Juneteenth in Downtown Sacramento

Marlee Wallace

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In 1865 on June 19th, Union soldiers landed in Texas with news that the enslaved were now free and the war has ended. This holiday is a reminder to us that nobody is free until everybody is free. It is also a day to reflect, learn, and grow as a nation and as people on how we can fight racism and inequality around us.

There are a few events going on this weekend to celebrate Juneteenth, each with their own mission.

The World According to Earl

Head out to Crest Theater, for The World According to Earl, a short, animated narrative documentary by Deborah Pittman. It’s a tribute to her dad, an unsung hero, whose opportunities for education, growth and development were limited. A big part of his life goal was to empower his children, grandchildren, kids in the neighborhood with his knowledge that education was the way up and out.

SBCC Juneteenth Freedom Celebration

Join us to celebrate Juneteenth on Monday, June 19, 5:00-7:30 pm at Mix Downtown 1525 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Let’s reflect and rejoice on this historic holiday, while networking and being together.

In addition to networking and celebration, we will reflect on the connection between Mexico and Juneteenth and hear from keynote speaker Tyrone Roderick Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Fresno Housing and learn about his unique connection to Juneteenth.

Note: This is 21 and over event.

2023 California State Capitol Juneteenth Holiday Celebration

Come experience our California Journey From Slavery to Freedom (1776-1876)

Join us as we begin to discover our authentic California story at the intersection of our California Archives and California State Library thereby restoring full dignity and respect for our California Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Another way to celebrate is to support Black business owners and creators! Support any of these businesses monetarily, by engaging with them on social media, or simply sharing these businesses with your friends.

Here’s a list of Black-owned businesses in Downtown Sacramento:

Bohemian Aesthetic Atelier

Cakes by Jeff the Chef

Cafe Connection

Capital Agenda

California Glam Co.


Danny’s Mini Donuts

Darling Aviary

Her Wax Box

Impound Comics

LiBush International Connection Africa

Nash & Proper

Neo Escape Rooms

Our Place Event Space

Retrospect-Vintage Fashion

Shawn Reginald Clothing Company

Steampunk Cigar Co


Heres some local Black creators and creatives:












Note: This is just a listing of businesses and creators that are in the downtown district from Front Street to 16th Street and H to N Streets. Please email us at [email protected] if we’re missing anyone on the list!