Celebrate Juneteenth with these Must-Attend Events in Nashville

June 8, 2023 8:35 pm Published by

As we approach the commemoration of Juneteenth, the city of Nashville eagerly awaits the celebration of this significant milestone in American history. As a vibrant and culturally rich place, Nashville has plenty to offer when it comes to honoring this holiday. From dynamic festivals with soul-stirring live performances to inspiring community gatherings, these Juneteenth events provide an opportunity to reflect on Black history, and embrace the spirit of unity and resilience. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, we invite you to explore this selection of these favorite Juneteenth events in our city.

The Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Juneteenth Jazz and Art Live Experience

Date & Time: Saturday, June 17th, 2023; 12:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Nashville Jazz Workshop (1012 Buchanan St, Nashville, TN 37208)

Website: Nashville Jazz Juneteenth 2023

Join Nashville Jazz Workshop and The Equity Alliance for the annual Black on Buchanan Block Party. As part of the festivities, the Nashville Jazz Workshop presents the Juneteenth Jazz and Art Live Experience. Engage in hands-on community mural painting led by artist Donna Woodley, and witness the vibrant fusion of art and culture. Enjoy jazz performances on an outdoor stage, featuring the Nadia Reist Quintet, along with Roland Barber and the Righteous Few Brass Band. Additionally, children can delight in a special Jazz AM performance, engaging with live music and puppets. Come enjoy a day filled with fun for the whole family for free at Nashville Jazz Workshop!

The Black on Buchanan Block party will also feature food, music, dance, and vendors courtesy of The Equity Alliance and the Nashville Black Market.


Music City Juneteenth Freedom Day Nashville Dance/Walk/Run 5k

Date: Saturday, June 17th, 2023

Location: Shelby Bottoms Greenway (Nashville, TN 37206)

Website: Music City Juneteenth Freedom Day Nashville Dance/Walk/Run 5k

Participate in the First Annual Juneteenth Run in Nashville, organized by USATF, The Tennessee Track Club, and Edward Jones. Lace up your running shoes and contribute to a worthy cause, as proceeds from the event support local non-profits focused on literacy and wellness. Join fellow participants in this spirited run, fostering community engagement, physical well-being, and commemoration of Juneteenth.


Music City Freedom Festival

Date: Monday & Tuesday, June 18-19th, 2023; 12pm-8pm

Location: Hadley Park (1037 28th Ave North Nashville, TN 37208)

Website: Music City Freedom Festival

Experience the annual Music City Freedom Festival, a dynamic Juneteenth celebration that embraces Nashville’s culture, community, music, food, and local businesses. Held at the iconic Hadley Park, this family-friendly event offers a range of activities, including local food trucks, shopping from local vendors, inflatable attractions for children, live performances by local bands and DJs, and more. Bring your lawn chairs, indulge in delicious food, enjoy the entertainment, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of unity and celebration.


2023 Juneteenth Freedom Day Ride

Date: Saturday, June 17th, 2023; 6:45am-1pm

Location: Frankie Pierce Park (130 LifeWay Plaza Nashville, TN 37203)

Website: 2023 Juneteenth Freedom Day Ride – Nashville

Embark on the Juneteenth Freedom Day Bike Ride, an invigorating experience that promotes physical activity, community engagement, and unity. Organized by Bike For Equality, Black Girls Do Bike, Oasis Bike Works, Nashville Black Wellness Collective, and Walk Bike Nashville, this event offers a 25-mile self-guided marked route and a 10-mile group/family ride led by Music City Dope Peddlers. Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow riders, picturesque views of Nashville, raffles, giveaways, and refuel with snacks and water provided along the ride. Register now and be a part of this incredible community event!

Juneteenth615 Celebration at Fort Negley Park

Date: Monday, June 19th, 2023; 5:00pm-10:30pm

Location: Fort Negley Park (1100 Fort Negley Boulevard Nashville, TN 37203)

Website: Juneteenth615.com2023 JUNETEENTH615 Celebration at Fort Negley Park

Celebrate Juneteenth615’s Taste of Freedom event, organized in collaboration with the African American Cultural Alliance. This vibrant gathering brings together Nashville’s finest food trucks, offering a delectable selection of cuisines. The festivities also include live performances by African drummers, local musicians, captivating performance art, and a spectacular fireworks show. Experience a Proclamation Ceremony, featuring appearances by Mayor John Cooper, and immerse yourself in an atmosphere of reflection, rejoicing, and community bonding. 

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