Juneteenth celebrations in Bay Area

We need to acknowledge JUNETEENTH tomorrow in Bay Area! Here’s the cities, besides SF and Oakland, which hold events tomorrow Friday!

An annual day observing the end of slavery in the south, Juneteenth falls each year on June 19.

In 2020, Juneteenth celebrations of Black pride, history and resilience come after weeks of continuing widespread protests against the killing of Black people by police. Not only that, it’s against a backdrop of a global pandemic that has been proven to affect Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) disproportionately, and altered many people’s daily lives and experience of community beyond recognition.

This Friday’s celebrations get underway not only during a national uprising for racial justice, but during a global pandemic. Below, find ways to honor Juneteenth at home with streamed music and art, and view a select list of outdoor celebrations happening around the Bay Area.

Select Outdoor Juneteenth Events on June 19:



Juneteenth West Coast Port Shutdown & Caravan to Frank Ogawa Plaza – 10am

Second Annual Bike 4 Justice Rally in West Oakland – 12:30pm to 4pm

Juneteenth at the Lake – Meet at Alameda County Courthouse & March around Lake Merritt – 1pm to Sunset

Black Youth for the People’s Liberation Protest at deFremery Park – 4pm

California Nurses Assoc. Black Lives Matter Protest – at Kaiser on Broadway – 4pm

Lake Merritt Amphitheater Juneteenth Celebration – 4pm to 7pm

Justice for Juneteenth at Lake Merritt – 5pm

Rally for Huey P. Newton Monument with Fredrika Newton at Alameda County Courthouse – 5pm

Park Blvd. Juneteenth Protest at Park Blvd. between I-580 and CA13. – 5-6pm

‘Black Mass’ Juneteenth Spoken Word & Drum Circle at Lake Merritt Amphitheater – 7pm


San Francisco

March for Freedom & Justice from Ferry Building to City Hall – Noon

Black Lives Matter Caravan Protest – location TBD – 10am–1pm

“Kicking for Freedom” three-mile skate through SF starting at Ferry Building – 1 to 3pm

Rally Celebrating Black Queer Joy at QBar in the Castro – 3pm

Juneteenth Rally at City Hall – 1pm

Yoga Protest at Dolores Park – 4pm to 5pm

Bay Swimmers in Solidarity Floating Protest at Aquatic Park – 5:30pm


Juneteenth Peace Walk, Arts & Music from City Hall to 6th & A St. – 11am to 3pm


Santa Rosa
Juneteenth Festival at Pioneer Park – Noon


Juneteenth March for Justice to City Hall – 1pm


Santa Clara
March for Freedom Day at Santa Clara University- 3pm to 5pm


March for Justice from Buchanan Park to Marina – 3pm


Black Lives Matter Protest at City Hall with speeches and march to Carnegie Park – 4pm


Palo Alto
Defend Black Lives Protest at King Plaza, City Hall – 5pm