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Through August 2
Arizona Breakfast Weekend
Whet your appetite for all things egg, bacon and toast as Valley chefs and restaurateurs offer special dishes at $6, $12 and $25 price points. Arizona Restaurant Association hosts this inaugural event, which celebrates the morning meal. Among the participants are Distrito, Virtù, Proof at Four Seasons Scottsdale, Perk Eatery, The Good Egg, First Watch and Wildflower Bread Co. Statewide,, 602-307-9134.

Through September 5
Bring a Flashlight
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during Flashlight Tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nocturnal animals 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,, 480-941-1225.

Through September 5
Fireworks Frenzy
Fireworks light up the sky every Saturday night. 9 p.m. Free. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale,, 480-585-4848.

Through September 30
Photography Exhibit
Drawn from the more than 150 photographs in the Phoenix Municipal Art Collection, Landscape and Lens: The West Photographed is a modern photography collection that explores humanity’s role in a Western landscape. M-F, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Gallery at City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-262-4637.

Through December 31
Octopus Hideout
Some of the ocean’s brainiest creatures are on exhibit as this traveling display features five tanks of cephalopods (meaning “head foot” because their heads are attached to their feet), including the Pacific octopus, common cuttlefish, chambered nautilus, dwarf cuttlefish and mantis shrimp. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Sea Life Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe,, 480-478-7600.

August 1
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 horticultural education in public schools, and a variety of public outreach programs. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 17618 Foothill Rd., Yarnell,, 602-300-5791.

August 1
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,, 928-634-0774.

August 1-29
Food Truck Caravan
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,, 480-251-1769.

August 4, 18
Yoga in the Rainforest
Participants enjoy the beauty of butterflies while being guided through a series of yoga postures that build strength and flexibility. 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. $20. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale,, 480-800-3000.

August 6-8
Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering
Stories of the working cowboy are in the spotlight as dozens of cowboy poets and singers entertain and amuse with a blend of traditional and contemporary poetry and music. Don Edwards, Belinda Gail and Trinity Seely are among the featured performers. Call for times and ticket prices. Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott,, 928-713-6323.

August 7
First Fridays Art Walk
More than 70 art galleries and art spaces participate. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-256-7539.

August 7
Motorcycles on Main
Roads are closed for this monthly bike night, which features live music, beer gardens and food. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, between Robson and Center streets, Mesa, 480-890-2613.

August 7-8
Slide Across America
Known as “the world’s largest inflatable waterpark,” this event boasts more than 40 waterslides, live entertainment and more. Highlights include a 42-foot Drop Kick slide, kiddie slides, zip lines, bungee trampolines, water walking balls, a mechanical bull and carnival rides. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. $15, advance; $20, at the gate; free, children 2 and younger. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-270-5000.

August 7-9
Arizona Get Outdoors Expo
Guests experience the latest hunting, fishing and camping gear and technologies, as well as outdoor education and safety clinics, a catch-and-release fishing pond, bow fishing tank, archery range, RV and boat exhibits, and Ultimate Air Dogs dock-jumping demonstrations. F, 2 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $12, adults; free, children 10 and younger. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 866-977-6849.

August 8
ASID Design Excellence Awards
The American Society of Interior Designers, Arizona North Chapter, salutes top interior designers at the 2015 Design Excellence Awards dinner, with categories that include residential, commercial, hospitality, health care, sustainability and product design. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors of the celebration. Pictured is a resort bar redesigned by Lynne Beyer, Allied ASID, which was recognized for “Best in Show – Hospitality Facility” in 2014. 5 p.m. $140. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-569-8916.

August 8
Free Bowling
Celebrate National Bowling Day with free rental shoes and one free game of bowling. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Free. Uptown Alley, 13525 N. Litchfield Rd., Surprise,, 623-975-7529.

August 8-9
Art Festival
Nearly 120 top artists and artisans from throughout the West share their creations as Mountain Artists Guild hosts its 65th annual Prescott Arts & Crafts Festival. Artist demonstrations and children’s activities are included. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Courthouse Plaza, 100 Gurley St., Prescott,, 928-445-2510.

August 9, 23
Summer Cocktail Camp
PHOENIX magazine welcomes guests for an exclusive opportunity to sip on some of the summer’s most refreshing mixed drinks while interacting with the state’s top bar talent. The series of cocktail-crafting classes is hosted by Craig Outhier, editor of PHOENIX magazine. Belly up to the bar and grab a glass as he mixes things up with Brian Goodwin, Aug. 9 at The Gladly, 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-759-8132; and Jason Asher, Aug. 23, Counter Intuitive, 7133 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, 480-946-3111. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $30 (includes three to four cocktails and recipes).

August 14
Tucson Movies in the Park
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the movie The Princess Bride. Food vendors, music, children’s activities, and arts and craft exhibits from local nonprofits add to the fun. Dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m.) Free. Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson,, 520-797-3959.

August 15
Spirit of the Arts
Local and nationally acclaimed artists have converted discarded rum bottles from The Breadfruit & Rum Bar into works of art to be auctioned off at this fundraising gala. A portion of proceeds benefits repairs and restoration of Phoenix Center for the Arts. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $75. Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix,, 602-254-3100.

August 20
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,, 602-468-6470.

August 20-22
Payson Rodeo
Known as “the world’s oldest continuous rodeo,” the event attracts the sport’s top bull riders, ropers, steer wrestlers, bronc riders, barrel racers, rodeo clowns and bullfighters. A Saturday evening dance adds to the fun. Call for times and ticket prices. Payson Multi-Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Hwy., Payson,, 877-840-0457.

August 21
Boogie Nights Rock ’n’ Roll
Sun City West Dance for the Health of It Club hosts this event featuring hits from the ’70s and ’80s 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,, 602-679-4220.

August 22
Prickly Pear Festival
This culinary event celebrates the ripe cactus fruits, which are at their peak in August. Highlights include a pancake breakfast with prickly pear syrup, prickly pear dishes showcased at local restaurants, art, entertainment and classes that teach participants how to pick, de-spine and prepare the fruit. Call for times, ticket prices and Superior locations,, 520-689-0200.

August 22
VYTAL Affair
Guests enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as silent and live auctions at this fundraiser for Valley Youth Theatre. An awards presentation and musical performance by the stars of VYT are included. 5:30 p.m. $125-$250. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix,, 602-253-8188.

August 29
An Evening of Art & Wine
PSA Behavioral Health Agency hosts this fundraiser, which includes an art auction and sale, music, wine, appetizers and desserts, as well as inspiring stories of hope and recovery by adults who have been affected by addiction and behavioral illnesses. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $30 advance; $35 at the door. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix,, 877-779-2470.