Juneteenth Celebrations 2024

Commemorate Juneteenth in Arizona with the following parties and events that not only honor the historic holiday but also showcase and support an assortment of Black-owned businesses, local artists and more. 

June 11: Desert Botanical Garden Juneteenth Celebration


Honor Black culture with the help of storytelling, art galleries, live performances and community-driven experiences at Desert Botanical Garden’s Juneteenth Celebration. This family-friendly evening, taking place from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature an assortment of fun, including educational kids’ zones and child-friendly activities; music performances from Kapsol Music (Afrobeats and R&B music) and Outside the Line (funk and rock); food trucks to indulge in, including Vintage Oats, Trash Panda Vegan, Maya’s Cajun Kitchen and Mickey’s BBQ; and an assortment of markets and craft vendors to browse, like Design with Kemi, Akua’s Boutique, Mind333, Alla Herbs and many others. 
Cost: Included in general Garden admission.
For more information: dbg.org.

June 15: City of Scottsdale’s Juneteenth Community Celebration


Save the date for the City of Scottsdale’s Juneteenth Community Celebration at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts from 2 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy public art exhibitions, live entertainment, hands-on activities, cultural exhibits, health and wellness resources, food trucks and more. Live performances include inspiring speeches, spoken word, African drummers and singers. 
Cost: Free.
For more information: oldtownscottsdaleaz.com.

11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

June 15: 11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration


The community is invited to join the 11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration hosted by the African-American Advisory Committee. This event is an excellent opportunity for little ones to learn about and honor freedom from slavery in the United States. The Juneteenth celebration will occur at the Tempe History Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include a variety of fun activities, including hands-on crafts, live performances, local shopping vendors, storytime, emergency responder vehicles, food (including plates from Smitty’s Kitchen and Snowie Town Snow Cones), a video game trailer and more. 
Cost: Free; subject to purchases. 
For more information: tempe.gov.

June 15: Tucson’s Juneteenth Festival


Tucson’s Juneteenth celebration is one of the largest in the city, taking place at Kino Sports Complex from 4 to 10 p.m. This event includes live entertainment, retail and job resources, a car show, a kid zone, free toy giveaways, food trucks to indulge in and more fun in store for all ages. 
Cost: Free; subject to purchases. 
For more information: tucsonjune19.org.

Juneteenth Block Party in Downtown Tempe

June 15: Juneteenth Block Party in Downtown Tempe


The Juneteenth Block Party in Downtown Tempe is a vibrant celebration that will take place in CenterPoint Plaza from 7 to 11 p.m. with an action-packed evening featuring live music performances from Teri Tobin, spoken word from Urban Poet, DJ sets from DJ Panic and DJ Akshen, an art and poetry station, roller skating, hip-hop barber battles, interactive art displays, cigar lounges and fare from Pedal Haus, Kingpin BBQ, 28 Still Cooking, Flav-Oh’s and Sunset Freeze.
Cost: Free; subject to purchases. 
For more information: downtowntempe.com.

June 15: Valley of the Sun’s Juneteenth Celebration 2024  


Head to Eastlake Park in Phoenix for the Valley of the Sun’s Juneteenth Celebration 2024. The 21st-annual event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. and feature live entertainment from local musicians and performers, free health screenings, educational workshops, a youth essay contest, children’s activities, arts and crafts, games and authentic soul food.
Cost: Free; subject to purchases.
Tickets: eventbrite.com.

June 19: SugarJam The Southern Kitchen


In honor of Juneteenth in Arizona, SugarJam The Southern Kitchen, a Black woman-owned restaurant in North Scottsdale, is offering two new brunch items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. These indulgent offerings include Asian-style short ribs with loaded mashed potatoes and sautéed broccoli and the Hibiscus Watermelon Whiskey Smash, with smoked muddled lemons, watermelon, mint and Uncle Nearest 1884. These new items will be available on the holiday only, in addition to SugarJam The Southern Kitchen’s other scratch-made goods. 
For more information: sjsouthernkitchen.com.

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