One year after being recognized as a federal holiday, Juneteenth will be celebrated this weekend on the Vineyard in the form of a weekend-long jubilee. The slate of events will feature a night of musical performances at the Tabernacle, educational programs on slavery and emancipation and a sampling of foods from Black and indigenous chefs.

For Kahina Van Dyke, one of the principal organizers of this weekend’s festivities, the Island’s own history makes it a compelling site for a celebration.

The community of Martha’s Vineyard showed support for abolition as early as 1787 with the arrival of former slave and preacher John Saunders, who is credited with bringing Methodism to what is now Oak Bluffs.

“We are continuing a legacy of a community that has been doing this since it began,” she said.

Ms. Van Dyke’s company, Inkwell Haven LLC, is the driving force behind the Juneteenth Jubilee Creative Festival, a centerpiece of the weekend. But other businesses and organizations across the Island have created additional events, offering Island residents and visitors an assortment of ways to celebrate and learn more about the new holiday marking the effective end of slavery in the United States.

“The Island is basically sold out for the weekend,” said Skip Finley, director of sales and marketing for the Vineyard Gazette Media Group who has encouraged and organized different activities for the weekend. “This is an important new edu-tourism opportunity for Island businesses during the lull between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.”

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On Saturday morning, historians Dr. Cheryl LaRoche and Barbara Krauthamer will appear along with Island historian Bow Van Riper at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum to explore the history of slavery and emancipation, including new research documenting a maritime equivalent to the Underground Railroad.

As part of the creative festival, the Tabernacle will feature a lecture Saturday afternoon by the author of the 1619 Project and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, followed by musical performances by Grace Gibson and Grammy-nominated jazz musician Christian Sands.

Elsewhere on the Island, the Edgartown Library has invited children’s book authors Vikki Young and Nichole J. Edmonds for a public reading.

Hosting the Taste of Juneteenth on Sunday evening, the NAACP plans to highlight the work of Black and indigenous chefs around the Vineyard.

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday, president of the local NAACP chapter, sees the festivities as an excellent opportunity to showcase the Island’s Black-owned restaurants and facilitate business connections. However, first and foremost, this event is about eating well after a busy weekend.

“Giving that Juneteenth is typically celebrated with some sort of potluck or picnic, we wanted to continue that tradition by hosting this [event],” Mr. Doubleday said. “I can’t think of a better way to end the weekend than sampling some of our dishes.”

Among other events on Sunday, the Edgartown Yacht Club is the site of a gospel brunch — featuring acclaimed soloist Athene Wilson — and a discussion at the Carnegie about stories of slaves and their escapes to freedom.

On Sunday at noon, Dunmere House, one of Inkwell Haven LLC’s hotels, will officially be added to the Martha’s Vineyard African American Heritage Trail. For Ms. Van Dyke, it is the spirit of togetherness that makes the weekend special.

“I think the Vineyard community is one of the few communities in America that can pull together something like this while including a multi-generational and multi-ethnic coalition of forces around the Island,” she said