Juneteenth is a national holiday celebrating the liberation of freed slaves after the Civil War. Originating here on the Gulf Coast in 1865, the war officially ended when the message of liberation was finally brought to Texas. Since then, Juneteenth celebrations spread far and wide, but remain a special tradition in Texas and in the Gulf Coast Capital. Here are four Juneteenth celebrations you can't miss this year:


Juneteenth Kickoff 

Join TABPHE for a special celebration kicking off 10 days of Juneteenth celebrations in Corpus Christi! This kickoff party will feature guest speakers on various topics and plenty of vendors.  

Date: June 9, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Location: Boys & Girls Club, 3902 Greenwood Dr. 

Black and White Dance and Comedy Show 

The 11th annual Black and White Dance and Comedy show will feature comedian Rodney Perry and music by DJ Dallas Scratch. Tickets are available at $55 a piece, or $400 for a table of eight. To purchase, call 361-739-1367. 

Date: June 14, 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. 

Location: Congressman Solomon Ortiz International Center, 402 Harbor Dr.


Corpus Christi Juneteenth Festival 

This highly anticipated event is back for 2024 with a fun-filled day of food trucks, a kid zone area, various vendors, social services, and more. Don’t miss out on performances from Hilda Lamas, The Revalution, Claudia Melton, JenniP & the Four Men, and the Bayou City Brass Band, and special performances by Tweet and Slim Thug.  

Date: June 15, 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Location: Water's Edge Park, 602 S. Shoreline Blvd 

Family Fun Day at The Park 

Celebrate with a family fun day in the historic Hillcrest neighborhood and enjoy music, food, and giveaways, while supplies last.   

Date: June 16, 4:00 p.m. 

Location: Dr. H.J. Williams Memorial Park (AKA Hillcrest Park), 1506 Minton Street