Juneteenth Freedom Celebration

Sunday, June 19 • 11 a.m.–3 p.m. • Great Park

The City of Irvine invites the community to its inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Celebration. The free event will take place Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Great Park Palm Court. The celebration of freedom, hope, and joy honors the history and contributions of African Americans to the cultural fabric of our community and nation. The community is invited to learn about Black culture as well as the history and significance of Juneteenth through interactive activities, local organizations, and live performances.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on site. Food trucks will be available for visitors to purchase food. 

Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, and is the oldest known annual observance commemorating the abolishment of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth became a celebration of freedom and achievement, gathering family and communities with food, entertainment, spiritual and religious ceremonies, and cultural storytelling. Today, Juneteenth takes on a symbol of pride in African American experiences and ancestral roots that is recognized annually across the country.

Juneteenth Freedom Celebration is presented by the City of Irvine in partnership with BIPOC Orange County.


11:00 a.m.

DJ Mal-Ski & Event Host Kayla Thomas: Welcome & DJ Set

11:25 a.m.

Cedrice: Lift Every Voice and Sing (Black National Anthem)

11:30 a.m.

Douglas Haynes, Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and UCI Chief Diversity Officer: Juneteenth:History & Legacy

11:40 a.m.

Sekou Andrews: Spoken Word

12:05 p.m.

Mayor Farrah Khan: Welcome Ceremony


iazY: Emerging Artist Spotlight


Cedrice: Live Musical Performance

1:00 p.m.

Christ Our Redeemer AME Church & Ki Johnson:  Live Musical Performance

1:30 p.m.

David Daughtry: Gospel Choir Performance

1:55 p.m.

African Soul: Dance &Drum

2:20 p.m.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: Step & Stroll Exhibition

2:30 p.m.

DJ Mal-Ski & Event Host Kayla Thomas: Closing & DJ Set

Art Exhibition & Activities

UCI Libraries Special Collections & Archives will host the following exhibition and activities in Hangar 244:

Zine Making for All

UCI Libraries will host a zine making activity for participants of all ages. Zines (short for "magazine" or "fanzine") are self-published, small-circulation booklets, pamphlets or flyers created to advance the views of the creator. This is a great opportunity for participants to express themselves through art.

Art | Power | Community: A Black Panther Party 55th Anniversary Retrospective Multimedia Exhibit

This student curated photo exhibit highlights the 55th anniversary activities of the Black Panther Party. It includes photographs that amplify the voices and visibility of the BPP collective, most of whom accepted anonymity in the name of the collective and in pursuit of shaping their country into a more perfect union. The exhibit reflects on community and empowerment at the heart of BPP organizing, as well as the legacy of the BPP. 

UCI Libraries Special Collections & Archives 

Materials from UCI Libraries Special Collections & Archives highlighting Black life, activism, excellence, and history at UCI, in California, and beyond will be on display for public viewing.

Oral History Booth

In support of the City of Irvine and BIPOC Orange County's commitment to documenting the history and legacy of Black people in Irvine, UCI Libraries will host an oral history booth as part of an oral history project kick-off.

BIPOC Marketplace

As part of the inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Celebration in Irvine, the following business will gather to present a BIPOC Marketplace in the Palm Court:

Amour Propre
Awaken Woke 
Covered by Maryam
Curly Delight
Heat Irvine
Kailifornia, Inc.
Laura's Light HHC/Transportation
Melanin Moms OC
Reign In US
Rendezvous by EV
Seven29 Wellness
Simply Whipped Shea Butter
The Girl Cave LA Anaheim
The Jar of Sunshine Inc.
Wildfleur Blooms

Food Vendors 

Breds Hot Chicken 
Island to Table Patty Hut 
Lynda's African Delicacies 
Made by Yup
Dreamy Vegan 
Scooters Italian Ice

Community Partners

100 Black Men of Orange County
BIPOC Orange County
City of Irvine, Community Services
Christ Our Redeemer Church
Irvine Unified School District
NAACP Orange County
National Action Network Orange County
OC Black Moms
OC Human Relations
OC Justice Initiative
UC Irvine Black Alumni Chapter
UCI Health - The Center For Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
UCI Libraries Special Collections & Archives 
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. & Orange County Chapter's NPHC


Founding Sponsors

Pristine Plumbing 

UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence 

UCI Paul Merage School of Business

The Toll Roads 


 Supporting Sponsors


Avanath Capital