The first annual Juneteenth Celebration is happening Sunday, June 19, noon – 7 pm at Durant Park on the Westside neighborhood of Pittsfield. 

This year’s festival will be a celebration of freedom with a day filled with:

🎤 music
🪩 dance
🗣 spoken word
🖌 child-friendly activities
🏀 basketball tournaments
🍔 food
🛍 vendors

This event is free and open to all. We hope you can be a part of the celebration!

Juneteenth, also known as Black Independence Day,  is now a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19th in various parts of the United States since 1865.

The event is the new reimaging of the formerly annual Gather-In Festival. It will be a celebration of freedom with a day filled with music, dance, spoken word, child-friendly activities, basketball tournaments, food, and vendors.

The event is currently sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union and is accepting other sponsorships offers. The sponsorship form and letter are below.

Those that are interested in becoming a vendor can download the application form below. As we recognize the strain on our local restaurants during Covid, there is no vendor fee for vendors this year.

This event is brought to you by the Juneteenth Collaborative Committee – NAACP, Berkshire County Branch, Women of Color Giving Circle, Rites of Passage and Empowerment (ROPE), Westside Legends, Multicultural Bridge, Berkshire Black Economic Council, Saint John’s Lodge #10, Clinton Church Restoration, and Lift Every Voice!

Please email with any additional questions.