Music Fest in celebration of Juneteenth will take place on Saturday, June 23 at downtown Heldt Park from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Music Fest is hosted by the Alice Black History committee. Lots of music, food and fun.

The music groups and individuals include True Light Church, West Main Baptist Church, First Christian Church, Texas Mass Choir, Dinah Taylor, Downtown Freeze Jazz Duo, Zumba demo from San Diego, The Vinyls and Matthew Rodriguez.

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States.

Its name is a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth", the date of its celebration. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 45 states.

Music to begin at 5:15 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. The event is free to the public. 

Vendors who will participate are Kona Ice, Philippine Food Truck, AB Bakery, health screening by Healthy Horizons, face painting for children and Crime Stoppers of South Texas.