La Cultura celebrates Juneteenth in Harrisburg

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Harrisburg Juneteenth Celebrations kick off on Monday and run through June 20.

Local event space-slash-community builder La Cultura is leading the charge with 10 events over the course of this week, culminating in the two-day Minding My Own Black Business Block Party.

The Block Party features 100 Black-Owned Businesses over two days in two blocks of Midtown Harrisburg.

Did you know that it’s estimated that one dollar stays within the Black community for just six hours compared to 20 days in the Asian community, 30 days in the Jewish community — and nearly unlimitedly in the white community?

It’s this statistic that inspired La Cultura to host “Minding My Black-Owned Business(es)” for Juneteenth 2021.

Over Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19, local Black entrepreneurs will create an outdoor open market space at La Cultura.

Guests are encouraged to bring a chair and enjoy the day, which in addition to shopping local Black-owned businesses, will include food, music, a fashion show, double-dutch competition, and more.

I (Sara Bozich) have sponsored $300 in LC Bucks (La Cultura Bucks!) that will be circulated at the event! Go and check out this great Harrisburg Juneteenth event — as well as those happening leading up to this weekend!

#JuneteenthHBG Events

Monday, June 14: Poetry in the Park

La Cultura’s #JuneteenthHBG celebrations kick off with Poetry in the Park, featuring local poets, from 6-9 p.m. at the corners of Sayford and Verbeke Sts.

Tuesday, June 15: FREE YOUR MIND: Art Therapy for the family

A perfect event for date night or to bring the family, FREE YOUR MIND focuses on healing through art. A variety of objects and materials will be provided. $15/person.

Wednesday, June 16: B.L.A.C.C. – ZIP CODE MATTERS

Wednesday brings a panel discussion hosted by Shatara Parsons, B.L.A.C.C. – ZIP CODE MATTERS, on “avoiding statistically determined destinies.” This event is free.

Thursday, June 17: BLACC ECONOMICS: Table Conversations on Culture & Commerce

This discussion will cover culture and commerce in the black community, including tattoos, cannabis, plants, and sex. This event is free.

Friday and Saturday, June 18-19: Minding My Own Black Business BLOCK PARTY

The week culminates with La Cultura’s two-day block party, Minding My Own Black Business. The event includes nearly 100 vendors, food, music, a fashion show, double-dutch competition, and more.

Sunday, June 20: Father’s Day Funnies Comedy Show

La Cultura’s #JuneteenthHBG festivities conclude with a Father’s Day Funnies Comedy Show. Tickets are $25. Buy here.

More Juneteenth celebrations in Harrisburg

Juneteenth Jubilee – Hosted by Empower at the Bridge Foundation and Y.P.O.C.

Juneteenth Jubilee is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 19 at Reservoir Park.

Celebrate Juneteenth with educational activities, events, vendors, free food, + performances and speakers from local and national individuals! Buy tickets here.

1st ANNUAL CENTRAL PA Juneteenth Father’s Day Fest

Sunday at Soldier’s Grove is the 1st annual Central PA Juneteenth Father’s Day Fest.

YPOC JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

The YPOC JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION consists of three events: A Restaurant Crawl in downtown Harrisburg on June 17; Discovery Walk in Midtown Harrisburg on June 18; and the 4th annual YPOC Juneteenth Cookout at Hurston Manor. Get tickets here.

Capitol Rebirth Harrisburg Juneteenth

Capitol Rebirth’s Harrisburg Juneteenth celebration is a three-day event featuring panels, gatherings, food, games, and more.

  • Thursday, June 17: Join a panel of local historians, legislators and community leaders discussing Juneteenth and its relation to Harrisburg, as well as the current state of Black people and culture in the city and surrounding areas.
  • Friday, June 18: Support local businesses for a Happy Hour on the 1000 Block of Third Street from 4-7 p.m. Food, drinks, and games are a part of the fun all night!
  • Saturday, June 19: Kick off the day at Good Brotha’s Book Cafe with good coffee and a good read at 9 a.m. Later, attend a workshop of our choice at the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg on Berryhill Street at 12 p.m. Workshops include financial literacy, home ownership, culinary, and sports!
  • Saturday, June 19: The Cookout from 4-7 p.m. The Cookout is a community day that recognizes the Black experience and celebrates Black Culture. Eat, play and groove with your family, friends and neighbors at Sunshine Park. The Cookout includes health and wellness resources, and local vendors; voter education and information; an art station for children and face painting; kickball and basketball games; LIVE DJs, and food. (And yes, it’s FREE to attend, eat, and play!)

How are you planning to celebrate Juneteenth in Harrisburg this year? Let us know on FB and IG!

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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