It’s Juneteenth, the day Texas — after holding out for over two years — officially recognized the Emancipation Proclamation and freed the slaves. Today, the event is marked by celebrations, from concerts to exhibits and more.
Here are a few ways you can celebrate the day’s 150th anniversary:
- And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., runs Friday through Aug. 30 at Bullock Texas State History Museumm 1800 N. Congress Ave.
This exhibit includes over 50 handmade quilts, arranged in chronological order to tell the story of African Americans from 1619 to present day.
Check out some of the quilts before you go with this gallery.
- “A Municipal Report,” a Juneteenth reading of O. Henry’s classic short story, 1 to 3 p.m., George Washington Carver Museum’s Boyd Vance Theatre, 1165 Angelina St.
Guest reader Dr. Billy F. Harden of Austin’s Spectrum Theatre Company will read an abridged version of O. Henry’s short story, which tells the tale of a southern woman writer who is abused by her husband and rescued by an African American carriage driver.
- Divided City: Civil War and Reconstruction, 2 to 6 p.m., Friday at Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St.
Check out one of the last in a series of talks about the Civil War, which explore the divisions in Austin during that era, how the town rebuilt after the war and how newly freed slaves started their lives.
- Juneteenth Soul Blues Fest, 6 to 11 p.m., Friday at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 E. 11th St.
Featuring music performances from EastSide Blues Syndicate, Woody Russell, First Flight and more, this blues festival runs through Saturday (3 to 11 p.m.). Attendance is free, but a $10 cover donation is encouraged.
- Juneteenth Music Festival, 6 to 10 p.m., Friday at AISD Performing Arts Center, at 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.
The brand new performing arts center is hosting the evening, which features acts such as Boss Street Brass Band and electro-soul artist Serafia. Tickets are $5.
- 7th Annual Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm & Ribs Festival, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Friday at Old Settlers Park, 3300 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock
- Greater East Austin Youth Association Juneteenth Association Celebration, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday
This event starts with a 2K run/walk at 9:30 a.m. on Comal St. and MLK Blvd., followed by a parade at 10 a.m.in the same area. The celebration ends with a park party from noon to 8 p.m. at Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave.
- “Celebrating 150 Years of Emancipation,” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday at Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown
- Juneteenth Soul Blues Fest, 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 E. 11th St.
- 7th Annual Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm & Ribs Festival, 2 p.m. to midnight., Saturday at Old Settlers Park, 3300 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock
For more events, check out our Things To Do calendar.