48th Consecutive Festival
" . . . and still we rise."
Saturday & Sunday
June 17th & 18th 2023
to Our Site
Explore the variety of pathways to support almost half a century of Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo, NY. Join our activities all year round. Help us rebuild our Headquarters. Sign up on our contact list or participate in our CommUniversity, Sankofa Days or volunteer in our Festival. Maybe you want to be a sponsor or buy some merchandise.. It can all happen here...
Buy A Brick
On May 11, 2022, the Juneteenth Headquarters (located at 1517 Genesee St.) suffered damage to its century old facade due to wear and tear of the building. We are happy to announce plans to rebuild and improve our building to accommodate the needs of our community.
Donate to our Buy A Brick Building Fund and become a part of the Buffalo Juneteenth Legacy.
Be a part of Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo and Be the change you want to see. Click on the link(s) for more information and to apply online.
Juneteenth 2023 Photo Gallery
Sankofa Days 2023 Photo Gallery
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The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo was started in 1976 by B.U.I.L.D., a community-based organization, as a culturally relevant alternative to the country's Bicentennial Celebration. The group blocked off part of Jefferson Avenue -- the "Main Street" of Buffalo's Black community -- for a weekend celebration. Murals were painted and vendors set up booths to sell ethnic foods and wares -- entertainment and festivity were abundant. After several years, the Juneteenth Festival outgrew Jefferson Avenue. It is now held in Martin Luther King Jr. Park at the intersection of Best Street and Fillmore Avenue. Juneteenth Festival Inc. received 501(c) (3) status in 1985. In 2000, the name of the organization added an A.K.A: Juneteenth of Buffalo, to reflect its broader mission.
Juneteenth Festival, Inc. exists exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Staffed mostly by volunteers, our mission is to actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African American Heritage through educational and cultural activities that will benefit the community as a whole. Juneteenth Festival, Inc. partners with existing organizations with similar community-based objectives to help achieve our mission.