Local Events to Commemorate and Celebrate Juneteenth This Year

Through 6/16
Juneteenth Jubilee

Celebrate African American tradition, culture and history with the city at this weeklong event feat. activations, games, food trunks and more—plus a dance party and movie screening Thursday night and a Lunch and Jam on Friday. raleighnc.gov

Through 6/19
2023 Capital City Juneteenth Celebration

This celebration spreads across several days of education and heritage and includes everything from workshops and worships to a fish fry to a gospel music concert at the NCMA. juneteenthraleigh.org

Town of Cary Juneteenth Celebration

Light it red, yellow and green! Find the columns of the Cary Art Center showcasing these significant colors all weeklong… and keep the celebrations going via a R&B, jazz, soul and funk performance from NiiTO on Thursday, with dance, music and history discussions to look forward to Saturday. Keep it colorful, Cary! carync.gov

Juneteenth at the Pope House Museum

Rise up with the Pope Museum for storytelling and tours highlighting one of Raleigh’s most prominent Black families (and one of NC’s first licensed African American doctors!). Plus, sign up for a walking tour Saturday + Sunday to learn more about the City of Oaks’ Black neighborhoods. raleighnc.gov

Wake Forest Juneteenth Celebration

Join the Town of Wake Forest as it commemorates freedom with two days of fun. On Friday, find a community gathering at Taylor Street Park, then come back Saturday for a lineup including a freedom walk, DJs and performative dance groups. wakeforestnc.gov

Juneteenth Jubilee 2023

Can you dig it? Fayetteville’s ’70s-themed jubilee will deliver disco and R&B music from award-winning Black artists—in addition to a costume contest (winner gets a prize!), 5K race and historical trolley tour. How groovy! visitdowntownfayetteville.com

Family Day at the Park

Park yourself at Dorothea Dix Park for an all-day celebration of liberty! Embrace African American culture via spirituals, jazz and R&B performances, a children’s activity zone, and story corner. Majazztic, indeed! dixpark.org

Juneteenth Block Party with Triangle Pop-Up Market

It ain’t a true Juneteenth celebration without food, drinks and live music! Plus, shop til ya drop at the Triangle Pop-Up Market to truly celebrate in style. boxyard.rtp.org

Liberation Station Bookstore Grand Opening

Book it to the grand opening of NC’s first Black-Owned children’s bookstore for festivities corresponding with Juneteenth (!). Plus, don’t miss a slew of bestselling and award-winning Black authors, illustrators and historians whose books will line the shelves of the DTR shop. liberationstationbookstore.com

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