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2018 Juneteenth Urban Music Festival comes to Memphis

Whether you’re planning a long weekend trip to Memphis from elsewhere or you’re a local resident eager to take some time off from the grit and grind of daily life, this year’s Juneteenth Urban Music Festival is not to be missed.

The when, where and why of the 2018 Juneteenth Urban Music Festival

The 2018 Juneteenth Urban Music Festival is a three-day event scheduled to run from Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17. Its major draws include the annual Veterans 5K Run/Walk, the Ultimate Dance Showdown, the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Evening of the Stars youth awards. In keeping with the theme of Juneteenth as a celebration of the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, the themes of freedom, fellowship and togetherness are a prominent thread running throughout the festival’s lineup this and every year.

Photo Credit: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival Facebook page

The range of public and private community events on the schedule include—but are by no means limited to—rodeos, block parties, baseball games, a job fair, and an outdoor market filled with local vendors selling arts and crafts, food and more. If you’ll have little ones in tow, be sure to stop by the Kid Zone. As the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival’s name implies, there’ll also be an abundance of live music throughout the weekend, running the gamut from gospel to hip-hop. Whatever your tastes, get ready to jam to the classics and discover some new favorites.

The 2018 Juneteenth Urban Music Festival will be going down at Robert R. Church Park on Beale Street, located right next to the FedEx Forum. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, head to Come one come all and have a good time.

For more news on Memphis, check out the Greater Memphis Chamber!

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