June: Juneteenth and More

Plus, the Novato Festival, Oakland Zoo and Frameline Film Festival.

Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest recognized commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States; check out these events held around the Bay Area.

June 17 MLK Community Festival

Santa Rosa hosts an afternoon of musicians, choirs, kids’ games, presentations by Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow, a wellness area and a walk to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in memory of Vince Harper and his work with Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County.

June 17 Freedom Festival

In an effort to promote a more diverse, equitable and inclusive Mill Valley and Southern Marin, Mill Valley Force for Racial Equity & Empowerment and Mill Valley Recreation are hosting a Freedom Festival with entertainment, food and information booths at Mill Valley’s Depot Plaza.

June 18 Berkeley Juneteenth Festival

The intersection of Adeline St. and Alcatraz Ave. hosts a community festival; live performances of drumming, jazz and spoken word on two stages; and a kids/STEM zone with a rock wall, skating, clows and storytellers.

Also Coming Up This Month:

June 5 Oakland Zoo

Officially founded on June 6, 1922, the Oakland Zoo will celebrate its centennial with a free event at its original home, Snow Park, featuring food, music and events for kids, with more events planned all year long.

June 10 Novato Festival

Kid favorite Piccolo Puppet Show, crab fries and turkey legs, a stage dedicated to bands ranging from Petty Theft and Mustache Harbor to Cat Fight and His Awesome Hotcakes, and more will vie for your attention among the art, wine and beer vendors as Grant Avenue between Redwood and Seventh in downtown Novato closes to celebrate the community, through June 11.

June 15 Frameline Film Festival

The San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival includes over 90 films from more than 30 countries, spanning narratives, documentaries, and shorts, and both in-person and virtual screenings around the Bay Area, through June 25.

June 24–25 SF Pride

After a two-year hiatus, the parade down San Francisco’s Market Street and Festival at the Civic Center are back for what is sure to be a hootenanny of epic proportions, through June 26.

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Christina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract PublishingSunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon SocietyPEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.