Celebrate Juneteenth with these events in and around Chapel Hill!
Compiled by Tajahn Wilson
UNC Visitors Center Tour
The UNC Visitors Center welcomes guests to tour UNC’s campus from 11 a.m. to noon. Spend your Thursday learning about the history of the university and admiring its signature landmarks. Registrations must be complete prior to the tour.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Inaugural Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration
Chapel Hill and Carrboro celebrate Juneteenth – a holiday that recognizes the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The celebration will feature historical exhibits, musicians, artists and online and [limited] in-person events. A video will premiere on Friday at 7 p.m. to kick-start the weekend of events.
‘ON JUNETEENTH’ Presentation
Flyleaf Books and Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture host a presentation of the book “On Juneteenth,” written by Annette Gordon-Reed. She will be accompanied by fellow author and UNC associate professor, William Sturkey. The event is virtual and will start at 8:30 p.m.
Live Music with Jake Potter
Join Gizmo Brew Works for a live performance by UNC alumni Jake Potter from 7-10 p.m.
Virtual Art Adventures Morning Session: ‘Exquisite Corpse’ Paper Books
Ackland Art Museum hosts a virtual morning event with Allison Tierney from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Families with children from ages six to nine can join this virtual session and make paper books. Registration is required and families can choose a ticket price that they are comfortable paying.
Coker Arboretum Tour
UNC hosts a tour of the Coker Arboretum from 11 a.m. to noon. Participants will join Geoffrey Neal, assistant curator and arborist at the Coker Arboretum and North Carolina Botanical Gardens, as they observe and discuss the campus site.
Commemorate Juneteenth by decorating your car and driving through historic Black communities in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Enjoy music, honk your horn and celebrate with the community. There will be two driving routes, one that starts at the Hargraves Community Center and one that begins at Eubanks Road Park-and-Ride Lot.
The ArtsCenter presents “Haunted: An American Tale.” The work was written and will be performed by UNC alum Sonny Kelly, who takes on multiple voices in the production. Haunted examines the lasting impact that racial violence has had on African Americans and how it has transferred between generations. The performance will be made accessible through The ArtCenter’s YouTube channel.
The Martha Bassett Show: Colin Allured and Lyn Koonce
The Martha Bassett Show is a live radio program that is broadcasted, live streamed and presented as a podcast. For its latest season opener, the show invites Colin Allured and Lyn Koonce. Colin graduated from the UNC School of Arts in Winston-Salem. Lyn Koonce is a singer and songwriter who recently won the American Songwriter Magazine’s Lyric contest. This event will be hosted by The ArtsCenter from 7-8 p.m.
Juneteenth: Save the Music Series
On Juneteenth, come to Franklin Street to enjoy music played by four talented musicians. Sonny Miles, from Winston-Salem, will be playing at Que Chula. XOXOK will be performing at the Peace and Justice Plaza, Tre Charles will perform at 401 Main and Smooth and Sway will perform at Talulla’s/Chapel Hill Nine Marker.
Sundays at Sundown: The Whiskey Honeys and the Orange County All Stars
Southern Village hosts a musical performance by The Whiskey Honeys and Orange County All Stars. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on the Village Green.
Summer Solstice Celebration
The Drive-In at Carraway Village hosts a Summer Solstice Celebration. The event is a 30-minute laser show featuring music by The Weeknd and Dua Lipa. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and enjoy the celebration. The first show starts at 8:45 p.m., and the second starts at 10:30 p.m.