Celebrate Juneteenth in Fort Worth with citywide celebrations, parades, music & film festivals, educational events and more. 

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. 

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

2024 National Juneteenth Heritage Festival  

Panther Island Pavilion 

Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16 

Celebrate freedom and emancipation at the Juneteenth Family Reunion. This event will commemorate the holiday through cinema, music, stage performances, empowering workshops, local food, retail vendors and fun activities for all ages. Featuring artists and community organizations, the celebration showcases the appreciation of African American culture and heritage. Check out the stacked lineup of musical, film and stage performances and buy tickets here.  

 

Opal’s Walk for Freedom 

Wednesday, June 19 

Commemorate the historic day with Dr. Opal Lee, the “Grandmother of Juneteenth.” Ms. Lee’s efforts were instrumental in the creation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday in 2021 and in bringing the highly anticipated National Juneteenth Museum to Fort Worth. You can join the virtual walk for freedom from your neighborhood, city center, treadmill, track or anywhere else! Click here to learn more and register. And visit the National Juneteenth Museum website for news, updates and events. 

 

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo 

Cowtown Coliseum 

Saturday, June 15 

Head to the Stockyards for non-stop rodeo fun! The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is the longest-running Black Rodeo in the U.S. It was named after the legendary Bill Pickett, a Black cowboy, actor and rodeo performer who invented the sport of “bulldogging,” known today as steer wrestling. The Bill Pickett Rodeo continues to give Black cowboys a platform to showcase their talents, developing the next generation of rodeo stars and bringing the sport to new generations of fans. You’ll have two chances to watch these amazing athletes at 1:30pm and 7:30pm. Get tickets. 

 

Jazz in Pink 

The Warehouse FW 

Friday, June 7 

As part of the National Juneteenth Heritage Festival, join in for a special performance with the ladies of Jazz In Pink. The LA-based band is one of the world’s most prominent and popular all-female ensembles in the nation. These talented musicians deliver a mixed genre performance that blends the sounds of jazz with soul, R&B, symphonic, rock and hip-hop undertones. Don’t miss their performance right here in Fort Worth!  

Tr3ple Threat Ft. Rob Holbert Group 

The Warehouse FW 

Saturday, June 8 

Tr3ple Threat will perform with the Rob Holbert Group, creating a spectacular experience for audience members and fans of jazz. Tr3ple Threat is made up of Theresa Grayson, Gina Payne and Yo Jonesy Jones, whose jazz stylings come together to up the playing field of the genre. The Rob Holbert Group is known for their delivery of smooth jazz, standards and classics. Get tickets. 

 

Art Tales: Finding Freedom 

Amon Carter Museum of American Art 

June 12 

Presented by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Art Tales takes place every Wednesday in June and July for family friendly fun. Join on June 12 for a morning of viewing artworks, enjoying stories, gallery games, art making, local history lessons, and a performance by Maricela and Friends. You’ll learn about the history of Juneteenth and make memories while doing it! Learn more. (Art Tales will not be offered on June 19th in observance of Juneteenth.) 

 

Tour the Filming Locations of Miss Juneteenth 

The award-winning and critically praised film, Miss Juneteenth, tells the story of a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant. Fort Worth filmmaker Channing Godfrey Peoples’ feature film debut was filmed locally and many of the locations are easy to spot. Take a self-guided film tour and see them for yourself. 

 

Empowering You Education, Health & Job Fair 

Friday, June 14-Saturday, June 15 

Tarrant County College – Trinity River Campus 

Empowering You is an event that attempts to address the disparities that exist by providing access to healthcare, college and job recruitment, financial education and business information for all. Join in for breakout sessions, panel discussions and a job fair featuring service and non-profit vendors. Learn more.