Celebrate Juneteenth 2021 in Miami at these bars, restaurants and hotels
Juniteenth, celebrated on June 19, commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. The day itself has its origins in Galveston, Texas, where the last of enslaved Americans were freed, but is now being celebrated across the country. Miami is no different, with celebrations all over the city including resonant movie screenings, festive concerts, and backyard parties that you can find below.
Juniteenth Brunch Party at Rosieie’s
Rosie’s in Overtown invites people to celebrate the Juneteenth with an all-day garden party. Start early with breakfast from 9:00 a.m. and stick with cocktails served after 11:00 a.m. and DJ-spun tunes. The downtown bar Over Under and the ice cream sandwich supplier Wynwood Parlor join in. Sat, 9 am-4pm; A la carte.
Juniteenth at the Betsy
Let the South Beach Hotel take the occasion a little literary serious. The Betsy celebrates June 10th through the lens of poetry and music with programs in the lobby and readings from the Betsy Poetry Rail. Pianist Allen Paul performs with a handful of singers from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., while Spoken Word takes place outdoors from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sat, 6pm – 11pm; free.
I am not your negro at the Coral Gables Art Cinema
Coral Gables Art Cinema is celebrating June thenth with a screening of I Am Not Your Negro, curated by Haitian-American filmmaker and Oolite Arts Cinematic Arts resident Edson Jean, who introduces the film and leads the audience into a short discussion. Sa at 1:30 p.m. $ 11.75.
Juneteenth Weekend Kickoff with Afropunk at PAMM
Pérez Art Museum Miami is hosting one of its fun outdoor parties to get the June 18 celebrations off to an early start. Head to the Museum by the Water on Thursday for an evening of DJ sets by LaNegra Fabulosa and Kumi and a demonstration of Afropunk Black Spring with Miami’s very own ArtLoveTrap. Thursday 7 pm– midnight; free with museum admission.
Juniteenth Miami Freedom Fry & Dance Festival
The third annual celebration of American Values, Freedom, Progress, and Unity begins at noon in Miami Gardens. Expect an all-day event of food, music, art, and culture honoring the African diaspora in the United States. Sat 12pm – 11pm; free. RSVP online.
Hungry Black Man Annual Juneteenth Food & Music Weekend Celebration
Local black-owned food blogger and restaurant champion the Hungry Black Man hosts a weekend-long celebration of food, music, games and entertainment for the whole family. It takes place at North Beach Bandshell Park, with a concert on Friday evening, a beach party on Saturday from 12pm to 7.30pm, and a fantastic Dads Prize dinner with Udonis Haslem on Sunday evening. Fri – Sun at different times; Online tickets.
The social center
The Social Hub is a black-owned photo studio with 20 different interactive vignettes that budding influencers or people interested in taking in fresh content (with bombshell lighting) can stop by and do their thing. For Juneteenth, owner Kenny Daniels created a custom backdrop that anyone can use absolutely free of charge (no ticket purchase required for the social hub). Sat 12 pm–8pm; free.