Manhattan KS Juneteenth Festival

Come and Celebrate 27 Years With Us

This year marks our 27th Annual Manhattan Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18 at City Park, Manhattan, KS. The theme this year's one-day event is "Freedom - Community - Family".

This year's Juneteenth celebration has a lot of new activities and events which will appeal to families, people of all ages and walks of life while at the same time focusing on the importance and meaning associated with the day.  Also, this marks the first annual Juneteenth Community Unity Walk as we also celebrate the life of our former committee Chair, Don "Donnie" Slater.

Headlined by the Charles Walker Band, making their second appearance in Manhattan since August of last year, grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has refined their unique sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk, rhythm & blues, and soul infused with melodic pop influences.  Come see them set the stage on fire at the 27th Annual Manhattan Juneteenth Celebration!

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Our Mission

Manhattan Juneteenth Community Council's mission is to unite the community to remember a moment in history. To raise awareness of the significant role not only the State of Kansas played, but the City of Manhattan and its neighboring Communities. How they were partly the reason we are able to celebrate and emphasize the outstanding achievements and educational contributions of African-Americans. 

Together we reflect on the past while celebrating the future.  Self-pride, self-improvement and self-worth is what we want to share with the world. Cities all over the country celebrate this mark in history with people of all nationalities, religions and creeds joining together to acknowledge a time in history that is not exemplary, but it has shape the way we think and live today. 

When you understand someone’s history whether good, bad or indifferent, you can come to understand one’s struggle, and begin to accept their differences and embrace their contributions to society.