- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Jul 2014
Through July 5
A Star-Spangled Sundown
Dancers twirl on the balconies, and bricks seem to crumble off the wall as this 3-D lightshow transforms the walls of the resort’s 11-story main building into a living canvas bursting with patriotic colors, imagery and music. Founded by an award-winning computer animator, the art of “PaintScaping” merges a virtual world with the existing world by projecting 3-D digital mapping onto buildings that act as the backdrop for characters, colors and objects as living and moving parts of the façade. Daily, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. every 30 minutes (F-Sa, includes live music, and food and drink specials). Free. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, kierlandresort.com, 480-624-1000.
Through July 6
Local First Arizona encourages Arizona residents to shop local during this weeklong celebration of Arizona’s independent businesses. Activities planned throughout the event include a pub crawl, bowling tournament, gallery exhibition and beer dinners, along with a Golden Coupon, offering discounts on local products and services, including auto repairs, home furnishings, dining, flowers, yoga classes and boutique shopping. Statewide, localfirstaz.com/independents-week, 602-956-0909.
Through July 6
World’s Oldest Rodeo
Old West hospitality and charm dominate as Prescott Frontier Days celebrates 127 years this summer with eight rodeo performances, a parade, kiddie parade, Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children, dance, cowboy church, and arts and crafts. Call for times, ticket prices and Prescott locations, worldsoldestrodeo.com, 928-445-4320.
Through August 30
Bring a Flashlight
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during self-paced Flashlight Tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Th and Sa, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Through September 2
Sweat Your Asana Off
Yoga aficionados pack the rooftop pool deck to sweat and stretch in the Phoenix heat at this weekly event. Tu, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. $10 (includes $5 food and beverage credit to Lustre Rooftop Garden). Hotel Palomar Phoenix, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-253-6633. Space is limited; reserve a spot at eventbrite.com (Lustre Yoga).
Through December 31
Visitors come nose-to-nose with an intriguing variety of freshwater turtles at this exhibit. Stars of the display include the ancient snapping turtle, red-eared sliders, snake-neck turtles and the leaf-like matamata. Interactive and educational elements describe the 200-million-year history of the reptiles. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Sea Life Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, sealifeus.com, 480-478-7600.
Through February 28
Art Under Foot
The award-winning floors that adorn the Phoenix Sky Train pedestrian walkways are in the spotlight in Art Under Foot: Handmade Floors at the Phoenix Sky Train. The exhibit focuses on the collaboration between the artists, design team and scores of talented workers who brought the artistic concepts to life. Design drawings, computerized models, large graphics, hands-on exhibits and a video documenting the process behind the projects are included. M-F, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Gallery at City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, phoenix.gov/arts, 602-262-4637.
Cave Creek Fireworks
Live music, children’s activities, and food and drink specials at Harold’s Corral, The Buffalo Chip Saloon and Cave Creek Tap Haus highlight this family-friendly Independence celebration, which culminates with a fireworks display. 5 p.m. Free. Fireworks begin after sunset behind Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, haroldscorral.com, 480-488-1906.
Light Up the Sky
Family and friends celebrate the true spirit of the holiday at this neighborhood event, which features inflatables for the kids, games and a fireworks display. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Maryvale Baseball Park, 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, 602-534-3755.
Celebration of Freedom
Classic cars, motorcycles, live music, patriotic displays, family activities and fireworks highlight this Independence Day celebration. 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Free. Mesa Amphitheatre and Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa, azcelebrationoffreedom.org, 480-644-2069.
Chandler Spectacular 4th
Enjoy an evening in the park with live entertainment, children’s activities, food and craft booths, and a 30-minute fireworks display. Gates open at 4 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free admission; $5 parking. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, 480-236-9123.
Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
Two stages of live entertainment, a Splash Zone, classic car exhibit, children’s activities and a choreographed fireworks display highlight this patriotic festival. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Steele Indian School Park, 301 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, phoenix.gov/parks/fabphx4.html, 602-262-6862.
4th of Zoo-Ly
Guests enjoy a catered barbecue dinner, up-close animal encounters, cool treats, music and children’s activities, plus a great view from the zoo of the Tempe fireworks show. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $45, adults; $35, children 3-12; reservations required. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.
Independence Day Festival
A splendidly messy apple pie-eating competition and hot dog-eating contest take center stage as the city of Tolleson salutes the red, white and blue. Musical entertainment by the Fabulous Decades and Str8Up, and the traditional cutting of the watermelons are included, along with a fireworks finale. 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Free. Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson, tollesonaz.org, 623-474-4992.
