West of Westboro
Some of the Valley’s most ardent Fed-fearing, LGBT-demonizing citizens find a mouthpiece in a headline-grabbing East Valley preacher. Could Steven Anderson just be getting started? ...
Health & Fitness
Who decides who is a Top Doctor?
PHOENIX magazine published its first list of the Valley’s best doctors in 1995. Twenty years and 2,457 peer-selected physicians later, Top Docs is our most popular annual issue – a trusted and venerable resource for local medical care. Fi...
2015 Summer Getaways
It’s a snap to have fun on a summertime trip. What’s not so easy: having fun and discovering a new, lifelong hobby. Or improving your health. Or rekindling your love affair with our great state. Dive into our annual roundup of superb summ...
An Army of Juan
Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez seized the international spotlight during the Jodi Arias trial. Is he destined for greater things, or will his controversial methods prove his undoing? ...
Neighborhoods We Love
Whether you’re relocating or just recreating, the Valley’s diverse and distinctive neighborhoods offer a host of haunts to explore. From family friendly enclaves to hidden historic ’hoods, plus meccas for outdoorsy types, foodies an...
Through July 4
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.
Through July 5
World’s Oldest Rodeo
Old West hospitality and charm dominate as Prescott Frontier Days celebrates 128 years this summer with eight rodeo performances, a rodeo parade, kiddie parade, Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children, rodeo dance, cowboy church, and arts and crafts. Call for times, ticket prices and Prescott locations, worldsoldestrodeo.com, 928-445-4320.
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, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Through December 31
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, visitsealife.com/arizona, 480-478-7600.
Cave Creek Fireworks
Live music, children’s activities, and food and drink specials at Harold’s Corral and Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse 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, $10-$30. Fireworks begin after sunset behind Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, haroldscorral.com, 480-488-1906; buffalochipsaloon.com, 480-488-9118.
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, artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.
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.
Red, White & Boom
Presented by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, this 40th annual fireworks festival features live entertainment from the band Daisy Train, and a full menu of picnic items and summer treats. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Pecos Park, 17010 S. 48th St., Phoenix, ahwatukeechamber.com, 480-753-7676.
Fourth of July Freedom Fest
This Independence Day celebration includes fireworks, children’s activities, vintage airplane shows and salutes to the military. 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.
Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Unique artworks and crafts by more than 60 artists are on display and for sale as the High Country Art Association hosts this 40th annual event. Live music and refreshments add to the festivities. 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.
Celebration of Freedom
Classic cars, live music, patriotic displays, family activities, food trucks, beer gardens 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.
Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
Live entertainment, a classic car show, interactive exhibits, children’s activities including a water spray zone, and a choreographed fireworks display highlight this patriotic festival. New this year is a Veterans Village, which pays tribute to military veterans and includes such resources as a job fair, and family, health and finance workshops. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Steele Indian School Park, 301 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, phoenix.gov/parks, 602-262-7424.
Live music, a beer garden, fireworks and family-friendly entertainment are highlights. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, westgateaz.com, 623-385-7502.
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 Rock Lobster 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, 623-474-4992.
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.
Scottsdale 4th of July
Taking place in air-conditioned comfort, this family-friendly patriotic wonderland features live entertainment, interactive games, bull riding and stunt shows, and a traditional fireworks finale. Gates open at 2 p.m., with fireworks at approximately 9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, westworldaz.com, 866-977-6849.
Star-Spangled 4th of July
The Town of Fountain Hills hosts this community celebration, which includes live entertainment, bounce houses, a water slide, parachuting demonstration, beer garden and fireworks show. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $5, adults; free, guests 20 and younger. Fountain Park, 16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, experiencefountainhills.org, 480-816-5100.
Tempe 4th Festival
Celebrate Independence Day with live entertainment, children’s activities, and a huge fireworks show choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, the event benefits charities, projects and nonprofit organizations serving Tempe. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. $5, in advance; $8, day of event or two for $15; free, children 12 and younger. VIP: $60 adults; $30, children 5-12. Tempe Beach Park, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, tempe4th.com, 480-350-5189.
Artist demonstrations, gallery show openings and live music highlight the 26th annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk, which is presented by Scottsdale Gallery Association. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com.
Arts & Crafts Show
Paintings, ceramics, photography, weavings, silk scarves, jewelry, and works in metal and glass are showcased as Les Femmes des Montage hosts its 11th annual Fine Art, Jewelry and Wearables Show. A portion of proceeds benefits the Yavapai Humane Society. Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St., Prescott, lesfemmesdesmontage.com, 928-445-2796.
Mineral and Jewelry Show
Gold and silver jewelry is featured, along with unique mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, beads, fossils and slabs, at the Flagstaff Mineral and Jewelry Expo and Sale. Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3, adults; free, children 11 and younger. Flagstaff High School, 400 W. Elm Ave., Flagstaff, 928-554-4615.
Prescott Indian Art Market
Native American artists present paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and handwoven baskets and blankets throughout the museum gardens, with artist demonstrations, musical performances and Indian fry bread adding to the festivities. Pictured is a katsina carving by Hopi artist Gerry Quotskuyva. 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 11, 18
Summer Dance Party
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West wraps up its season with two dances. Music by The Breeze is on tap July 11, and Michael Lawrence Carollo, July 18, as well as root beer floats at intermission on July 18. 7 p.m.-9:45 p.m., with a complimentary cha-cha lesson at 6:15 p.m. both nights. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, 623-544-0574.
July 12, 26
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, and a revolving mix of celebrity mixologists. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $30 (includes three to four cocktails and recipes). July 12, Last Drop at The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, 602-955-7878; and July 26, Culinary Dropout, 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-240-1601.
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.
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, scwdanceforhealth.com, 602-679-4220.
July 17, 31
Tucson Movies in the Park
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the movie Frozen, July 17; and How to Train Your Dragon 2, July 31. 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, saaca.org, 520-797-3959.
Winter in July
Tons of snow for animals and zoo visitors highlights this event, with select animals receiving fresh snow in their exhibits and ice treats as part of a regular behavioral enrichment program. A firehose shower provided by Phoenix Fire Department for Reba the Asian elephant, and spinning and twirling snowball targets add to the festivities. 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Free with zoo admission: $20, adults; $14, children 3-13. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.
Payson Book Festival
Guests can interact with more than 30 Arizona authors and learn about their books and characters as this inaugural event celebrates the art of writing. Author presentations, book signings, storytelling for kids, musical entertainment and food vendors are included. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd., Payson, paysonbookfestival.org, 928-478-6793.
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. Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Su, noon-3:30 p.m. Free. Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 N. Gurley St., Prescott, prescottirissociety.org, 602-300-5791.
July 30-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, Virtu, Proof at Four Seasons Scottsdale and Perk Eatery. Statewide, arizonabreakfastweekend.com, 602-307-9134.