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2023 Juneteenth Celebration

June 12, 2023 - June 18, 2023

“Remembering, Honoring, and Celebrating Juneteenth”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County, in partnership with the City of Asheville, has planned a week-long celebration of Juneteenth for the community. The week of events culminates with the Juneteenth Festival Celebration in Pack Square Park on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18. The full list of Juneteenth events can be found on the Association’s website.

Saturday, June 17th, Tentative Events, Pack Square Park, 11 am–9 pm:

  • 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

Sunday, June 18th, Tentative Events, Pack Square Park, 1 pm–6 pm:

  • 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




June 12, 2023
June 18, 2023
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County
City of Asheville


Pack Square Park
70 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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