Head over to Fillmore Street in San Francisco for the 56th Annual Juneteenth Festival, celebrating the abolition of slavery in the US. This year marks the 152nd anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The 2018 festival is on June 16. There you'll find dozens of fun activities, including a parade that starts at 11am.
Other highlights of this event include a job fair, car show, and a health and wellness fair. You can also watch the fashion show, learn more in the beauty fair, or find out about local programs at the community information booths.
If you love live music, then head over to the four stages of entertainment. Here you can enjoy motown, soul, jazz, rhythm & blues, and gospel. You will also find performances of Caribbean soul, neo soul, zumba, and reggae.
Bring the kids along too! This year they can enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, and jumpers. They can also get their face painted and have fun on some carnival rides.
Also, don't miss out on the food and beverage booths serving up some of SF's finest grub.
All events for this year's Juneteenth Festival in San Francisco are on Fillmore Street between Post and Turk Streets from 10am to 6pm.
The best way to get to the Juneteenth Festival from other parts of SF is by Muni bus. You can take the 22, 31, or 38.
Take BART (SF's subway system) to the Montgomery Street Station. Walk to the nearest bus stop to pick up the 38 and take it to the corner of Fillmore and Geary Streets.
The bus is the easiest option from the North Bay. Take the 70, 80, or 101 to the corner of Lombard and Fillmore Streets. Head to the southwest corner and pick up the 22 Fillmore. Take this right to the festival (get off near Geary Street).
Take BART to the 16th and Mission Street Station. Exit BART and find the 22 bus heading west. This will take you to the southern end of the Juneteenth Festival.
If you decide to drive to this year's Juneteenth Festival, you have a few options for parking. The street parking here is a little tight, but you might have some luck to the southern end of the event near McAllister.
There are also two parking garages nearby. One is in the large apartment complex between O'Farrell and Eddy Streets. However, a better option is to head north to the parking garage in the Sundance Theater at Post and Fillmore. Both will probably fill up though, so get there early if you plan on driving.
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