There are several ways to commemorate Juneteenth here in San Marcos! Take part in a 5k in the morning, 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. 

Dunbar Heritage Association's Juneteenth Celebration

June 17 from 2-7 pm
Paul Laurence Dunbar Park

Celebrate Juneteenth with games, food, vendors, crafts, and activities for the whole family! There will also be a silent auction. 

Visit The Calaboose

June 17 from 10 am-3 pm
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. 

Juneteenth Unity Walk 

June 17 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.


Juneteenth BBQ Cook-Off

June 17 from 12-5pm
Willie Mae Mitchell Center

You simply cannot miss the Juneteenth BBQ Cook-Off! Hosted by the Juneteenth Foundation, this special event is sure to have looks of delicious food and good times. 


Juneteenth Freedom Run

June 19 at 7-9 am
Paul Laurence Dunbar Park

The Juneteenth Freedom Run is $40 to participate in and includes a running medal, bib, and water bottle. The award ceremony will take place at 8:45 am for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners. 


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.”