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amNY Weekender: Here are a few ways to celebrate Juneteenth in New York City

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Friday, June 18

Juneteenth Celebration: (RE)VISION: This Friday, 651arts will be hosting a screening of short films that reveal, explore, and celebrate the black experience. Come see short films by Charles Anderson and Marjani Forte-Saunders, among others, and enjoy pre-show music by DJ Cool DJ Marv. The Plaza at 300 Ashland Place, 300 Ashland Place, Brooklyn. 8 to 11 p.m. Free.

Saturday, June 19 – Juneteenth

New York City’s Juneteenth FestivalCome celebrate Juneteenth this Saturday at New York City’s twelfth annual festival! Play games, eat food, and support black-owned businesses, all while enjoying the heat and the holiday. Vendors include Isabel Kitchens, Bryts Bougie Bakery, and Serene Being Mobile Massages. June 19, Herbert Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, June 20, Bed-Stuy Restoration, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Free.

Black Creatives + Culture Market: Juneteenth Edition: Want to support black-owned businesses but don’t know where to start? Come to Albee Square Market, this weekend, to discover and support over fifty local BIPOC creatives as part of DA SPOT NYC’s annual Juneteenth market. Vendors include Adrinka Republic, Adorned by V, and Modestine T. Then enjoy art shows, panel discussions, and music performances. City Point, 445 Albee Square West. 11 a.m to 7 p.m June 19+20. Free to attend.

Juneteenth Ceremony at Van Cortland Park: In gratitude for the sacrifice of those who built Van Cortlandt Park, and as a celebration of this year’s Juneteenth, the City will be consecrating a new African burial ground. Come to the Park this Saturday to watch the consecration and listen to live music by the Bronx Arts Ensemble, as well traditional spirituals by soloist Beverly Fleming-Camejo, among other speakers and guests. Van Cortlandt Park, 80 Van Cortlandt Park South, or virtual on Facebook Live. 11 a.m. Free.

Summer of Soul screening: After taking home the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Questlove’s film Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is coming to Marcus Garvey Park, this Saturday, for one night only. Celebrating the momentous 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the film, directed by Questlove, features performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and B.B. King, among many, many more. The screening will be followed by live performances featuring Questlove and surprise guests. Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt. Morris Park West. 5 p.m., doors open at 3 p.m. Free.

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Juneteenth Celebration: Celebrate Juneteenth this Saturday behind the Brooklyn Museum. Featuring a music and poetry suite by Kevin Powell & the Soulfolk Experience, this event commemorates the June 19, 1865 emancipation of all who had been enslaved in the United States. Hosted in partnership with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn. 12 p.m. Free.

Online Juneteenth Celebration: West African Class: In commemoration of Juneteenth, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre will be presenting a free West African dance class with Maguette Camara. Accompanied by live drumming, the class will dive into the fundamentals of West African dance and rhythms. Virtual. 12 p.m . Free.

Sunday, June 20

5th Annual World Refugee Day Music Festival: As part of their commemoration of Juneteenth, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music will be hosting the 5th annual World Refugee Day Music Festival at Lincoln Place and Seventh Place. The event will feature music acts from around the world, as well as theatre, dance, visual art and, finally, a 5 p.m. performance of Judeo-Arab hits. Lincoln Place at 7th Avenue, Brooklyn. 2 p.m. Free.

 

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