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22nd Annual Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas: June 13th - 16th


The FREE Multi-cultural Festival will celebrate 22 years from June 13th-16th, in the heart of the Plaza Midwood community, on Thomas Ave. and Commonwealth Ave. Multi-cultural vendors that travel from all across the country and parts of Africa will showcase food, exquisite art, music and culturally relevant specialty items. On Thursday, June 13th from 9am until 5pm, children from all over Mecklenburg County will participate in our popular Cultural Camp at Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School, adjacent to Independence Park. Children and youth, ages 5-17, will engage in a true cultural experience from making crafts, jewelry, tie dyeing, performing skits, drumming, dancing, storytelling and playing in a Bounce House. Please bring a t-shirt for our tie-dye class. On Friday, June 14th, we will host our ever-popular Drum Circle in front of the House of Africa (1215 Thomas Ave). The Drum Circle attracts drummers and dance enthusiasts of all ethnicities from all over the US and the world. (6pm until 10 pm) On Saturday and Sunday, June 15th, 16th (Saturday 8 am until 10 pm/Sunday/10am until 9 pm): Saturday begins with The Fitness Extravaganza with Nettie Reeves at 8 am. An Education Village is also an integral part of the festival with events in this village ranging from lectures by prominent educators and historians to book signings and discussions. Jazz, R&B, African drumming, dancing, a fashion show, talent show and more happens on Saturday. Sunday begins with church service followed by a Gospel Explosion, Fatherís Day acknowledgement, continued musical entertainment and more. The Marilyn Griffith Turner Scholarship Fund is named posthumously after our long standing Chairwoman. The full four-year college scholarship is given to a deserving youth approved by our selection committee in conjunction with the awarding college. A Healthcare Village staffed by healthcare professionals from First Care Medical Clinic and Novant Health; the village wil