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Juneteenth Celebration

June 19, 2024    5:00pm

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Communities across the country celebrate Juneteenth in various ways, reflecting the rich cultural diversity and historical significance of the event.

Celebrate Juneteenth at City Springs! This year's annual free, family-friendly Juneteenth Celebration promises to be an exuberant tribute to freedom and liberty. Attendees can anticipate an extraordinary experience, as the Juneteenth Celebration will showcase a captivating performing arts production, a STEAM digital art gallery, educational activities, an array of food vendors, and more!

The event will feature three vibrant spaces: Byers Theatre, the Byers Theatre Lobby, and City Green. 

Byers Theatre - "From Africa to America" 

Sandy Springs proudly introduces "From Africa to America," an exhilarating live production celebrating Juneteenth. Directed, produced, and choreographed by local business visionaries Antwan Sessions and Shervoski Moreland of Namari Dance Center & Namari Productions, this show tells the timeless tale of resilience, struggle, and triumph that resonates with us all. Immerse yourself in the pulsating rhythms of African drums and dance, get swept away by the captivating melodies of our skilled musicians and singers, and be moved by the profound words of our passionate poets and community leaders.

Byers Lobby - LIQUID Arts & Productions' Immersive Art Exhibition and Experience

Sandy Springs collaborates with LIQUID Arts & Productions to present an immersive Art Exhibition and Experience, centered on the creativity of high school students from both Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. This event, in celebration of Juneteenth, will feature interactive digital artworks. Guided by the artistic vision of PeQue, these youth-produced canvas pieces will incorporate Augmented Reality, offering guests the opportunity to engage with innovative displays. Furthermore, the students will collectively work on a large mural-sized masterpiece, which will be highlighted as the exhibition’s centerpiece.

City Green - Outdoor Celebration

City Green will feature outdoor music, family-friendly games, educational exhibits, vendors and food trucks. Map coming soon! 

Event Schedule

5:00 - 8:00 PM: Celebration on City Green

  • Enjoy live DJ music
  • Food Trucks (Dogs on Wheels, Brain Freeze - Check back for more details!) 
  • Juneteenth Art and Crafts, Games, and Family-Friendly Fun
  • Genealogy Research Exhibit (in partnership with Georgia Archives and the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society)
  • Local Vendors
  • Check back for more!

5:00 - 8:00 PM: LIQUID Arts & Productions' Immersive Art Exhibition and Experience (Byers Lobby)

5:30 - 6:30 PM: City of Sandy Springs and Namari Productions present "From Africa to America," an exhilarating live production celebrating Juneteenth. We invite you to immerse yourself in a captivating community showcase featuring dance, drama, and vocal performances, while exploring the profound significance of Juneteenth. The performance begins at 5:30 p.m. sharp (Byers Theatre)

7:00 PM: African Dance Workshop by Djoli Kelen (City Green)

7:30 PM: Facilitated Drum Circle by Djoli Kelen (City Green)

Directions/Parking

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  • Free Parking: 
    • City Springs parking deck, accessible from Mt. Vernon Highway. ADA parking spaces are available. The first two hours are free. 
    • Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center. Please use the LOWER LOT. - 6150 Sandy Springs Circle, 30328. 

Thank you to our Sponsors

Sponsor logos for City of Dunwoody, Rough Draft Atlanta, Classic Cadillac, Inspire Brands, Sandy Springs Together, Verativ
Juneteenth is sponsored by African American Historical and Genealogical Society, Chick-Fil-A Northridge Drive-Thru Only, Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe & Bar, Djoli Kelen, Georgia Archives, Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, Healthy Youth USA, Liquid Arts & Productions, Namari Dance Center, Namari Productions, PeQue.

 

Series: Presented by the City of Sandy Springs

Venue: City Springs