Nashville Events for Juneteenth 2021

By: Danielle Bessey

Nashville, Tennessee  –  Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States and represents a very monumental day in history. The Civil War ended on April 19, 1865 but it took until June 19, 1865 for the last slaves to be told they were free. Today, Juneteenth serves as a reminder to reflect on how far we have come and how freedom and justice in the U.S. have always been hindered for Black people. At the moment, Nashville has over 20 events to choose from happening all across Music City. Click here to see a full list of events happening at Nashville’s largest Juneteenth celebration yet! 


Featured Events:

Clarksville Block Party 10:00 AM-8:00 PM

Clarksville will be hosting a Juneteenth celebration block party. The event will feature select artists including Be-Jay, Melody & Harmony, King Antonio, and others. The event will also feature speakers and live dances performances. The official website stated, “This block party is to celebrate progress, community, and black excellence. It is important to acknowledge the past, but we want to make sure that we are honoring the present and working toward a fruitful future.” Visit the link to learn more about the event!


National Museum of African American Music Block Party 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM

The NMAAM is hosting an outdoor event this weekend to celebrate the grand opening of the museum. The event is located on a rooftop right in downtown Nashville. The celebration will include live music, local Nashville vendors, and food. The block party is free to the public and a great way to check out the new Fifth and Broadway, a new Nashville favorite for many. Visit the link to learn more about the event and to RSVP!


The Music City Freedom Festival 12:00 PM

The annual Music City Freedom Festival will be taking place at Hadley Park this year. It is a place to celebrate culture, community, music, food, and more. It is a family-friendly event that will include local food trucks, vendors, and inflatables for children too! Register for the event at this  link  to secure your spot!


Taste of Freedom – Juneteenth Celebration 5:00 PM

African American Cultural Alliance will be hosting The Taste of Freedom. This event will have Nashville food trucks, fireworks, musical entertainment, a proclamation ceremony, and a special appearance from Mayor John Cooper. This event is family-friendly and a time for reflection and rejoicing. Visit the link  below to buy tickets and secure your spot! 


Juneteenth Jazz + Art Live Experience  12:00 AM- 5:00 PM

The Nashville Jazz Workshop and the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt will be hosting a live event this coming Saturday. It will have a community art exhibit and a children’s interactive area. This will be a great way to see local artists in Nashville and provide an opportunity  to learn more about the Nashville jazz community. The event is free and fun for all. Visit the link  below to learn more about the event.