Juneteenth: Where To Celebrate In DFW


The Kimbell Art Museum offers free admission to the special exhibition “The Language of Beauty in African Art.” Presenting over 200 works, the exhibit “emphasizes concepts of beauty through the languages and perspectives of indigenous African communities. By exploring the original words and local evaluations of beauty associated with traditional or historical works, visitors can discover both their meanings and functions — revealing how art informed and reflected life in sub-Saharan Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries.” The objects are from public and private collections around the world and are presented together for the first time at the Kimbell. When: Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Where: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth More information: kimbellart.org


This is the second annual Soul of Sycamore Juneteenth Art In The Park. The festival that celebrates culture, history and community. The Soul of Soul of Sycamore Juneteenth Art In The Park is an event designed to educate, excite and inform. It will include vendors, food and entertainment. When: Sunday, 1-9 p.m. Where: Sycamore Park, Fort Worth 33RD TEXAS BLACK INVITATIONAL RODEO Hosted by the African American Museum in Dallas, the rodeo will have about 300 African American cowboys and cowgirls who will compete for cash prizes in horse and bull riding, calf and steer roping, barrel racing, a Pony Express relay race and more. The event also includes on-field activities for children and trick lasso performances. The rodeo will kick off with a grand entry parade. It plans to provide guests with a view of the historical contributions that African Americans made in the settling of the western United States. When/Where: Saturday, June 18. Fair Park Coliseum, 1438 Coliseum Dr., Dallas Costs: $10. For tickets, go online. Tickets are also available at the coliseum. Time: Doors open a 6 p.m. and the parade begins a 6:30 p.m.


The all-Black national touring rodeo will return to Fort Worth to celebrate Juneteenth at the Cowtown Coliseum located in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The weekend will start with the BPIR Royal Ride Parade and the return of the Toyota BPIR Traveling Museum where stories will be told of Black cowboys and cowgirls who have traveled the U.S. The Juneteenth rodeo will feature participants competing in bulldogging, calf roping, ladies steer undecorating, ladies barrel racing, junior barrel racing, junior breakaway, relay racing, ladies breakaway and bull riding. When/Where: June 18, 121 E Exchange Ave., Fort Worth Hours: Parade at 11:30 a.m., rodeos at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. More information: Go online.


Old City Park in Dallas Heritage Village will hold an all-day Juneteenth event that will feature educational programming, music and a mix of local vendors. The free event will start with a ribbon cutting at the park entrance and end with a Black history tour. Vendors will include Ja Vi Scents, Bougie Bars and Bubbles Co., Kona Ice and food trucks. When/Where: June 19, 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Free admission More information: Go online.


The Levitt in downtown Arlington will host two nights of concerts featuring Black artists this weekend. Each artist is from a wide range of genres from R&B to country. Headlining on Saturday will be Ron Atris II and the Truth, an internationally touring group. Opening for the touring group will be Tyra + Tiara and Jazz Super Friends. Sunday’s headliner is The Black Opry Revue, a multi-act performance. The opener for The Opry will be Larry Ladale, a Dallas-Fort Worth pop-funk musician. When/Where: Saturday and Sunday, 100 W Abram St., Arlington Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free More information: Go online.


This Friday’s red carpet ticketed screening of “A Place of Our Own” will be the first episode of a documentary that shows what life was like for Black residents in The Hill, a small Arlington community. The screenings will take place at the Arlington ISD Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. The episode, produced by Southroad Pictures and Sagassé Media Group, will feature photos, maps, documents and excerpts from interviews with Black residents and their descendants from the community. Sponsored by the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, the screening will be free to the public on Saturday. More family friendly events are planned throughout that day. When/Where: June 17-18, 900 E. Sanford St. Time: 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday Cost: $20, Friday only. More information: Go online.


Presented by Ground Up ENT, the Juneteenth stand-up show will highlight talent from DFW such as Brian Hooks from the movies Soulplane, 3 Strikes and Eve. The show will also feature Texarkana’s D. Elli$, or Mr. Entertainment, and Mista Roe, the “R&B king of Shreveport.” There will also be poetry performances as well as a performance by saxophonist D. Lee. The show will take place at the Arlington Music Hall When/Where: Saturday, June 18, 224 N Center St., Arlington Time: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Costs: $19-$90 per person More information: Go online.