Mark your calendars now and don't miss out! The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo is the third largest Juneteenth celebration in the country. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend for the entire family Saturday, June 14th & June 15th at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Weekend festivities include the Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 14th at 11am, the parade proceeds down Genesee street into MLK Park. Throughout MLK Park visitors can enjoy live entertainment, Arts & Cultural presentations, Vendor's Market, Health Pavilion, Healing Garden, African Chalk Walk, Historical Exhibits a Science Fair, Underground Railroad Tours and more!
The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo mission is to actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities that will benefit the community as a whole. Festival information can be found at www.JuneteenthofBuffalo.com
Pre-Festival Events & Sankofa Days are a great way to take part in the celebration.
June 7th- "Git On Da Bus" - A bus journey to many sites in the city with storytelling by the Traditional Keepers at each site. Those interested in participating should plan on meeting at 3:30pm at the Juneteenth Festival Headquarters located at 1517 Genesee Street. The bus leaves at 4pm and returns at 7pm.
Sankofa Days 2014
Sankofa Events 2014 – Nightly Schedule
THEME: Re-education of the Community
Saturday, June 7th CAO Masten Resource Center
6 pm – 8pm Alphonso Rafi Greene Jr,
1423 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY
Focus: Lessons From Our Ancestors and Elders
Sunday, June 8th Juneteenth Festival Inc,
6 pm – 8 pm 1517 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY
Focus: The Meaning and Traditions of
Black Dance (Live Workshop Bands)
Monday, June 10th Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library
6 pm – 8 pm 1324 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY
Focus: African Conscious Workshop
Tuesday, June 11th WUFO Radio 1080AM The Mix
6 pm – 8 pm 143 Broadway Avenue, Buffalo, NY
Focus: Celebration of African American Heritage
Corridor Radio Station
Wednesday, June 12th Black Social Workers - Venue TBA
6 pm – 8 pm
Thursday, June 13th Em Tea Coffee Cup
6 pm – 8 pm 80 Oakgrove, Buffalo, NY
Focus: Poetic Revolution
Friday, June14th Praise & Worship
6 pm – 8 pm Martin Luther King Park
Focus: Unified Praise
Here is a schedule of Juneteenth Activities in MLK Jr Park on Saturday, June 14th & 15th:
AFRICAN CHALK WALK AND CRAFTS
Saturday and Sunday: June 14th & 15th:
ART EDUCATION TENT
Saturday and Sunday: June 14 & 15: Sponsored by the Buffalo Board of Education Art Department
GIRLS BASKETBALL SHOWCASE- Saturday and Sunday: June 14th 1:00PM – 4:00 PM, and June, 15th Noon – 4:00 PM Basketball Courts
MAIN ENTERTAINMENT STAGE
June 14th: Saturday: 2:00PM and June 15th: Sunday: 2:15PM
(Times to Be Announced) Co-Sponsored by Arts Services Initiative
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOURS: Dates: Saturday, June 14th & Sunday June15th.
Time: 2:00 P.M and 4:00 P.M Location of pick up site: Best & Fillmore.
Sponsored by KeyBank.
HEALTH PAVILION: Dates: Saturday, June 14th at 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 15th at 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Location: Vendors alley on Fillmore near Martin Luther King Drive. Mental Health Awareness information: Sponsor: Great Lakes Health (Kaleida Health/E.C.M.C)
HEALING GARDEN: Dates June 14th and 15th, Time: 12:00 noon – 6:00pm.
Location: near the Rose Garden of Martin L. King Jr. Park...
CHILDREN'S/YOUTH ACTIVITIES TENT: June 14th & 15th. Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Location: Behind the small wading pool.
BOOK SHARING: Dates June 14th and 15th.
Time: Saturday 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Sunday 12:00 – 4:00PM
Location: Near the Martin Luther King Jr. Bust on Fillmore Street.
Sponsor: First Niagara Bank and Project Flight
HERITAGE TENT: June 14th and June 15th: Times: from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Times: from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Displays of African artifacts, veterans display, brochures of heritage information @ the corner of Best and Fillmore in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
ARTS & CULTURE STAGE: Saturday, June 14th Time: 2:30 P.M. to 7:30 PM.
Sunday, June 15th: 1:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
Local artists to be announced. Location: Parade & Fillmore Streets.
Re-enactment of historical events will also occur on Arts & Culture Stage.
FAMILY PHOTO TENT: Dates June 14th and 15th from the hours of 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Location: Fillmore Street.
Sponsor: Locust Street Art Program
Juneteenth Chess Championships: Sunday, June 15th. Time; 1:00 – 5:00P.M.
Location: Near Martin Luther King Jr. Bust
AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE:
Date: Sunday, June 15th: Drum Class -1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Dance Class from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Location: Near tennis court
MAAFA Memorial: June 19th: Location: Broderick Park: Time 7:00PM -9:00 PM