Now an official federal holiday, Juneteenth returns on June 19, 2021, and Orlando is celebrating with a host of unique events you won’t want to miss (murals in historic Eatonville pictured).
Updated June 17, 2021
Established as a federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth — now officially recognized as Juneteenth National Independence Day — has grown in popularity in recent years, and Orlando is proud to host numerous celebrations and commemorations related to this important holiday. Also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Liberation Day, Juneteenth (a portmanteau of “June” and “Nineteenth”) marks the final emancipation of African Americans who suffered through slavery, with the last announcement being made in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.
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Here’s your guide to Juneteenth events in Orlando for 2021, including cultural expositions, high-energy parties and much more, plus other ways to honor the day. Organizers are also prioritizing guest safety so you can join the fun with confidence — and you won’t want to miss a second of it!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions and other venues for their current status.
Juneteenth Events in Orlando for 2021
See how Orlando is marking Juneteenth this year. Unless otherwise noted, all events are taking place on June 19, 2021.
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Juneteenth Celebration: Knowing and Remembering
Hosted by the Hannibal Square Heritage Center in partnership with the city of Winter Park, just north of downtown Orlando, this event will feature guest speakers, live performances, local food trucks and more. It coincides with the debut of the Hannibal Square Heritage Center’s new exhibition, “Preserving the Past and Looking Towards the Future: A Celebration of Hannibal Square.” Hannibal Square was one of Central Florida’s first self-governing African-American communities. Learn more.
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Juneteenth Celebration at Bronze Kingdom
Celebrate Juneteenth at Bronze Kingdom Museum’s new home on International Drive. This free event is set to include live music, entertainment and museum tours, as well as the opportunity to purchase discounted museum tickets for future visits. The in-house Serengeti Restaurant & Bar will also be open and serving a-la-carte African specialties. Learn more.
Lunch & Learn: A BTGM Juneteenth Experience for Kids and Families
Hosted by Black Theatre Girl Magic (BTGM) at the Orlando Repertory Theatre (aka Orlando Rep) in Loch Haven Park just north of downtown Orlando, this free afternoon event will include story time with books about Juneteenth and acceptance, as well as a face-painting station, music, and food and drinks. Learn more.
Black Wall Street: The Juneteenth Remix
Paying homage to the original “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this event at downtown Orlando’s Wall St. Plaza will showcase a mix of DJs in four different clubs, as well as small, Black-owned businesses offering clothing, self-care services, financial expertise and more. Learn more.
Facets of Freedom: A Celebration of Juneteenth
Taking place in Maitland, about 30 minutes north of our main tourism districts, this multi-disciplinary art event will have a live band, vocal performances, spoken word, visual art exhibits and other features. Learn more.
Black Friday Orlando: Juneteenth 2021
Taking place a day early on June 18, 2021, this fun scavenger hunt invites everyone to explore Black-owned businesses throughout Orlando. Prizes will include hundreds of dollars of donations from local businesses, with winners being announced at midnight at the Vendor Fair Finale on Church Street in downtown Orlando. Learn more.
Juneteenth Freedom Day at Painting With a Twist
At Painting With a Twist’s location in Windermere, close to the theme parks, join an evening of painting along with a short production, Freedman Delayed, which explores the captivating narrative of Texan slaves who were the last to hear about the Emancipation Proclamation. Learn more.
Viewz Day Party (Juneteenth Celebration)
Enjoy one of the best views in Orlando at this party, held from 4-10 p.m. at the Sky Lounge atop downtown’s Amway Center. Learn more.
AFRO LOVE: An Afro-Caribbean Experience (Juneteenth Edition)
Picking up where the Viewz Day Party leaves off, this soiree at the Amway Center’s Sky Lounge will run from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. African garments are suggested but not required. Learn more.
Melanin: A Good Evening Juneteenth Event
The dress code is “50 shades of brown” at this celebration of Black independence at Courtyard 390 in downtown Orlando. Learn more.
More Ways to Commemorate Juneteenth in Orlando
It’s not just commemorative events that make Orlando an ideal destination for Juneteenth celebrations — you can also explore African-American history, culture and businesses while you’re here!
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Throughout the destination, you’ll find historic African-American districts and venues with deep ties to the American Civil Rights movement. About 30 minutes north of our main tourism areas, Eatonville is the country’s oldest self-governing African-American community still in existence today. It’s also the childhood home of author Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God), who takes center stage at Eatonville’s Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts and annual ZORA!™ Festival.
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You’ll also want to visit downtown Orlando’s Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture, which is based inside the legendary Wells’Built Hotel. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the museum features memorabilia of Orlando’s African-American community, displays of the Civil Rights movement, and African art and artifacts.
Tinker Field, the site of a historic speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is another reason to visit downtown. And in nearby Winter Park, the Hannibal Square Historic District originally consisted of African Americans who worked for the South Florida Railroad. It was also the site of one of the country’s earliest Civil Rights marches in 1887.
While attending this year’s Juneteenth celebrations and exploring African-American history in Orlando, make time for our Black-owned businesses, too. They include attractions, restaurants, retailers and more, many of which are affiliated with the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida. Show your support on Juneteenth or your next visit!
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