Fri, Jun 16th - Mon, Jun 19th
AIGA Minnesota
International Market Square, 275 Market Street, C21, Minneapolis MN 55405

By attending an AIGA event, you agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Soul of the South Side

Soul of the Southside is a free arts and music festival that celebrates black culture and the healing power of community. Taking place at The Hook and Ladder in South Minneapolis on Juneteenth (Monday, June 19th, 2023), this vibrant event will feature music, art, food, and entertainment that will nourish the soul and empower the people. Come out and join us as we come together to celebrate the soul of the Southside!


Change Starts with Community Juneteenth Event

Ladies of Soul: A Juneteenth Celebration
June 16 – 7:00 p.m.
The Dakota
1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Featuring Kathleen Johnson and friends, this live music production includes the music of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Teena Marie, and Sade. For more info, visit www.dakotacooks.com.

Tré Da Marc presents – Juneteenth Jubilee: A Black Burlesque Show
June 16 – 7:00 p.m.
The Capri Theater
2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis
Just like gospel, jazz, and blues, burlesque is Black! The Juneteenth Jubilee is described as an epic love letter and celebration of liberation and freedom for Black and Brown bodies and identities in burlesque. Featuring some of the industry’s most prolific artists from across the United States, the entire Twin Cities is welcome to witness Black performance artists taking up space at the historic Capri Theater. For more info, visit bit.ly/JuneteenthJubileeBurlesque.

Kumbayah the Juneteenth Story
June 16 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Breck School
123 Ottawa Ave. North, Golden Valley
Written by Rose McGee and produced in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, “Kumbayah: The Juneteenth Story” teaches the history of Juneteenth and its significance in the continued struggle for racial justice and equity. Free registration is required at bit.ly/SweetPotatoComfortKumbayah.

Team USA’s Juneteenth Cookout
June 17 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
7070 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center
Celebrate Juneteenth with Team USA Mortgage. Food and drinks are provided. Register at bit.ly/TeamUSAJuneteenth.

2023 Juneteenth Celebration
June 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ojibway Park
2695 Ojibway Dr., Woodbury
Join Woodbury for Justice and Equality serving Human Rights in celebrating the community and featuring speakers, live performances, music, food, and activities for the whole family. For more info, visit woodbury4je.com.

Juneteenth Family Festival
June 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sanctuary Covenant Church
710 West Broadway Ave., Minneapolis
Enjoy a community health fair, Black business marketplace, food trucks, games, live music, poetry, and storytelling. For more info, visit bit.ly/JuneteenthFamilyFest.

Juneteenth Celebration Roseville
June 17 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Frank Rog Amphitheatre
2540 Lexington Ave. North, Roseville
A special Juneteenth edition of Roseville’s Live @ The Rog, in partnership with Do Good Roseville. There will be free food, speakers, and entertainment. For more info, visit dogoodroseville.com/juneteenth-Roseville-2023.

Juneteenth Celebration
June 17 – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Centennial Park
6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center
Join a family-friendly day filled with entertainment, food, vendors, art, lawn games, teen activities, and more. Entertainment includes Ernest Bisong, Carolyne Naomi, Ashley DuBose, The Maxx Band, and others. Admission is free. For more info, visit bit.ly/JuneteenthBC.

Juneteenth Celebration: Black Bodies in Motion
June 17 – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake St., Minneapolis
This event features performances by Jamela Pettiford, Brother Ghana, and a Somali poet, including Zumba, yoga, pilates, personal training, and a family bike ride around South Minneapolis. For more info, visit midtownglobalmarket.org.

West Side Juneteenth
June 17 – Noon to 4 p.m.
Parque Castillo
149 Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul
The West Side Community Organization celebrates freedom, community, and history on the West Side. We feature great food and special guests, including Dance With Purpose Dance Company, martial arts, DJs, and more. Free and open to the public. For more info, visit www.wsco.org/wsjuneteenth.

Juneteenth Minnesota – A Family Celebration
June 17 – Noon to 5 p.m.
Allianz Field
400 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul
Juneteenth Minnesota is a free family celebration that everyone will enjoy. The event will include a celebration of hip hop, performances by Ashley DuBose, Sounds of Blackness, and more, art exhibits, a kids’ fun zone, scholarship awards, a marketplace, wellness resources, and foods from across the African Diaspora. For more info, visit bit.ly/JuneteenthMN.

