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Capital City Juneteenth Celebration 2023


Juneteenth (June 19th) is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, family activities, vendors and food at the Capital City Juneteenth Celebration!

Event Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Big Field Main Stage

12:55 pm  - Posting of Colors with the United States Colored Troops
1:00 pm - Welcome/Opening
1:20 pm - Jared L Payton and the Voices (Negro Spirituals)
2:10 pm - United Strings of Color (Classical)
3:30 pm - The Mac Mclaughlin Group (Jazz)
5:15 pm - Lyrick (R&B)

Chapel Children's Performance Stage

2:00 - 4:00 pm - Youth Performers

*Some exhibitors are located in The Chapel

Children’s Story Corner on the Big Field

  • You Are My Sunshine: The Classic Nursery Rhyme Illustrated with Positive Imagery of People of Color, by NC Artist, Dare Coulter
  • Nigel and the Moon, by Antwan Eady
  • The World Belonged to Us, by Jacqueline Woodson

Children's Activity Zone on the Big Field

  • Inflatable Games
  • Water Slide
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Artist
  • Yard Games

Vendors: Full list of Exhibitors, Vendors + Food Trucks available on the Eventbrite RSVP Page.

Location:  Big Field at Dix Park, 101 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603 + The Chapel, 1030 Richardson Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603

RSVP: While not required, registering for the event helps us plan for how many people to expect and we can contact you in the case of changes to the event due to inclement weather. 


Capital City Juneteenth Celebration 2023 is presented by:

Weekend Schedule: Visit for a full line-up of events organized by the Capital City Juneteenth Committee.


What to Bring

  • Seating: A blanket or low beach chairs to sit on, so that you don’t obstruct the view for others.
  • Food and Drinks: While we encourage you to enjoy the food trucks, you may also bring your own food and beverages. Beer and wine are permitted, but please be responsible!
  • Outdoor Essentials: Remember the sunscreen and bug spray.
  • What to Wear: This event takes place in the grass with uneven surfaces, please keep this in mind for footwear. The trees provide some shade but this event is outdoors the entire time - please dress for the weather.


If we need to cancel due to inclement weather, we will communicate through email to ticket holders and on Dix Park social media.


Dix Park continues to strive to be accessible and welcoming for visitors, including those with disabilities. Currently, portions of Dix Park, including some areas where programs and events occur, have uneven surfaces and are not fully accessible. Accessibility is a primary focus for early park improvements and all future planning and development.

  • Parking: Accessible parking spaces are available in all lots.
  • Restrooms: Indoor accessible restrooms are available in the Chapel.  Accessible port-a-johns are located at the event area.
  • Transport: We will have staff on golf carts helping folks with disabilities and limited mobility get from parking to and from the event areas.

Programs and events: Raleigh Parks Inclusion Services works with community members to support participation. To request a program modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please complete and submit the Accommodation Request Form or contact Inclusion Services staff at 919-996-2147 or

Questions? Contact Dix Park staff at or 919-996-3255.