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.

Grab your blanket, chair, family and friends and join us for a free, indoor big screen family movie night and  food truck festival. 
This event will include a screening of Disney & Tim Burton new release of "Dumbo," specialty food trucks, relay races, carnival style games, kids activities and ddance party, face painting, balloon twister, music by DJ Jonny, and pop-up shopping.
This is a free, family event. Food will be available for purchase and there will be small costs for face painting and balloon artists.

When: August 17th

Where: 7569 West Greenway Rd. Suite #122A, Peoria
Hours: 5pm - 9pm
Cost: Free
More Info: (480) 406-1200 or 

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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Children and adults alike will have fun with life-sized dinosaurs, wildlife and nature exhibits, inflatable rides, costumed characters, live music and entertainment. 
Activities for parents, kids and toddlers include the Story Monster & Friends Reading Zone with authors and illustrators, YMCA fitness zone, games, learning labs and Museum of Science and Sustainability STEM showcase. Plus K-9 demos, police, fire and city vehicles, Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts, Phoenix boys & girls choirs, bounce houses, photo booth, balloon twisters and family-related vendors.
When: September 7th
Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale; 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Hours: 9am - 4pm
Cost: Free ($5 for parking)
More Info: (480) 312-6815​ or 

First Friday at DeSoto Central Market

Come celebrate Roosevelt Row's monthly Art Walk on First Fridays at DeSoto Central Market with tons of delicious food options, great drinks, a pop-up market, DJ tunes and local artwork! 
When: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
Where: Desoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 5pm - 9:30pm
Cost: FREE
More Info: (602) 680-7747 or 

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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We invite you to join us at Deb’s Dragons headquarters for a unique and very special two-hour encounter with our wonderful creatures from around the world. Interact directly with all the creatures - looking, petting, or holding each one while we also provide some education about them. Space is limited.
When: August 24th
Where: 4023 W Rose Garden Ln., Glendale
Hours: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Cost: $25 per person; $5 off each person for parties of 4 or more
More Info: (520) 979-8878 or 

At Desert Botanical Garden, summer nights shine with flashlight tours. All ages will have a blast getting hands-on during this self-guided nocturnal adventure through the garden. Check out the night blooming plants, animals that come out after-dark plus grab some food and drink and chill out.
When: thru August 31st; recurring weekly on Saturday

Where: Desert Botanical Garden; 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
Hours: 7pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $14.95 adults, $9.95 children
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Bring your blankets, kids and even grandma to ewatch "How To Train your Dragon" from the outfield lawn at Goodyear Ballpark. Admission is free! Light snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Gates open 30 minutes hour before showtime.
When: August 30th
Where: Goodyear Ballpark; 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear
Hours: 7pm
Cost: Free
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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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Valley Youth Theatre’s 31st season opener, Matilda, is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!
Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable opportunity for young Valley actors, Matilda is a joyous girl-power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
When: August 15th - 16th, 18th, 22nd - 25th
Where: Herberger Theater Center; 222 E. Monroe St. Phoenix
Cost: $20.50-$39.50
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Year-round events

Inspired by the Valley’s professional sports teams, Ballet Arizona Fan Fest will engage fans and preview the 2019-2020 season. 
The free family event will be en pointe with an array of festivities, including a meet and greet with dancers, dance competitions, dance classes, food trucks, tours and selfie station.
When: August 25th
Where: 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 1pm - 4pm
Cost: Free
More Info: (602) 381-0184​ or

City Lights Movie Nights at CityScape Phoenix

On the second Friday of every month, guests are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs to watch a feature film on the big screen at the outdoor movie theater in Patriots Park. More than 1,200 guests attend each of these free, family friendly events that include giveaways, special-themed contests and prizes.

When: Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday

Where: CityScape Phoenix, One East Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 6:30pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE
More Info: Check their
Facebook for upcoming movies.

