Where to Celebrate Juneteenth 2022 in San Antonio
On June 19th, 1865, federal troops informed Black residents of Galveston, Texas that they were finally emancipated. This was the last group of enslaved men and women in the United States. The anniversary of the liberation of these men and women is now recognized as a federal and, for some, a state holiday – Juneteenth. In fact, Texas was the first state in the nation to make Juneteenth an official state holiday in 1980.
Steeped in tradition, Juneteenth is commemorated in San Antonio with picnics, parades, and musical celebrations. For local Black communities, it’s a time to reflect and celebrate freedom. For others, it’s an opportunity to show support.
Wondering where to start? Here is a list of vibrant celebrations being hosted throughout San Antonio over the Juneteenth holiday weekend.
Juneteenth Exhibition at IKEA
Home is where we hear and tell our stories first. Celebrate our stories and home with IKEA Live Oak and San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM), Friday, June 10 at 6:30 PM. The celebration includes:
- Juneteenth history installation in the IKEA Restaurant
- Juneteenth inspired tasting menu
- Meet the SAAACAM team
- Share your favorite Juneteenth memory for the SAAACAM archives
This event is FREE, but registration is required. Register here.
SAAACAM wants to help you preserve your history! On Friday, June 17, bring your family documents — such as photographs, birth and death announcements, journals, yearbooks or even just your oral histories— to Comanche Park at any time from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Volunteers will digitally preserve these records, keeping them alive for future generations.
Texas Freedom Day Celebration
Do not let the name fool you, Texas Freedom Day Celebration is a weekend-long event! Festivities kick off at Comanche Lookout Park on Friday, June 17 for a fish fry and health fair; then again on Saturday, June 18 for a parade starting at Sam Houston High School. On Sunday, June 19, join for Gospel in the Park. All events feature food, various local vendors, and guest musical artists. Admission is free!
San Antonio Block Party
The San Antonio Block Party seeks to showcase resources relevant to the Black community and foster better ties between the business, education, and health sectors of San Antonio This unifying event hosted at Alamo Beer Company on Saturday, June 18, will include a photo booth, kids’ play area, live music, food trucks and other vendors. All proceeds benefit the Dream Big Scholarship Fund. Tickets for these are free, but you should reserve them in advance!
Juneteenth Family Festival
For some family-friendly fun head to the Real Life Amphitheater bright and early Saturday morning, June 18, for the Juneteenth Family Festival’s 5K run. At noon, stay and play at the Carnival complete with rides and games for all ages. Cap things off at 7:30 PM for the JFF Mega concert featuring multiple national recording artists. Hosted in partnership with the Impact Network, event tickets are sold separately and range from free to up to $103.00.
Night at the Missions
Ever since Jackie Robinson broke barriers, Black Americans have contributed extensively to baseball, and the Night at the Missions honors those contributions. On June 18, the San Antonio Missions play Amarillo Sod Poodles in a benefit game for the Texas Kidney Foundation and San Antonio African American Community Archive & Museum. The game starts at 7:00 p.m., and the $75 tickets grant you access an all-you-can-eat buffet and Invisible Diamond exhibit, as well.
Juneteenth Festival @ Legacy Park
The San Antonio African American Community Archive & Museum dedicates itself to preserving, collecting, and sharing the history of Black San Antonio. This year, join SAAACAM at Legacy Park and the In the Eye of the Beholder art gallery to celebrate a rich cultural legacy of music and visual art in our city. This event runs on June 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission is free!
San Antonio’s Black Heritage
San Antonio’s rich African American heritage is an integral part of our city’s diverse cultural fusion. In addition to our not-to-be-missed events and activities, the Alamo city is host to a multitude of historic landmarks, creative/cultural hubs, and a wide variety of Black-Owned businesses.
Visit our site to discover other ways to continue to show support for our local African American communities.