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The City of Cedar Hill and the Best Southwest cities of Duncanville, Desoto and Lancaster are celebrating the 12th annual Juneteenth Arts & Music Festival: “Celebrating Freedom through Diversity” on June 20th at Valley Ridge Park in Cedar Hill, TX. This free, family event is the largest Juneteenth celebration in the metroplex and honors the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery by bringing together our communities through live music, art and rich historical presentations.

The main sage amphitheater highlights performances by Blue Monarch Line Dancers, OneVoice Community Outreach Choir,  Rattletree Marimba from Austin, TX , Memphis Soul of Dallas, and the infamous, nationally known Dazz Band, who's biggest hit songs include the Grammy Award-winning "Let It Whip". The event will host a national known DJ as the master of ceremonies.

New this year is the Kids On the Hill Creative Arts Zone brought to you by the Zula B. Wylie Library in Cedar Hill. On the kids stage enjoy performances by Oba William King, poetic storyteller from Chicago and Ballet Folklorico Dancers. Kids on the Hill Creative Arts Zone will include arts and crafts, bounce houses, inflatable dodge ball, and more!

Juneteenth in Cedar Hill will feature a variety of local artists and small businesses share their custom creations, as well as a classic car show by the Cruisers Car Club. A variety of local cuisine will also be available.

The event will be held from 5:00-10:00pm at Valley Ridge Park, 2850 Park Ridge Drive in Cedar Hill. Admission is free. For additional information visit the official Juneteenth Arts & Music Festival website at or call 972-291-5130.