This is a day for us to come together, celebrate and move forward! Come celebrate with us in Tacoma on June 19th, 2023!

Jerome “JD” Davis, CEO Wayout Kids

Buy your Juneteenth Celebration T-shirt before the event. It’s always in style! Pick it up at the event or have it shipped to you. We have white T-shirts for order now and will have some other colors at the event. Click the “BUY JUNETEENTH T-SHIRT” Button to order!

Thanks to everyone for supporting this event. The $5 Alaska Airlines Raffle winner was Barbara Mendoza!

Celebrate Juneteenth with us on June 19th, 2023 from 11am-5pm at Stewart Heights Park (5715 Reginald Gutierrez Ln, Tacoma) This is a Free Event.

The festival will include a main stage filled with amazing performances and speakers, an interactive kid’s zone and stage, face painting and a playground.

  • 100+ Vendors selling goods
  • Food Trucks & Food Vendors
  • First ever Miss Juneteenth Pageant in Pierce County
  • Performance by gospel artist Crystal Aikin
  • Performance by national recording artist J. Holiday
  • Education, financial, job & career resources
  • Kid’s Play Zone – bouncy houses, games, arts/crafts
  • R&B/Hip Hop Performances by Anthony Cole, C-$TUTTA & Emperess lof
  • Performances by gospel artists Rosalynn Jones & Rontrell Brimmer
  • Free Event

Partnering with the City of Tacoma/Tacoma Creates, Metro Parks, Tacoma Urban League, MultiCare and other community organizations and utilizing the beautiful Stewart Heights Park, the Juneteenth festival will host over fifty vendors from trade associations, local businesses, nonprofits, and finance. Our goal is to create an opportunity for economic growth and set a path for financial stability within the BIPOC community and of course celebrate..

Buy your Juneteenth Alaska Airlines $5 Raffle Tickets at the event! (for 2 Round Trip Airline Tickets anywhere Alaska flies)

Event Schedule

9:00 am – Prayer Breakfast with Bishop Lawrence White

11:00 am – Opening/welcome – Ralph Porter

11:50 am – Miss Juneteenth Pageant

1:00 pm – Gospel Hour with Pastor Alfred Davis Jr., Rontrell Brimmer, Rosalynn Jones & Crystal Aiken

2:30 pm – Congress Woman Marilyn Strickland speaks on the theme “A Road to Economic Freedom”

3:30 pm – Vision Step Dance Team

4:00 pm – R&B / Hip-Hop Hour featuring Empress LOF, C-$TUTTA, Anthony Cole and J. Holiday

Our Sponsors

Featuring National Recording Artist J. Holiday

• Smash Song “Bed” Hit Number 5 on
Billboard Hot 100

Featuring Gospel Artist Crystal Aikin

• BET’s 1st Sunday Best Winner!

Learn more about the Juneteenth holiday and the event in this interview with event organizer JD Davis.

Miss Juneteenth- Investing in a Royal Legacy

Winner- 1st Place $1,000 Scholarship. Sign up to be a contestant in Miss Juneteenth today!

Hosted by Wayout Kids, City of Tacoma/Tacoma Creates, Metro Parks & Tacoma Urban League

In 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill commemorating Juneteenth as a federal holiday. The date is significant in American History and celebrates June 19th, 1865 which was 2.5 years after Abraham Lincoln proclaimed all slaves free.

For over 15 years Building Youth Through Music/ WayOut Kids has brought amazing family friendly events to the South Puget Sound. We are excited to announce that we were awarded a contract with Tacoma Creates a program created by the City of Tacoma to host Juneteenth – A Road to economic freedom 2023 on the Eastside of Tacoma.

We are proud to announce Congresswoman Marylin Strickland will be giving the keynote speech at Juneteenth!

Wayout Kids newest project is our children’s animated series “Rodney Raccoon.” It’s all about STEAM D (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math and Discovery) and Rodney Raccoon and his crew are always up for the challenge. But the Missions and adventures they go on in the Sky Dome Science Museum are more than just fun, they might just save an animal or the planet! To learn more about the series hit the TV show info button. Or contact us directly by hitting the contact button!

For the past 20 years we have hosted community block parties and holiday giveaways providing the less fortunate with food and gifts throughout the holiday season. WayOut Kids Rodney Goes Green project was recognized by Discovery Education and globally distributed to 3 million educators and 30 million students in over 50 different countries.

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