June 18TH


3pm - 10pm


1001 Everglades Dr N.Charleston, SC 29405

June 18TH


3pm - 10pm


1001 Everglades Dr N.Charleston, SC 29405

Free Parking


Food Trucks


Juneteenth FAMILY Fest Highlights


Juneteenth is an annual observance commemorating the date Union Troops enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all that remained enslaved in Texas, on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day or Juneteenth Independence Day. The first celebration of Juneteenth took place in 1866, originating in Galveston, Texas. However, celebrating the occasion was limited for Black Americans, as most parks and white-owned establishments were heavily segregated. Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas in the 1980’s and some states later followed. It wasn’t until June 17th, 2021, over a century and a half later that Juneteenth would be recognized as a federal holiday in the United States. Juneteenth is a pivotal milestone in African American history. It demonstrates the long, enduring fight for freedom and the pursuit of equity and equality.



Celebrating Juneteenth in Charleston, South Carolina as a large-scale event is significant to our heritage and who we are as a people. Originating in Galveston, Texas, Juneteenth is now celebrated throughout the United States annually on the 19th of June, with varying official recognition. Juneteenth pays tribute and celebrates the journey to freedom, the contributions, ingenuity, and sacrifices that were made by those who came before us.
Charleston has an abundantly rich black history due to its Gullah Geechee roots and because nearly half of enslaved Africans (Afrikans) brought to America came through Charleston, and nearly 80 percent of African-Americans can potentially trace an ancestor who arrived in Charleston. Juneteenth is a pivotal milestone in African American history. It demonstrates the long, enduring fight for freedom.
On Saturday, June 18, 2022, we will kick off our 2nd Annual Juneteenth Family Fest! This community-family-based event will take place at the Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC, and is open and free to the public. You can arrive as early as 2 pm, and festivities will begin at 3 pm. This day-long celebration will be power-packed with activities ranging from live performances, black art displays, games for children, and delicious cultural food! There will also be non-profit organizations, local community service vendors, as well as Historical Black Colleges and Universities on site. This joyous occasion will be topped off with a grand fireworks show finale that will be worth watching with your family and friends! We’re asking the community to come out and celebrate where we’ve come from, as we look forward to where we are heading and what we desire to accomplish.


Our story.

Enjoy an afternoon of African art through dance, storytelling, theater, and music. 

Live Music, Live Entertainment, Line Dancing, Education, Children’s Activities, Cultural Food, and more.  


since 1865.

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” – Malcom X

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisolm

Get Involved in the 2022 Live Event

How You

Participate as a Sponsor
Corporations and community stakeholders are invited to support the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Family Fest Charleston celebration. To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities download our sponsor kit today. We look forward to your support!

Donate to Our Event

The vision behind Juneteenth Family Fest would not be possible without the generous support of our community. Last year’s event was successful in part to those individuals who partnered with us to bring the vision to life! If you would like to donate to this mission, click here! No amount is too big or too small!

Participate as a VENDOR

The Juneteenth Family Fest is looking for vendors of all types across various platforms and industries. If you feel you’ll be a good fit to vend at the JFF 2022 event please apply. 


Would you like to volunteer with The Juneteenth Family Fest? This is a great opportunity to participate in a positive event and ultimately give back to your community.



3:00 PM
High School Drumline - Cross High School (Youth)
3:05 PM
Negro National Anthem by Destini Johnson (Youth)
3:15 PM
Wana Wamalon & Deninufay
4:15 PM
Scholarship Presentations (Youth)
4:30 PM
DA Smalls
5:00 PM
Greetings from Queen Quet
6:30 PM
Dance Performance by Jordan Benton
7:00 PM
Ray Singleton
8:15 PM
Black Diamond Band (Featured Artist)
9:15 PM
Mother Emmanuel Praise Dancers
9:30 PM





Check Out Last Years Performances

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Over 3,000 supporters of Juneteenth from all over the country gathered at the City of North Charleston’s River Front Park, June 19th, 2021 to commemorate the date Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation.  

From music, arts, food and culture, it felt like home for many people. Enjoy clips from 2021 Juneteenth Freedom Fest. At the 2022 Juneteenth Family Fest, you can expect to be fully entertained by some of Charleston’s finest, and national top talent. 

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Riverfront Park North Charleston, SC!

Kris Kaitlyn

Kris Kaylin is a multi-media maven located in Charleston, SC. You can hear The Weekend Diva on Z93 Jamz, Saturday 10 am – 3:00pm and Sunday 11 pm – 3:00 pm. She is the host of Chucktown Hit Factory that airs every Sunday at 9:00 pm. The Charleston native is an electrifying host and a one-of-a-kind interviewer. She’s been featured on TMZ, The Shaderoom, The Neighborhood Talk, and more. She began her creative journey with media at South Carolina State University with her web series Bulldog Bite. Over the years Kris Kaylin has dabbled in everything from behind the scenes filming, and entertainment reporting for Bounce Around Charleston.

Geechie Motivator,

Geechie Motivator, one of South’s most distinguished voices and political education activists. A founding member of bARTer & build THINK tank. A Gullah Pan-Afrikan Guerrilla Intellectual and Afrikan Womanist who organizes for Economic, Ecological, Gender and Racial Justice for all Afrikan and other indigenous people around the globe. A brilliant content curator, Geechie is notable for his conscious comedy and Edutainment which promotes humane ideologies and uniquely increases political sophistication. Though frequently approached as a thinker, organizer, and lecturer, it is difficult to limit his impact to one area of human behavior or identity. Geechie has hosted events ranging from Kwanzaa and other Afrikan cultural events to debates and youth empowerment summits.
Born in Charleston, SC and raised in Moncks Corner & Alvin, Geechie’s childhood was marked by him building his makeshift village to support him and mitigate him from injustices, as a published author he captured this story in his bestselling children’s book “Raising Me”