Enjoy Local Juneteenth Events
- Written by Belinda Elliott
- Category: Talk About Race
- Published: 14 June 2021
Celebrate Juneteenth this weekend with an array of local events.
“We are the Messengers”
When: 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: Chesapeake Conference Center 700 Conference Center Drive, Chesapeake VA
Description: Jazz Concert with The Extraordinary Jae Sinnett Trio
Rooting for Everyone Black Pop Up Shop
When: 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: Signet Center (Gym) 884 Bells Mill Rd, Chesapeake VA 23322
Juneteenth Celebration at Fort Monroe
When: 12-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: Oozlefinch Beers & Blending, 81 Patch Rd, Fort Monroe 23651
Description: Music, food trucks, live drums, family fun, and more
Juneteenth Community Celebration by the Varee Slade Foundation
When: 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: 1456 W Queen Street, Hampton VA
Description: DJs, Giveaways, and Vendors
Expressions at Newport News Community Centers
When: 12-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12
Where: Denbigh Community Center, Brittingh-Midtown Community Center, Doris Miller Community Center
Description: Drive-thru giveaways and Instagramable moments
Juneteenth Concert at King-Lincoln Park
When: 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 13
Where: King-Lincoln Park, 600 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA 23607
Description: Live concert
Raising of the Flag at City Hall
When: 1 p.m. on Monday, June 14
Where: 2400 Washington Ave, Newport News, VA 23607
Conversation at Denbigh Community Center
When: 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15
Where: Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA
Description: An interview with Frederick Douglass about the Emancipation Proclation and the meaning of Juneteenth.
Bingo at Midtown Community Center
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16
Where: Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Dr, Newport News, VA 23601
Description: Outdoor BINGO game with food, drinks, and giveaways
Rally at Booker T Washington Middle School
When: 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 17
Where: Booker T Washington Middle School, 3700 Chestnut Ave, Newport News, VA 23607
Description: Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation under Clark Oak
Tour & Storytime at Newsome House
When: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17
Where: Newsome House Cultural Arts Center, 2803 Oak Ave, Newport News, VA 23607
A Journey to Freedom: A Juneteenth Production at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
When: 7-9 p.m. on Friday, June 18
Where: Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, 2410 WickhamAve, Newport News VA
Freedom Festival at Superblock
When: 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: Superblock, 2601 Washington Ave, Newport News, VA 23607
Description: Family-friendly festival with vendors, food, drinks, and games
Meditation Walk at Huntington Beach
When: 4 p.m. - Sunset on Saturday, June 19
Where: Huntington Beach, 361 Hornet Circle Newport News, VA 23607
Description: Meditation walk hosted by the Contemporary Arts Network (CAN)
Waterways to Freedom Tour
When: 9:30-11amon Saturday, June 19
Where: 500 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
Description: Join Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, author of Waterways to Freedom, on historic June 19th, for a walking tour of Underground Railroad sites in downtown Norfolk.
Family Day: A Juneteenth Celebration
When: 10am-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: The Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510
Description: Performances by the Virginia Africanamerican Cultural Center, live music by Hot Gumbo Brass Band, and fun activities
Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration
When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: Mosaic Steel Orchestra Panyard, 220 E 27th St, Norfolk, VA 23508
Description: Live performances by Tidewater African Cultural Alliance (TACA), Shark City Drum and Dance Corps., Mosaic Steel Orchestra, Praise & Worship Team, The DAY Program(Drum Artz Yoga), and DJ Bless. Food by Crop Circle Gourmet, business and craft vendors, food vendors, and giveaways.
When: 12-5 p.m. Saturday, June 19
Where: Selden Market 208 E. Main Street, Norfolk VA
Description: Music, food, workshops, stories, and black-owned businesses. Face masks required. Capacity is limited for your safety.
Celebrate Juneteenth in the Park
When: 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: Town Point Park
Description: Cultural outreach, family activities, music, and presentations. Along with health and financial wellness education and on-site vaccines.
History Speaks: Juneteenth and the Struggle for Freedom
When: 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 20
Where: Moses Meyers House, 323 E Freemason St, Norfolk, VA 23510
Description: Explore the history of Juneteenth and what it might have meant for the people who were enslaved at the Moses Myers House. All visitors ages 3 and up are required to wear a face covering. Registration is required. Click here to register: https://chrysler.org/event/history-speaks-juneteenth-and-the-struggle-for-freedom/
Celebrate Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration
When: 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: Barraud Park, 2507 Barraud Ave, Norfolk, Virginia 23504
Description: Food, events, bounce houses, water slides, music, games, talent displays, and more. Put on by the AYM Foundation and Joiful Movement.
When: 12-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: 500 Court Street, Portsmouth VA
Description: Music, dance, food, vendors, and the show “Abolitionists Museum” performed by local and well-known celebrities.
Let’s Line Dance for Juneteenth!
When: 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 17
Where: Morgan Memorial Library - Outside, 443 West Washington Street, Suffolk Virginia
Description: Learn some new moves or refresh what you know with a line dance class.
Thoroughgood House Tour
When: 5-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17
Where: Thoroughgood House, Virginia Beach VA
Description: A new focus tour called “The Enslaved Perspective” will highlight the history of the enslaved individuals who lived and worked on the Thoroughgood House property in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Virginia Beach Public Art Walk: “Portraits from a Place of Grace”
When: 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17
Where: 704 Hampshire Lane, Virginia Beach VA 23462
TRIBE Kollective Juneteenth Event
When: 12-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: Kabila, 5725 Northampton Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Description: This culturally transformative event will include Black-owned businesses, activities such as music, performances, arts & crafts, food, spoken word, children’s games, and more!
#VBArts on Tour Pop Up Performance
When: Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 19th and running through the morning
Where: ViBe Creative District stage, Virginia Beach, VA
Description: The Virginia Africanamerican Cultural Center, Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association/St. Julien’s Creek Revival and Teens with a Purpose will combine for a joint pop-up musical and poetry performance during the ViBe Creative District Old Beach Farmer’s Market.
“Hidden History: The Banjo” presented by VBGIGS
When: 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Miller Studio Theatre 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach VA
Description: The 60-minute performance includes an array of music, dance, and spoken word poetry from talented local artists. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free Musical Performances to celebrate Juneteenth
When: 3:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 20
Where: Renaissance Academy grounds 5100 Cleveland Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Description: This event will feature the TFC Band, with their signature musical blend of Classic Soul, Motown, Funk, and more! The show also features vocalist and former Hampton Roads news reporter Becky Livas, as well as a Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureateambassador from Teens with a Purpose!
Special Juneteenth Programming at Colonial Williamsburg
When: 10 a. m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 19
Where: Colonial Williamsburg 101 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg VA 23185
Description: Come celebrate Juneteenth in Colonial Williamsburg with performances, food, and live music!
Please visit these websites for more information.