Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony [Courtesy of Keegan Barber / Wikimedia Commons]

10 New Orleans Experiences for Juneteenth

07:00 June 10, 2024
By: Arielle Gonzales

Embracing Freedom Day

Commemorate the ending of slavery in America while in the United States' most celebratory city.

New Orleans offers many ideal locations and events to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth. From music festivals to food tastings and historical lectures, there is plenty to do while reminding us of both progress and the work that still needs to be done in the fight for equality in America. Here's a list of these events and things to do for this joyous celebration, which has finally been recognized in history.

Dance at the Mizizi Juneteenth Weekender

June 14 to 16, events.sbkzevents.com/e/mizizi-juneteenth-dance-weekender-2

Experience cultural celebration at Dance A Lot's Mizizi: Juneteenth Dance Weekender on Bourbon Street. The event features an all-Black lineup of DJs and artists honoring African roots, with three nights of social dancing, an Afrobeat party, and a Juneteenth cookout. Visit Dance A Lot's website for the artist lineup and pass availability. Dance enthusiasts can expect an exciting weekend of cultural celebration at the third edition of the event. Mizizi, meaning "roots" in Swahili, will honor and respect the African origins of the music that will be danced to at the event.

Visit the Juneteenth Freedom Festival at Whitney Plantation

Saturday, June 15, eventbrite.com

Don't miss out on the second annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival at the Whitney Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana. Celebrate, learn, and reflect with your whole family for free. Explore the museum, attend a seminar by Holley Willis, and dance with Avery Tate during a workshop. Shop for unique jewelry, crafts, and artwork, and taste delicious food and drinks from local vendors. Come from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and honor freedom while remembering the past.

Juneteenth Celebration at Emancipation Park Houston 1880 [Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons]

Celebrate Juneteenth on The Creole Queen

Saturday, June 15, eventbrite.com

Get a group together for a Juneteenth celebration onboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. Boarding begins at 6 p.m. and the ship is located at 1 Poydras St. The sailing time will be from 7-9 p.m. This is a super popular event, so be sure to lock in your tickets as soon as possible. The recommended attire is all black, but it is not required. Please note that this is a 21+ event with live entertainment and bars. Ticket prices start at $50.

Check out Afro Freedom Afro Feast

Sunday, June 16, afrofreedomafrofeast.com

The third annual Juneteenth celebration called "Afro Freedom Afro Feast" is happening at the Grow Dat Youth Farm from 3-8 p.m. You can enjoy delicious food cooked by seven renowned New Orleans chefs, including Nina Compton and Sergine Mbaye, along with great music and a warm atmosphere. Come and celebrate the African diaspora's rich heritage and culinary artistry while connecting with their roots.

Enjoy This Year's Nola Juneteenth Festival

Wednesday, June 19, nolajuneteenthfestival.org

The Nola Juneteenth Festival is an annual event hosted by the Louisiana Afro-Indigenous Society. This vibrant celebration takes place from 1-7 p.m. in Congo Square and commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The free festival offers a variety of activities including live music, art displays, food vendors, and educational workshops that honor the rich history and contributions of African Americans. There will also be a Juneteenth Freedom Gala on June 16. Keep an eye out for more information on this exciting festival.

Juneteenth celebration in 1900 at Eastwoods Park Austin History Center [courtesy of NMAAHC]

Experience the Magic of Congo Square in Armstrong Park

835 N. Rampart St.

Congo Square, located in Armstrong Park, was a historic meeting point for enslaved and free people of color during colonial Louisiana. It also played a significant role in the development of jazz music. Today, the square is a spiritual sanctuary for Voodoo practitioners and a great destination for history buffs and music lovers. A visit offers a unique opportunity to explore the Tremé neighborhood, as well as experience the palpable energy and historical significance of the place.

Tour the French Quarter with the New Orleans Slave Trade Marker App


Explore a dark period in New Orleans' history with the New Orleans Slave Trade Marker App. This app, which was created by the New Orleans Tricentennial Commission, provides a free audio guide for an immersive self-guided tour of significant sites during New Orleans' domestic slave trade. The tour of the French Quarter includes historical overviews, examinations of intersecting themes, and first-person accounts of enslaved individuals. You can download the app today and reflect on the city's past at your own pace.

Schedule an Artsy Visit at StudioBE

2941 Royal St., studiobenola.com

StudioBE is a 36,000 sq. ft. gallery in New Orleans' Marigny/Bywater area. It was established in 2016 by artist Brandan Odums and showcases captivating artwork that brings to life the stories of New Orleans' revolutionaries, heroes, and everyday people. Visitors can choose guided or independent tours and can buy original works and pieces from the collection at the in-house merchandise shop. Keep an eye out for events and private art shows by talented local artists.

[Courtesy of Fokke Baarssen / Adobe Stock]

Drive by Tulane to See the Amistad Research Center

6823 St. Charles Ave., amistadresearchcenter.org

Tulane University houses the oldest and most comprehensive collection of African American and ethnic minority histories in the U.S. The collection includes papers of artists, educators, authors, business leaders, clergy, lawyers, factory workers, farmers, and musicians, as well as around 250,000 photographs dating back to 1859. It also features literary manuscripts from writers and poets of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as 400 works of African and African American art. Check out their website for more information.

Explore and Support the New Orleans African American Museum

1417-1418 Governor Nicholls St., noaam.org

The New Orleans African American Museum, founded in 1996 with the support of the city's Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development, is located in Tremé. Its mission is to preserve the history and culture of African Americans in New Orleans and the diaspora. The museum offers immersive exhibitions and public programs that explore the contributions of African Americans to the culture of New Orleans and America. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., so make sure to schedule a visit to check out the exhibits.

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