Local Events Honoring Juneteenth

Published on June 14, 2022

Juneteenth: Freedom Day

There are many local celebrations honoring Juneteenth. The City of Palo Alto invites you to learn more about these community events below. 

You can find more information on the history of Juneteenth, here.  

City of EPA Juneteenth Event  

Date: Saturday June 18th 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Location: 1900 University Circle, East Palo Alto, California 

Description: “Join us for a day of music, dancing, kids activities, an artisan market and amazing food, as we celebrate our strong and loving fathers on Fathers Day.” 


Juneteenth Festival

Date: June 19 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Location: 97 Hillview Ave. Los Altos, CA 94022 

Description: “This annual Juneteenth Festival will feature music, speakers, poetry, education booths, auction/fundraising events, community art, food and wine.” 

Juneteenth Pop-Up Gallery

Date: Friday June 17 through Sunday June 19 | Gallery Open 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Location: Old Fellows Lodge, 823 Villa St., Mountain View, CA 94041 

Description: “The gallery event this Juneteenth weekend will feature Bay Area artists who created work for RISE SJ highlighting multicultural efforts towards justice in the South Bay.  Prints of the murals by some of the area’s hottest up-and-coming talents will be on display and available for sale, and 25% of the proceeds earned will be donated to SURJ @ Sacred Heart’s Accountability Partners: South Bay organizations supporting families of those impacted by police violence and incarceration (Silicon Valley DeBug), immigrant rights (PASOS and the Rapid Response Network) and indigenous land rematriation (Amah Mutsun Land Trust).” 

Stanford Juneteenth Events  

Stanford University is hosting several events honoring Juneteenth: 

Quilt Exhibit and Presentation 

Date: Wednesday June 15, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Location: Stanford Redwood City (SRWC) Conference Center, Cardinal Hall, 505 Broadway 

Description: “The African American Quilt Guild of Oakland (AAQGO) will share their over 20 year history as well as their contributions to the East Bay Community and beyond. The presenter will review the historic and artistic qualities displayed in the African American quilting tradition. Several members of AAQGO will be on hand to share some of their quilts. Light refreshments will be provided at conclusion of event. Please note: Masks are strongly encouraged while attending event.” 

History Exhibit: Black History Museum & Learning Center 

Date: Thursday, June 16, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Location: Fisher Conference Center 

Description: “Visit this engaging and educational Black history exhibit. Stop by the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center to learn about Black Americans’ rich history and contributions to the American experience.” 

Worship: Rev. Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble 

Date: Sunday, June 19, 11:00 a.m. | Location: Stanford Memorial Church 

Description: “Attend a worship service by Rev. Dr. Sakena De Young-Scaggs, pastor of Memorial Church, and featuring Rev. Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble, Professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, the author of Change Agent Church in Black Lives Matter Times: Urgency for Action.” 

Fine Arts Collaborative 

Date: Monday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Location: Main Campus - The Axe and Palm Patio - 520 Lasuen Mall 

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Location: Stanford Redwood City (SRWC), Stanford Square 

Description: “Everyone is invited to decorate a “new star” and incorporate it with others on a large installation wall. The art piece takes inspiration from the Juneteenth flag, which has come to symbolize “new freedom, new people, and a new star.” The literal and metaphorical idea of reflection is present in the art. People may observe their reflection amid the mural in a mirror surface of words spelling J.U.N.E.T.E.E.N.T.H.” 

Celebrating Juneteenth Through Food 
Date: Wednesday June 22, 1:00 - 1:30 pm | Location: Virtual (Please check back at 12:45 pm on June 22nd https://juneteenth.stanford.edu) 

Description: Live Online Cooking Session

Date: Thursday June 23, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Location: Stanford Redwood City (SRWC) Cardinal Brew at Cardinal Hall 

Description: In-person Cooking Conversation. To register: https://rde.stanford.edu/juneteenth-cooking-demo 


Juneteenth in the Streets

The City of San Jose is hosting several events throughout the week in honor of Juneteenth: 

Juneteenth Happy Hour & Sankofa Open Mic Night 

Thursday June 16, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Location: Enso Night Club, San Jose 

Description: “Come on out to our local black-owned lounge and bar, Enso's, to rock the Mic, express yourself, recharge and reconnect with Live DJ and Guest Emcee Prentice Powell.” 

Education before the Celebration 

Friday June 17, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Location: Guildhouse, San Jose 

Description: “This day will continue the Festival’s tradition of an evening of speakers with inspirational and educational messaging the night before the big event, with Amanda Seals (Insecure) and Elaine Brown (Black Panthers) at the Guildhouse.” 

Juneteenth In the Streets Festival 

Saturday June 18, 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Location: SoFA District, Downtown San Jose 

Event will be Emcee’d by Marcus Washington, Anchor, NBC Bay Area and will include headliners Kierra Sheard and Tamar Braxton. Historically, the event has resulted in over 6,000 attendees.