Capital City Juneteenth Celebration 2023 at Dix Park

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Capital City Juneteenth Celebration 2023 at Dix Park

Join us for an afternoon of performances at Dix Park to celebrate Juneteenth!

By Dix Park

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, June 17 · 12 - 6pm EDT


Dorothea Dix Park Big Field 101 Blair Drive Raleigh, NC 27603

About this event

  • 6 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

On Saturday, June 17, bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, family activities, vendors and food on the Big Field and the Chapel Event Center at Dix Park!

Juneteenth (June 19th) is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States. The theme for the Capital City Juneteenth Celebration is “Preserving the Past, Moving it Forward.” The event's mission is to celebrate the freedom of formerly enslaved African Americans by acknowledging their history and achievements through commemorative and historical services and activities.

Capital City Juneteenth Celebration at Dix Park is presented in partnership by:

  • Capital City Juneteenth Committee
  • Dix Park & Dix Park Conservancy
  • Capital Broadcasting Company/WRAL-TV


No tickets are required; however, RSVPs help us plan for how many people to expect and you can receive important event information including inclement weather information.

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.
  • Outdoor Essentials: Remember the sunscreen and bug spray. This event takes place in the grass with uneven surfaces, please keep this in mind for footwear. The trees provide some shade, please dress for the weather.
  • Pets: Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome outside only. Please use your best judgement to determine if your pooch will enjoy the event!

Event Details

Main Stage

  • 12:55 pm - Posting of Colors with the United States Colored Troops
  • 1:00 pm - Welcome/Opening
  • 1:20 pm - Jared 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 Event Center- Children's Performance Stage

  • 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Lake Lynn Park African Dancers
  • Ralph Campbell Cheerleading

Children's Activity Zone

  • Water Slide
  • Basketball Shootout
  • Slip N' Slide
  • Balloon Artists
  • Face Painting

Children's Story Corner

  • 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

Food Trucks

  • Pit BBQ
  • Same o Dame o's
  • Levy's Jerkstand
  • Las Gringas
  • Tasty Turkey Que
  • Naked Empanada
  • Ty's All Natural
  • Soo Jamaican
  • Tropical Delights
  • Lornett's Southern Kitchen
  • Flattz
  • Vane Hot Burgers
  • Utenzils Optional
  • The Dogfather
  • Hot Box Pizza
  • Party in a Pita
  • Larger Than Lemons
  • Brusters Ice Cream
  • Insta-Ice
  • Kupkake Fairy
  • Cocoa Forte
  • Cotton Candy!

Exhibitors + Vendors

Outside at Main Festival Area

  • Triangle Afro-American Historical & Genealogy Society
  • So Sincere Soaps
  • Leather Glitter
  • Shawn Etheridge Art
  • Just For You Only, One of a Kind
  • Raleigh Tees
  • Avon by Lori
  • LQBallen Collection
  • Gwendolyn Young
  • Tuk's Tutus and Things

Inside in Event Hall

  • African American Inventors and Scientist Display
  • Ned Hunter Family Display
  • Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

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


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


  • The event will be held on the Big Field (101 Blair Drive) and in the Chapel Event Center (1030 Richardson Dr.) simultaneously.
  • The best park entrances to use are Hunt Drive off of Western Boulevard or Umstead Drive off of Lake Wheeler Road


  • Parking is available in various lots along Umstead Drive. Please follow the event parking signs.
  • Do not park in the grass or alongside the road! - driving on tree roots damages the trees and we want to keep the 150 year old oaks around for as long as possible!

Restrooms and Dogs

  • Port-a-johns are the only restroom facility available at the event area. Indoor Restrooms are located in The Chapel Event Center.
  • Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome, but please use your best judgement to determine if your pooch will enjoy the event!


Contact Dix Park Staff at 919-996-3255 or


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: Accessible port-a-johns are located at the Big Field and Flowers Field. Indoor accessible restrooms are available in the newly renovated Chapel.
  • 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

Liability Waiver

City of Raleigh - Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department

Release, Covenant Not To Sue, and Indemnity Agreement

I understand that participating in Dix Park Programs and Events (hereinafter “Program”) involves risk of injury. These risks include, but are not limited to, inclement weather, accidents while traveling, equipment problems or failures, contacts with and actions of other participants, spectators, or volunteers, slips/trips/falls, and musculoskeletal injuries, among others. I choose for myself, for my child, or for another participant who I am enrolling, to participate in the Program despite these and other risks.

By registering for this Program, I acknowledge all risks of injury, illness, and death, and property damage, and affirm that I have assumed all responsibility of injury, illness, death, and property damage relating in any way to the Program. I also agree for myself and for any child or other participant who I am registering herein to follow all rules and procedures that may apply to the Program and to follow the reasonable instructions of City employees and other supervisors of the Program. In return for the opportunity to participate in this Program, I agree for myself and for the child or other participant I am registering, and for our heirs, assigns, executors, and administrators to release, waive, and discharge any legal rights that any one of us may have to seek payment or relief of any kind from the City of Raleigh, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the State of North Carolina, their employees or their agents for injury, illness, or death relating in any way to this Program.

If I am registering a minor for the Program, I agree that I am a parent, legal guardian, or am otherwise responsible for the minor whose application I am submitting and that I release, waive, and discharge any legal rights on behalf of that minor. If I am registering an adult, I agree that I am authorized to do so and do hereby release, waive, and discharge any legal rights on behalf of that adult participant. I, along with any participant I register herein, also agree not to sue the City of Raleigh, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, or the State of North Carolina, their employees, or their agents and agree to indemnify the same for any and all claims, damages, losses or expenses, including but not limited to medical expenses and attorney’s fees, if a suit is filed concerning an injury (to person or property), illness, or death to me or to any participant I am enrolling that relates to, or results from, participation in the Program.

I have read this waiver thoroughly and understand that by registering for this program I am waiving legal rights.

Photo Release

Pictures or video may be taken of participants at this Program for use in Dix Park publicity. By registering for the Program, I hereby grant the City of Raleigh, Dix Park Conservancy, and program partners permission to use my likeness in a photograph, video, or other digital media (“photo”) in any and all of their publications, including web-based publications and digital platforms, without payment or other consideration. I hereby irrevocably authorize the City of Raleigh, the Dix Park Conservancy, and program partners to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, or distribute these photos for any lawful purpose.

I have read this release thoroughly and understand that by registering for this program I am waiving legal rights. If I am registering a minor for the Program, I agree that I am a parent, legal guardian, or am otherwise responsible for the minor whose application I am submitting and that I affirm consent on behalf of that minor.

Email Consent

By Registering for this Program, I consent to receive emails from Dix Park and Dix Park Conservancy about park news, community engagement, opportunities to support the park, as well as upcoming programs and events. Participants can unsubscribe at any time.

About the organizer

Organized by
Dix Park

Dix Park is the site of one of the most exciting new park projects in America. The 308-acre site blends historic architecture and rich landscapes into a unique destination in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. Admission free programs and events are made possible through the generous donors of the Dix Park Conservancy. Check out all of our events on Eventbrite and visit for more information about the park.