AUSTIN (KXAN) — Those planning to celebrate Juneteenth have a number of options in communities throughout Central Texas this weekend.

What is the history of Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the day in 1865 that people in Galveston learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation freeing those who were enslaved on Jan. 1, 1863.

Celebrations commemorating the day began the following year in Texas and spread to other areas of the South, the commission said. Juneteenth was first recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.

Austin Juneteenth celebrations

A Juneteenth Parade will begin Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Leona Street and end at Rosewood Neighborhood Park, where there will be a festival from noon to 9 p.m.

There will be a free Juneteenth Celebration Concert at the Union Hall at 4818 E. Ben White Boulevard on Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. Doors open at noon and music and speakers will be until 5 p.m.

The George Washington Carver Museum and Carver ATX Foundation are hosting the fifth annual “Stay Black and Live Juneteenth Festival” at 1165 Angelina Street from Saturday, June 15 to Wednesday, June 19.

A Community Cookout and Music Festival — featuring live music, games, vendors and workshops — kicks off the celebrations on Saturday, June 15, at 3 p.m.

People can attend a virtual conversation with philosopher and 2024 presidential candidate Cornel West on Monday at 2 p.m., then attend a film screening and talkback for “I’m Not Your Negro” at 4:30 p.m. and hear from Texas Poet-Laureate Amanda Johnson at 6:30 p.m.

A screening of “Miss Juneteenth” at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday will be followed by a talkback with a UT Austin professor of musicology. At 4:30 p.m., Professor Marlon Bailey will present on “Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital.” There will be a poetry slam at 7:30 p.m.

On Juneteenth, a conversation with writer and activist Zoe Samundzi at noon will be followed by a remembrance ceremony in the Carver Museum’s Community Garden at 2:30 p.m. “Patches: A Black Gat Man’s Journey to the Moon” will be performed at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the Paramount Theater at 713 Congress Avenue will screen “If they Took us Back” at 6 p.m. and the celebrations end with a “Freedom Ball” at Cheer Up Charlies at 900 Red River St. at 10 p.m.

On Saturday, June 22, from noon to 5 p.m., the Neill-Cochran House Museum will host tours, a gospel performance and open its newest exhibition called “A Juneteenth Rodeo.” The exhibit is a collection of photos from the 1970s of Black rodeos.

The museum encompasses one of Austin’s “oldest historic residences” and its only “intact slave quarters,” according to its website. The event is free and includes lunch and a cocktail hour.

Buda Juneteenth celebration

The City of Buda will host a Juneteenth Jubilee Saturday, June 15 from 1-5 p.m.

Music, dancing and food will all be part of the celebrations at the Buda City Park Pavilion.

Taylor Juneteenth celebration

Youth from the Boys & Girls Club will perform at the Juneteenth Freedom Festival at Fannie Robinson Park in Taylor on Saturday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. The festival runs from 5-11 p.m.

Taylor will hold its first annual parade and brunch on Wednesday, June 19, starting at 9 a.m. at the Dickey-Givens Community Center.

Round Rock Juneteenth celebration

Juneteenth celebrations in Round Rock begin Friday, June 14 with a Barbecue Taste-Off and live music from 7-11 p.m. at Old Settlers Park at 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd. On Saturday, there will be more free live music from 5 p.m. to midnight.