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How to spend Juneteenth around Winston-Salem

Immerse yourself in cultural experiences and enrich your knowledge of the African American culture.

A group of people sitting in chairs watches a person holding blue flags outstretched in either arms. The presentation is being filmed by staff on the left side on a stage.

The Juneteenth Festival offers plenty of fun — and a break from the sun — at Biotech Place Stage.

Photo by Owen Daniels via Triad Cultural Arts, Inc.

Wednesday, June 19 commemorates the freedom of enslaved African American people. Here’s how to observe Juneteenth in Winston-Salem and celebrate the 159th anniversary of emancipation.

Thursday, June 13

Juneteenth Art Exhibition | The Enterprise Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. | 6 p.m. | Free

“Healers in Focus: Twin City Doctors Through the Lens of Owens Daniels” will feature artistic photographs of local healthcare professionals.

Saturday, June 15

Juneteenth Festival | Bailey Park, 445 Patterson Ave. | 1-8 p.m. | Free

Shop from an array of clothing and jewelry pieces + artwork that embodies African culture. Treat yourself to dishes and delights like oxtails, okra, funnel cake fries, and deep-fried Oreos.

While you’re at it, explore the Shotgun Legacy House Project and “Rooted in Race” exhibits in person.

WStoday: African dancers at Lam Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

The Timothy SY Lam Museum of Anthropology will host a booth at the Juneteenth festival where you can play African instruments and take home craft projects.

Photo by WStoday

Sunday, June 16

“2024 Freedom’s Melody: A Juneteenth Brunch” | Sweet Potatoes, 607 Trade St. NW | 12:30-5 p.m. | $50-$200

Get a taste of African American meals showcasing different flavors and learn about the cultural influences that shaped the cuisine. Menu items include curried shrimp and grits, sausage gravy over a sweet potato biscuit, and “A Sunday Thing” fried chicken. Plus, listen to jazz and R&B, followed by Afrobeats.

Try this any day

Hop on Triad Cultural Arts’ African American heritage tour which features historic markers, Freedman’s Graveyard, and public artworks and murals. Tour prices range from $35 to $95.

Visit these three exhibits at the Timothy SY Lam Museum of Anthropology. “To Be Seen: Documenting the Art of the Ivory Coast,” “All the King’s Men: Status and Power in Africa,” and “Beyond Drumming: African Musical Instruments.” Admission is free.

Looking for ways to contribute? Sign up to volunteer at the Juneteenth Festival for at least two hours.