1. World's Oldest Rodeo – June 28-July 4
Old West hospitality and charm dominate as Prescott Frontier Days celebrates 129 years this summer with eight rodeo performances, a rodeo parade, kiddie parade, Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children, rodeo dance, cowboy church, and arts and crafts. Call for times, ticket prices and Prescott locations, worldsoldestrodeo.com, 928-445-4320. Country Western legend Tanya Tucker is grand marshal of the parade, which kicks off at 9 a.m. July 2.
Fourth of July Freedom Fest
This Independence Day celebration includes fireworks, children’s activities, vintage airplane shows and salutes to the military. Entertainment by the Spazmatics is featured July 2; and Boogie Knights, July 3. Fireworks continue every Saturday night through Sept. 5. Call for times. Free for resort and dinner guests. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, scottsdaleprincess.com, 866-540-4495.
July 9, vs. Jacksonville Sharks; July 18, vs. Orlando Predators; and July 24, 6 p.m., vs. Cleveland Gladiators. 6:30 p.m. kickoff unless noted. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, azrattlers.com, 602-514-TDTD.
Interactive activities are a hallmark of this facility, which is designed to inspire children of all ages to experience their world differently through art, creativity and imagination, with an emphasis on science and technology. Sci-Fi: Fantasy to Reality, through Sept. 11, celebrates science fiction stories and the imaginative inventions in these stories that in some cases have come true. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
Superstition Mountain Museum
Original paintings by Ted DeGrazia (1909-1982) are on display in DeGrazia’s Prospectors and Burros, through May 31. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $5, adults; $4, seniors; free, children 17 and younger. 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction,superstitionmountainmuseum.org, 480-983-4888.
Italian with a Twist is the theme as guests enjoy a hands-on cooking demonstration that culminates with a three-course meal and glass of wine. 10 a.m.-noon. $55. LDV Wine Gallery, 6951 E. First St., Scottsdale, ldvwinegallery.com, 480-664-4822.
The pop singer got her big break playing with a purple dinosaur inBarney & Friends before branching out to music and charting such hits as “Come & Get It,” “Love You Like a Love Song,” “Same Old Love” and “Good for You.” 7:30 p.m. $34.25-$115.25. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Through July 10
Humans and puppets interact in this tale of 20-somethings who land in New York City with big dreams and tiny bank accounts, and learn how to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Call for times. Tickets start at $30. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Touring in support of its latest album, Paper Gods, the 1980s pop band is sure to tap into its unending string of hits, including “Rio,” “Girls on Film,” “The Wild Boys,” “Ordinary World” and “Hungry Like a Wolf.” Chic, led by guitarist Nile Rodgers, is special guest. 7:30 p.m. $23.45-$128.45. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale,ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.