Juneteenth Family Events Not to Miss in Chicagoland

Celebrate Freedom Day with kids on June 19 with these local events.

Juneteenth celebrates the abolition of slavery in the United States and families have been celebrating on June 19 for 156 years. Our list includes Juneteenth events in Chicago and across the suburbs perfect for kids, including art galleries, musical performances, festivals and more.

We selected some of our top picks below and you can find a full list of Juneteenth events on our calendar.

This article was recently updated on May 14, 2024 by Chicago Parent’s Audience Development Coordinator, Kari Zaffarano. The update included her updating Juneteenth events in Chicagoland and adding new Juneteenth events for families. Questions? Please reach out to kari@chicagoparent.com.

Support Black-Owned Businesses this Juneteenth at Jewel-Osco

June 6, 2024

Families can celebrate Juneteenth by supporting local, Black-owned brands, businesses, musicians and more at Jewel-Osco. There will also be a live DJ, kid’s activities, raffles and giveaways.

Juneteenth Fair at Forest Park Public Library

June 8, 2024

This Juneteenth fair spotlights black authors, creators, artists and small business owners. There will be book giveaways for children and refreshments.

Homewood-Flossmoor Juneteenth Festival at Homewood-Flossmoor High School Parking Lot

June 15, 2024

The HF Juneteenth Festival is a celebration of African American culture as expressed through food, music, dance and arts.

Juneteenth Celebration at Commercial Club Playground

June 15, 2024

Join Commercial Club Playground of Chicago to celebrate Juneteenth and learn about this historic holiday.

Juneteenth Celebration at Robbins Community Center

June 15, 2024

This annual Juneteenth celebration at Robbins Community Center will have local entertainment, community resources and food vendors.

Juneteenth Celebration at Rotary Hill

June 15, 2024

This kid-friendly event at Rotary Hill will commemorate the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in the U.S. It will feature great music and activities. Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs.

Juneteenth Celebration at Sand Ridge Nature Center

June 15, 2024

Celebrate freedom, family and country with various self-guided activities and exhibit displays. Nature center activities will be highlighted along with registration-based guest presenters discussing Black history, arts and culture.

Juneteenth Cultural Festival: What About the Children? at Festival Park

June 15, 2024

Join Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the African-American Coalition of Kane County for their Juneteenth Celebration. There will be live bands, vendors and a kids zone.

Juneteenth in the Park at LeClaire-Hearst Park

June 15, 2024

Families can enjoy a full day of activities including a peace walk, basketball tournament, yoga, dance performances and vendors. For all ages.

Juneteenth Bracelets at Gage Park Branch

June 17, 2024

Teens ages 13 and up can join Altgeld Branch to design a T-shirt for Juneteenth. Snacks and supplies will be provided. Registration required.

Juneteenth Celebration at Lozano Branch

June 18, 2024

Teens ages 13 and up can join the Lozano Branch to create art paintings to celebrate Juneteenth.

Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom at DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

June 19, 2024

This annual Juneteenth Festival offers music performances, food trucks, children’s activities, local vendors and more.

Speaker Welch’s Third Annual Juneteenth Festival at Memorial Park District

June 19, 2024

Celebrate this annual Juneteenth and Father’s Day Festival with games, bounce houses, vendors, entertainers, food and drinks and more.


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.
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