Exciting Juneteenth Celebrations Happening In New Haven

Article Contributed by Stacy Graham-Hunt PR | Published on Sunday, June 9, 2024

Celebrate Juneteenth with a performance that honors the holiday and celebrates our collective dedication to liberation and joy! Curated by Artsucation and the Official Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven, this evening promises a harmonious blend of rhythm, love, and artistry like no other.

Join us for an unforgettable evening with the New Haven All-Stars featuring The Keepers of the Culture Performing Arts Company, Manny James and Soulclectic, and The Rahsaan Langley Project. The event will be hosted by Bobby Ramos. Mark your calendar for a night you won’t want to miss!

Read more here: International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Event Highlights:

Umoja: Unity in Community The concept of unity—Umoja—is the lifeblood of any community. Come support various entrepreneurs who welcome you and your families, and experience the values of intergenerational respect and learning through an elder honoring ceremony and educational presentations.

Curated by Artsucation and the Official Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven, this day will be hosted by the mother-son duo, Mama Ngina and Rahsaan Langley.

Featured Partners and Events Include:

  • Juneteenth Kidz Zone: Featuring Uncle Majic's Nunu Playhouse, Kidz Kook, Ice the Beef Youth, Duniya Laada Youth Dance Group, SAHGE Academy, and more young artists.
  • Elder Honoring Ceremony: With Ms. Hanan's Dance and Beyond.
  • First Official U.S. Hip Hop Ambassador: Toni Blackman.
  • Juneteenth Artist Showcase.


Historical Bike Tour: Take a bike tour through history showcasing New Haven's rich community of Black creativity and innovation, past and present. The ride will take in key historical and cultural landmarks where African and African-Americans have left their imprint on the history of New Haven and beyond. The journey will cover the late 1700s to the present day.

Kids' Event: In honor of Juneteenth, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas invites kids of all ages to join Constance L. Royster and New Haven Educator Katlyn Rapini for a moderated Q&A discussing the life of Constance Baker Motley, the first Black female federal judge and highly accomplished Civil Rights attorney. The United States Postal Service issued a Forever Stamp in honor of Constance Baker Motley in January of this year as part of its Black Heritage series. The Q&A will be followed by a stamp design workshop, led by Katlyn Rapini, where participants will learn about the process of stamp design and create their own stamps to celebrate the legacy of Judge Constance Baker Motley.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS & IDEAS: The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a year-round non-profit organization that culminates with an annual celebration of performing arts, lectures, and conversations each summer in New Haven, Connecticut. The Festival convenes leading artists, thought leaders, and innovators from around the world for dynamic public programs to engage, entertain, and inspire a diversity of communities. More than 85% of Festival programs are free to the public, including events that feature some of the most influential jazz, classical, dance, and theater artists of our time. Keep updated about our future events at artidea.org.