Our Past
Our Future

Manhattan Juneteenth

June 13 – 19, 2024

Thursday, June 13, 2024
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Manhattan Arts Center

Honoring Our Past, Shaping Our Future:

Juneteenth Fashion Show

In Collaboration with ‘Styled By Lydia’

Friday, June 14, 2024
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: City Park

| Chicken | Beef | Pork |

Grilling Contest

Calling all Grillers

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!

Chicken | Beef | Pork | Sides | More

Eat & Judge

Get your plate today!

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.

Friday, June 14, 2024
Time: 7:00pm
Location: City Park Norvell Band Shell

Juneteenth Arts In The Park

Grammy Award Winner

Regina Belle

With Chris Walker

Grammy Award Winner

Regina Belle

Regina Belle, luminous vocals on the Peabo Bryson duet, A Whole New World, (Grammy’s Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group in 1994) solidified her place as music royalty. The Academy Award-winning and Multi Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress, with a string of hits including Make It Like It Was, If I Could, Baby Come To Me and This Is Love, Regina Belle has made a career following her heart and moving gracefully between the worlds of R&B, Gospel and Jazz.

More on Regina Bell!

Musically Acclaimed

Chris Walker

It is most appropriate if there was anyone to continue the legacy of Al Jarreau, it’s Chris Walker who served as Al Jarreau’s Musical Director, co-vocalist and bassist for more than twenty years. In the summer of 2019, Walker released his homage to Jarreau: We’re In This Love Together – Celebrating Al Jarreau which continues to receive rave reviews from both critics and fans alike. Almost all the musicians on the record and performing in the live shows worked with Jarreau.

More on Chris Walker!

Saturday, June 15, 2024
Time: 7:00 am
Location: Douglass Park

Unite, move, empower

Juneteenth Fitness Experience

Get ready to elevate your fitness journey with us! Register now for an exhilarating day of workouts and community fun!

Juneteenth Run For Unity

Embark on a journey of unity and wellness with our ‘Run For Unity’ 5K. Every registered runner will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Prices increase on May 15th, 2024.

Free Fitness Events

Sun-Up Yoga - Embrace the Morning

Join Mitzie from MWOW Coaching in a revitalizing session of Sun-Up Yoga. No registration needed; it’s free for all to join.

Community Boot Camp - Strength Together

8:30 am
Engage in the ‘Community Boot Camp,’ led by diverse fitness professionals from the Manhattan community. It’s a dynamic, empowering, and free experience for everyone.

MIXXEDFIT - Dance and Sweat

Let loose in ‘Mixx Fit with Fee,’ a dance-infused fitness session that’s free and open to all.

Zumba in the Park - Move and Groove

Experience the rhythm of ‘Zumba in the Park’ with Mitzie from MWOW Coaching. No registration required; it’s a free and lively celebration.

African Fitness Dance


Move your boombsey® with ACE certified Coach Viv from Kukuwa® Dance Workout for a low-impact jam to the rhythms of Afrobeats and Afropop.  This session will be beginner friendly.  Let’s move and groove together!

Unity Walk

Join us for our annual Unity walk. First 100 participants will receive a free t-shirt.

Juneteenth Fitness Experience 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to showcase your skills on the court! Win $300 and bragging rights for an entire year. Sign Up Today!

Saturday, June 15, 2024
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Douglass Park

Join Us This Saturday for the Juneteenth Celebration

Celebrating Unity and Community

Start your weekend with a meaningful celebration at Douglass Park on Historical Yuma Street. The Juneteenth Celebration kicks off with a heartfelt Proclamation, followed by a Unity Walk. The day continues with an array of activities including live Music, delicious Food, engaging Games, and fun Children Activities. Explore a variety of Vendors showcasing their unique crafts and goods. It’s a perfect day out for families and friends alike!

Saturday, June 15, 2024
Time: 8:00pm
Location: City Park
Movie in the Park

Experience ’42’ Under the Stars

Join us for a captivating outdoor movie experience this Saturday night at City Park, as part of our Juneteenth celebration. We’re excited to present ’42’, the powerful story of Jackie Robinson, a sports icon and a trailblazer in the fight for racial equality. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy this inspiring film with your community under the open sky.

