Emancipation Day Family Picnic: August 3

Monday, August 3 from 1-4 p.m. Free event!

Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of music, games and more celebrating Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad. The event commemorates August 1, 1834, the day slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire. Don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair!

Scheduled presentations:

  • Emancipation Day Proclamation by Mayor Robert Burton (1 p.m.)
  • Hope Gospel Choir (1:10 and 2:45 p.m.)
  • Presentation of Public History Posters: Professor Sean McNabney, Sheridan College (2 p.m.)
  • CCAH Steelband

Free Activities:


Special Exhibitions:

  • Anthropology of Jazz Art: Sheridan College
  • Public History Posters: Sheridan College

Food vendor:
Delicious Caribbean food will be available for purchase from Jerk ‘N Ting.

Residents can take part in this year’s “Emancipation Day” Family Picnic festivities on Monday, August 3, on the grounds of the Erchless Estate, starting at 1 p.m. This free afternoon of music, dance, games, crafts and activities celebrates Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad as port of entry.

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