The longest running Juneteenth festival in Northern California was back in South Berkeley on Sunday.
The festival, inaugurated to celebrate the abolition of slavery in the United States, promises live music, dancing, food, health screenings, activities for kids and more.
For over 30 years, Berkeley has held Northern California's largest Juneteenth celebration.
The blue skies and warm weather drew thousands to Berkeley's Juneteenth Festival
EATS, BEATS & BREWS The food, drink and dancing street party returns to Berkeley this Sunday, June 21, from 12-6 p.m. on Center Street in downtown Berkeley. Eats, Beats & Brews is held the third Sunday of the month throughout the summer, with this first event featuring Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Armonia. Ruth Caspary of Latin Connection Dance will be teaching a basic salsa lesson. Food trucks with a variety of cuisines will line the streets, and a beer garden courtesy of Drake’s Brewing Company will spring up along the sidewalk. Center Street’s Restaurant Row will showcase over 15 different international cuisines and even more options from food trucks such as Kenny’s Heart & Soul food truck. The spacious outdoor beer garden will feature Bay Area favorite Drakes Brewing Company, transforming the street into a pedestrian promenade in the heart of downtown. (more…)
WAILIN’ ON WAYLON Bay Area “honky-tonk heroes” Misisipi Mike and the Midnight Gamblers and Otto Mobile and the Moaners will perform a birthday tribute to musician Waylon Jennings Saturday night at the Starry Plough. Doors open 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show which will feature blues-rock and honky-tonk offerings from the acclaimed musicians. Tickets are $6 online and priced on an $8-12 sliding scale at the door. The show is limited to those 21 and over. More information is available at the Starry Plough website. (more…)
The organizers who have been putting on Berkeley’s Juneteenth celebration for the last 27 years are expanding and will produce the first annual Berkeley Black History Celebration at a seven-hour free event on Saturday.
Berkeley’s Juneteenth Festival drew thousands of people to a long stretch of Adeline that was closed to traffic on Sunday. The weather was just right, there was superb music, a vast range of booths, including a Berkeleyside one, and a fabulous choice of food and drink. A fitting celebration for Juneteenth’s Silver anniversary in our city.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. And for Berkeley this is a particularly special year, as on Sunday, June 24 the city’s annual Juneteenth Festival will be celebrating its Silver Anniversary.
Berkeley’s annual Juneteenth celebration took place on Sunday in the five-block Alcatraz-Adeline corridor. Communities nationwide have adopted Juneteenth as an occasion to celebrate African American culture and traditions, and as an opportunity to acknowledge contributions African Americans have made to the fabric of America.