Oaklanders have plenty to celebrate this weekend. The state officially reopened on June 15, with few restrictions. Under the new guidelines, there will no longer be social distancing or limited capacity during events. The first reopening weekend also coincides with Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.
The recognition of Juneteenth has increased in recent years. Last year, the Oaklanders gathered outside to protest, hold conversations about race and fairness, and celebrate. Tuesday, the US Senate unanimously approved a resolution establishing June 19 as National Independence Day. The House passed the bill on Thursday and President Biden is expected to sign it.
In recognition of the holiday, we’ve put together a list of events happening around Oakland on Saturday. If you know of anything else that should be on this list, let us know and we’ll add it.
Jubilee of June 17
This second annual jubilee takes place in downtown Oakland. Loren Taylor, District 6 Council Member, will be part of the festivities. The event will be hosted by KGO-TV ABC 7 News presenter Kumasi Aaron and will feature performances by DJ Yaddoo, Lorriah Jackson (season 19 contestant of The Voice), Michael an Micaela Cheadle, and more.
Saturday, June 19, 5:30 p.m., $ 125 and more, The Overlook, 344 Thomas L Berkeley Way, Oakland, Eventbrite.
Mini museum in West Oakland
Jilchristina Vest made headlines earlier this year with the announcement that a new mural honoring the women of the Black Panther Party would be unveiled on the side of her home in West Oakland. Since its unveiling in February, the mural has grown in popularity, and now it has transformed the first-floor apartment of her house into a mini museum honor the Black Panthers and their community survival programs. The exhibit was curated by Oakland publisher, curator and archivist Lisbet Tellefsen.
Windows of history
In time for Juneteenth, Ashara Ekundayo hosted a self-guided outdoor multimedia art exhibit located on Broadway between 14th and 17th Streets with Mauton Akron as artistic director. The exhibition will highlight the work of more than 20 black artists, designers, cultural hubs and businesses. The most striking work of art in the exhibition is the 9-foot bronze sculpture, Rumors of War, by acclaimed African-American artist Kehinde Wiley, who painted the portrait of former President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The event will also include performances by: Piwai, The People’s Conservatory, DJ Black Bangando and a prayer by Jenn Johns.
Saturday June 19, 2 p.m., free, Latham Square, 1611 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, Oaklandcentral.com
Daytime celebrations are officially back, and the TrapSoul the crew, known for their parties that light up Oakland’s nightlife, will host an afternoon gathering at the bar Hello Stranger. Expect Afrobeat sounds from DJ Beatific and DJ Lexx Jonez. Bartenders will pour out the famous frozen slushies to welcome everyone to this Broadway venue, friends and strangers.
Saturday June 19, 3 p.m., free with RSVP, guaranteed admission $ 10 – $ 20, Hello Stranger, 1724 Broadway, Oakland, trapsoul.eventbrite.com
Black Liberation Walking Tour
Get to know the history of West Oakland’s Hoover-Foster neighborhood by listening to community advocate David Peters. The tour launch will begin at SPARC-It-Place with live music, art and food, followed by a walking tour of the neighborhood. Learn all about the great migration that transformed Oakland, the history of the civil rights movement on the West Coast, and historic places like the California Hotel on San Pablo Avenue.
Saturday June 19, 11 a.m., donation, SPARC-It-Place, 3419 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, blwt.org
Port Bar Party of June 17
Queens across the Bay Area have thrilled audiences online during the pandemic. Fortunately, all of that changes from this weekend. Black drag queens Bebe sweetbriar, participating in season 10 of Rupaul’s Drag Race, The Vixen, Tiara Love Dupree, Africa America, and Coco buttah invest the Port Bar for a special dazzling and dancing evening.
Saturday June 19, 8 p.m., free, Port Bar, 2023 Broadway, Oakland, portbaroakland.com
Black girls greenhouse is known to its plant relatives for its abundance of beautiful houseplants and flowers. This weekend, the greenhouse will transform to host its first concert featuring Rexx Vie Raj, Vadia Rhodes, Jane handcock, and DJ Mujie. Although the show is sold out, there will be a special streaming at the 7th West Bar, but purchasing tickets online early is suggested.
Saturday June 19, 7:30 p.m., $ 20 online or at the door, 7th West, 1255 7th St., Oakland, Eventbrite.
Oakland June Festival
Of course, you can always go out and spend the day in the sun on beautiful Lake Merritt with DJs, art installations, speakers, local businesses, live artists, food vendors and more. The edge of the lake June 17 party is hosted byAfro-centric Oakland, LEGITIMATE and Alena Museum. The DJ lineup includes DJ Sammy Sam, DJ Mujie, DJay Slim, Lady Ryan, Crillmatic, DJ Leydis and DJ D Sharp. Although the event is free, donations are encouraged to pay for the party and plan for next year.
Saturday June 19, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., donation, Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Between 12th Street and 1st Ave., Oakland, June 17th party.