Juneteenth Events and Activities Scheduled Through the Weekend

Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs and its community partners will host a series of free art and cultural events honoring Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom!
June 16-19
Unity in the Community ArtWalk Along the Boardwalk
The Virginia African American Cultural Center, Inc. in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, will host its inaugural Juneteenth Festival at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, which includes reflective public art murals created by artists from across the nation in celebration of the theme “Unity in the Community.” 

In collaboration with the ViBe Creative District and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the artists will paint live from June 16-19, between 16th Street and 31st Street. The formal opening and awards ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on June 19 at the 24th Street Park. The murals will be judged by renowned artists Clayton Singleton and Ken Wright, as well as Gary Ryan, MOCA’s executive director. 

The event will culminate with an inspiring and resounding “Call for Unity in the Community” by representatives from Interfaith Alliance at the Beach, the Human Rights Commission, ViBe Creative District, the Mayor’s IDEA Commission, a poet, soloists, International Artist Dee Polite, Opera Singer Denise Battle, and Mia Guile, a member of the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission. Opportunities for family art activities will be available. Visit www.vaaccvb.org for more details. The VAACC is also a Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission grantee.

June 18
VBGIGS Presents Juneteenth in the ViBe Creative District
Beginning at 9 a.m. on June 18,  the Virginia African American Cultural Center will present the Gregory Brothers, along with a Juneteenth skit, poetry and African-inspired dances by Dr. Faye Gallop on the ViBe Creative District stage during the ViBe Creative District Old Beach Farmer’s Market. Performances will run throughout the morning at 1810 Cypress Ave. This event is part of Virginia Beach’s Globally Inspired Gatherings series.

June 18-19
Juneteenth at the Beach
Team L.A.M.B. Inc., in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, welcomes the community for its inaugural Juneteenth festival at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront 24th Street Park. Don’t miss this exciting celebration, and highly impactful weekend, jam-packed with family-friendly activities, including education, live entertainment, food, culture and connection. 

Entry is free both days, but registration is required. Visit www.juneteenthvb.com to learn more. This festival will run from noon to 10 p.m. on June 18 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 19.

June 19
African American Music Month Celebrating Juneteenth
To close out the weekend, the Virginia Beach History Museums and Princess Anne Country Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni & Friends Association will host a free musical performance to celebrate African American Music Month and Juneteenth!

African American Music Month Celebrating Juneteenth“ will be held June 19 on the Renaissance Academy grounds, 5100 Cleveland St., and will feature RaJazz , a musical group comprised of seven superb Virginian performing artists who have captivated audiences of all ages and taste with a savory mix of smooth jazz and R&B, and are one of Hampton Roads’ most requested bands! The show features special guests Kween Yakini, an award-winning poet and author of four books, and a Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador from Teens with a Purpose. Performances will run from 3:30-5 p.m.

The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum will be open starting at 3 p.m. on June 19, and will remain open during and after the show, allowing audience members to learn about the first high school in Virginia Beach for African Americans. Registration for this event is through the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation ActiveNet system. If you do not have an ActiveNet account, you will need to create one (for free) to register.

Please also note that most City offices will be closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. A comprehensive list of which offices and facilities will be closed or operating as normal can be found in this press release.
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