ASHEVILLE — GRINDfest, a weekend-celebration of Juneteeneth hosted by Grind Coffee Shop, will feature a poetry slam, storytelling, lip sync battle and more over three days from June 18-20.

GRINDfest will highlight the progress made by people of color and connect people across cultures, while celebrating Black business and Black entrepreneurs. Juneteenth is celebrated across the county to mark the anniversary of the end of slavery on June 19, 1965.

On Friday night, GRINDfest will feature a theatrical performance of the play Savagery at 7 p.m. followed by a poetry slam at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday kicks off with hip-hop aerobics in the morning, games and a marketplace during the day, Black food from around the world and interactive “Roots Reveal” sessions where people discover their ancestral backgrounds and explore how they’re connected.

There will be a lip-sync battle at 4 p.m. and an outside dance party with local DJ's starting at 7 p.m.

Click here for more information, and to sign up for the poetry slam, lip sync battle or Roots Reveal sessions.

Grind coffee shop is located in Asheville’s River Arts District at 346 Depot St.

See the flyer below for more events over the course of the weekend.

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