June 20, Saturday 4-8 p.m.
Juneteenth Festival commemorates Emancipation
Tempe will host its own “Juneteenth” festival on Saturday, June 20 from 4-8 p.m. at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave. Juneteenth is an American festival that commemorates June 19, 1865 when slaves were emancipated in Texas. The day is also celebrated throughout America to honor African American heritage and to remember the lives of slaves. The family festival will include gospel music, dancers, Buffalo Soldiers. food trucks and free raffle prizes.
This typically free series runs from September through May. It presents performances from the East Valley community and the many cultural groups within it. Included are children’s plays, kid and adult film series, classical music pulled out of the symphony halls and cultural and educational musical performances from groups representing Mariachi, Brazilian, Tempe Rock and World Beat music. Most shows start at 7 p.m. and are free. Here are some upcoming performances:
July 12: The Pangean Orchestra
The Tempe History Museum’s Wild Wednesdays programs have been expanded to include a few Saturdays. Have fun with hands-on activities, interesting displays, fun interactives and special performances at the museum this summer! These are free drop in events for families.
The Tempe Public Library and the Tempe History Museum present a free series featuring talks about the history of war. Presented at the Tempe History Museum.
TEMPE HISTORICAL SOCIETY LUNCH TALKS
Programs focusing on Arizona's statehood
The Tempe Historical Society's lunchtime lecture series has concluded for the year. They will start again in October, 2015. Bring your lunch and enjoy these presentations monthly from October through November and January through April. Coffee will be provided.