May 24, 2023 - News

"Rise & Remember Festival" to honor George Floyd's legacy on third anniversary

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Thursday marks three years since George Floyd's murder, and community members and organizations have many events planned to remember him as they continue to advocate for racial equity.

What's happening: George Floyd Global Memorial, a nonprofit established by Floyd's family and friends, is hosting a three-day Rise & Remember Festival throughout the Twin Cities this week.

  • Here's what's on the agenda.

Thursday: A candlelit vigil will be held at George Floyd Square from 8 to 10pm to remember and honor his legacy. Free

  • The two-day Rise & Remember Conference at Best Buy Headquarters in Richfield, which includes panels, workshops and speakers focused on racial justice and equity, also begins Thursday. Tickets range from $95-$205

Friday: Paisley Park will host the George Floyd Global Memorial Gala, featuring live music, food from Owamni chef Sean Sherman and a keynote speech from Nelson Mandela's grandson Nbada Mandela. 6pm, $195

Saturday: The celebration of Floyd's life at GFS includes live performances, speakers, art exhibitions, activities for kids, a market featuring Black-owned businesses and a concert from an unnamed national artist. Free

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