Juneteenth Joy: The Sound, Fashion, and Cinema of Freedom

Join the NCMA to celebrate Black culture, wear iconic 1960s fashions, and remember the music as people fought for civil rights in the United States. This event features a dance party with grooves from all soul genres followed by a screening of the Oscar-winning documentary Summer of Soul, directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.

  • MUSIC: Brian Dawson DJ Set and Dance Party 6—8 pm
  • FILM SCREENING: Summer of Soul 8:30 pm (See more below)

Summer of Soul (2021). Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, 118 min., PG-13

Questlove makes his filmmaking debut with this powerful musical documentary that also serves as a historical record of the Harlem Cultural Festival, which took place in the summer of 1969. The feature includes concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B. B. King, the 5th Dimension, and more.

About DJ Brian Dawson

Voted a Top 30 Radio Personality in the country by Source magazine for eight consecutive years, Brian Dawson has done it all in the entertainment world. Twenty-five years of experience has made him one of the most sought-after talents on the East Coast. Brian is the afternoon drive host for Radio One Raleigh WQOK FM K97.5. His show “Rockstar Radio” can be heard throughout central parts of North Carolina to southern Virginia and has been consistently ranked number one in the 12+, 18—34, and 25—54 demos. Brian is the cofounder of RadioNation DJs, a large network of the top radio personalities in every major city in the US.

Audio description for people with blindness or low vision is provided for this film by Arts Access, Inc. Headsets are available at the Arts Access table just inside the Amphitheater entrance.

Where do I park? Can I bring my dog? How about picnics? What happens if it rains? For answers to these questions and others, see our 2022 Movie Policies.

Do you or a family member need general accommodation for your visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art? Contact Felicia Ingram, manager of interpretation, accessibility, and diversity, by email Felicia Ingram.

Film Image: Sly Stone performing at the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969, featured in the documentary Summer of Soul. Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures; © 2021 20th Century Studios

Picnic in the Park

Preorder picnic baskets for NCMA outdoor films and Park Theater events. Picnics for two or four, filled with sandwiches, salads, sides, and drinks. Members save 10% with code MEMBER.

No time to order? No worries! We have a full concession menu on-site featuring a variety of hot and cold items and family packs. Cold drinks, beer, wine, snacks, and popcorn are also available.

Baskets will be ready for pickup on-site when gates open for the concerts and movies.


Image of Brian Dawson courtesy of the DJ


Jun 18, 2022


6:00 PM - 10:30 PM


$10 Members, $12 Nonmembers


Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park

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For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
Special Instructions:
Gates open at 5:30 pm
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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