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.

Summer of Sharks at OdySea Aquarium
The month of July will be chock full of shark frenzied fun at the OdySea Aquarium with the launch of their first ever “SOS”- Summer of Sharks. With over forty sharks and nine different species living in the Aquarium, guests are invited to marvel at the largest and most diverse collection of sharks in Arizona. To celebrate “Shark Week” and the magnificent and mysterious shark, OdySea Aquarium will be offering a variety of special programs, activities, and educational opportunities for guests that are free with admission from July 1-31st.
When: thru July 31st; recurring daily

Where: 9500 East Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
Hours: 9am - 6pm
Cost: Regular admission is required.
More Info: (480) 291-8000 or
OdyseaaAuarium.com

​Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden

Flashlight Tours are sensory adventures through the sights, sounds and mysteries of the desert night. Guests beam their own flashlights along the self-paced trails to capture night-blooming plants and animals that chirp, whirr and flutter in the desert after dark. Our nocturnal Garden explorers can experience a different adventure every night through activities promoting play, learning and adventure.
When: thru September 1st; recurring weekly on Saturday
Where: Desert Botanical Garden; 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
Hours: 7pm - 9:30pm
Cost: Included with general admission
More Info:
DBG.org

CityScape's Urban H20asis
Central Avenue and Patriot’s Park will be transformed into a water park on Saturday, June 9th, July 14th and August 11th. There will be shade, the splash pad, and slides for all ages! Bring the kids to cool off, chill out, and learn all about water safety from the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA. All contributions will be donated to the “Safety Around Water” program. This program teaches parents and caregivers about the importance of water safety skills.
Don’t forget your sunscreen (but if you do, don’t fret – there’s a CVS on site!) and make sure to bring some water shoes to protect those puppies from the street!

When: thru August 11th
Where: CityScape Phoenix; 1 E. Washington St. Washington St. and Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 10am - 3pm
Cost: $5 minimum donation per person.
More Info:
CityScapePhoenix.com

​DINO EXPLORER
​This Jurassic-sized adventure is sure to put a smile on the face of any dino fans. The brand new exhibit features a wide range of dino activities and playful learning. Head to their Jurassic build tables to construct your own LEGO dinosaur. Follow the instructions to build a Tyrannosaurus Rex or let your creativity run will and make your own LEGO creation!
Before you leave, don’t forget to get your picture taken with a huge LEGO T-Rex! Get ready to build, learn, laugh, and become a true dino explorer at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona.
When: thru December 31st; recurring daily
Where: Legoland Discovery Center; 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle Ste. 135, Tempe
Hours: See website for hours
Cost: Starting at $14.95 (online saver ticket)
More Info: (877) 526-3960 or Arizona.LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com

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

​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.
June 6: Chillin' Like a Villian with Mal and Evie
June 13: Under the Sea Soiree with Ariel and Moana
June 20: Dino World Dance Party with Baby T. Rex
June 27:  Frozen Fiesta with Anna & Elsa
July 4: All American Bash with Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and Captain America
July 11: Princess and Pirate Party with Belle and Cinderella 
July 18: Superhero Sensation with Batman and Spiderman
July 25: Fan Favorite Week

When: thru July 25th; recurring weekly on Wednesday
Where: Westgate Entertainment District; 6751 N Sunset Blvd., Glendale
Hours: 6pm to 7:30pm
Cost: Free
More Info: (623) 385-7502 or
WestgateAZ.com

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

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
More Info: 
ScottsdaleGalleries.com

​Prowl and Play at the Phoenix Zoo: Magical Midsummer Dream
Grab your magic wands and join us at the Phoenix Zoo for a mythical night of wizards, fairies and fantastic beasts!
Entertainment includes fantasy-themed waterslides and water features; character meet and greets with Harry Potter, Tinkerbell and more; a DJ dance party; roaming magicians, jugglers and illusionists; and more.

When: August 4th
Where: Phoenix Zoo; 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
Hours: 5:30[m - 8:30pm
Cost: Check website for details
More Info: (602) 286-3800 or
PhoenixZoo.org

​​BODIES REVEALED
​The overwhelmingly popular “Bodies Revealed” exhibit explores the human body in an intimate and informative way, giving visitors an unprecedented way to view “what lies beneath” the surface of the skin.
Developed by Premier Exhibitions, Inc., “Bodies Revealed” provides an in-depth view of the beautifully complex and intricate network of internal organs and systems in a very up-close and personal way. The exhibition displays more than 200 whole and partial human body specimens that have been preserved by a revolutionary technique called “Polymer Preservation,” which can take more than a year to prepare and intricately showcases the complexity of the body’s bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. “Bodies Revealed” leads guests through nine self-guided galleries, each one a precise and detailed look into a specific part of the body, its functions and its importance to the rest of the body. The galleries include: The Skeletal System; Muscles and the Nervous System; Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, Reproductive, Endocrine and Circulatory Systems; Fetal Development; and Treated Body. The bodies on display are poised in athletic positions, giving guests a relatable view of the body in action. Some exhibits display the full body, while others showcase just one intricate piece, such as the lungs or intestines.
When: thru May 12, 2019; recurring daily
Where: OdySea in the Desert; 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
Hours: 9am - 7pm
Cost: $19.95 per person
More Info: (480) 291-5082​ or BodiesAZ.com

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
More Info: 
MeetMeDowntownPhx.com

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.

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 
DesotoCentralMarket.com

​​​NIKON SMALL WORLD EXHIBIT AT ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER
​Arizona Science Center will feature 20 prize-winning photomicrographs – photographs of microscopic objects. All of the photomicrographs are winners of the 43rd annual Nikon Small World Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography through the microscope. The images are not only beautiful, but showcase research and trends in science. These photomicrographs capture a glimpse of a world unseen by the naked eye.
When: thru July 20th; recurring daily
Where: Arizona Science Center; 600 E Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 10am - 10pm
Cost: Included in General Admission: $18 adult, $13 child (3-17); free for members
More Info: (602) 716-2000 or AZScience.org

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
More Info:
Melrose3rdThursday.com

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

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

Verde Canyon Railroad Starlight Rides & Historic Jerome Tour
Embark upon this tour of the Verde Valley, including Jerome and the Verde Canyon Railroad. Take a tour of the historic ghost town of Jerome, a tour of the Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale, as well as stunning night time views from your first class seat on the Verde Canyon Railroad. 
On select Saturday evenings, the Verde Canyon Railroad departs the depot at 5:30 p.m.. As it rumbles through the Canyon, the low slant of sun bathes the high cliffs in soft golden hues. The train reaches the turn-around point of Perkinsville amid a scandalous sunset. The return trip offers a serene glimpse into the nocturnal wildlife set against a dazzling canvas of celestial bodies. As the sun slips behind distant mountains, cool air sweeps through the Canyon signaling the resident wildlife to begin their nightly rounds.

When: July 28th, August 25th, September 15th
Where: DETOURS of The American West;722 S. Perry Ln., Tempe
Hours: 5:30pm
Cost: $239
More Info: (480) 633-9013 or
DetoursAmericanWest.com

Year-round events

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

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

​WWE presents: NXT Live!
WWE NXT features the next generation of superstars battling to make an impact.

When: July 29th
Where: Comerica Theatre; 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 5pm
More Info:
ComericaTheatre.com

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 
ChandlerArtWalk.com

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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