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Juneteenth Events

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Juneteenth Vendor Applications:


Food Vendor Registration Form

Merchandise Vendor Registration Form

Health Fair Participant’s Registration Form

Performers’ Registration Form


Youth Poster Contest

“Significance and Impact of Juneteenth” Poster Contest

Contest Open Date: May 2023  |  Presentation of Winners, June 18, 2023

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Area youth will have the opportunity to participate in a Juneteenth poster contest in which the works of art will be displayed throughout the festival. Winners will be announced on the last day of the festival. The contest rules and criteria will be disseminated a month prior to the Juneteenth Celebration through the usual community outreach channels utilized by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association’s annual essay contest honoring the legacy of Dr. King.


“Black Asheville 411”

Lunch and Learn Sessions

Noon – 1 p.m., Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16

FREE to the public. Registration not required.


    • Monday: Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center: Speakers: Dr. Oralene Simmons and Jonathan McCoy, “Historical Facts of Juneteenth”


    • Tuesday: Stephens-Lee Community Center: Topic: “Community Reflections on the Historic Stephens-Lee High School”


    • Wednesday: Tempie Avery Montford Community Center: Speaker: Mr. Matthew Bacoate, Jr., “Reflections on Life in Black Asheville”


    • Thursday: Burton Street Community Center: Speakers: Apostle Inez D. Ray, Rev. Alfred Blount, and Rev. Brent LaPrince Edwards, “The Role of the Black Church in Asheville”


  • Friday: Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center: Speakers: Drew Reisinger, “Slave Records Research” & Linda Brown, “African-American Cemeteries Research”




Local Black and Brown Artists Tours

Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16

Celebrate Juneteenth by visiting our local black and brown artists in person and online.

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Cleaster Cotton Fine Artist

Noir Collective AVL

Joseph A. Pearson

Singh Studio

Hood Huggers International

Black Wall Street AVL





Asheville Juneteenth Black Film Series

“African Americans in Film”

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Ferguson Auditorium

All movies are free to the public and will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. The run time varies per movie; however, the longest run time is 2:20 hours. Please let us know if there are any special accommodations needed for you to be able to participate in viewing the films. Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s buildings are ADA compliant.


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Monday, June 12
Ali – Tuesday, June 13
The Woman King – Wednesday, June 14
Ray – Thursday, June 15
Madea’s Family Reunion – Friday, June 16


Juneteenth Festival Celebration

“Remembering, Honoring, and Celebrating Juneteenth”

Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, June 18  |  Pack Square Park



Saturday’s Tentative Events (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.):

  • Opening Address and Recognition of Sponsors: Dr. Oralene Simmons
  • Opening Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
  • Greetings from the City and the County, and Juneteenth Proclamations
  • Juneteenth Facts and History: Mr. Jonathan McCoy
  • Opening Bands
  • Recognizing Black Organizations
  • Walking Tours of Downtown African-American Sites
  • Bands
  • Dance Groups
  • Children’s Art Station
  • Spoken Word

Specific participants will be listed as confirmed.

Sunday’s Tentative Events (1 p.m. – 6 p.m.):

“Praise in the Park”

  • Opening Address
  • Local Church Choirs and Groups
    • Celebrating Spirituals
    • Celebrating Gospel
    • Celebrating Contemporary Praise Music
  • Health Fair
  • Dance Groups
  • Announcement of Poster Contest Winners
  • Children’s Art Station
  • Walking Tours of Downtown African-American Sites
  • Vendors & Food Trucks
  • Closing



Please Note: A Monday celebration may be added in partnership with community groups.


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Jun 12 - 18 2023

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