Juneteenth Fitness Experience

Schedule may change as we are working on bring you a safe fun experience. Please check back for updates.

Juneteenth 5K: Virtual or Live

June 19th 8:00 am

Your choice if you want to run with us live or virtual! But we hope you join us for our second Juneteenth 5K!  Grab a friend and complete this virtual 5k anywhere or meet us at the Douglass Community Center!

All is welcome and you every registered racer will receive a custom medal in addition to the custom shirt and bib!

Register at TheFit3xp.com by May 31st 2021 to take advantage of early bird price.

Zumba Live: In the Park


Zumba Virtual: On Zoom

Douglass Park | 925 Yuma
June 19th 8:45 am

Join us for a live in person Zumba event or virtually on Zoom! Special guest Zumba instructor Mitzie will bring her high energy of fun and dance to the Juneteenth Fitness Experience.

Space is limited  for the live event and you must register to join us on zoom. Be sure to visit TheFit3xp.com to RSVP or Register and get ready to ZUMBA!

Juneteenth Celebration

Schedule may change as we are working on bring you a safe fun experience. Please check back for updates.

An Evening with Phil S. Dixon


Frederick Douglass Recreation Complex, 925 Yuma
Thursday, June 17 6:30 pm
Sponsored by Humanities Kansas

Phil is a co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. He is the author of nine books about baseball, including biographies about Wilber “Bullet” Rogan and John “Buck” O’Neil. In the course of his research, he has interviewed over 500 former Negro League players and family members. Phil has been a member of the Humanities Kansas Speakers Bureau since 2014.

Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. This presentation will explore the early barnstorming days of the Monarchs and highlight great players such as Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson.

United in History and Hope Community Walk

June 19th 9:45 am

The Juneteenth Unity Walk is a favorite tradition of Manhattan Juneteenth.  The tradition continues Saturday, June 19 beginning at Longs Park, 17th Street and Martin Luther King Drive to the Frederick Douglass Recreation Complex.   The first 100 participants will receive a free commemoratory tee shirt, “United in History and Hope”.   The walk is a community and family event.

Just a Taste of Barbeque – The Tradition Continues

Frederick Douglass Recreation Complex, 925 Yuma
June 19th 11:00 am

Thank you to the Riley County Police Department and HyVee in support of Manhattan Juneteenth and providing barbeque and burgers after the Unity Walk.


Saturday, June 19th 10:30 am

The Douglass Activity Center mural created/painted by nationally known artist EuGene V Byrd III will be formally unveiled; depicting the history of the Yuma Street area.

EuGene Vidal Byrd III was born in Wichita, KS from dirt county roads of Okmulgee and Tulsa, OK. EuGene was early influenced to draw by 70’s album covers; comic books and Native throws. EuGene founded Future Dead Artists, and operated FUTURE GALLERY from 2018-2020 in which he mentored artists/curators, curated 20 exhibitions and over 200 artists. EuGene believes that great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us as he continues of his path of self-discovery though art.

Juneteenth Art Display and Auction

Douglass Activity Center
Saturday, June 19th 12:00 pm

Juneteenth Art is in the air and we need you! Calling all local artists! Express your creation with this year’s theme “United in History and Hope”.

The community is invited to take part in this one of a kind event to share the message of Juneteenth, the 2021 Manhattan Juneteenth Celebration and its rich history with the theme United in History and Hope. Art will be displayed during a public viewing prior to Juneteenth, online, and at the public auction on Saturday, June 19 to close the 2021 Juneteenth Celebration. The event will be fun and interactive! COVID guidelines will be followed.

Like to Participate

Come to the Douglass Activity Center (925 Yuma St., Manhattan, Kansas.) Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. to receive a 16” x 20” flat stretched canvas, instruction guidelines for the painting, and a brochure on the history of Juneteenth for referencing your chosen imagery.

You will sign an affidavit stating that you will guarantee a finished painting by June 4, 2021.

The Manhattan Juneteenth Committee has the right to refuse any artwork that is deemed inappropriate or offensive. 

Using your own paint and lettering style, paint the words for this year’s theme: “United in History and Hope” in capital letters no smaller than 1 1/2” tall and “Manhattan Juneteenth 2021” in capital letters no smaller than 1” tall. Use your imagination to illustrate this year’s theme.

RETURN your finished painting to the Douglass Activity Center by June 4, 2021. Your canvas will be displayed at a public viewing in June, on the Juneteenth website and on Saturday, June 19 at the celebration.

During the Juneteenth celebration, on Saturday, June 19, the canvas will be auctioned following the unveiling of the Douglass Activity Center mural by artist . Proceeds will help support next year’s Juneteenth celebration.

Artists will receive 50% of their sold canvas painting. Paintings not sold remain the property of Manhattan Juneteenth.

Kids Money Drop

Douglass Center Park
Saturday, June 19th 1:00 pm

Our young Juneteenth attendees will have the opportunity to grab for money to help them make it through the summer!

Car Wash Contest

Douglass Park Basketball Court
Saturday, June 19th 2:00 pm

The reigning car wash champs, the Manhattan Fire Department says, bring it on! They will be returning to defend their title against celebrity teams.

Juneteenth Music Celebration

Schedule may change as we are working on bring you a safe fun experience. Please check back for updates.

Manhattan Juneteenth and Arts in the Park

Friday, June 18th, 7:30 p.m
City Park | Larry Norvell Band Shelter

This is a COVID protocol event.   Masks and social distancing will be required.  Bring your lawn chair and sit back and enjoy.

Juneteenth Music Festival 2021 will kick-off on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 7:30 pm in the Norvell Band Shell in Manhattan City Park with a musical performance featuring Julian Vaughn at 8:00 pm.  Vaughn has made an international name for himself since 2010 as a bassist in the smooth jazz tradition which is dominated by artists who play sax. He has toured all over the U.S. playing at some of the largest jazz festivals and abroad. Vaughn has had two number ones on the Billboards. His hit single “On Your Feet” made head waves as the #1 most added out of the box on the Jazz Billboards Chart and stayed there for 3 weeks along with the single “Ride Along” which debuted at number 1 from his CD titled “Limitless” in 2015.

Opening for Vaughn at 7:30 p.m. will be local saxophonist JahVelle Rhone.  Rhone spreads positivity, love, and faith through music.  Known for his creativity and musicianship, he collaborated with many well-known top billboard artists. From hip-hop to rhythm and blues to country, Rhone brings back the sax solo like it’s a 90’s throwback. His passion is music but his heart is for people.