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McDonald's Rock'n'Roll Car Show at the Pavilions
Celebrating over 20 years as the longest consistently run car show! This Rock'n'Roll McDonald's in Scottsdale is the perfect destination to see classic cars and motorcycles in a free, open-air event, complete with 50's era music provided by Party Time DJ's. An average night showcases anywhere from 250 to 500 cars and up to 150 motorcycles.
When: Ongoing weekly on Saturdays
Where: The Pavilions at Talking Stick Shopping Center, Talking Stick Way & Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
Hours: 4pm - 8pm
Cost: Free
More Info: or (480) 443-0080

Westgate Wednesdays: Free Kids Summer Series

This free, family friendly series offers weekly themed events that draw hundreds of kids and parents to enjoy music, dancing, games and prize giveaways. Each week, families will have the opportunity to do a meet and greet with their favorite characters and receive a free photo taken with them. Also, guests should bring their swimsuits to cool off and play around in the splash pad before, during and after the events.

When: June 14th - 26th, Recurring weekly on Wednesday

Where: Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N Sunset Blvd., Glendale
Hours: 6pm - 7:30pm

Cost: Free
More Info: or (623) 385-7502

Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s timeless family favorite, Beauty and The Beast, LIVE on the ABT stage. With expansive sets, brilliant costumes and a tremendous cast of characters,  this “tale as old as time” tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. All of the fanciful characters, such as a talking tightly-wound clock (the butler), adorable tea cup (a young boy) and kindhearted candelabra (maître d’) are trapped in this spellbound form. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved in return, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
When: June 2nd - 4th, 6th - 11th, 13th - 18th, 20th - 25th, 27th - 2nd
Where: Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria
Hours: Showtimes vary
Cost: See website for ticket prices
More Info: or (623) 776-8400

First Fridays
Enjoy the spirit and culture of Greater Downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour more than 70 art galleries, venues, and related spaces. Get from place-to-place on a free shuttle, starting at the Phoenix Art Museum, or at major stops on each route. Print a map online and guide yourself or maps are also available at the Phoenix Art Museum.
When: Every first Friday of the month
Where: Downtown Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: Free
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fun events around the valley

Gilbert Farmers Market
Located in the Heritage District of Downtown Gilbert, next to the historic water tower, this Farmers Market is full of local, one-of-a-kind growers, farmers and artisans. Pets are welcome and plenty of shade is available. Their multitude of vendors can be found on their website listed below.
When: Every Saturday morning
Where: 222 N. Ash St., Gilbert
Summer Hours: 8am - 12pm
Cost: Free
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4th of Zooly at Phoenix Zoo

There will be plenty of family fun for everyone. The Phoenix Zoo will be serving up a classic summer BBQ and topping off the evening with a very special viewing of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular show at a “VIP” seating area in the back of the Zoo! Entertainment includes free carousel rides, animal encounters and live music.

​​When: July 4th

Where: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
Hours: 7pm - 10pm
Cost: Adults (13+) $45, Children (3-12) $35, Children 2 and under are free but reservations are still required.

More Info: or (602) 273-1341

Live Entertainment at Desert Ridge
A different set of performers entertains every week at the District Stage and the AMC Fountain Stage! There is seating, but you may bring your own chairs. There are plenty of both sit-down and fast food restaurants where you can get all kinds of good eats while you listen to the music.
When: Every Friday and Saturday, year-round
Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace, Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd.
Hours: 7pm, see website for weekly performers
Cost: Free
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The Wizard Of Oz

Toto we’re not in Kansas anymore! Dorothy and her little dog Toto live on a farm in Kansas until they are caught in a tornado and swept away to the magical land of OZ. When her house accidentally lands on the Wicked Witch of the East, everyone is exuberant, except the Wicked Witch of the West who seeks revenge for the death of her sister. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. To do this she must travel to the Emerald City where a great wizard lives. On her way Dorothy meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. Together, they all hope the Wizard of Oz will help them, before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them.

