Where to Celebrate Juneteenth In and Around Arlington

Take a walking tour down Columbia Pike, catch a hip-hop-meets-classical concert and learn from local authors.
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This Juneteenth—the annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States—there are a variety of ways to celebrate locally, from a walking tour along Columbia Pike to musical tributes and book talks. Here are some of the events happening in the area:

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

June 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join the Arlington Coalition of Black Clergy for an antiracism workshop, live music and dance, games and more at this community event in Ballston. // Wilson Boulevard Christian Church, 3850 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free.

Juneteenth Black Heritage Walk on Columbia Pike

June 19, 10-11:30 a.m.

Walk with Craig Syphax—a board member of the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington and member of the Syphax family—for this 90-minute journey along Columbia Pike highlighting Black history in Arlington. Stops include St. John’s Baptist Church and Freedman’s Village Bridge. The walk will conclude with live music at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market. // Towers Park, 801 S. Scott St., Arlington. Free.

Juneteenth With the Alphabet Rockers

June 19, 3 p.m.

Grammy-nominated hip-hop collective Alphabet Rockers “creates brave spaces to shape a more equitable world” through their music. Bring the kids out to this free outdoor concert of tunes that focus on inclusivity and social justice. // McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean. Free.

McLean Symphony Remembers Juneteenth

June 19, 4 p.m.

Celebrate music from Black composers—including the McLean premiere of “March of Freedom” by Bowie State University music professor Gilbert Pryor—as well as additional selections that speak to Black culture and history. // Capital One Hall, 7750 Capital One Tower Road, Tysons. $50+.

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Catch Thee Phantom and the Illharmonic Orchestra at Wolf Trap

Juneteenth Celebration With Thee Phantom and the Illharmonic Orchestra at Wolf Trap

June 19, 6 p.m.

Get a blend of hip-hop and classical music at this outdoor show featuring pieces from Donny Hathaway, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, William Grant Still and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. // Wolf Trap Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $27+.

Book Talk: Freewater

June 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Arlington-based author Amina Luqman-Dawson discusses her 2022 middle-grade novel Freewater, which tells the story of two children who escape from slavery and discover a secret new world. // Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Free.


Local author and civic leader Wilma Jones

Book Talk: My Halls Hill Family—More Than a Neighborhood

June 23, 6-7:30 p.m.

Fourth-generation Halls Hill resident Wilma Jones discusses the legacies of the historically Black Arlington neighborhood featured in her 2018 book, which reaches back to the neighborhood’s earliest days just before the Civil War. // Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Free.


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