Sunday, June 16, 2024
Time: All Day
Location: Multiple

Join Us for a Day of Worship

Celebrating Unity and Faith in Manhattan

On Sunday, June 16th, join hands with the Manhattan community for a Day of Worship, a special event designed to strengthen bonds and celebrate our shared faith. This unique gathering, in collaboration with Historically Black Churches across Manhattan, invites everyone to come together in a spirit of unity and fellowship.

Visit our Communities Black Churches Wesbsites for more information.

Fellowship Temple
Mt. Zion
Bethel A.M.E.
Manhattan Christian Fellowship Church

Fellowship Temple Church of God in Christ was founded in 1976 by the Rev. Dr. James B. Boyer and Missionary Edna M. Boyer. The current Pastor is Superintendent W.O. Sherrod and the Assistant Pastor is Elder Anthony Whetstone.
201 Knoxberry Dr.
Dr. James B. Boyer Ln.
Manhattan, KS.

  • Sunday School: 10:30 AM
  • Worship Service: 11:30 AM
 Mount Zion Family Worship Center, International Ministries Our purpose is to Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the teaching and preaching of God’s word.
916 Yuma Street
Manhattan, KS.

  • Sunday School: 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • Sunday Worship: 11:30AM up to 1:30PM
  • Monday Night Prayer: 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • Tuesday Night Bible Study: 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • Noon Day Prayer: Monday-Friday Noon-1:00PM

Bethel A.M.E. Manhattan Rev Kristen Sexton
401 Yuma Street
Manhattan, KS.

  • Sunday Worship: 11:15AM
  • Thursday Bible Study: 5:30PM
Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Time: All Day
Location: Manhattan, KS

Day of Reflection

Wear & Unite

On Wednesday, Juneteenth, we invite the Manhattan KS community to join us in a Day of Reflection. As you go about your day—running errands, enjoying family time, and living your life—we encourage you to wear your Juneteenth t-shirts with pride. This simple act of unity not only shows solidarity but also serves as a reminder of the importance of Juneteenth. Let’s come together to honor the past and celebrate the progress we’ve made, all while reflecting on the journey that continues. Join us in wearing your Juneteenth t-shirt and be a part of this powerful day of remembrance and unity.
June 13 – 19, 2024
Time: All Day
Location: The Flint Hills 

Join us in honoring Juneteenth by supporting the vibrant Black-owned businesses in our community. Explore the Black Entrepreneurs online directory to find unique products, professional services, and more. Your support helps foster growth, equity, and unity in Manhattan.

Thank You To Our

2024 Sponsors




Almaz Fufael * Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated – Mu Eta Omega Chapter Alternative Healthcare * Anderson Knight Architects * Bank of the Flint Hills * Barry’s Drug Center * Betti O Productions * Blade Mages * Brian & Shelli Schottler * Charles & Wilson Bonded Abstracters * Chiropractic Family Health Center * Clay Taylor * Cynthia Beatty * Dee & Dorthea Clark  * Eric & Jurdene Coleman * Evelyn Jasper * Gene Taylor *  Herb Ealy * Jacqueline Tweed * Karl Kuntz Agency * Kerri Anderson * K-State Alumni Association * K-State College of Education * Little Britches * Manhattan Surgical Hospital/ Blue River Family Medicine/Central Kansas Cancer Center * Master Landscape Inc * The MASTER Teacher * Midwest Concerete Materials Inc. * Mimi Balderson * Murdock of Manhattan * Orzam & Scalora Enginerring, P.A. * Richard T Hartwell * R.M. Brail GC Inc. * Rock-a-Belly Deli * Sterling & Pat Hudgins * Sheila Kinnard * Stan & Darlene Ross * Stonecreek Family Physicians * Sydney Carlin * Walter & Dolly Gudder Dodds * Woof’s Play & Stay