Monday, June 19 is Juneteenth, which marks the end of institutional slavery in the US. Keep reading for eight ways to commemorate the holiday around Raleigh this weekend.
- Juneteenth Tours | Friday, June 16 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Pope House Museum, 511 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh | Free | Tour the home and learn about one of Raleigh’s most prominent Black families.
- Honoring Juneteenth | Friday, June 16 | 12-4 p.m. | North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh | Free | Meet members of the Battery B Second Regiment and US Colored Troops (USCT) Light Artillery reenactors.
- For the Culture Crawl | Friday, June 16 | 5-8 p.m. | Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh | Free | View, shop, and support Black art organizations, businesses, and public artwork downtown.
- Liberation Station Bookstore Grand Opening | Saturday, June 17 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Liberation Station Bookstore, 208 Fayetteville St., Ste. 201, Raleigh | Free | Celebrate the opening of NC’s first Black-owned children’s bookstore with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., book signings, and a Black ASL storytime.
- Capital City Juneteenth Celebration | Saturday, June 17 | 1-6 p.m. | Dorothea Dix Park, 1030 Richardson Dr., Raleigh | Free | Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy an afternoon of powerful performances, family activities like inflatables and yard games, and shop from vendors and food trucks.
- Raleigh Juneteenth Festival | Saturday, June 17 | 1-6 p.m. | 2235 Garner Rd., Raleigh | $0-$25 | Experience this celebration of freedom, culture, and empowerment with 100+ Black business owners, food trucks, a health and wellness fair, fashion show, and more.
- Juneteenth Joy: Hip-Hop, Resistance, and Sneaker Culture in Film | Saturday, June 17 | 6 p.m. | NCMA, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh | $10-$12 | From 6-8 p.m., listen and dance to a set by DJ Brian Dawson and stay for the screening of “Do the Right Thing” at 8:30 p.m.
- Neo-Soul Juneteenth-themed Cookout | Sunday, June 18 | 3-7 p.m. | House of Art, 306 E. Hargett St., Raleigh | $10 | Cadillac Smoke & Grill will be whipping up good eats while Darren & Friends play live neo soul music.
Reminder: Wake County Government offices will be closed on Juneteenth in recognition of the holiday.