​When: June 15th - 18th, Jun 22nd - 25th
Where: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix
Hours: See website for all show times.

Cost: See website for pricing.

More Info: or (602) 254-7399

Creature Feature And Wonders Of Wildlife Show At Out Of Africa Wildlife Park
Experience an interactive animal encounter, learn fun facts and about animal behavior in our ‘Creature Feature’ show. See a variety of unique and exotic animals playing and just being themselves in our ‘Wonders of Wildlife’ show.
When: Ongoing
Where: Out of Africa Wildlife Park, 3505 W. State Route 260, Camp Verde
Hours: See website for various dates and times
Cost: Included in admission
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Fabulous Phoenix Fourth

Fabulous Phoenix 4th features one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest. The non-alcoholic, family-oriented event annually attracts 100,000-plus participants. Included in this year's event will be two stages featuring local entertainers, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverage, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits and a classic car display. Youth activities, rides and inflatables, and a water spray zone will be part of Kids' World.

When: July 4th
Where: ​Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: Free

More Info: or (602) 262-6011

Backyard Games Day

Backyard Games Day features a number of family-friendly games in a 120,000 sq/ft indoor facility. There will backyard games, inflatables, a kids' zone, vendors, dog adoptions, Front Porch Pickins Handmade Market and the capstone event - the 2017 Arizona State Cornhole Championships. Great music will be playing all day.

When: June 17th
Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Hours: 10am - 8pm
Cost: $10

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2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Bring the family to downtown Mesa for 2nd Friday Night Out featuring 60 or more artists showcasing original artwork, food vendors, and downtown Mesa shops that stay open late. You can also expect to hear live music and find activities geared towards the kids. It's a monthly block party with a different theme each month.
When: Second Friday of every month
Where: Along Main Street, between Center and Country Club in downtown Mesa. The information booth is located on Main and MacDonald.
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: Free
More Info: See for monthly theme.

Street Food Saturdays & Caravan Café
Enjoy up to 15 of the Valley's top gourmet food trucks in one location. Picnic seating available or lounge in our comfy Caravan Tent. Guaranteed private tables are available for rental (seat 6 for just $20 a night). Cool misters in the summer, heated in the winter. After dinner, join us for dessert at the NEW Caravan Cafe. Sweet after dinner treats and NEW "action" food stations. Healthcentric options available every Saturday night. Please check in with concierge.
When: Every Saturday night
Where: 5th Ave. and Goldwater, Scottsdale
Hours: 6:30pm - 10:30pm for Street Food, 7:30pm - 10:30pm for Caravan Café
Cost: Free
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Red, White and Rawhide

This Independence Day is sure to be a fun-filled event with great music, tasty food, fantastic fireworks, additional attractions and a party so big it could only be held at Rawhide! The fun goes until the party ends. Don’t pass up this opportunity to enjoy our live action stunt shows or Rawhide’s many attractions and rides, all of which are included in this value packed ticket.

When: July 1st

Where: Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. N. Loop Rd., Chandler
Hours: 4pm
Cost: Ticket prices coming soon. Parking fee $10.

More Info: or (480) 502-5600

monthly events

Movies at the Museum
Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, typically followed by a discussion. First come, first seated.
When: Various dates, see website for more details.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: Vary, see website for more details.
Cost: FREE with museum admission
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Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours
Thursday and Saturday nights, join in on something different. Flashlight tours are a sensory adventure where you will see, hear and feel the desert night. The self-paced stroll along the main trail to more than 10 discovery stations is perfect for families and children of all ages. Don't forget to bring your flashlight to see all the various discovery stations including the Desert Tortoise Discovery Station and Tarantula and Scorpion Discovery Station.
When: May 27th - September 2nd, Recurring weekly on Thursday, Saturday
Where: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
Hours: 7pm - 10pm
Cost: Included with membership or paid Garden admission
More Info: or (480) 941-1225