Juneteenth events happening in the Upstate, Western NC

Juneteenth Freedom Day
Juneteenth Freedom Day(MGN Online)
Published: May. 2, 2023 at 1:03 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2023 at 6:10 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Multiple cities across the Upstate and Western North Carolina are preparing to celebrate Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, which is short for June nineteenth, marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people would be freed. The troops arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Now multiple cities across the country, including here in the Upstate and Western North Carolina, commemorate the day with festivals and galas.


  • Juneteenth celebrations
    • The Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County and the City of Asheville is hosting a week-long celebration entitled “Celebrating the History and Legacy of Juneteenth.” It will focus on spotlighting non-majority businesses, providing spaces for “Black Asheville,” as well as all residents, and involving youth as future leaders in the region.


  • Freedom Ride on Saturday, June 10
    • The show starts at 4 p.m. at 1601 Piedmont Highway (Highway 20)
  • Juneteenth Wellness 5K run on Saturday, June 17
    • The 5K run starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 8:15 a.m. registration for the event is $30.00 and starts on May 31.
  • Royal Gala on Friday, June 16
    • The Royal Gala is happening at the Greenville Convention Center with cocktails starting at 6 p.m. and the gala starting at 7 p.m.
  • Mega festival on Saturday, June 17
    • The Mega festival is happening at Falls Parks from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Say What?! Open Mic celebrates Juneteenth on Sunday, June 18
    • The Coffee Underground is holding an Open Mic night to celebrate Juneteenth starting at 7:30 p.m.


  • Juneteenth Soul Food Festival on Saturday, June 17
    • The festival will include live music, performances, artisans, local businesses and lots of food from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


  • Juneteenth Celebrations starting on Tuesday, June 11
    • The Spartanburg Juneteenth, Inc. presents the Annual Juneteenth Experience starting with the official Juneteenth Revival on Tuesday, June 11, the Race Seminar on Wednesday, June 14, and the BEC Gala on Saturday, June 17.
  • Juneteenth Jubilee Parade and Dance showcase Saturday, June 10
    • The parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and end at 12 p.m. with the parade starting at 700 S. Converse Street and ending on Barksdale Boulevard. The dance showcase will take place at Carver Middle School starting at 1 p.m. and include the crowning of Mr. & Mrs. Juneteenth.
  • Juneteenth Celebrations start Friday, June 16
    • The City of Spartanburg is hosting two Juneteenth events and celebrations starting with a block party on Friday, June 16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will feature a live DJ, food trucks, 360 photo booth and more. The festival will occur on Saturday, June 17 starting at 4 p.m.