The Voice Inc. and the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department are joining forces again for the 8th annual free Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, and a full day of entertainment from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 17, at the Lakevie
w Pavilion in Old Settlers Park Lakeview Pavilion.
Admission and parking for this event are free.
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The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, with music performances by DJ Cut Creator and Les and the Funk Mob. See full entertainment schedule below. The celebration continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17. The barbeque cook-off participants will already have their pits fired up and meat coo
king for judging starting at 12 noon.
At 3 p.m., the opening welcome from Round Rock Mayor kicks off the day’s festivities. The entertainment on Saturday includes the headliner, TBA.
There will also be a health fair, moonwalks, clowns, games, food, retail vendors and much, much more!
To get more information about the Juneteenth Festival and to register for the barbeque contest or vendor booths, visit www.thevoicerr.com.
Friday, June 16
Saturday, June 17
The History of Juneteenth
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the emancipation of slavery in the state of Texas. Historically, the celebration falls on June 19th and commemorates the day in 1865 that Texans were told by Union troops that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now freed. Though the Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, there was little impact on the lives of Texans until 1865.
Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.