SALUTE FROM THE SHORES: LAKE PLEASANT FIREWORKS SHOW
Pleasant Harbor and Maricopa Water District will host its annual Fourth of July fireworks show on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
Located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant, conveniently adjacent to the Phoenix Metro area. Festivities begin at 5pm with fireworks at 9pm with activities until 11pm.
When: July 3rd
Where: Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant; 8708 W Harbor Blvd., Peoria
Hours: 5pm - 11pm
More Info: (928) 501-5270 or 
PleasantHarbor.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

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

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

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

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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

FABULOUS PHOENIX FOURTH
Fabulous Phoenix 4th will feature one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest. The free and non-alcoholic family event annually attracts thousands of participants. 
Included in this year's event will be two stages featuring musical acts and 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. Fireworks will start at approximately 9:30pm.
When: July 4th
Where: Steele Indian School Park; 300 East Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: Free
More Info: (602) 534-3378​ or 
Phoenix.gov

Year-round events

FLASHLIGHT TOURS
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: June 8th - 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
More Info: 
DBG.org

4TH OF ZOOLY
There will be plenty of family fun for everyone. We 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.
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: (602) 273-1341​ or 
PhoenixZoo.org

PEORIA ALL-AMERICAN FESTIVAL
The All-American festivities include live entertainment, food eating contests, a cornhole tournament, family-friendly activities and fireworks at approximately 9:15pm.
When: July 4th
Where: Peoria Sports Complex; 16101 N. 83rd Ave. Peoria
Hours: 5pm - 10pm
Cost: Free
More Info: 
PeoriaAZ.gov

JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
The City of Chandler rocks the town red, white and blue with the return of its annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Tumbleweed Park. The party in the park reigns across Tumbleweed from 6:30 to 9:30pm. with a high energy celebration, all leading up to Chandler’s largest sky-illuminating fireworks display kicking off at 9pm.
When: July 4th
Where: Tumbleweed Park; 2250 South McQueen Rd., Chandler
Hours: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: Free; $5 for parking (cash only)
More Info: (480) 782-2735 or 
ChandlerAZ.gov

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

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Arizona's golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory...to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now's your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before - get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!
When: June 11th - June 16th; recurring daily
Where: ASU Gammage; 1200 S. Forest Ave. Arizona State University, Tempe
Hours: Show times vary
Cost: See website for details
More Info: (480) 965-3434 or 
ASUGammage.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

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.

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

ANTHEM'S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Celebrate at Anthem's Independence Day Celebration with the traditional fireworks display, fun rides, activities and festival food. Families can bring blankets and lawn chairs and sit back to enjoy the spectacular event. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
When: July 3rd
Where: ACC Community Park; 41730 North Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: Free entry, games and food available for purchase
More Info: (623) 742-4510 or 
OnlineAtAnthem.com

DISNEY'S FREAKY FRIDAY, THE MUSICAL
The new musical, Freaky Friday, based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films (and developed by Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing to theatres), features a book by Bridget Carpenter - the co-executive producer and writer on the beloved TV hits, "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood" - and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey - the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then.
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.
When: June 14th - 16th, 20th - 23rd, 27th - 30th
Where: Herberger Theater Center; 222 E Monroe St., Phoenix
             Hosted by: Valley Youth Theatre
Hours: Times vary by day
Cost: Varies
More Info: (602) 253-8188 or 
VYTvyt.com

WINTER IN JULY
Temperatures are heating up, but the Phoenix Zoo is transforming into a winter wonderland
on Saturday, July 13!
Chill out in nearly 50 tons of snow, splash around at the wet and wild play areas, and watch our lovable animals enjoy icy treats.
All activities are included with general Zoo admission.
When: July 13th
Where: Phoenix Zoo; 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
Hours: 7am - 11am
Cost: Activities included with paid zoo admission.
More Info: (602) 273-1341​ or 
PhoenixZoo.org

MUTUAL REALITY: ART ON THE EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY
In the 21st century, each of us—often unknowingly—leave a digital footprint in everything we do from texting to a simple internet search. This exhibition presents the multiple ways in which we, as users, interact with an artwork and the response or output the artwork provides in return. These interactions are meant to get the viewer thinking not only about the traces we leave behind, but the effects we have on technology.
In this important moment in time, humans and technology are evolving together and interactive art exemplifies this relationship. This intimate level of engagement with an artwork opens the opportunity to shift the viewer’s perspective on the meaning and boundaries of art itself.
When: June 8th - October 6th; recurring weekly on Tuesday through Sunday
Where: SMOCA-Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale
Cost: Included with museum admission

More Info: (480) 874-4640 or SMOCA.org

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

JULY 4TH TEMPE TOWN LAKE FESTIVAL
The fireworks spectacular will be launched from the Mill Avenue Bridge and choreographed to music for all tastes and interests including patriotic, pop, country, and more.
Family Fun Fest will offer a free inflatable village for all ages with a variety of rides, rock climbing walls and more.
A great food court to satisfy the entire families’ taste buds featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ, roasted corn, fry bread, snow cones, ice cream, lemonade and lots of cold bottled water, Pepsi products, plus a variety of other food vendors.
When: July 4th
Where: Tempe Beach Park; 620 North Mill Ave., Tempe
Hours: Gates open at 5pm
Cost: See website for details.
More Info: (480) 350-5189​ or ​
Tempe4th.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

ARIZONA CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM
Celebrate this year's Independence Day with Arizona Celebration of Freedom. There will be live entertainment, a beer garden, food, activity zones with water features, presentations, cultural displays and much more throughout the evening including a fireworks display that begins at approximately 9:30pm.
When: July 4th
Where: Mesa Amphitheatre/Mesa Convention Center complex; 263 North Center St., Mesa
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: Free
More Info: (480) 644-2432​ or 
AZCelebrationOfFreedom.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.

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

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