In anticipation of Juneteenth this weekend, the team at PATTERN has curated an index of events and festivities around Central Indiana for you and your loved ones to celebrate. Here’s a non-exhaustive list!
- BET (Black Entertainment Trivia)
- Come test your knowledge at Black Entertainment Trivia, presented by Indy Juneteenth at House of Soul Cafe in Carmel. Bring your friends and enjoy food, drinks, games and karaoke. Masks are required. The event will start at 6pm. For more information, check out Indy Juneteenth’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
- Culture Cooking
- Indy Juneteenth will be presenting a virtual cooking class on Facebook Live and Instagram Live. They’ll be joined by chef Christine Preston, author of acclaimed cookbook “Clean Plate Fresh Slate,” and will be giving tips on how to create the perfect Juneteenth meal. The event will start at 8pm. For more information, check out Indy Juneteenth’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
- Red Drinks and Virtual Poetry Open Mic Night
- History Happy Hour: Juneteenth: The Evolution of a Holiday
- Join historian Sharon Gillins and the Indiana History Society for a free, virtual discussion of Juneteenth and its history as an American holiday. The event will take place from 5:30 to 6:30. For more information and to see past History Happy Hours, check out the Indiana History Society’s website.
- “The Source: Can’t Be Stolen, Can’t Be Replicated” Juneteenth Photography Show
- PATTERN, Inc will be hosting a Juneteenth photography showcase featuring works that celebrate black excellence and joy. Admission is free, and a portion of commissioned art sales will go to Thrival Indy Academy in support of their Peace Project. For more information, check out the event’s Eventbrite page.
- Miss Indy Juneteenth Pageant Reunion
- VOICES CORP Juneteenth Celebration
- Local community outreach program VOICES CORP will be hosting an evening of live music, food, vendors, and talent show performances. The event will take place from 5pm to 9:30pm. To RSVP, check out the event’s Eventbrite page.
- CBLC Book Fest and Juneteenth Celebration
- The Center for Black Literature and Culture and the Indianapolis Public Library will be highlighting local black authors, poets and creators such as Brandon Warren, Januarie York, Andrew Bowman and more in a virtual celebration. The event will take place from 6pm to 8pm. For more information, check out the Indianapolis Public Library’s website.
- Juneteenth ReadIN
- Gal’s Guide Library in Noblesville will be hosting a Juneteenth ReadIN, inspired by civil rights sit-ins. Bring a book or borrow one and enjoy literature and community! The event begins at 10pm and is open to participants of all ages. For more information, check out Gal’s Guide’s website.
- Biketeenth was put in place as “a health initiative that exists to unify the Black collective in commemoration of Juneteenth.” Bring your bike and join in on a ride through the Indianapolis Cultural Trail! The event will take place from 12pm to 3pm and part of the proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. To register, follow this link to Biketeenth’s website.
- Indy Juneteenth Parade and Celebration
- Bring the whole family for an outdoor celebration featuring a parade, food trucks, a DJ, live performances, games and more, presented by Indy Juneteenth. The event will take place from noon to 5pm in Riverside Park, near Shelter #5. Masks are required. To RSVP, follow this link to Indy Juneteenth’s website.
- 2nd Annual Juneteenth Jubilee
- Fishers Equity Awareness will be presenting their 2nd annual Juneteenth Jubilee at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers. They’ll be hosting education booths, live music, food trucks, and black-owned businesses from all over Central Indiana! The event will take place from 6pm to 9pm. For more information, check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
- Eiteljorg Museum Juneteenth Community Celebration
- Enjoy a day of virtual panel discussions, live and recorded performances, and other online activities free of charge and from the comforts of home. For more information and a list of black-owned businesses, restaurants, cafes and more to support, check out The Eiteljorg’s website.
- Juneteenth Southern Soul Celebration and Performance
- Experience live theatre in Indianapolis at the historic Madam C.J. Walker Theatre, sponsored by Redemption Outreach Services, Inc. The evening will feature a performance of Sham Redmond’s If All Men Were Good, There Would Be No Bad Women, as well as a Juneteenth Presentation at intermission featuring live music and dance performances. To buy tickets, check out the event’s Eventbrite page.