Richfield Juneteenth
June 17 – 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Richfield Community Bandshell
636 East 66th St., Richfield
The event will begin with a short Freedom Walk at 11:30 a.m., beginning at the “Honoring All Veterans” Memorial. The festivities start at noon at the Richfield Community Bandshell. This will include food, performances by Frank Gardener and his daughter Kimberly Brown and her band, DJ Jamal Guy, emcee Bukata Hayes, and special guest speakers. For more info, visit bit.ly/RichfieldJuneteenth.

The Art of Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration
June 17 – Noon to 6 p.m.
2001 Plymouth Ave. North, Minneapolis
The University of Minnesota event will feature Black vendors, speakers, workshops, poster showcases, storytellers, musicians, performers, DJs, roller skating, books, free food, free haircuts, art-making, a bouncy house, and a petting zoo. The event will begin with a commemorative march at noon, which leaves from the University’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). The parade will end, where the outdoor block party will take place. For more info, visit juneteenth.umn.edu.

Juneteenth – Celebrating Freedom Day
June 17 – Noon to 6 p.m.
Bethune Park
1304 North 10th Ave., Minneapolis
This Minneapolis Parks and Recreation event features music and entertainment by Jamecia Bennett, Jamela Pettiford, Obi Original, and BdotCroc. There will also be food, entertainment, vendors, and family activities. For more info, visit bit.ly/MplsParksJuneteenth.

Million Artist Movement Quilting Project
June 17 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Hennepin History Museum
2303 3rd Ave. South, Minneapolis
Million Artist Movement hosts a quilting event on the Hennepin History Museum’s lawn. The public is encouraged to attend and make a square with what they want to say to the community. For more info, visit bit.ly/QuiltingProject.

Juneteenth CelebrationBurnsville
June 17 – 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
North River Hills Park
19th Ave., Burnsville
This City of Burnsville event promises musical performances, dancing, kids’ crafts, and more. Cave Café and Samosa Sambusa food trucks will also be present. For more info, visit bit.ly/BurnsvilleJuneteenthCelebration

2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration
June 17 – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Ave. North, Brooklyn Park
The City of Brooklyn Park’s Juneteenth Celebration will feature food, fun, and an immersive educational experience. Special guest Dr. Joy DeGruy will headline the event. For more info, visit bit.ly/BPJuneteenthCelebration.

Juneteenth Freedom Day at St. Paul Deaf Club
June 17 – 2 p.m.
Charles Thompson Memorial Hall
1824 Marshall Ave., St. Paul
Charles Thompson Hall is hosting a Juneteenth cookout for the Black deaf community and their families. Families are expected to bring their meat to the grill. For more info, visit @Charles ThompsonHall on Facebook.

ROCC, the City Juneteenth
June 17 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Dodge Nature Center
365 Marie Ave. West, West St.Paul
Residents of Color Collective are partnering with Dakota Parks, Dakota Library, 360 Communities, and others for a celebration at the nature center. There will be BIPOC-owned businesses to shop from and various activities and live music. For more info, visit bit.ly/ROCCJuneteenth.

Hopkins Juneteenth Celebration
June 17 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins
MN ROOTS! is hosting a community gathering for Juneteenth with keynote speaker attorney Lee A Hutton, providing a history of the emancipation of enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas. There will be musical entertainment and a BIPOC business market. For more info, visit bit.ly/HopkinsJuneteenth.

Slow Roll MSP Juneteenth
June 17 – 6:30 -10:30 p.m.

2834 10th Ave. S., Minneapolis
The Southside is home to several bicycle-riding groups. Among them is Slow Roll, which has led Black and Brown folks on bike rides through Southside Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods to build community and discover history for years.
The first ride of the summer will honor Juneteenth. The ride, which event organizers say will end at around 10:30 p.m., will feature a dinner and a DJ performance by Chaz Millionaire of KMOJ. Slow Roll organizer Anthony Taylor says the ride will operate no faster than 10 miles per hour and will be guided by trained bike escorts who will lead participants safely through intersections. Check the Slow Roll MSP Facebook page for more information about the Juneteenth event or future rides.

Duluth NAACP Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Jun 18 – Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Central Hillside Community Center and Park, Duluth
The Duluth NAACP will host its annual Juneteenth celebration! A tradition for decades, the Duluth branch of the NAACP will once again honor and celebrate Juneteenth with free food, family fun, local vendors, community resources, music, prizes, and more. For more info, visit duluthnaacp.org/Juneteenth.

Juneteenth CelebrationSt. Louis Park
June 18 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Recreation Outdoor Center
3700 Monterey Dr., St. Louis Park
The City of St. Louis Park, St. Louis Park Community Education, and St. Louis Park Parktacular are partnering for their second annual Juneteenth celebration. Enjoy Black-owned businesses, food, educational content, and special guests. For more info, visit bit.ly/SLPJuneteenthCelebration.

