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Berkeley Juneteenth Festival 

When: Sun., June 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2010
Price: Free

Juneteenth may have been born in Galveston, Texas as a local celebration of the abolition of slavery, but in an area with a rich African-American tradition of its own -- and an almost unhealthy love for festivals of all kinds -- it should be no surprise that Berkeley's celebration has become a legend in its own right. Now in its 23rd year, the EastBay festival has become something of an institution, spanning five blocks along the Alcatraz-Adeline corridor and drawing up to 25,000 people annually. Although it has experienced a few bumps along the way -- most notably, its temporary cancellation after a fight broke out in 2007-- the celebration is still going strong. This year's event, entitled "Preserving Our Community, You Can Make the Difference," promises a health fair, a basketball tournament, historical exhibits, and children's art activities; hundreds of vendors selling soul food and traditional crafts; and a stage stacked with performances from local jazz, blues, soul, and gospel outfits. Sunday, June 13, on Adeline St. between Alcatraz and Ashby avenues. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. BerkeleyJuneteenth.org

— Ellen Cushing

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