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Git On Da Bus
Sankofa Days
Festival Parade
Arts and Cultural Stage
Vendor Marketplace
Food Court
Underground Railroad
Health Pavilion
Maafa
Family Portrait Booth
Book Fair
Historical Exhibits
Children's Activities

"Git On Da Bus"


A tour through the city of Buffalo highlighting sites that are important to the African American experience. Date of operation: Saturday, June 11. Bus leaves from Juneteenth headquarters (1517 Genesee Street). Tickets are presold before June 11. For more information, call 716-891-8801.

Sankofa Days


Dates: June 11-17. Sankofa means "to go back and get". Juneteenth uses this time to reflect on issues that affect the community. Schedule to be announced.

5K Run


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Festival Parade


The 41st Juneteenth parade will be held on June 18th. It begins at Genesee Street and Moselle at 11:00am. The parade will travel on Genesee Street to Best Street into Martin Luther King Park. Applications can be downloaded or completed online.

Main Stage Entertainment


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Arts and Cultural Stage


The Arts and Culture Stage is located on Fillmore Avenue and E. Parade Street. The Arts and Culture Stage features many local artists. The entertainment happens from 2:00pm - 8:00pm on Saturday June 18 and 12:00pm - 8:00pm on Sunday.

Vendor Marketplace


Art, jewelry, clothes and other items can be found at the Juneteenth Market place during the hours of 11:00am - 8:00pm on Saturday June 18th and 10:00am - 8:00pm on Sunday June 19th.

Food Court


The Juneteenth Food Court is located at either end of Fillmore Avenue around the wading pool. Open from 11:00am to 8:00pm on Saturday June 18th and from 10:00am - 8:00pm on Sunday June 19th.

Underground Railroad


Two tours will be provided on June 18th and 19th. Tours are scheduled for 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Pickups are on Best and Fillmore Street.

Health Pavilion


The Health Pavilion consists of many health agencies offering health information that affect the community. The pavilion is located on Fillmore near Martin Luther King Drive. Hours of operation are 11am to 5:00pm Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19.

Maafa


Maafa is scheduled for June 20 at Broderick Park (the foot of Ferry Street) at 6:00pm. Maafa is an opportunity to reflect and heal from the atrocities that were inflicted on Africa and African people.

Family Portrait Booth


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Drill Team Competition


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Book Fair


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Historical Exhibits


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Children's Activities


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Festival Events @ MLK Park

June 18: Praise & Worship Service - 10 to Noon. Parade begins at 11:00 A.M. Sharp. The Parade starts at Genesee & Moselle Streets. The parade will proceed down Genesee into the park. The festivities in the park will follow until 8:00 P.M.

Pre Festival Events

June 11th: "Git On Da Bus" - Juneteenth Headquarters 1517 Genesee Street at 3:30pm

June 11th - 17th: Sankofa Days

June 17th: Praise and Worship Service - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

About the Festival

The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo was started in 1976 by B.U.I.L.D., a community-based organization, as a culturally relevant alternative to the country's Bicentennial Celebration. The group blocked off part of Jefferson Avenue -- the "Main Street" of Buffalo's Black community -- for a weekend celebration. Murals were painted and vendors set up booths to sell ethnic foods and wares -- entertainment and festivity were abundant. After several years, the Juneteenth Festival outgrew Jefferson Avenue. It is now held in Martin Luther King Jr. Park at the intersection of Best Street and Fillmore Avenue. Juneteenth Festival Inc. received 501(c) (3) status in 1985. In 2000, the name of the organization was changed to Juneteenth of Buffalo, Inc. to reflect its broader mission.

The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo, NY is an important component of summertime events in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Juneteenth of Buffalo, Inc. exists exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Staffed by volunteers, its mission is to actively preserveand promote the broad spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities that will benefit the community as a whole. Juneteenth Festival, Inc. partners with existing organizations with similar community-based objectives to help achieve its mission.