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The Oaklanders have plenty of reasons to celebrate this weekend. The state was officially reopened on June 15 with few restrictions. According to the new guidelines, there will no longer be social distancing or restricted capacities at events. The first weekend of the reopening also coincides with Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth’s recognition has grown in recent years. Last year, Oaklanders gathered outdoors to protest, hold talks about race and justice, and celebrate. On Tuesday, the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring June 19 to be June 10th as National Independence Day. The House passed the bill on Thursday and President Biden is expected to sign it.
In recognition of the holiday, we’ve compiled a list of events taking place in Oakland on Saturday. If there is anything else that should be on this list, let us know and we will add it.
June tenth anniversary
This second annual anniversary takes place in downtown Oakland. District 6 Councilor Loren Taylor will attend the celebrations. The event will be hosted by KGO-TV ABC 7 news anchor Kumasi Aaron and includes appearances by DJ Yaddoo, Lorriah Jackson (“The Voices” Season 19 contestant), Michael and Micaela Cheadle, and more.
Saturday, June 19, 5:30 p.m., from $ 125, The Overlook, 344 Thomas L. Berkeley Way, Oakland, Eventbrite.
Mini-Museum in West Oakland
Here’s what else is going on in Oakland:
Jilchristina Vest made headlines earlier this year by announcing that a new mural in honor of the women of the Black Panther Party would be unveiled on the side of her West Oakland home. The mural has grown in popularity since its unveiling in February, and now she has turned the apartment on the first floor of her home into a mini-museum honoring the Black Panthers and their community survival programs. The exhibition was curated by Oakland publisher, curator and archivist Lisbet Tellefsen.
Saturday, June 19, Free – $ 12.50, Mini Museum, 831 Center St., Oakland, westoaklandmuralproject.org
Just in time for Juneteenth, Ashara Ekundayo curated a self-guided, multi-media outdoor art exhibition on Broadway between 14th and 17th streets with Mauton Akron as its artistic director. The exhibition will highlight the work of over 20 black artists, creators, cultural centers and companies. The most striking work of art in the exhibition is the eight-foot-tall bronze sculpture Rumors of War by renowned African American artist Kehinde Wiley, who painted the portrait of former President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The event also includes performances by: Piwai, The People’s Conservatory, DJ Black Bangando, and a prayer by Jenn Johns.
Saturday, June 19, 2 p.m. Free, Latham Square, 1611 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, oaklandcentral.com
TrapSoul Day Party
Day parties are officially back and the TrapSoul crew, known for their parties that light up Oakland nightlife, will host an afternoon event at the Hello Stranger bar. Expect Afrobeat sounds from DJ Beatific and DJ Lexx Jonez. Bartenders will be pouring the famous “frozen” slushies to welcome everyone back to this Broadway venue, friends and strangers alike.
Saturday, June 19, 3 p.m., free with RSVP, guaranteed entry $ 10-20 $, Hello Stranger, 1724 Broadway, Oakland, trapsoul.eventbrite.com
Art and decoration installation “Africa” during the 1st annual Oakland Juneteenth Fest 2020 at Lake Merritt. Photo credit: Amir Aziz
Tour of the Black Liberation
Learn about the history of the Hoover-Foster neighborhood in West Oakland by hearing from community representative David Peters. The tour starts at the SPARC-It-Place with live music, art, and food, followed by a walking tour of the neighborhood. Learn all about the Great Migration that changed Oakland, the history of the West Coast civil rights movement, and iconic places like the California Hotel on San Pablo Avenue.
Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m., Donation, SPARC-It-Place, 3419 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, blwt.org
Port Bar Juneteenth Celebration
Queens across the Bay Area wowed audiences online during the pandemic. Fortunately, that will change from this weekend. Black drag queens BeBe Sweetbriar, the 10th season contestant of Rupaul’s Drag Race, The Vixen, Tiara Love Dupree, Afrika America and Coco Buttah take over the Port Bar for a special night full of glamor and dance.
Saturday, June 19, 8 p.m., free, Port Bar, 2023 Broadway, Oakland, portbaroakland.com
Grooves from the greenhouse
Blk Girls Greenhouse is known for planting parents for its abundance of gorgeous houseplants and flowers. This weekend the greenhouse is transforming to host its first concert with Rexx Life Raj, Vadia Rhodes, Jane Handcock and DJ Mujie. While the show is completely sold out, there will be special streaming in Bar 7th West, but it is recommended that you buy tickets online early.
Saturday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., $ 20 online or at the box office, 7th West, 1255 7th St., Oakland, Eventbrite.
Oakland Juneteenth Fest
Of course, you can always go outside and spend the day in the sun on beautiful Lake Merritt with DJs, art installations, speakers, local businesses, live artists, food vendors, and more. The Juniteenth Festival on the lake is hosted by Afrocentric Oakland, LEGIT, and Alena Museum. The DJ lineup includes DJ Sammy Sam, DJ Mujie, DJay Slim, Lady Ryan, Crillmatic, DJ Leydis and DJ D Sharp. While the event is free, donations are encouraged to help pay for the party and plan for the next year.
Saturday, June 19, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Donation, Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Between 12th Street and 1st Ave., Oakland, Juneteenth Fest.
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