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Oakland’s Vibrant Juneteenth Events Starting June 2nd

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Whether you’re looking for a taste of history, cultural enrichment, or a festive atmosphere, Oakland’s Juneteenth events have it all. Don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities to embrace the spirit of Juneteenth and immerse yourself in Oakland’s vibrant culture.

Juneteenth Festival People enjoying the concert in Oakland

Juneteenth Festival People enjoying the concert in Oakland – photo from Visit Oakland

Kick-off June with First Fridays on June 2nd

Kick-off Liberation Month in celebration of Juneteenth, with First Fridays for a pre-game happy hour vibe, live performances, food, and more before you explore freedom and inclusion through the expression of culture that Oakland First Friday gives.

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FF draws up to 30,000 people from Oakland and the surrounding areas to celebrate. It is a free event open to people of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles.  It’s a massive street party full of music, food, art, and action.


What is Juneteenth?

While “First Fridays” is on June 2nd, Juneteenth is actually observed on June 19th. The day is meant to honor the emancipation of enslaved individuals in the United States. Juneteenth originated in Texas and marks the day in 1865 when officially declared enslaved people as free following the Civil War and the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862.

Oakland’s Carnival on June 3rd

Last weekend, folks enjoyed Carnival in SF but if you missed that parade, check out Oakland’s on June 3rd. It’ll be the 9th annual Carnival celebration in Oakland. This year’s festival will feature live performances from acts like the Latin Zone, Carijama Vibes, Axe’ Dance and Drum and the MoniCarnival Youth Zone. The festival is curated to encourage community engagement and highlight the vibrant African Diaspora Carnival Arts through music, dance, and artistic expression.

Oakland’s Carnival
June 3rd
Mosswood Park, Oakland

Juneteenth Salsa-N-Skate Flyer

Black Cultural Zone’s Liberation Month
Juneteenth Salsa ‘N’ Skate Fusion Celebration
June 16th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
7101 Foothill Blvd., Oakland

Fam Bam – Oakland’s 14th Annual Juneteenth Festival
June 17th, 2023 – Oakland’s Lake Merritt Amphitheater
12pm – 8pm


A celebration of Black/African culture that has become a family-friendly tradition for thousands of Bay Area residents. The festival is a safe space, serving as a day of reflection and education, promoting wellness, unity, and pride.

The festival’s great variety of music, food, and merchandise vendors, wellness workshops, art installations, youth activities, and Father’s Day tribute have been a guaranteed good time for the whole family.

While coolers and outside food are OK, outside drinks are not permitted. Apparently, you can reserve a cabana via if you’re looking for fancy bottle service according to the information provided on Visit Oakland.

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Katy Atchison

Katy Atchison

Katy has lived in The Bay Area since the age of 3. While other kids were attending summer camp & soccer practice, she was raised selling wares at craft shows with her working artist parents and spent vacations in a small 1920s Montana log cabin. This has all given her a unique perspective on the ever-changing texture of San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. Currently a blend of all that is The Bay Area - she's a web designer at a tech-company, artist and DIY teacher.