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Juneteenth Event

Celebrating Freedom

Join us for the City of Scottsdale Community Juneteenth Celebration presented by Mayo Clinic. Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, food, music, family fun, art, and wellness information.

Saturday, Jun 17, 2023, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.


  • Tickets: Free

About the Event

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the celebration featuring music, entertainment, games, and education throughout Scottsdale Civic Center and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Parking and admission are free.

RSVPs are encouraged for event planning purposes. You do not need to bring your Eventbrite ticket to the event.

Juneteenth—June 19 of each year—commemorates the abolition of slavery—more specifically the emancipation of enslaved people in Texas, who did not receive the news until two years after abolition. It is believed to be the oldest African American holiday, with annual celebrations in different parts of the country dating back to 1866.


Event Schedule


Time Event Location
2–7 p.m. Family-friendly activities and resources Center Space gallery
2–7 p.m. Clottee Hammons: The Great Migration (Exhibit) South Hall (near ArtReach Space)
2:15–2:20 p.m. Emcee, Welcome and Introductions Virginia G. Piper Theater
2:20–2:25 p.m. Black National Anthem by LaTara Johnson Virginia G. Piper Theater
2:30–2:45 p.m. Event Opening Remarks featuring Mayor David Ortega Virginia G. Piper Theater
2:45–3:30 p.m. Honor Health TED Talk & Panel Discussion Stage 2
2:50–3 p.m. Pretty Precise Step Team (Dance) Virginia G. Piper Theater
3–3:05 p.m. Divine Valentine (Spoken Word) 360 Stage, Scottsdale Civic Center
3:15–3:20 p.m. LaTara Johnson (Singer) 360 Stage, Scottsdale Civic Center
3:30–4:15 p.m. Ronald Jones Trio & Choir (Gospel) Virginia G. Piper Theater
3:30–5:30 p.m. Honor Health career fair Mezzanine Conference Room
4–5:45 p.m. Mayo Clinic: Coalition of Blacks Against Cancer Stage 2
4:15–4:40 p.m. Chris Owens (Spoken Word) 360 Stage, Scottsdale Civic Center
4:45–5:45 p.m. Jonathan Levingston (Violinist) 360 Stage, Scottsdale Civic Center
5:30–6 p.m. Kawambe-Omowale African Drum & Dance Theatre (Traditional Dance, Drumming, and Storytelling) Virginia G. Piper Theater
6–7 p.m. Mayo Clinic Career Information Mezzanine Conference Room
6–7 p.m. Steel Dads 360 Stage, Scottsdale Civic Center
6–6:30 p.m. Dr. Velma Trayham of Millionaire Mastermind and Thinkzilla Consulting (Lecture Presentation) Stage 2
6:30–7 p.m. Mayo Clinic TED Talk: Importance of Inclusion/Diversity in Research Virginia G. Piper Theater

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