Just one week before the first official day of summer, Los Angeles is buzzing with jubilant Juneteenth celebrations.
Recognizned as a federal holiday since 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, the day commemorates the historic emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The name Juneteenth—derived from combining June and nineteenth—comes from the anniversary of Union Major General Gordon Granger’s order on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas.
Now, like the Fourth of July, Juneteenth is celebrated properly with a three-day weekend, which means plenty of opportunities to get out there and celebrate (with an extra day to recover, of course). From rooftop brunches to late night DJ sets, check out five parties going down this Juneteenth weekend in Los Angeles.
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Get ready for an unforgettable experience of music, art, and hella good vibes. The Cara Hotel will host the Juneteenth Edition of its Hotel House Sessions on Friday, June 16 where partygoers can immerse themselves in a night of house sounds by Mini Skrrt and Edge Control. The event will also be showcasing original paintings by DJ/artist Rabbit where guests can participate in a raffle for a chance to win an art print.
When: Friday, June 16 at 9 p.m.
Where: Cara Hotel, 1730 North Western Ave., Los Angeles
The best r&b and throwback hip-hop party returns to Los Angeles for Juneteenth weekend. Presented by Clubs Are Overrated, the Take You Down event on June 17 will feature music by some of the hottest DJs in the City of Angels, including DJ Social, Supernova, Crystal The DJ and DJ Got A Lot. The Crocker Club in DTLA will play host. Free admission with RSVP before 10:30 p.m.
When: Saturday, June 17 at 10 p.m.
Where: Crocker Club, 453 S. Spring St. Los Angeles
Bust out the bikinis for an epic Juneteenth pool party at The Mayfair Hotel. Produced by Day Party LA and Big Mood Vibes and hosted by Madam Engineer, the exclusive summer bash will be bangin’ with an All-Star lineup of DJs including KROSSFAYAH, Sage, DJ 619 , Wiz Kidd, DJ TJ and Belizdat playing a wide selection of hip-hop, r&b, Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae, Soca, Amapiano, throwbacks and more.
When: Sunday, June 18 at 3 p.m.
Where: The Mayfair Hotel, 1256 W. 7th St., Los Angeles
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The vibes will be wavy at the Brunch By The Beach & Day Party Live, held at hotspot lounge The Harbor in Long Beach. The 4th annual Juneteenth event, hosted by 5 Staxx from Cali’s Finest Radio, will feature performances by Wallie The Sensei, Sav Did It, Young Lawless and YG Dreamz. DJs Charlie Cinco and Forgi will also be spinning the best hip-hop, r&b, dancehall and Afrobeat tracks.
When: Sunday, June 18, Brunch: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Day Party: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Harbor, 130 Pine Ave., Long Beach
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Celebrate two holidays at once! On June 17, The Outlet LA will host an upscale Juneteenth and Father’s Day Rooftop Brunch at the Neuhouse Hollywood. If you love smooth r&b vibes, a classy brunch, live music, dope people, tasty food and premium cocktails, this brunch party is curated specifically for you. On the menu, guests can choose from mouth-watering selections like Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Lobster Rolls and Vegan Mezza while chillin’ to the sounds of DJ Kuddah. Come dressed to impress and bring your whole crew because you never know who you might rub elbows with.
When: Sunday, June 17 at 11 a.m.
Where: NeueHouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Demi Lauren Studios’ Trap N’ Brunch Paint Party is set to be a truly unique celebration of Black culture and freedom over art, trap music, r&b, and cocktails. The event will feature interactive paint sessions, drinks by Make it a Double, beats by DJ Jukeboxx, bottomless mimosas, games, a raffle and more.
When: Monday, June 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Demi Lauren Studios, 1459 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles