Juneteenth is just around the corner, and the Blue Grass state of Kentucky will be hosting its own events across June. If you’re a bourbon or horse racing fan, there’s no better destination.
Kentucky also has an important place in Black history. Today, it’s home to a variety of Black-owned businesses, including restaurants, breweries, and the Brough Brothers Distillery—the first of its kind in the state.
Honor Black liberation, history, and culture, by attending the following events in Kentucky.
Juneteenth Festival – Louisville
From June 16 to June 19, Louisville hosts the Fourth Annual Juneteenth Festival.
It takes place at The Belvedere and will include a series of performances, panels, and speeches from local leaders. What’s more, there will be over 70 Black-owned businesses prominently featured, so take the opportunity to see what they’re about.
SoulFeast Week – Lexington
Foodies, gather around! From June 16 to June 25, this is the time to raise a toast to Black contribution in the culinary space, and certainly not just in Lexington. Meet Black restaurant owners, try fabulous food, and so much more.
Jessamine Juneteenth Festival – Nicholasville
Head to Clint Hayden Park in Nicholasville, and mark your calendar for June 17. This is the date for Jessamine’s Juneteenth Festival, which is entering its third year. It’s a great event for the whole family, especially children. They’ll enjoy the inflatables, face painting, and an abundance of other kid-friendly activities.
Kentucky Blues Music Festival – Mount Vernon
If you thought there was only a Mount Vernon in New York, think again.
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame will surge to life with live performances by local Black artists and others. Entry is free. When you need a break from the music and dancing, grab yourself some refreshments from the food vendors on site.
BGFW: Juneteenth Weekend Celebration – Bowling Green
On June 17 and 18, Bowling Green hosts the Miss Juneteenth Pageant, a standup comedy show, and fantastic tunes courtesy of a live DJ. The BGFW Juneteenth Celebration enters its fourth year and counting.