Grab a blanket, chair and your family and friends and enjoy the free big screen outdoor family movie night and food truck festival featuring an all time favorite, Dreamworks' Shrek.
Specialty food trucks, kids dance party, face painting, balloon twister, awesome music by DJ Jonny, kids activities, glow fun, popup shopping, free chair massages, music, games and more
Food will be available for purchase and small cost for face painting/balloon artist. Free to park. Pet friendly.
When: September 7th
Where: Paseo Verde Park; 7561 W. Greenway Rd., Peoria
Hours: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: Free (cost varies by menu item)
More Info: (480) 406-1200​ or

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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The Drone Racing League (DRL), the world’s only professional drone racing circuit, is bringing the 3D racing sport to Phoenix. Fans will get an up-close view of the world’s greatest drone pilots as they battle it out to be crowned the DRL Allianz World Champion, racing at speeds of over 80 MPH.
See the new Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, where fans can watch the first ever autonomous racing drones compete on brightly lit tracks. Music, food & beverages and immersive FPV flying experiences will also be available.
When: September 8th
Where: Chase Field; 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Hours: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Cost: $15
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Join us as we take you on a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family. It’s “Truly Scrumptious!”
When: August 15th - 17th
Where: Hale Centre Theatre; 50 West Page Ave., Gilbert
Hours: 7pm
Cost: $40 adults, $24 youth (ages 5-17)
More Info: (480) 497-1181 or 

Meet Me Downtown Phoenix Social Walk/Run

Meet Me Downtown Phoenix is a weekly evening get-together designed to build healthy bodies, healthy businesses and a healthy Downtown. Every Monday join the community for a social walk/run through the heart of our city and, in the process, get fit, win prizes, shop local and make friends. Check in at Copper Blues from 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., then run/walk 3-5 miles or as far as you'd like. A route guide will be provided. After the walk/run, join them for closing ceremonies, incentive awards and prizes. Participants will get a stamp to receive discounts that night at select local restaurants.
When: Recurring weekly on Monday
Where: The Park Street Food Bar, 3 S 2nd St., Phoenix
Hours: 5:15pm
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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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Scottsdale ArtWalk

Scottsdale ArtWalk is much like a large, easy-going open house for the Scottsdale Arts District located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown. "America’s Original ArtWalk", this weekly gathering takes place every Thursday evening (year-round, except Thanksgiving) when all member galleries belonging to the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) open their doors to the public and show off the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists. A 30-year tradition, the ArtWalk process is simple; proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and more. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby.
When: Recurring weekly on Thursday
Where: Various Galleries, 7100 East Main St., Scottsdale
Hours: 7pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE
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Downtown Chandler Art Walk

The Downtown Chandler Art Walk is held on the third Friday of the month, year-round, from 6 to 10 p.m. Dozens of talented artists in a variety of media showcase their art along the sidewalks of Boston and San Marcos Streets. Live music in the park, free kids activities and free parking. A map can be printed from the website.
When: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday

Where: Historic Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Hours: 6pm - 10pm

Cost: FREE
More Info: (480) 855-3539 or 

fun events around the valley

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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monthly events

Set sail for an evening of family fun with the Littles! Visit the mermaid lagoon, walk the plank and watch out for crocks. Enjoy characters, face painting, boutique shopping, tasty treats, games and entertainment. Includes mini-portraits with everyone’s favorite fairy. Free for adults and kids up to age 2.
When: August 18th
Where: The Legacy Ballroom; 4530 E. Gold Dust Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 4pm - 7pm
Cost: Adults, free; kids ages 2 and up, $5

The 4th annual Arizona State Cornhole Championships is open to all Arizona residents and includes 14 different events for all ages and skill levels.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Ability360’s Phoenix Suns Wheelchair Basketball team.
When: August 17th - 18th
Where: Ability 360 Fitness Center; 5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 7am - 6pm
Cost: $7 guest fee; $5 for players and guests of players (registration fees vary)
More Info: (602) 885-1608​ or 

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

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Melrose Third Thursday

Merchants along 7th Avenue in uptown Phoenix, between Camelback and Indian School Rd, invite patrons the 3rd Thursday of every month to a celebration running during the day and into the evening hours. Featured attractions are food trucks posted along 7th Ave, local businesses with extended operating hours, music, vendors, crafts, and family-friendly fun.
Specific businesses open only on the third Thursday of the month sell inventory at deep discounts, and other businesses feature sales and specials dedicated to the day. Find a map and more information on the website.

When: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday

Where: Merchants in the Melrose area between Camelback and Indian School Rd along 7th Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 12pm - 8pm

Cost: FREE
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