Fly Girl Prints – Fine art prints

Evening Market by One Million Entrepreneurs

 

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