Ways To Celebrate Juneteenth In Memphis 2023
The National Holiday is on Monday, June 19. Here’s a list of all the festivities in Memphis this year!
Still want to learn more about the importance of Juneteenth? Read this amazing and informative article. Also, check out why celebrating in Memphis is so special through the beautiful words of our contributor, Carmen.
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June 10, 2030 | 9 a.m.
A day filled with a talent display of music, singing, dancing, a living memorial and a re-enactment of the first Juneteenth event that took place in Galveston, TX.
June 10, 2023 | 10:30 a.m.
Doctors, dentists, businessmen, attorneys, saints, musicians, and the south's first black millionaire are all a part of this informative tour of Elmwood Cemetery.
June 10, 2023 | 4 p.m.
This event is where the power of words meets the beauty of the downtown Memphis riverfront. All poets must share poems on the Juneteenth theme. Very on brand, the color theme is yellow, red, and green.
June 10, 2023 | 2 p.m. at 7 p.m.
The stage play is a powerful depiction of servitude and a poignant reminder of what it was like when the slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned that they were free two years after President Lincoln signed The Emancipation Proclamation.
June 11, 2023 | 6 p.m.
This year's experience will transcend Memphis' fashion culture. A Black Mosaic is a fashion experience produced by and for artists of color, such as socialites, models, designers, and performers.
June 15-18, 2023
It’s a whole weekend of celebration.
June 15, 2023 | 7 p.m.
This year’s theme is B.A.P.S. (Black American Princes & Princesses) It’s a no-brainer to see the movie to start off the weekend. It’s a free screening of the Black cult-classic comedy.
June 16, 2023 | 6 p.m.
The Spades Tournament is a night for folks to come out and enjoy one of the most sacred card games known to man. It is a night for people to converse and convene over good music, food, and drinks.
June 17, 2023 | 6:30 p.m.
The Gala is going to be held at the beautiful Cadre building, like I said, where everyone will be dressed in their B.A.P.S. attire! The Gala is the opportunity to toast it up and cheers to the future of Black creatives; while also, raising money to accomplish the goals set for TONE and plans for the Orange Mound tower.
Immediately following the Gala is the After Party. Our friends at TONE said it best, “Bring ya’ knees ready and schedule ya Ubers in advance, because a time will be had.” I’m here for it!
June 18, 2023 | 3 p.m.
Headliners such as Project Pat, Duke Deuce, and Hitkidd will be performing on stage to round off the weekend. To sum it all up, expect Black vendors. Black food. Black performers. Black games. Black joy. Black experiences in Black spaces.
June 16, 2023 | 9 p.m.
Kick off Juneteenth weekend with Drink Champs The Friday Night Patio Party at Carolina Watershed Downtown.
June 16, 2023 | 4 p.m.
Celebrate freedom and community. There will be dj sets, vendors, games, giveaways and a special meal collaboration.
June 16, 2023 | 6:30 p.m.
Honor the past and celebrate the progress. Enjoy vendors, food, music, and more fun for the whole family.
June 16, 2023 | 7 p.m.
This Allstar Black Tie Gala at the National Civil Rights Museum is the ultimate space for Black success. You’ll be among investors, Hall of Famers, Grammy Award winners, and more.
June 17, 2023 | 9 a.m.
An allstar cast headlines this Financial Literacy summit - George White aka George White The Speaker, Milan Harris aka Milan Rouge, Marvin Mitchell, 2 time Grammy Winner Sir the Baptist, GM of Fox Soul James Dubose, amongst others.
June 17, 2023
Major Taylor Memphis would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Ride. There will be multiple routes/distances of 23, 44, and 63 miles with supported SAG stops.
June 17, 2023 | 11 a.m.
The 4th Annual Juneteenth Shop Black Festival is free to attend and features Black-owned businesses, food trucks, and food vendors.
June 17 and 18, 2023 | 3 p.m.
This is the 30th anniversary of the festival. Enjoy a weekend of art, music, food, and more celebrations.
June 17, 2023 | 7 p.m.
This is a free concert celebrating Juneteenth with wonderful choral, chamber, and orchestral music.
June 17, 2023 | 7 p.m.
Join the celebration on Juneteenth weekend. The concert features a fantastic line up of great artists. Also there’s an artist- appreciation/ award ceremony.
June 17 and 18, 2023
Enjoy a Greek Stroll off, Youth Showcase featuring majorettes, drummers, singers, and more, vendors, food, and lots of fun!
June 19, 2023 | 9 a.m.
If you haven't visited the historic museum, Juneteenth would be the perfect day to do so. The National Civil Rights Museum is celebrating the Juneteenth holiday on June 19 as a Community Day with free museum admission and museum Member Appreciation Day.
June 19, 2023 | 4 p.m.
Get ready for a day filled with card games, board games, kickball, and more! Enjoy delicious food and drinks from Redbone Turkey Legs, while DJs keep the beats pumping.
June 23, 2023 | 6 p.m.
Rhymes on the River: Juneteenth Poetry Slam is a Juneteenth celebration and poetry competition, where the power of words meets the beauty of the downtown Memphis riverfront. Very on brand, the color theme is yellow, red, and green.
More Black History In Memphis
The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel covers the struggle for civil rights and Black liberation across times, places, and peoples—but the museum's exhibits begin by exploring the slavery in America in the 1600s. If you haven't visited NCRM, or haven't visited in a few years, make sure you take time to visit soon.
If you want to go deeper into Black history in Memphis, I highly recommend A Tour of Possibilities van tour. Even if you know a lot about Memphis history, you'll be surprised and moved by this special tour. Check out contributor Wesley Paraham's first-hand account of ATOP here (without giving too much away).
Off the beaten path for most visitors, the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum is on the site of a stop on the Underground Railroad, a network that helped people and families escape enslavement in the Southern U.S. Visit the museum to learn more about how Memphis was a central location for commerce and trading of enslaved people from Africa—and the efforts of abolitionists and liberated people to end the practice of slavery.