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

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

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

KIDS AND FAMILY YOGA AT DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE
Roll out your mat to sweat, re-center and calm the body and mind during an all-levels, 30-minute yoga class.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Mat or beach towel recommended. Plus, let out your inner character! Best dressed in conjunction with the theme will win a prize. 
       September 30th at 2pm (Monday): Underwater
       October 30th at 2pm (Wednesday): Halloween
Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace; 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Ste. 46-1515, Phoenix
Cost: Free
More Info: 
ShopDesertRidge.com

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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
More Info:
ShopDesertRidge.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

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

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

SPLASHPAD MOVIE & FOOD TRUCK PICNIC: "ALADDIN"
Grab a blanket, chair and your family and friends to enjoy the big screen outdoor family movie on the field  featuring "Aladdin." Only at Gateway Park & Splash pad next to the Northwest Valley YMCA.
Specialty Food Trucks, Kids Dance Party, Face Painting, Balloon Twister, music by DJ Jonny, Kids Activities, Glow Fun, PopUP Shopping, Character visits, FREE Chair Massages by Camelback Medical Centers, music, FUN, games and more.
When: September 14th
Where: Gateway Park; 10100 N. El Mirage Rd., El Mirage
Hours: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: Free (cost varies by activity)
More Info: (480) 406-1200 or 
Eventbrite.com

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

VERTUCCIO FARMS ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL & CORN MAZE
Hours vary by date.
Celebrate the season at Vertuccio Farms with this family-friendly festival. A seven-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, barrel train rides, farm animals and lots more are part of the festivities. Pick up a perfect pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o-lantern while you’re there.
Season passes and group rates available. 
When: September 30th - November 3rd; recurring daily
Where: Vertuccio Farms; 4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9am - 9pm; Friday - Saturday, 9am - 10pm; Sunday, 10am - 6pm
Cost: $10 per person, ages 2 and under free
More Info: 
VertuccioFarms.com

JUNIOR EXPLORERS

Looking for an opportunity to take a hike on your own? Kids love our Junior Explorers program featuring fun outdoor adventures, learning and nature crafts! 

        September 21st: Saguaro Friends
        October 26th: Puzzling Petroglyphs
        November 9th: Bird Bonanza
Please provide a water bottle and snacks for each participant.
Where: South Mountain Environmental Education Center; 10409 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ
Hours: 8:30am - 1:30pm
Cost: $18
More Info: (623) 334-7880 or 
SMEEC.org

NATURE PLAY
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst our picnic area.
When: September 15th - December 29th; recurring weekly on Sunday
Where: South Mountain Environmental Education Center; 10409 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 8am - 1pm
Cost: Free
More Info: (623) 334-7880 or 
SMEEC.org

Year-round events

FREE MOVIE NIGHT IN GLENDALE: DETECTIVE PIKACHU
Grab a blanket, chair and your family and friends and enjoy the free big screen outdoor family movie on the field, featuring "Pokemon: Detective Pikachu."
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 28th
Where: Arizona Sports Complex; 3555 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Glendale
Hours: 5pm - 9pm
Cost: Free
More Info: (480) 406-1200 or 
IPlayMovies4You.com

EXTREME BMX STUNT SHOW
Get ready to see X-Games athletes show off their insane skills during this free weekend-long stunt spectacular, performed on BMX bikes, skateboards and scooters. Featuring the Big Air Halfpipe, witness non-stop, high-flying action including Jump Ramp and Flatland Freestyle stunt shows.
Bring the entire family for this fast-paced, action-sports festival with athlete meet-and-greets, autographs, pictures, prizes and more.
When: October 12th - 13th
Where: OdySea Aquarium; 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
Hours: 10am - 5pm

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

FRY'S FREE WEEKEND AT ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER
Courtesy of Fry's Food Stores, we’re offering free general admission to all curious minds.
Explore more than 300 hands-on exhibits spanning the Center’s four levels. Engage with experiments and tabletop activities led by the Blue Crew–our team of science interpreters. Witness amazing science demonstrations featured on the Daniel Cracchiolo Demonstration Theater.
The Center will be extremely busy, guests are advised to be prepared for large crowds. All guests will need to check-in prior to entering the Science Center. To help hasten ticket lines, please register online and print your tickets in advance.
When: September 14th - 15th; recurring daily
Where: Arizona Science Center; 600 E. Washington St. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 8:30am - 5pm
Cost: Free
More Info: (602) 716-2000 or 
AZScience.org

FAMILY FUN ACTION & ADVENTURE FESTIVAL!
Meet your favorite action heroes (Batman, Captain America, Supergirl and Wonder Woman), ride on the zipline attraction, enjoy bounce houses/slides, face painting, live entertainment, family-friendly performances, prize giveaways/raffles and local vendors for shopping.
When: September 28th
Where: OdySea Aquarium; 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
Hours: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Free
More Info: 
Facebook.com

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.

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

CORN MAZE & PUMPKIN DAYS
Kick off your fall season memories at Tolmachoff Farms and experience the ultimate holiday outing where there is something for the whole family, including a great, big pumpkin patch, a 6-acre family corn maze, a mini corn maze, and a haunted corn maze.
Other activities: petting zoon, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more.
When: October 2nd - November 3rd; recurring daily
Where: Tolmachoff Farms; 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale
Cost: Farm admission, $12; ages 2 & under, free
More Info: 
Tolmachoff-Farms.com

ARIZONA STATE FAIR

For more than a century, the Arizona State Fair has been a gathering place for residents from the far corners of the state. Guests come here to enjoy the richness and diversity of communities, to honor the past, celebrate the current and explore the future. Get out of your daily routine, and immerse yourself in a wonderland of amusement right in your backyard.

The Arizona State Fair is a family tradition across many generations. Filled with cute animals, blue ribbons, fried food, and all the fun carnival rides you can imagine.
When: October 4th - 27th; recurring weekly on Wednesday through Sunday

Where: Arizona State Fair & Coliseum; 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Hours: 12pm - 9pm
Cost: $12
More Info: (602) 252-6771 or 
AZStateFair.com

DAVE & BUSTER’S LAN EVENT FEATURING SPLATOON 2
It’s game on at Dave & Buster’s Tempe with a free LAN event featuring Splatoon 2. Nintendo Switch and game provided or gamers are welcome to bring their own.
When: September 21st
Where: Dave & Buster's Tempe; 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway Ste. 1100 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Hours: 12pm - 3pm
Cost: Free (cost varies by menu item)
More Info: (480) 281-8456 or 
DaveAndBusters.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.

NATURE AT NIGHT WALKS
Experience and explore the desert at night, guided by your senses and a Park Ranger! Come over starting at 6 p.m. for chats with our Park Rangers before the walk begins.
When: September 28th, October 19th, December 7th
Where: South Mountain Environmental Education Center; 10409 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 7:45pm
Cost: $4
More Info: (623) 334-7880 or 
SMEEC.org

FREE MOVIES IN THE DESERT: MOANA
Come experience "Movies in the Desert" a free family event with music, games, and tons of prizes. The movie will begin at dusk.

When: September 14th
Where: OdySea Aquarium; 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
Hours: 5pm - 8pm
Cost: Free
More Info: 
Facebook.com

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