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
2ndFridayNightOut.com for monthly theme.

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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:
ThePavilionsAtTalkingStick.com or (480) 443-0080

Shrek the Musical

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Jeanine Tesori’s Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairytale adventure that brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. An unlikely hero finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

When: August 11th - August 27th, Recurring daily

Where: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix

Hours: Show times vary, see website for details.

Cost: $20-$38.50
More Info: HerbergerTheater.org or (602) 254-7399

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
More Info:
FoodTruckCaravan.com

monthly events

The Little Mermaid
Under the Sea... Part of Your World... Kiss the Girl... You know them from Disney's treasured story. Ariel defies her father and leaves to be part of the glorious world above the sea. She finds her Prince and exciting new friends but danger lurks. Swim with Sebastian as he sings and dances on Hale Centre Theatre’s magical centre stage.

When: August 9th - 12th, August 16th - 19th
Where: Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W Page Ave., Gilbert
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 7pm; Friday 7:30pm; Saturday 3pm & 7:30pm
Cost: $18-$30
More Info: 
HaleTheatreArizona.com or (480) 497-1181

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
More Info:
ArtLinkPhoenix.com

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
More Info:
PhxArt.org/events/film

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
More Info:
GilbertFarmersMarket.com

Mamma Mia! At Phoenix Theatre
A mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you'll never forget. Cleverly told through the songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! follows Sophie and her journey to find the identity of her father, while her mother, Donna, comes face to face with three men from her romantic past. Loaded with non-stop laughs and familiar melodies, this international sensation is the ultimate feel-good tale of love and friendship.
When: September 6th - October 15th, Recurring daily

Where: Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix

Hours: Show times vary, see website for details.

Cost: $35-$85
More Info: PhoenixTheatre.com or (602) 254-2151

Solar Eclipse & Narration Cruise
Join The Desert Belle Tour Boat for a Solar Eclipse & Narration Cruise. Come witness this specatular phenomenon while cruising the waters on Saguaro Lake. The partial solar eclipse will be visible by solar eclipse eyewear that will be provided for you on the cruise.

When: August 21st

Where: The Desert Belle Tour Boat, 14011 N Bush Hwy., Mesa

Hours: 10am - 11:30am

Cost: Preferred Adult $27; General Adult $22; Preferred Child (ages 5-12) $20; General Child (ages 5-12) $15; Children 4 and younger are free.
More Info: DesertBelle.com or (480) 984-2425

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: 
DBG.com or (480) 941-1225

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in the delightful musical parable. Joseph is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams and being his father’s favorite son. But when his jealous brothers sell him into slavery and he is taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of terrific adventures. This Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

When: August 25th - October 7th, Recurring daily

Where: Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W Page Ave., Gilbert

Hours: Show times vary, see website for details.

Cost: $18 - $32
More Info: HaleTheatreArizona.com or (480) 497-1181

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
More Info:
ShopDesertRidge.com

Starlight Train Ride

Departing during the cooler temperatures of late afternoon and traveling through sunset, twilight and starlight, the Verde Canyon Railroad’s popular Summer Starlight ride operates on select Saturday evenings May through September. The Starlight Ride serves up a wide ranging mix of light, color and shadow as the Canyon transforms into a moonlit dreamscape.
The romance of the rails is enhanced as daylight gives way to twilight.  The late evening return to the depot reveals neighboring Jerome romantically twinkling on Cleopatra Hill.

​When: June 10th, July 8th, August 5th and September 9th
Where: Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale
Hours: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cost: First Class $89.95; Coach $64.95

More Info: VerdeCanyonRR.com or 1-800-293-7245

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
More Info:
OutOfAfricaPark.com

Fun Home
The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. This groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways. "Heart-gripping and cathartic, Fun Home occupies the place where we all grew up." (The New York Times).
When: September 5th - September 10th, Recurring daily

Where: ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe

Hours: Show times vary by day.

Cost: See website for details.
More Info: ASUGammage.com or (480) 965-3434