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July 3
Phillip Phillips
The 2012 American Idol winner headlines this Independence Day Music Festival, which concludes with a patriotic fireworks display. The artist is known for hits such as “Home,” “Raging Fire” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.” Gates open at 5 p.m. $25-$40. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, saltriverfields.com, 800-745-3000.

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July 4
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.

 

 

July 5-6
Judy Collins
Known for her clear, crisp soprano voice, the folk/pop singer rose to fame in the 1960s and ’70s with hits such as “Both Sides Now,” “Send in the Clowns” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 7 p.m. $52.50-$72.50. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.

July 9
Kiss & Def Leppard
Fans who want to rock ’n’ roll all night are in for a treat as the legendary bands take the stage. 7 p.m. $29.50-$159.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

 

 

July 12-13
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.

July 19
Pat Benatar
Rock legends Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo – the powerhouse duo behind songs such as “Love is a Battlefield,” “Heartbreaker,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “We Belong” – share the stage with Rick Springfield. Although the three have known each other for decades, and Giraldo played on the original recording of “Jessie’s Girl,” this is the first time they have toured together. 7:30 p.m. $35-$75. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.

July 19
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.

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July 22-August 3
Jersey Boys
Telling the rags-to-riches story of one of the greatest successes in pop music history, this Broadway hit offers a musical biography of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, introducing the audience to four blue-collar kids working their way from obscurity to the heights of stardom. The smash-hit includes unforgettable songs such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

July 24
Lyle Lovett
Blending elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers, the eccentric vocalist is known for the wit and wry humor in his lyrics. 7:30 p.m. $48-$78. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

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July 30
Lady Gaga
The pop diva known for wearing a dress made out of meat and parading around in an egg brings her ARTPOP Ball Tour to the Valley. Hits such as “Poker Face,” “The Edge of Glory,” “Applause,” “Born This Way,” “Alejandro” and “Just Dance” are sure to be on the program. 7:30 p.m. $35-$200. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.