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Celebrate Juneteenth With These Events Across Middle Tennessee

Festivals, parades, educational activities and more that celebrate Juneteenth in Middle Tennessee.

June 19, 2022 marks the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday honoring the emancipation of those formerly enslaved in the United States. The annual celebration — also known as Jubilee Day, Freedom Day and African American Independence Day — is remembered across the city and beyond with art, live performances, food, special events and festivals. Here are some events that celebrate the day this coming weekend.

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10 Juneteenth Events in Middle Tennessee:

Sat, June 18, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Public Square, Franklin

The FJEC and its Community Partners will host its 2nd Juneteenth Celebration in downtown Franklin presented by Mars Petcare. Come hear music, eat at food trucks, dance with the DJ and enjoy the Kids Zone. This event is pet and people-friendly!

Sat, June 18, 2022 | 12 – 08 p.m.
Hadley Park, 1037 28th Avenue North, Nashville

This free event will be full of family friendly fun for all. There will be local food trucks, local vendors to shop from and even inflatables for the kids.  There will also so be live bands performing, and live DJ mixing it up, so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show, food and shopping.

Sat, June 18, 2022 | 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Watkins Park, 616 17th Ave N Nashville

There will be a 25 mile self guided marked route and a 10 mile group/family ride led by the Music City Dope Peddlers. Each registration comes with a T-shirt and a ride pin and number. There will be raffles and giveaways at the event and snacks and water along the ride.

4. Three-Day Juneteenth Celebration

Thu, Jun 16 – Sat, Jun 18, 2022
Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center, 415 S Academy St, Murfreesboro

Day 1: Authors’ Night
Thu, Jun 16, 2022 | 10:30 p.m. –  12:30 a.m.
Light refreshments will be provided during the authors’ meet and greet, discussions, book signings, and giveaways.

Day 2: Kaleidoscope
Fri, Jun 17, 2022 | 9 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Kaleidoscope is a diverse collection of resources for your mind, body, and soul.

Day 3: Freedom Day
Sat, Jun 18, 2022 | 10 a.m.
For the last day of our three-day Juneteenth Celebration, we will be hosting our outdoor festival! We will have fun activities, craft vendors, artists, live reenactment, music and more.

Sat, June 18, 2022 | 2 –  6 p.m.
The Equity Alliance, Buchanan Street, Nashville

Black on Buchanan is a celebration of Black joy and excellence, centered along historic Buchanan Street, in North Nashville. The event includes live music and performances, food, family fun, local vendors, businesses and community resources.

6. Juneteenth Block Party

Mon, June 20, 2022 | 12 – 4 p.m.
The Local Distro, 614 Garfield Street, Nashville

There will be activities for the kiddos. Games will be provided by Just Play Entertainment. We will have fun for the entire family. There will be a large variety of Black owned vendors, music, bar, cigar lounge, door prizes and more!

Fri, June 17, 2022 | 6 – 10 p.m.
Crown’d Suites, 907 Rivergate Pkwy Ste. B4, Goodlettsville

Bring the entire family out and celebrate at this free event! There will be live DJ onsite, a 360 Booth, selfie station, performances, 40+ vendors, shopping, food and more. Celebrate, promote and uplift minority owned businesses.

Jun 18, 2022 | 10 a.m.
Downtown Commons, 215 Legion Street, Clarksville

The Clarksville Juneteenth Block Party is hosted by Black Clarksville, an organization dedicated to empowering, supporting, promoting and uplifting the Black community of Clarksville.

Sun, Jun 19, 2022 | 5 – 7 p.m.
Painting with a Twist, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy, #1750, Murfreesboro

Painting is recommended for ages 7 & up. Arrive 15-20 minutes early to get smocked and in your seat! If you desire more time to visit with friends & breathe, arrive up to 30 minutes prior to start time.

10. Clarksville Juneteenth Festival

Sat, Jun 18, 2022 | 12 – 9 p.m.
Wilma Rudolph Event Center, 8 Champions Way, Clarksville

Celebrate this year’s theme “Flowers to the People” and celebrate life, love, cultur, and those who mean the most to us. Powered by Emerald City CBD and named the largest Juneteenth festival in the region, there is something for everyone! Live music, food, kids zone, art gallery, author’s corner, cigar and cbd lounge, wine bar, over 100 vendors and more!

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.