2018 Juneteenth Celebration

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Event Details

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center invites you to participate in the 2018 Juneteenth Celebration, a community-based event celebrating art, history, music, food, family, and freedom. The Juneteenth celebration is a free event honoring the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The event takes place on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the MLK, Jr. Community Center, located at 2922 MLK Boulevard.

This year’s celebration includes:

  • Local Craft and Food Vendors
  • Free health screenings and HIV testing
  • Nonprofit organizations providing information on community events and social services
  • Fun and educational games for children
  • Arts and Crafts activities for the entire family
  • And last, but not least, live entertainment by local artists, musicians, spoken word artists, dancers, and more!

We are asking for your support this year by participating as a vendor, sponsor, or volunteer.


Juneteenth is an American holiday observed annually on June 19. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.


Community participation is the key to making this event a success. The City of Dallas would like to invite your organization to be a part of this fun-filled event through active participation as a vendor, with all proceeds going back to the MLK Social Services programs. Opportunities are available for vendors to set up a booth to promote products or services. The vendor fee is a $50 gift card, which can be Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. The fee will cover the cost of 1 table and 2 chairs. You will be responsible for bringing your own tent or canopy. Applications are not complete until gift cards are received.

Food vendors are required to have appropriate food handling licenses and must obtain a permit through the Consumer Health Division, located at 7901 Goforth Road. For questions, please contact (214)-670-8083.

Click here to download the 2018 Juneteenth Vendor Application.

Applications should be returned to info@dallasmlkcenter.com. Your application will not be considered complete until we receive your $50 gift card.


If you are interested in being a performer at the Juneteenth Celebration, try-outs will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. We are looking for a diverse group of singers, dancers, poets, live bands, and any performance piece that is creative or unique. Performances must be family friendly!

To RSVP for Juneteenth Tryouts, send an email to info@dallasmlkcenter.com. Please include your name and intended performance piece, along with any relevant photos or videos.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact LaRhonda.Bacon@dallascityhall.com.

If you want to volunteer, please contact Alesha.Whibbey@dallascityhall.com.