1865 Fest’s 4th Annual Festival returns this Juneteenth Weekend


The Garfield Park 1865 Coalition will host a 3-day African-American cultural festival celebrating Juneteenth Emancipation Day, from Friday, June 16th-Sunday, June 18th.

This historic date, also known as Freedom Day, recognizes the true emancipation of all remaining slaves in 1865 after the emancipation proclamation was previously enacted two years prior.

This 3-day cultural experience is meant to educate and enhance Black culture by hosting many family-friendly programs such as educational workshops, sports activities, art, live music and food.

Garfield Park
100 N Central Park, Chicago, IL

The festivities will begin on Friday, June 16th with a Military Honors ceremony and VIP reception recognizing Black veterans in the raising of the original Juneteenth flag that will fly throughout the entire weekend. Saturday will be Youth Day with dancers participating in a citywide dance battle, and young artists performing in Garfield Park’s Music Court Drive. Sunday will conclude the festival with a Grillin and Chillin cookoff for Father’s Day. Both Saturday and Sunday will be free and open to the public.

The Garfield Park 1865 Coalition is a dedicated group of community organizations, families, local businesses, and churches coming together with the intention of improving the Garfield Park community’s quality of life, and ensuring that quality is kept sustainable for generations to come.

Partnering organizers and sponsorships includes  Amazon, Westside Cultural Alliance, Breakthrough Urban Ministries, 11th District CPD, City of Chicago DCASE, The Black Remembrance Project, Black Culture Week, West Garfield Park Rites to Wellness Collaborative, Garfield Park Community Council, Drawn Out Ministries, Peace Runners 773, Del Marie Universe, OMS Organics, Westside Rising, Garfield Parksides, Oak Street Health, Erie Family Health Centers, Boxing On The Block, BBOONIE Inc., Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Swank Public Relations.

To find out more about the Military Honors Reception, as well as, tax-deductible donation items, sponsorship opportunities, and vendor information please email the1865fest@gmail.com.


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