Tempe 4th Festival
Celebrate Independence Day with live entertainment, children’s activities, and a 35-minute fireworks show choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Club of Tempe Children’s Charities. Gates open at 5 p.m. $5, in advance; $8, day of event or two for $15; free, children 12 and younger. VIP Garden: $60 adults; $30, children 5-12. Tempe Beach Park, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, tempe4th.com, 480-350-5189.
Fine Arts & Crafts Show
Juried artwork and unique crafts by more than 70 artists are on display and for sale at this 39th-annual event. Live music, food and beverages add to the festivities, plus a silent auction and raffle to benefit the Northeastern Arizona Fine Arts Association scholarship fund. F-Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Apple orchard behind Charlie Clark’s Steakhouse, 1701 E. White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop, highcountryartgallery.com, 928-367-3916 or 480-710-2859.
Fourth of July Freedom Fest
This Independence Day celebration includes all-American picnics, fireworks, children’s activities, vintage airplane shows and salutes to the military. Fireworks continue every Saturday night through Aug. 30. Call for times. Free for resort, spa and dinner guests. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, scottsdaleprincess.com, 480-585-2706.
Jerome Art Walk
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery hopping. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Jerome, jeromeartwalk.com, 928-634-0774.
Red, White and Blue Dance
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West hosts its annual dance party, with music by Manuel Dorantes. 7 p.m.-10 p.m., with complimentary two-step lesson at 6:15 p.m. and dessert buffet at intermission. $6. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, 623-546-6845.
Artisan traditions and craftsmanship are in the spotlight as local and national artists share their works. Guests can meet the artists at a reception from noon to 2 p.m. July 6. Free. For the People, Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 480-221-3888.
Artist demonstrations, gallery show openings and live music highlight the 25th-annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk, which is presented by Scottsdale Gallery Association. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com.
July 11, 25
Fridays in the Park
Live entertainment, movies, food trucks, libations, games and art exhibitions are among the highlights. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. AEE Building within Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-262-7424.
Golfers can keep the game going after sundown, as the course is lined with glow lights, and glow balls are provided. The game follows a four-person scramble format. 7 p.m. $25; preregistration required. Palo Verde Golf Course, 6215 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, 602-249-9930.
Zoo by Moonlight
Bring a flashlight or purchase one at the gift shop; then explore the zoo and its nocturnal animals by the light of the moon. 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $5; free, ages 2 and younger. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott, heritageparkzoo.org, 928-778-4242.
Prescott Indian Art Market
Native American artists present paintings, sculpture, ceramics, carvings, jewelry, and hand-woven baskets and blankets throughout the museum gardens, with artist demonstrations, Native American dancers, musical performances and Indian fry bread adding to the festivities. Pictured is Kindred Spirit: Spiritual Being of the Antelope, a bronze sculpture by Joe Cajero Jr. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10, adults; free, children. Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott, sharlot.org, 928-445-3122.
Birds ’n’ Beer
Sip on a Four Peaks brew while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, az.audubon.org, 602-468-6470.
Christmas in July
Holidays crafts, Christmas music, sweet treats, a visit from Santa and charity food drive are on tap at this festive celebration. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Guests can pick up a holiday map and coupons at the Glendale Visitor Center, 5800 W. Glenn Dr., Glendale, visitglendale.com, 623-930-4500.
Dog Days of Summer
Rick D’Elia headlines this benefit comedy show, which includes performances by Isaac “Doc” Farm, Bert Brimhall and Humberto Roman. A cash bar and food are available, with auctions, raffles and an after-party with live music adding to the fun. Proceeds benefit pet rescue organizations from across the Valley. 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) $22. Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix, twistedevents.org, 602-292-3200.
Winter in July
Tons of snow for animals and zoo visitors highlights this event, with animals receiving fresh snow in their exhibits and ice treats as part of a regular behavioral enrichment program. Spinning and twirling snowball targets; water play areas; and games, prizes and dancing with Radio Disney add to the festivities. 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Free with zoo admission: $20, adults; $10, children 3-12. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.
Rockin’ Through the Decades
Sun City West Dance for the Health of It Club hosts this dance featuring hits from the ’50s to the ’80s with deejay Kort Kurdi. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $6. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West, scwdanceforhealth.com, 602-679-4220.
Iris Rhizome Sale
The Prescott Area Iris Society hosts this annual event, featuring hundreds of irises for sale in all colors of the rainbow. A portion of the proceeds supports Sharlot Hall Museum, horticultural education in public schools, the iris gardens at Yavapai College Sculpture Gardens and the Citizens Cemetery Restoration Project. Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Su, noon-4 p.m., Free. Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 N. Gurley St., Prescott, prescottirissociety.org, 602-300-5791.