June 13th – June 20th

*Please note all events at this time are subject to change.  Check back here over the coming weeks for updates!

June 3rd – 15th



Art Walk

Monday June 13th

Juneteenth Movie Night:


Wednesday June 15th

Juneteenth Lecture Series:

Kevin Willmott

Thursday June 16th

Greet & Meet: K-State Coaches

Juneteenth Art Auction


Juneteenth Art’s In The Park

Community Judged Grilling Contest

Saturday June 18th

Juneteenth Fitnesses Experience

Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Music Celebration

Monday June 20th

Juneteen Day of Reflection

June 3rd – June 15th


Art Walk

Downtown Manhattan Kansas

Downtown businesses are the host locations for the first ever Juneteenth Art Walk. The community is welcome to stroll the district and view art created by local artists. The theme this year is “Freedom. Strength. Resilience.”

Patrons will have the opportunity to bid on artwork during a live auction at Douglass Activity Center (925 Yuma St.) on Thursday, June 16th. Proceeds will support future Juneteenth celebrations and artists will receive 50% of the proceeds of the sold canvas painting!


June 13th, 2022  |  6:30pm


Movie night

Forum Hall – K-State Union


Free Admission
Sponsored by K-State UPC

Co-written by our speaker on Wednesday BlacKKKlansman is a movie about, Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman, into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

June 15th, 2022  |  7pm – 9pm


Lecture series

Shamrock Zone
South End Zone of Bill Snyder Family Stadium
2201Kimball Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66506

Kevin Willmott: Freedom/Strength/Resilience – what that means in 2022?

Kevin Willmott is an Academy Award Winning American film director and screenwriter, and professor of film at the University of Kansas. He is known for work focusing on black issues including writing and directing Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and Bunker Hill. His The Only Good Indian (2009) was a feature film about Native American children at an Indian boarding school and the forced assimilation that took place. In Jayhawkers (2014), he followed the life of Wilt Chamberlain, Phog Allen and the 1956 Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. Willmott has collaborated with Spike Lee, with whom he shared an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKKKlansman. The two again collaborated in writing Da 5 Bloods, released worldwide digitally on June 12, 2020.



June 16th, 2022  |  6pm – 7pm

Meet & Greet

Douglass Activity Center

Football | Baseball | Men and Women’s Basketball | Tennis | Track

Meet and welcome some K-State coaches to our community. Subject to Calendar Availability

Light refreshments after the Greet and Meet


June 16th, 2022 Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Juneteenth Art Auction

Douglass Activities 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, “Freedom, Strength, Resilience.” The artwork will be on display on our website and around the community for you to enjoy. Join us on Thursday, June 16th, for a public auction of the artwork and a chance to own a part of Manhattan Juneteenth history.

Come to the new Douglass Activity Center (925 Yuma St., Manhattan, Kansas) from March 1st May (2022), 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 noon, Monday, May 30th, 2022.

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

RETURN your finished painting to the Douglass Activity Center by noon on Monday, May 30th, 2022.
Through a partnership with Downtown Manhattan, Inc. (DMI), Manhattan businesses have welcomed the opportunity to display the finished artwork in their windows from Friday, June 3rd to Wednesday, June 15th. The artwork will also be professionally photographed and placed on the Manhattan Juneteenth website, DMI website, and Ruckert Auction website.
On Thursday evening, June 16th, the finished art will be auctioned off to the public, both in-person and online. Proceeds will help support next year’s Juneteenth celebration.
Artists will receive 50% of the proceeds of their sold canvas paintings. Paintings not sold remain the property of Manhattan Juneteenth.

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Juneteenth Grilling Contest

June 17th, 2022  |  6:00pm – 7:30pm
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 13, 2022 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!

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Juneteenth Arts In the park

June 17th, 2022  |  8pm

🎵Private Property from St. Louis, MO will be here with vocalists Anita Jackson, Taynka Mimi, and Wil Robinson performing hits from the 70s-2021. 🎵
You don’t want to miss these amazing performers!


Check back for updates on the Fitness Experience, Juneteenth Celebration and the Music Festival!

Juneteenth Fitness experience

June 18th, 2022  |  7am – 12am
City Park
Join us for our 6 part Health and Fitness event. 
See details of each event below.
7am  |  Join us for our 3 annual Run for Unity 5K.

Run as an individual or as a part of a team!

Join a team and get $5 off. So encourage your friends, family or co-workers to lace up thier shoes and run with you.

All runners will receive a Free T-Shirt sent to them for participating!

There will be Individual and Team awards.

Sign up here.

8am  |  Join us for Yoga in the Park bright and early.

9am  |  Looking for a challenge? Then come try out our community Boot Camp led buy multiple community gyms!

10am  |  Dance with Zumba

11pm  |  Cool down and Kick off the Juneteenth Celebrations with a Unity Walk! First 100 Participates well receive a free T-Shirt.

Juneteenth Celebrations

June 18th, 2022  |  Time: 10am – 6pm

Stay tune for updates.

Car Art

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. |   Join us and admire cars you don’t see every day.

Vendors, Food trucks, Ice Cream Food and More

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |   Shop local, enjoy great food and just have fun.

Juneteenth Proclamation

11:00 a.m.  | Reading of Proclamation by Mayor Linda Morse

Unity Walk

11:00 a.m.  | 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.

Free Juneteenth Tee Shirts to the first 100 Walkers

Fun Activities
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | we will have:
– Music
– Home Depot Kids workshop
– Bouncy House
– Juggling
– Dunk Tank
– Photo Booth
– Juneteenth Kids Book Giveaway
– Bike Rodeo
– Prizes
– And more
Raining Juneteenth Dollars

2:00 p.m.  | Bring your little ones and they might become a few $s richer! Join us for our annual Kids Money Drop. 

Car Wash

3:00 p.m.  |  Join us and Willie the Wildcat for our annual Car Wash contest.

Dance Contest

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  |  Dance with us! 

Juneteenth Music Festival

June 18th, 2022  |  Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Evening Finale |Mo’Town Unlimited

“Motown is the defining sound of the 1960s pop, R&B, and soul music.
Come dressed to impress in your Motown Best! It’s Mo-Twn Unlimited!

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mo’Twn Unlimited | They are taking us back. Be ready to sing, dance, meet old and new friends
and have a great evening closing out Juneteenth 2022!

Juneteenth day of reflection 

June 19th is Juneteenth, however, Monday June 20th 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.