Fort Worth celebrates Juneteenth with citywide celebrations featuring parades, music festivals, educational events and more. It is an opportunity for reflection, learning and reinforcement of community.


Fort Worth is the home of Opal Lee, affectionately known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth.” Each year, Ms. Lee has led 2.5-mile walks in major cities. The distance serves as a reminder of when Texas learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, 2.5 years after the proclamation’s official declaration. Ms. Lee’s efforts were instrumental in the creation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday in 2021 and in bringing the National Juneteenth Museum to Fort Worth, scheduled to open in 2025. 


Celebrate Juneteenth in Fort Worth this year at one or all of these events! 


Visit the JuneteenthFTW website for more Juneteenth events and news. 


Opal’s Walk 

Starting location: 1050 Evans Avenue, Fort Worth 

June 19, 2023, 9:30am 

At 90 years old, Ms. Opal Lee, known as the “grandmother of Juneteenth,” began her walking campaign to bring attention to the need for Juneteenth to be a National Day of Observance. Every year, Ms. Opal walks 2.5 miles, representing the years it took for enforcement of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to reach Texas and free the slaves. She invites everyone across the country to walk 2.5 miles with her this Juneteenth, in person or virtually. Register here. 



Celebrating Juneteenth at the Lenora Rolla 

Lenora Rolla Heritage Center  

June 19, 2023, 10am-3pm 

Get a taste of Juneteenth at the Lenora Rolla with holiday-related food & snacks. Listen in on the reading of two slave narratives, Scott Hooper and Andy Nelson. Learn more. 


Hotel Dryce: The Lobby Bar 

June 19, 2023 

Celebrate the history, tradition, flavors and music surrounding Juneteenth at Hotel Dryce, a hotel influenced by history and local culture in the heart of the Cultural District. More info here. 



Uniting Voices: The National Juneteenth Museum Speaker Series 

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM & VPA 

June 15, 2023 

This inaugural event will deliver an insightful discussion with Bryan Stevenson, whose memoir inspired the 2019 biographical film Just Mercy. Get Tickets. 


Lake Como Juneteenth 

Como Community Center 

June 17, 2023, 10am – 2pm  

Join the 3rd annual Lake Como Juneteenth Celebration, “Food From the Soul,” for food, games, music, prizes and more! More info.  


CommUNITY Workout with Dream Performance 

Dream Performance, Fort Worth 

June 17, 2023 

Celebrate Juneteenth this year with sweat! Come for a CommUNITY spin, boxing and HIIT workout and stay for DJs, wellness vendors, giveaways, health screenings and more! Reserve a spot. 


Juneteenth CommemARTration 

Como Community Center, Fort Worth 

June 17, 2023 

This year’s Juneteenth CommemARTration will bring awareness to the importance of art and the African influence on art in history. Take part in all the fun activities while learning how to benefit as an artist or art collector. And don’t miss the first Miss Juneteenth Pageant! Get tickets.  


Soul of Sycamore Juneteenth Music & Art Festival 

Sycamore Park, Fort Worth 

June 17, 2023 

Celebrate Juneteenth at this free community event. The music and art festival will feature an art exhibition, gaming competition, Father’s Day celebration, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, car show, food, drinks, games and more! More info. 




Juneteenth Parade of Freedom 

Sycamore Park, Fort Worth 

June 17, 2023 

Enjoy the festivities at Sycamore Park, hosted by the Soul of Sycamore. More info.  


Juneteenth Community Car Show  

Sycamore Park, Fort Worth  

June 17, 2023 

Come out for the Juneteenth Community Car Show! Celebrate the holiday and have fun with the whole family. More info. 


“Praise the Lord and Raise the Roof” 

Jubilee Theater 

Closing Night – June 18, 2023 

Spend a night at the theater and see Praise the Lord and Raise the Roof!  This talented group of actors will win your heart in this light-hearted musical. More info and tickets.  


Fort Worth Botanic Gardens’ ZimSculpt  

June 19, 2023, Free admission 

Visit the Botanic Garden with free admission on June 19th to honor the holiday. Don’t miss the Garden’s first ever Zimbabwean sculpture exhibit, ZimSculpt, running through July 30. ZimSculpt features more than 100 exquisite sculptures by several dozen contemporary Zimbabwean artists. More info on the Botanic Garden and ZimSculpt


The Dock Bookshop – Family Storytime & Celebration and Open Mic Night 

June 20, 2023, 7:30 – Open Mic Night 

June 17, 2023, 11am-2pm – Family Storytime & Celebration 

Celebrate Juneteenth at The Dock Bookshop, one of the largest African American-owned full service bookstores in Texas and the Southwest. Their Family Storytime & Celebration on June 17 will feature story time, speakers, drumming, vendors and more. Attend a special Open Mic Night on June 20 for an evening of power, people and poetry. Learn more. 


Juneteenth Jubilee  

Texas Wesleyan University, Moritz Circle 

June 19, 2023, 2-7pm 

The 2nd annual Juneteenth Jubilee at Texas Wesleyan University will feature local food and business vendors, a kids’ bouncy house, African dancers, a fashion show and art auction. Reserve a spot.  


Jubilee Theater: Birthday Celebration – June 19, 2023 


Sundance Square Celebrates Juneteenth 

June 19, 2023 

Celebrate Juneteenth in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth in Sundance Square Plaza. From noon to 9pm the plaza will be alive with music, food and drinks. Learn more.  




Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo 

Cowtown Coliseum, Fort Worth Stockyards 

Ongoing throughout the year 

June 17, 2023  

The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is the longest-running Black rodeo in the US. Founded in 1984 by Lu Vason, it was born of the need to give Black cowboys a platform to keep their traditions alive. It continues to develop the next generation of rodeo stars and brings the sport of rodeo to a new generation of fans. Get tickets.  


Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation 

Amon Carter Museum of American Art 

Through July 9, 2023 

This reflective and inspiring exhibition visualizes what freedom looks like for Black Americans today and the legacy of the Civil War in 2023 and beyond. Highlighting the perspectives of contemporary Black artists, the installations of Emancipation span sculpture, photography, paper and textile fabrications. More info.