Manhattan, Kansas


And Still We Rise…

Strong, Loud, and Proud

Art Auction

Join us for an online/in person Art Auction. Every piece is an original and for sure will be an excellent addition to your collection. Learn More

Keith Washington

Billboard Chart Toping, Grammy Nominated, Award Winning, Hit Maker of Kissing You, Keith Washington will be preforming live! Learn More

3 on 3 B-Ball

Join us as a spectator or sign your team up to compete for a cash prizein Juneteenth Fitness Experience 3 on 3 Basket Ball tournament. Learn More

Kyla Jade

Kansas own multifaceted songstress, Kyla Jade, is coming back home for 1 night to bless us with the voice we fell in love with on “The Voice.” Learn More

Juneteenth Lead Up

Manhattan Juneteenth

Downtown art Walk

May 30 – June 14, 2023

Strong, Loud, and Proud

Downtown businesses are the host locations for the 2nd annual Juneteenth Art Walk. The community is welcome to stroll the district and view art created by local artists. The theme this year is.

“And Still We Rise…

Strong, Loud and Proud”

Patrons will have the opportunity to bid on artwork during a live auction at Douglass Activity Center (925 Yuma St.) on Thursday, June 15. Proceeds will support future Juneteenth celebrations and artists will receive 50% of the proceeds of the sold canvas painting!

Historic Yuma District

Manhattan Juneteenth

Opening Event

Music and Art

6:00 p.m.  |  June 15, 2023 | Douglass Activity Center

An Evening With

Nate mcClendon

Musician and Educator

Light Refreshments & Music

June 15th, 2023 Time: Follwing Opening Event

Juneteenth Art Auction

Douglass Activity Center

Art is in the air! Join us for our Juneteenth Art Auction as an artist, spectator, or buyer. On a canvas, local artists will use their imagination to illustrate this year’s theme, “And Still We Stand, Strong, Loud and Proud.” The artwork will be on display on our website and around the community for you to enjoy. Join us on Thursday, June 15th, for a public auction of the artwork and a chance to own a part of Manhattan Juneteenth history.

Juneteenth Grilling Contest

June 16th, 2023  |  TBA
Taster Kits | $5.00
City Park

Help us judge the best BBQ in Manhattan! For only $5, you will get a sampling of each griller’s food and some sides to complete a full meal. After you taste each griller’s specialty, you will be able to vote for the one you like the best.


Grab your team and enter the Juneteenth Grilling Cook-Off Contest! Share “just a taste” of your grilling creations with the crowd in their taster kits!

Entry fee is $25.00 per category. A Manhattan Juneteenth Sponsor will provide $100 worth of grilling meat(s) to the first ten (10) teams who submit their applications to participate in the event.

Payment is due with application. Registration Deadline: Monday, June 5th, 2023 by Noon (If you mail your registration we must receive it by this date – this is not a postmark date)

Categories ► Chicken ►Ribs|Pork Loin ►Beef Brisket ► Hot Links

First place prize: $50.00 & plaque each category

Second & Third place prizes: Plaque each category

The crowd is your judge!

Download Application

Juneteenth Arts In the park

June 16th, 2023   |   7pm  |  City Park

Soul Jam

Hosted by Television/Radio Host

Mister Gary

Juneteenth Soul Jam presented by Manhattan Juneteenth Committee Celebrating Love Performance starring Keith Washington Hosted by Television/Radio Host- Mister Gary Them Yo People Television Show Also Jamming with the J. Love Band & Doctor DJ

Join Mr. Gary, Television & Radio Host. Also know for hosting “Them Yo People Television Show.” He will be jaming with us all night as he introduces our Juneteenth Arts in the park performers Friday night. 

Start your night Jamming with the J. Love Band & Doctor DJ



Keith Washington

Billboard Chart Toping, Grammy Nominated, Award Winning, Hit Maker of Kissing You, Keith Washington will be preforming as the Juneteenth Arts in the Park headliner. This is one show you won’t want to miss.   

Community Festival

June 17th, 2023   |   8am – 2pm  |  Douglas Center Complex

Sun Up Yoga

8:00 a.m.   |   Join us for Yoga in the Park bright and early.  This is a free public event.

Zumba in the Park

9:00 a.m.   |   Join us for Zumba at Douglas Park and Dance with Mitzie.  


10:00 a.m.   |  Long’s Park 17th Street and Yuma   |   Kick off Juneteenth with the Mayor’s Proclamation and the signing of the Black National Anthem. 

Unity Walk

11:00 a.m.   |  Long’s Park to Douglass Park   |   Following the Proclamation we will singing the Anthems, recognizing this year’s Juneteenth recipients and then come together in unity for our Manhattan Juneteenth Unity Walk led by the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard.

Cool down and Kick off the Juneteenth Celebrations with a Unity Walk! beginning at Long’s Park, 17th Street and Yuma. First 100 participants well receive a free T-Shirt.

Free Juneteenth Tee Shirts to the first 100 Walkers

3 on 3 Basketball

11:oo a.m.   |   Space is limited sign up today!

11am - 2pm | Community Festival

11:00 a.m.   |  Jams with DJ Big Smoov, Juneteenth Kids Zone, 3 on 3 Basketball, Give Aways, Vendors, Food Trucks and More

Kyla Jade

June 17th, 2023   |   7pm – 9pm  |  City Park

Kyla Jade is a vocal powerhouse and accomplished songstress. Coming back to Kansas for the Manhattan Kansas Juneteenth after taking the music industry by storm as a part of Team Blake on Season 14 of the Voice. The incredibly dynamic singer, performer and artist is a versatile, veritable force.

Thank You To Our

2023 Sponsors




Juneteenth day of reflection 

June 19th is Juneteenth, and, Monday June 19th is the national holiday observing Juneteenth.  We would like to take this day to reflect on all that we have accomplished as a community and all that we still need to accomplish together.