Tempe will celebrate Juneteenth with a downtown Tempe event at CenterPoint Plaza June 19, according to a news release from the Downtown Tempe Authority.

Highlights of the festivities include interactive education, live music, line dancing, food and drinks as well as a glimpse into Black history. Attendees will have the opportunity to shop a collection of local Black-owned businesses and witness the talent of local Black artists in a Black art showcase featuring original, one-of-a-kind works available for purchase.

Visitors can also gather information for the betterment of the Black community by visiting with representatives from local Black nonprofit organizations.

“CenterPoint Plaza is a natural gathering place in downtown Tempe,” said Kate Borders, executive director of the Downtown Tempe Authority, in the release. “With the Juneteenth Celebration, we’re establishing this prominent destination as a space of education, comradery and shared joy.”

The Juneteenth celebration is being presented as a partnership between the city of Tempe and the Downtown Tempe Authority.


“Commemorating Juneteenth celebrates the abolition of slavery in our country, the diversity of our city, and the steps we have taken to ensure Tempe is a welcoming, inclusive community. We are proud to partner with Downtown Tempe Authority for this event,” Tempe Mayor Corey Woods said in a statement.

The event is from 7-10 p.m. June 19 at CenterPoint Plaza, 660 S. Mill Ave., Tempe.

More information is available at https://www.downtowntempe.com/events/juneteenth-celebration.