EAST POINT: Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Parade with Grand Marshal Lou Gossett, Jr. , Sat 6/18, 10 a.m.

Parade steps off at 10 am from 2757 East Point Street, shows run from noon to 8 pm, including Melvin Riley and Ready for the World, Blues Legends Lattimore and Wilson Meadows, Blood Bruddas, Question, Regina Belle, EPIC Choir, Special Guest Miss Robbie, Host/Comedian Mike Bend, and Co-Host Actor “Just Capone.” There’ll be food, a live DJ, free concert with live bands, a talent show, and water slides to keep the kids cool.Cosponsored by the City of East Point, Atlanta NAACP, and Blac Global Group, LLC. More info at (404) 524-0580 or vp2@naacp.org.

LOCUST GROVE/ ELLENWOOD: HCSO 2nd Annual Ride for Unity with NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal, V-103’s Greg Street and Sheriff Reginald Scandrett, Sat. 6/18, 8 a.m.

Registration starts at 8 a.m., kickstands up at 10 a.m., ride from Warren Holder Park in Locust Grove to Village Park in  Ellenwood. Sponsored by Falcons Fury Harley-Davidson, Pepsi and Frito-Lay.

CITY OF SOUTH FULTON: Juneteenth Festival at Wolf Creek Amphitheater, Sat. 6/18, 1 p.m.

Gates open at 1 p.m., Kids’ Zone 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Free admission (register online). No pets or alcohol; smoking in designated areas; food trucks on site. Live Music, African Drummers and Dancers, Spoken Word Artists, engaging Safety Village activities, Food trucks, Bouncy houses, Face Painting, Game truck, Stilt Walkers, and more.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. MC’d by WAOK Radio Personality Juandolyn Stokes

On Stage 2 p.m .- 9:30 p.m.: Kezia Alford, The Myrna Clayton Experience, 1-A-Chord Band, Manga African Dance & Drums, Mz Wallst, Namari Dance, Wildmann & The Funky Soul Band, and more.

HAPEVILLE: 1865 School Days Juneteenth Comedy Festival, Sat. 6/18k, 1 p.m. (through Wed. 6/22, 10 p.m.)

2nd Annual “1865 Comedy Festival” in Honor of Juneteenth for Black Comedians.

Funny Hunnyz LLC was a platform created by a Black Woman Comedian to create more opportunities for marginalized performers. After George Floyd’s murder in 2020, “1865” was created to celebrate Black comedians. 50 comedians from across the US will perform during the festival. 1865 was the year slaves were freed and the festival serves to avoid black comedians providing free labor while educating the public on the history of comedy. The collective has sought to be the solution to the lack of representation of urban performers in the comedy community. Please pay attention to the date and time on the title of the ticket (multiple shows available). 1755 Hapeville Road SW, https://web.myle.com/e/1865%20Comedy%20Festival/X6aT7KuchzMkMI

MORROW: Juneteenth Freedom Event, 5839 N. Lake Drive, Sat. 6/18, 10 a.m.

A family-friendly health and wellness event, celebrating Black history and total wellness with food trucks, games, giveaways, music, and vendors. Sponsored by Serenity 360 Wellness Bar, Namaste, and Fabletics. Free event (tickets online). 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 18.

ATLANTA: Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival, downtown Atlanta, Sat. 6/18, 10 a.m.

National artist and speakers, United Nations Human Rights Forum, Juneteenth Atlanta Televised Parade with Flyovers, Cultural Arts and Film Amphitheaters, Magic Zone Youth Arena with Everything for our Youth, Supreme Father’s Day Weekend Celebration, 200+ Community Vendors, Artist’s Market, Multicultural Cuisines, Food Trucks, Aboriginal Drum and Dance Powwow 

The parade starts at 228 Capitol Ave SW at Liberty Plaza, across the street from the Gold Dome. The parade will move up Capitol Avenue, turn left on Decatur Street, which becomes Marietta Street, then right on Baker Street, another right on Centennial Olympic Park Drive, ending at Centennial Olympic Park. Enjoy music, family activities, games, food, drinks, shopping, and networking.

JONESBORO: Clayton County International Park, NBCFAE Atlanta Chapter Juneteenth Celebration, Sat. 6/18, 1 p.m.

Free celebration from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. at 2300 Hwy. 138 SE.

FOREST PARK: 2nd Annual Freedom Day at Starr Park, Sat. 6/18, 4 p.m.

Live entertainment, free food, fireworks, bounce houses, The Joy FM Crew, and more. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sponsored by the City of Forest Park. 5031 Park Ave.

JONESBORO: Juneteenth Freedom Festival 2022, Sat. 6/18, 2 p.m.

Hosted by LaDonna Hampton, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. (Not sponsored by City of Jonesboro.) Lee Street Park, 155 Lee Street.

RIVERDALE: Juneteenth Black Business Expo, Good Vybz Event Hall, Sat. 6/18, 2 p.m.

Over 20 Black-owned businesses. 2 p.m. Come network, shop, and enjoy the vibes! Free entry. Hosted by @blvkroseexpo. 1256 Hwy. 138, Riverdale.

ATLANTA: Juneteenth Atlanta, Sun 6/19, 9 a.m.

The festival continues in the heart of downtown Atlanta from 9 a.m-8 p.m. in Centennial Olympic Park. Take MARTA to avoid parking and traffic hassles.

FAYETTEVILLE: AAREP ATL AT FUN SPOT AMERICA, 6/19, 10 a.m.

AAREP ATL is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and we are hosting a family-friendly event to celebrate and commemorate the emancipation of African-American slaves. 1675 Hwy. 85 South, 1o a.m.-10 p.m.

HAPEVILLE: 1865: SCHOOL DAYS JUNETEENTH COMEDY FESTIVAL, 6/19, 1 p.m.

The laughs keep ringing out through Wednesday with 50 comedians from across the US. The festival is a collection of stand up showcases programmed to celebrate black comedy and unify the community in support of Juneteenth. 1755 Hapeville Road Southwest, Atlanta https://web.myle.com/e/1865%20Comedy%20Festival/X6aT7KuchzMkMI

ELLENWOOD: JUNETEENTH FATHERHOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 6/19, 4 p.m.

Hosted by Elam King and Jai Tanner, with music by saxophonist Ryan Kilgore. Sponsored by Henry County District 5 Commissioner Bruce Holmes and Upward Development Corporation. 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Village Park, 750 Fairview Road, Ellenwood.

Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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