Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States, on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order No. 3 by the Union Army proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas, over a month after the formal end of the Civil War and two years after the original issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is usually celebrated on the 3rd Saturday in June. There are several events around the QC to mark this important day in the still ongoing process of this freedom.
The Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas
#CLTJuneteenth 2021 marks the 24th Annual Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas.
A free series of events from June 17 to June 20 at House of Africa at 1215 Thomas Avenue in Plaza Midwood.
This Juneteenth festival features “the veneration of our ancestors, prayer, African drumming, and dance. There are inspirational speeches, art, poetry readings, picnics, games, singing, and fellowship.” Thursday through Sunday, there will be several events to join. More info HERE.
The Blumenthal is hosting a two-day, artist-filled celebration highlighting the history, joy and significance of Juneteenth. JUNE 18 – 19, 2021, this free two-day event across multiple Uptown Charlotte locations will feature live music, interactive dance sessions by Reba Bowens & Ginga Capoeira, and an installation of the famous “DuragFest” – a true Charlotte staple created by Dammit Wesley of Blk Mrkt Clt (see below). AJ Glasco, dance director for We Are Hip Hop, will curate a hip hop performance featuring several Charlotte artist like Reliable Brother and Jordan. Full performance schedule:
4 PM – Opener – The Plaza and Victoria Yards
- 5 PM – Reba Bowns and Ginga Capoeira: Dance class and performance- The Plaza and Victoria Yards
- 6 PM – Reba and Jega: Drum circle – The Plaza and Victoria Yards
- 7 PM – End – The Plaza and Victoria Yards
- 11 AM – Opening Speech – Victoria Yards
- 11 AM – Opener – Nascar Hall of Fame Plaza
- 12:15 PM – Opening Speech – DJ Steel Wheel – Victoria Yards
- 1 PM – 1st Act (TBD) – Victoria Yards
- 1 PM – Twin Nation Dance – Nascar Hall of Fame Plaza
- 1:30 PM – Opener – Victoria Yards
- 1:30 PM – Jordan – Nascar Hall of Fame Plaza
- 2:30 PM – Leone – Victoria Yards
- 4:00 PM – Reba Bowns and Ginga Capoeira – Victoria Yards
- 4:30 PM – DJ Mickey Blendz – Victoria Yards
- 5:00 PM – 3rd Act (TBD) – Victoria Yards
- 6:30 PM – 4th Act (TBD) – Victoria Yards
- 7 PM – DJ
- Victoria Yards 408 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202 from 12PM – 6PM
- NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, 400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202 at 2PM
- Camp North End, 1824 Statesville R, Charlotte, NC 28206 from 7PM – 11PM
Durag Fest, the free annual Juneteenth festival celebrating Black culture with art, music, fashion and community, returns on Saturday, June 19, 2021 with aid from the Blumenthal Theater, Foundation of the Carolinas and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. Here’s our recent post about this event.
Queen City Juneteenth Festival
Sat, June 19, 2021 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Fran’s Kids Boys & Girls Center at 2600 West Trade Street
The 2021 Queen City Juneteenth Festival themed “Educating, Empowering, Entertaining” will feature over 40 black owned companies. Crafts, culture, food, performances, art, kids games, information and more. LOTS of kids and family fun activities, plus full vendor list and details here.
Sat, June 19, 2021 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
BELK TONAWANDA PARK at 217 IB Shive Drive