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The Virginia Beach Department of Cultural Affairs is thrilled to announce a weekend of free arts and culture events in honor of Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom!

“We look forward to celebrating this special holiday through arts, culture and community,” said Emily Labows, director of the Virginia Beach Department of Cultural Affairs. “We hope our community will join us for a memorable weekend of family activities designed to connect and share cross-cultural experiences.”

Learn more below about the full calendar of June 16 cultural affairs and community partner events, taking place June 16-19:

June 16

“Black Health and Wellbeing: Community and Public Wellbeing” with Norfolk State University

As part of a year-round commitment to celebrating black history, Virginia Beach History Museums, Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association, and Norfolk State University (NSU ) continue their expanded partnership with a virtual panel, “Black Health and Wellbeing: Community and Public Wellbeing.” The panel will explore what makes communities healthy and how history affects today’s access to health, nutrition and wellness. The panel, which begins at noon on June 16, will be moderated by Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Dean of the NSU College of Liberal Arts. Visit the NSU website to register for this virtual event.

#ThirdThursday Virginia Beach Public Art Walk: “Portraits of a Place of Grace”

To celebrate the weekend of June 19, Cultural Affairs will host a FREE public art walk through the future home of the Virginia African American Cultural Center (VAACC) to view the public art installation “Portraits of a place of grace”. Richard Hollant’s work, which was produced in collaboration with the VAACC, shines a light on residents of Virginia Beach’s 14 historically black neighborhoods. Cultural Affairs will also be joined by members of VAACC who posed for portraits to share their stories and the origin of Juneteenth. The event begins at 4 p.m. on June 16. Please email [email protected] to RSVP for this event at 744 Hampshire Ln.

June 16-19

Unit in the ArtWalk community along the boardwalk

The Virginia African American Cultural Center, Inc., in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, will host its first Juneteenth Festival at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, which features reflective public art murals created by artists from across the country to celebrate the theme “Unity in Community.” In collaboration with the ViBe Creative District and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), artists will paint live June 16-19 between 16th Street and 31st Street. The grand opening and awards ceremony will take place at 24th Street Park at 11 a.m. on June 19. The murals will be judged by renowned artists Clayton Singleton and Ken Wright, as well as MOCA Executive Director Gary Ryan. The event will conclude with an inspiring and resounding “Call for Unity in the Community” by representatives of the Interfaith Beach Alliance, the Human Rights Commission, the ViBe Creative District, the Mayor’s IDEA Commission, a poet, soloists, international artist Dee Polite, opera singer Denise Battle and Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission member Mia Guile. Opportunities for family arts activities will also be available. Visit for more details.

VAACC is also a grantee of the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission.

June 18

VBGIGS presents Juneteenth in the ViBe Creative District

Beginning at 9 a.m. on June 18, the Virginia African American Cultural Center will present the Gregory Brothers, along with a Juneteenth skit, African-inspired poetry and dance by Dr. Faye Gallop on the ViBe Creative District Stage during ViBe Creative District Old Beach Farmers Market. Performances will take place throughout the morning at 1810 Cypress Ave. This event is part of Virginia Beach’s Globally Inspired Gatherings series.

June 18-19

Juneteenth at the beach

Team LAMB Inc., in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, welcomes the community to its inaugural Juneteenth Festival at Virginia Beach Oceanfront 24th Street Park. Don’t miss this exciting celebration and very impactful weekend filled with family-friendly activities including education, entertainment, food, culture and connection. Admission is free on both days, but registration is required. Visit to learn more. This festival will take place from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 18 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 19.

June 19

African American Music Month celebrating Juneteenth

To wrap up the weekend, the Virginia Beach History Museums and Princess Anne Country Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni & Friends Association will be hosting a free musical performance to celebrate African American Music Month and Juneteenth!

“African American Music Month Celebrating Juneteenth” will be held on June 19 at the grounds of the Renaissance Academy, 5100 Cleveland St., and will feature RaJazz, a musical group made up of seven superb artists from the Virginia scene who have captivated an audience of all ages and tastes with a tasty blend of smooth jazz and R&B, and are one of Hampton Roads’ most requested bands! The show features special guests Kween Yakini, award-winning poet and author of four books, and Hampton Roads Poet-Laureate Youth Ambassador of Teens with a Purpose. The performances will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum will be open beginning at 3 p.m. June 19 and will remain open during and after the show, allowing the public to experience Virginia Beach’s first high school for African-Americans. Americans. Registration for this event is through the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation ActiveNet system. If you don’t have an ActiveNet account, you’ll need to create one (for free) to sign up.

Follow the Virginia Beach Department of Cultural Affairs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest Virginia Beach arts and culture news, artist calls and more.


The Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. The department assists and directs the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, coordinates the city’s public art program, oversees Virginia Beach’s history museums, provides contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serves as liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and is a resource for local arts and humanities organizations.


History museums in the city of Virginia Beach include Thoroughgood House, Francis Land House, Lynnhaven House, and the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. The museums are part of the city’s cultural affairs department. As part of the municipal government of the City of Virginia Beach, the Department of Cultural Affairs engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. Visit for more information and follow @VBHistoryMuseums on Facebook and Instagram, and @VBHistMuseums on Twitter, to stay up to date on all Virginia Beach history museum events and news.