Exeter Arts & Music Fest Commemorates Juneteenth

Exeter Arts & Music Festival Returns Saturday With Celebration, Observances
Tiffany Colston

Tiffany Colston will perform at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the main stage. (Courtesy photo)

A collection of musicians, artists and craftspeople will gather for the return of the Exeter Arts & Music Fest at Swasey Parkway on June 19 to celebrate Juneteenth – a holiday that honors the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.

Hosted by TEAM (Town.Exeter.Arts.Music), in collaboration with Black Lives Matter Seacoast, the N.H. State Council of the Arts and the Racial Unity Team, the festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and feature more than 30 artists, eight food vendors and kids activities.

The Juneteenth observance will also feature an exhibit for the proposed Black Heritage Pocket Park, which will recognize the history of African-Americans in Exeter.

What: Exeter Arts & Music Fest – Juneteenth
When: Saturday, June 19
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Swasey Parkway
Entry: $10 suggested donation per person/$20 per family

Performers on the main stage will include Najee Brown and the cast of his play “Stokely & Martin” at 11 a.m., The Akwaaba African Drum Ensemble at noon, and Tiffany Colston at 4:30 p.m.

There will also be a featured dance performance from The Block, a Hip-Hop showcase, and performances from Bless Robinson and The Loop. Check the TeamExeter.com website for the final performance schedule.

Food Vendors

Singer Songwriter Tent
11 a.m. – Madeline Blais
12 noon – Douglas James
1 p.m. – Thomas Knight
2 p.m. – Tito Mambo
3 p.m. – Artty Francouer
4 p.m. – Wendy Jo Pothier
5 p.m. – Darien Castro

Artist Vendors

TEAM is encouraging the public to make pre-event cashless donations through this local ticketing agency.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. TEAM would also like to thank sponsors Kathy Corson Realtor/Bean Group, The Racial Unity Team, Sweeney & Sweeney Title, Taste of the Seacoast, Ruffner Real Estate, BLM Seacoast, The Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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