Just a year after Juneteenth was officially named a federal holiday, San Francisco has stepped up to the plate to celebrate with everything from a car show to pony rides! On Saturday, June 18, get ready for an amazing Freedom Celebration in the Fillmore District from 11am-6pm. Be sure to RSVP ahead of time for a chance to win gifts and goodies.
Highlights for the day include games and fair rides, over 50 retail and food vendors, a classic car show, a hair and fashion show, and live performances all day long. Here’s what to keep an eye out for:
- Entertainment District: Live performances and talent will grace the Feel Mo’Betta R&B Block Party, hosted by 106.1 KMEL. Headliners include Jaquees and Pleasure P. Find it at Golden Gate Ave and Fillmore St.
- Fashion District: Models, designers and stylists will showcase the latest trends in a vibrant hair and fashion show. Plus boutique vendors ranging from jewelry to bath and beauty. Find it at Eddy St. and Fillmore St.
- Tastemakers District: Peruse dozens of food trucks and booths featuring ethnic cuisine, soul food, food demonstrations, and a 21+ beer and wine garden with complimentary wine tasting.
- Classic District: A classic car show will showcase sleek classics, rarely-seen models and custom restores. Find it at McAllister St. and Fillmore St.
- Community District: FREE, unlimited carnival rides for all! Think a sky-high Ferris wheel, pony rides, carnival rides, and games for the whole family. Find it at the African American Arts and Cultural Complex, 762 Fulton Street.
- Arena District: Friends and family can compete at a lively obstacle and sports game arena. Find it at Geary Blvd and Fillmore St.
The celebration will take place along 8 blocks of Fillmore Street, between Geary and Fulton. The event is completely free to attend (including carnival rides!) and you can RSVP in advance for a chance to win prizes.
June 19, also known as Juneteenth, Emancipation Day, or Freedom Day, is a day that signifies the end of slavery in America. The U.S. Senate passed a bill on June 17, 2021, making Juneteenth a federal holiday, and the city of San Francisco followed suit soon afterward. This is the city’s first official celebration of the holiday.
The Fillmore District is a fitting spot for this highly-anticipated celebration, considering it’s been called the “Harlem of the West” as an epicenter for Black entertainment, music, and culture from the 1950s-1970s.
“Juneteenth is a recognition of our culture and accomplishments, but it’s also a solemn reminder of the bonds of slavery and the struggle for equality that continues today,” said Mayor Breed. “For years, San Francisco’s Black community has commemorated this day through celebrations across our city, but this year is special as it is the first time we are coming together to celebrate Juneteenth as an official holiday. I want to thank the community and our city leaders who continue to put in the work to ensure that Black San Franciscans have an opportunity to thrive.”
Don’t miss this exciting Juneteenth Freedom Celebration from 11am-6pm on Saturday, June 18 in the Fillmore!
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