There are several ways to commemorate Juneteenth here in San Marcos! Enjoy lots of delicious food at the Cook Off, visit the Calaboose African American History Museum, and celebrate with a wonderful lineup of art, education, and community at the celebration. The end of slavery in the United States has been celebrated since 1865. 


4th Annual Fish Fry

June 7 from 11am-2:30pm
Willie Mae Mitchell Community Center

Celebrate Juneteenth early with the 4th Annual Juneteenth Fish Fry. Enjoy catfish, hush puppies, beans, coleslaw, and trimmings as to-go orders only. 


BBQ Cook Off

June 14 & 15 from 5-9pm
Willie Mae Mitchell Community Center

Come taste some of the best BBQ in town at the BBQ Cook-Off. With judging categories like margaritas, youth pork chops, fajitas, beans, and more - you know you're in for a tasty time! In addition to the outstanding flavors, there will also be a Kids Fun Zone from 5-8pm with jump rope and watermelon spitting contests, games, and more. Bring canned or non-perishable food items and fill the Grocery cart car. Benefiting Hays County Food Bank.


Why We Celebrate Juneteenth... Children Style

June 15 from 10:30am-1:30pm
San Marcos Public Library

Littles (ages kinder and up) can learn about the importance of Juneteenth at the San Marcos Public Library. This is a great event to get the whole family involved and excited to celebrate the significance of  Juneteenth.


Juneteenth Unity Walk 

June 15 at 8:30am for lineup and 9am start time
LBJ/MLK Crossroads Memorial

Join the Juneteenth Foundation for the Juneteenth Unity Walk. The Unity Walk starts at the LBJ/MLK Crossroads Memorial and ends at the Willie Mae Mitchell Center.


Dunbar Heritage Association's Juneteenth Celebration

June 19 from 10am-3pm
Dunbar Recreation Center

Celebrate Juneteenth with games for children and adults, great music, vendors, crafts, and an educational segment.

Visit The Calaboose

Wednesday through Saturday from 10am-2pm
The Calaboose African American History Museum

The museum has artifacts from all aspects of African American life in early Texas and special exhibits, like the Thompson Plantation exhibit. Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen, WWII Military history, Civil Rights, the Ku Klux Klan, and more San Marcos area history. 

About the Juneteenth Flag

The National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation says the flag was made to be red, white and blue since those are the colors of the American flag and to declare that American slaves, as well as their descendants, are all Americans. The star represents the birthplace of the holiday, Galveston, Texas since Texas has a star on its own flag and the bursting star that surrounds it symbolizes, “a new freedom, a new people, a new star.”