a portrait of two women at Elements of Empowerment in Belmont, Charlotte
Belmont Juneteenth Celebration (Courtesy of Elements of Empowerment)

The best way to kick off your summer early is with any of these Juneteenth celebrations spread throughout the greater Charlotte area. 

House of Africa’s Annual Juneteenth Festival

June 13-16 | times vary | House of Africa | ​​1215 Thomas Avenue | Free
The festival, hosted by Pape Ndiaye, is one of the longest running celebrations of the holiday in the city, with a drum circle, youth culture camp, a unity march, and plenty of vendors. Launched in 1998, House of Africa owner Ndiaye is heading into his 27th year hosting his annual Juneteenth celebration in Plaza Midwood, making it one of the longest running observations of the holiday not only in Charlotte but all of North Carolina. Plenty of vendors will be onsite selling food, beverages, arts, crafts and other goods. “Juneteenth is not just an African American holiday; it is a significant piece of American history,” wrote the Juneteenth Planning Committee on the festival’s website. “We are calling for unity and togetherness.”

Indian Trail Juneteenth Celebration

June 14 | 6-9 p.m. | Crossing Paths Park | 120 Blythe Drive | Free
Celebrate Juneteenth as a day of recognition, reflection and celebration with spoken word, dancing and more. 

Queen City Juneteenth Parade and Cultural Celebration

June 15 | 9 a.m.-noon | CPCC – Cato Campus | 8120 Grier Road
Enjoy vibrant floats, music, vendors and dance performances that honor African American heritage and freedom.

2024 North Carolina Juneteenth Festival

June 15 | 1-5 p.m. | Cabarrus Arena & Events Center | 4751 State Highway 49 N., Concord
Support over 100 Black-owned companies and enjoy crafts, culture, performances, art, kids games, free giveaways and more.

Pre-Juneteenth Y2K-Themed Pop-Up Market

June 15 | 1-4 p.m. | 102 Berkeley Place Drive | Free
Celebrate the Juneteenth holiday while embracing African American culture with nostalgia, music, food, and shopping for vintage pieces from local Charlotte vendors. Dress up in your favorite low-rise jeans, pink Juicy Jay tracksuit, silver tops, and bandanas to support Black business owners and build community.

a portrait of a performer at For The Struggle Juneteenth event performing
For the Struggle’s Historic West End Juneteenth celebration. (Photo by Alvin C. Jacobs Jr)

Belmont Juneteenth Celebration

June 15 | 2-9:30 p.m. | Stowe Park | 24 S. Main St., Belmont | Free
Hosted by Elements of Empowerment, Inc., this is a free cultural festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more. 

Ada Jenkins Juneteenth Celebration

June 15 | 4-7 p.m. | Ada Jenkins Center | 212 Gamble St. | Free
The fourth annual Ada Jenkins Juneteenth celebration will include music, dancing, spoken-word performances, nonprofit vendors, food trucks, a kids’ zone and a free meal for the first 400 people in attendance. 

Liberation & Inspiration: A Celebratory Juneteenth Concert

June 15 | 7 p.m. | Knight Theater | 430 S. Tryon St. | $20 and up
Hosted by Grammy Award-winning artist and songwriter Kirk Franklin, this concert features a myriad of jubilant performances by Charlotte artists including the SAINTED Trap Choir and Fantasia, offering a musical journey from a historic tragedy to triumphant eras of freedom, excellence, and joy.

Gastonia EbonyFest Juneteenth Festival

June 15-16 | Rotary Centennial Pavilion | 107 N. South St., Gastonia | Free-$150
Celebrate freedom, culture, and community with live music, traditional soul food, crafts, art, merchandise, games, face painting and more.

Charlotte Symphony: A Juneteenth Celebration

June 16 | 8:30 p.m. | Symphony Park | 4400 Sharon Road | $15
Celebrate Juneteenth with Charlotte Symphony as they honor African American musical heritage and unite in the spirit of freedom with works by Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong and more.

University City Juneteenth Art Fest 2024

June 19 | 4-8 p.m. | The Shoppes at University Place | 8931 JM Keynes Drive | Free
Celebrate creativity, culture, and community at the Shoppes at University Place, with artists showcasing their work, live music performances, dancers, games and giveaways, vendors, and free interactive painting activities for all ages.

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Evening of Homecoming

June 19 | 6 p.m. | Matthews Community Center | 100 E. McDowell St. | Free
Event host April C. Turner of Life As Art Productions, a folklorist and community educator, will perform her popular interactive presentation, Dancing Stories, followed by performances from the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Praise Team, neo-soul vocalist Makeda Iroquois, cultural historian Makheru Bradley, and the Charlotte African Drum & Dance Collective. 

Juneteenth: A Unity Celebration

June 20 | 6-9:30 p.m. | The Brooklyn Collective | 229 S. Brevard St. | $25
This gathering marks the first time that five leading local organizations for Black professionals — the Young Black Lawyers of Charlotte, Charlotte Alliance of Black Accountants and Black Professionals, Charlotte Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, National Society of Black Engineers, and National Association of African Americans in Human Resources — have come together for an event. Food, drinks, live jazz, speed networking and museum tours will be included in the ticket price.

Historic Rosedale Juneteenth Celebration

June 22 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Historic Rosedale | 3427 N. Tryon St. | Free
As part of its African American Legacy programming, Historic Rosedale follows through on its mission to honor those who once forcibly labored on the property. This Juneteenth celebration will include demonstrations, prayer, a panel discussion, a musical performance by Kimberly Baker and more. 

For the Struggle Juneteenth Celebration

June 22 | 2-6 p.m. | Senior Drive | Historic West End | Free
Local community activist organization For the Struggle hosts its fifth annual Juneteenth celebrations featuring giveaways, African dancers and drummers, musical performances, storytellers, voter registration and education, a VIP senior citizen section, a Kid’s Freedom Corner with bouncy houses and a game truck, and more. 


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