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Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Celebration in Downtown Tempe


Join us on June 17, 2023 from 7pm-10pm for a night of culture, community and joy as we celebrate Juneteenth in CenterPoint Plaza.

Come and experience live music, dancing, roller skating, food, beer and wine, and a marketplace featuring Black-owned artists, businesses and organizations.

Don’t miss out on this celebration of Black culture and history!

This project is partially funded by a City of Tempe – Community Arts Grant.


How to Participate in the Tournament

  • The Spades Tournament will be held during the Juneteenth Celebration in Downtown Tempe on Saturday June 17, 2023. First game begins at 7:30pm.
  • Participation is on a first-come, first serve basis.
  • Submit your team name, and the names of the players HERE
  • On the day of the event, check-in your team between 7:00pm and 7:20pm.  
  • The first 8 teams (both players on each team) to check-in will participate in the tournament.


Teams of Two / 4 Tables / 8 Total Teams
(After each round, bystanders can use the open tables to play non-tournament spades games)

Two 20-Minute Rounds / One 20-Minute Championship Round

Play as Many Games as You Can Within the 20 Minutes

The Team with the Most Books Wins and Advances to the Next Round 
(sandbags not counted, subtract a book for each number of books set)

The Championship Winning Team is the Team with the Most Books From That Round
(sandbags not counted, subtract a book for each number of books set)

Each Team Will Receive a Card to Tally Books, Sandbags and Set Numbers
After the announcer calls time, all players stop the game and each team adds up their books. The announcer will collect the tallies and announce the winning teams moving on to the next round.

Game Times

7:30pm-7:50pm Round 1
8:00pm- 8:20pm Round 2
8:30pm- 8:50pm Round 3 (Championship)

Championship Prize

Tempe Center for the Arts "Experience Circle Membership" (Ensemble Level) + TCA Swag

Member benefits for two plus two guests:

Ignite your year with the ultimate VIP treatment as an Experience Circle Member. Unlock exclusive year-long perks including complimentary access to all 48 LIVE performances, priority access to the best seats, discounted tickets to TCA Presents shows, VIP invitations to extraordinary events, unlimited access to the exclusive Member Lounge, and more.

Upcoming 48 LIVE Performances
JenziTaughtMe (Jenzi Russell) - June 8
Cisco and the Racecars - June 22
Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra - July 20
Songwriters in the Round - August 17


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