Ginger Commodore and Friends: Legacy — A Musical Celebration of Juneteenth
June 18 – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Crooners Supper Club
6161 Hwy 65 Northeast, Minneapolis
Enjoy musical performances from Ginger Commodore and The Black Experience that honor the musical achievements of Black American singers and musicians. Reserve a free table spot at bit.ly/GingerCommodoreJuneteenth.

Juneteenth Block Party
June 18 – 8 p.m.
30,000 Feet Center – 1351 Arcade St., St. Paul
30,000 Feet promises an eventful night of live music, food trucks, free food, a video game truck, bouncy houses, and more. Community resources, such as job opportunities, housing, and life insurance, will also be present. For more info, visit bit.ly/30KFeetJuneteenthBlockParty.

Juneteenth Minnesota – West Broadway Block Party
June 19 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
West Broadway from Lyndale to Emerson Avenue North
Presented by BOB Rewards Club, Juneteenth Minnesota’s block party includes Black vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, inspiring guest speakers, activities for kids, and more. For more info, visit www.juneteenthminnesota.com.

Juneteenth Minnesota – Juneteenth Festival Jamboree
June 19 – 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Bar Zia
420 South 4th Street, Minneapolis
Featuring Rico Nevotion, this festival will include live music and drinks. Old school hip hop, R&B, and Afro beats are promised. Tickets are $5. For more info, visit www.juneteenthminnesota.com.

Juneteenth Cookout with ESBBN
June 19 – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul
The East Side Black Owned Business Network’s first annual Juneteenth cookout provides a perfect opportunity to build community and connections on the East Side. There will be free food, art, and family-friendly activities. A screening of “Miss Juneteenth” is at 6:30 p.m. For more info, visit bit.ly/ESBBNJuneteenthCookout.

Juneteenth Celebration at the Zoo
June 19 – 10 a.m.  to  5 p.m.
Lake Superior Zoo
7210 Fremont St, Duluth
The Lake Superior Zoo is excited to celebrate “Juneteenth at the Zoo” for 2023. In observance of the holiday, the zoo invites children, families, and the community to enjoy nature and learn more about conservation. On June 19, 2023, the zoo offers a reduced admission price of $5. For more info, visit bit.ly/LakeSuperiorZooJuneteenth.

Bloomington Juneteenth Celebration
June 19 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
John F. Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave., Bloomington
This event features food trucks, music, art performances, and local business vendors. For more info, visit bit.ly/BloomingtonJuneteenthCelebration.

Juneteenth CelebrationMaple Grove
June 19 – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Town Green Park – 7991 Main St., Maple Grove
Maple Grove Parks and Recreation is hosting this Juneteenth celebration, including a Black-owned vendor fair, music, food, and more. For more info, visit bit.ly/MapleGroveJuneteenth.

Juneteenth Celebration Edina
June 19 – 4 p.m.
Maetzold Amphitheater – 7499 France Ave. South, Edina
The City of Edina’s family-friendly event will feature live music and readings, a story stroll, a book giveaway, other children’s activities, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden sponsored by Edina liquor. For more info, visit bit.ly/JuneteenthEdina.

Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom
June 19 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Urban Refuge Church – 5501 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis
The Urban Refuge is hosting a screening of Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom. Admission is free. For more info, visit bit.ly/URJuneteenthFaithandFreedom.

Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom
June 24 – 2 p.m.
Minnesota Orchestra – 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

The Minnesota Orchestra honors Juneteenth with a program that includes Adolphus Hailstork’s jubilant “Three Spirituals” and William Grant Still’s “Afro-American” Symphony. Tickets start at $12 at bit.ly/MOJuneteenthCelebrationofFreedom.

Contact Leadership

Mario Jimmy Barron Aguilar
Mario Jimmy Barron Aguilar
Co-Director of Diversity & Inclusion
I graduated from Augsburg University during 2019-2020. I became fascinated with UX and UI in two distinct ways. UX came across me before the epidemic when I attended events for people interested in UX design. I was taking a Marketing Research course at the time, although I enjoyed it. It could not compare to the excitement I got from doing User Research exercises. I was able to relate my skills and personality closer to the field of UX as a pose to Marketing.

UI became of interest through the books I would buy outside of my Graphic Design classes. It was like Graphic Design but with a different feel. I think the UI designer can control and maneuver through various tools. I am a person who thrives by being challenged, is very curious about my learning style, and is an empath at heart.

Ready to connect with you on any D&I initiatives