Tour de Fat
Beer, bikes and bemusement are on tap as New Belgium Brewing hosts this event, which celebrates the power of two-wheeled transportation. Festivities kick off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets, followed by an afternoon of entertainment in the park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Tempe Town Lake, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, newbelgium.com, 888-NBB-4044.
Through November 23
Visitors stroll among hundreds of delicate and colorful monarch butterflies as they learn about the magical metamorphosis of the monarch life cycle. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Regular season action gets under way Oct. 9, 7 p.m., vs. Winnipeg Jets; Oct. 11, vs. Los Angeles Kings; Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., vs. Edmonton Oilers; Oct. 18, vs. St. Louis Blues; and Oct. 25, vs. Florida Panthers. 6 p.m. faceoff unless noted. Call for ticket prices. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, coyotes.nhl.com, 480-563-PUCK.
Through October 5
Baby Bear Goes to School
Baby Bear is excited about his first day of school in this charming musical show. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Through October 4
Challenger Space Center
They Came from Outer Space, through Oct. 4, examines the life and work of Geoff Notkin, author, explorer, science writer, meteorite specialist, photographer and host of TV's hit series, Meteorite Men. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, adults; $7, seniors; $6, children 3-12; free, children 2 and younger. 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, 623-322-2012.
This month's programs focus on selection and care of fruit trees, importance of soils, caring for your desert garden, cooking with fish, pine-needle coiling on gourds, irrigation system maintenance, herbs and spices, cultivating desert roses, home landscape design basics, seed germination and planting, vegetable gardening for beginners, digital photography, berry gardening, vertical vegetable gardening, saguaro rib walking sticks, birds of prey, pumpkin arrangements, and best bulbs for desert gardens. Call for times, dates and registration fees. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8146.
Fans of "Life in the Fast Lane" enjoy life in memory lane as the veteran California rock band plays classics such as "Hotel California," "Take It Easy," "Lyin' Eyes" and "Take It to the Limit," as well as songs featured in the group's documentary, History of the Eagles. 8 p.m. $43.55-$183.55. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Through October 4
The Brothers Size
Two brothers, the Louisiana bayou and West African mythology swirl together in this hot-blooded, tough and tender, music-filled drama staged by Stray Cat Theatre. Th, 7 p.m.; F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12-$20. Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. Sixth St., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.
The veteran comedian transcends age, gender and cultural barriers with his humorous anecdotes and musings on the human condition. His current best-seller, I Didn't Ask to Be Born, But I'm Glad I Was, talks about the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love. 7:30 p.m. $55-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500.