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.
Dancers twirl on the balconies, and bricks seem to crumble off the wall as this 3-D light show transforms the walls of the resort’s 11-story main building into a living canvas bursting with patriotic colors, imagery and music. The art of “PaintScaping” merges a virtual world with the existing world by projecting 3-D digital mapping onto buildings that act as the canvas for characters, colors and objects as living and moving parts of the façade. Daily, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. every 30 minutes. Free. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale,kierlandresort.com, 480-624-1000.
The Town of Carefree welcomes local artist Ray Villafane as he creates a 20-ton sand sculpture. An internationally acclaimed artist, Villafane has traveled throughout the world fashioning exceptional figures and scenes out of pumpkins, sand and snow. His rock-balancing creations also are on display. Free. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree, carefree.org, 480-488-3686.
Yoga aficionados pack the rooftop pool deck to sweat and stretch at this event, which features weekly themes,including ’80s remix, starry night, ’90s hip hop, meditation, reggae and candlelight yoga. Th,7 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. LustreRooftop Bar, Palomar Phoenix, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-253-6633.
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.
Paintings by Michelle Parker are on display. M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Paradise Valley Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, 480-348-3690.
More than 70 art galleries and art spaces are featured. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.
Roads are closed for this monthly bike night, which features live music, beer gardens and food. F, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, between Robson and Center streets, Mesa, 480-890-2613.
Celebrating Women is the theme of this month’s First Friday event, which features music, art and other activities celebrating women who make the world move. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.
Presented by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, this 41st annual fireworks festival features live entertainment, interactive games and a full menu of picnic items and summer treats. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $5; VIP packages available for $25. Pecos Park, 17010 S. 48th St., Phoenix, red-white-boom.com.
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.
Guests enjoy rock ’n’ roll hits from the ’50s and ’60s, July 1; and ’70s and ’80s, July 15, with DJ Kort Kurdi. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $8. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West,rocknroll.scwclubs.com, 602-679-4220.
Dedicated to conserving the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and advancing the principles of organic architecture, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation hosts a variety of tours, including a 90-minute Insights tour, one-hour Panorama tour, two-hour Night Lights tour, one-hour photography tour and 90-minute Junior Architect tour. Call for dates, times and costs. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale,zerve.com/taliesinwest, 888-516-0811.
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.
Taking place in air-conditioned comfort, this family-friendly patriotic wonderland features live entertainment, interactive Star Wars stations, bull riding, mutton busting and a traditional fireworks finale. 2 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,scottsdaleindependenceday.com, 866-977-6849.
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West hosts dances featuring music by Jared Howe, July 2; The Breeze, July 9; and Rich Howard, July 16. 7 p.m., with complimentary quickstep lessons at 6:15 p.m. $6. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, 623-544-0574.
A variety of food trucks rolls into downtown Scottsdale for a weekly celebration featuring gourmet street foods complemented by top local musicians. Sa, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Free. Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale,foodtruckcaravan.com, 480-251-1769.
Live music, children’s activities, and food and drink specials at Harold’s Corral and Roadhouse highlight this 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza. The family-friendly Independence Day celebration culminates with a fireworks display. 5 p.m. Free; reserved seats available, $15-$35. Fireworks begin after sunset behind Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek,haroldscorral.com, 480-488-1906; cavecreektaphaus.com, 480-488-3300.
Live music, patriotic displays, a naturalization ceremony, family activities and fireworks arehighlights. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Mesa Amphitheatre and Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa,azcelebrationoffreedom.org.
A splendidly messy apple pie-eating competition, licorice and fruit roll-up eating contests, arts and crafts and a waterslide take center stage as the city of Tolleson salutes the red, white and blue. Musical entertainment by Smashed Band and the traditional cutting of the watermelons are included, along with a fireworks finale. 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson,tollesonaz.org, 623-936-7111.
Guests enjoy ice cream sundaes as Granite Reef Senior Center celebrates its 10th anniversary. 1 p.m. Free; pre-registration required. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, 480-312-1700.
Artists and images from around the world are in the spotlight as Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts this event. Artist demonstrations, gallery show openings, live music, lectures and presentations are included. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Scottsdale,scottsdalegalleries.com.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and arrive 15 minutes early to secure a spot. This month’s film celebrates Christmas in July with a screening of The Grinch. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. CityScape Phoenix, 1 E. Washington St.,cityscapephoenix.com.
Guests roll the dice for a worthy cause as local firefighters and first responders from Gatekeeper Charities join forces with the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation in their campaign to help disadvantaged youth in Arizona. The fundraiser includes food, drinks, entertainment and a night of casino action, including blackjack, roulette, craps and three-card poker. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. $50. Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, 15656 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale,twogalsevents.com, 602-568-5313.
Paintings, ceramics, photography, weavings, jewelry, sculpture and works in metal and glass are showcased as Les Femmes des Montage hosts its 12th annual Fine Art Show and Sale. A portion of proceeds benefits the Highlands Center for Natural History. Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St., Prescott,lesfemmesdesmontage.com, 602-689-7442.
Arizona Animal Welfare League hosts this adoption event. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $100 for one kitten; two for $150. Scottsdale Quarter (across the street from Grimaldi’s Pizzeria), 15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,aawl.org, 602-273-6852.
Located in the exclusive gated community of DC Ranch in north Scottsdale, this 5,000-square-foot residence by Cantabria Homes showcases the latest building products and design trends, including stonework by Cambria, First Impression Security Doors and Allstate Appliances. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph the Worker, which provides employment support services to homeless, low-income and other disadvantaged individuals throughout the Valley. F-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $15, advance; $18 day of event. Free shuttle from Copper Ridge School, 10101 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale,homeofdistinction.com.
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.
Celebrate the best and brightest of the Phoenix food community as this event recognizes cutting-edge chefs and a bartender from across the Valley who are expected to make a major culinary impact in the years to come. The ceremonial tasting includes samples of the winners’ creations and locally made wines. 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $65; $100 for two. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,ripephx.com.