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Through July 4
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 1-2; Drive, July 3; and Michael Jackson Tribute Band, July 4. Call for times. Free for resort and dinner guests. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale,, 480-585-4848.

Through July 4
Patriotic PaintScaping (FREE)
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 facade. Daily, 8-9:30 p.m. every 30 minutes. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale,, 480-624-1000.

Through July 4
World’s Oldest Rodeo
Old West hospitality and charm dominate as Prescott Frontier Days celebrates 130 years this summer with eight rodeo performances, a parade, Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children, dance, cowboy church, and arts and crafts. Call for times, ticket prices and Prescott locations,, 928-445-4320. Legends Live Among Us is the theme of the parade, which kicks off at 9 a.m. July 1 in downtown Prescott.

Through July 5
PTSD: The Invisible Scar (FREE)
Christopher Oshana, a retired Navy veteran and photographer, invites viewers to look beyond the facade and into the private lives of a few of our country’s veterans in this photographic and video documentary about servicemen and women who have been diagnosed with PTSD. Call for hours. Public Image, 333 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix,, 602-350-4718.

Through August 31
Sand Sculpture (FREE)
The Town of Carefree welcomes local artist Ray Villafane, who has created a 30-ton sand sculpture at the garden. The internationally acclaimed artist has traveled throughout the world fashioning exceptional figures and scenes out of pumpkins, sand and snow. Stone-balancing creations also are on display. Daily. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree,, 480-488-3686.

Through September 2
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, 7-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225. 

July 1
Jerome Art Walk (FREE)
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery-hopping. 5-8 p.m. Jerome,, 928-634-0774. July 1
Taco Festival Flagstaff
Restaurants, caterers and other culinary teams throw down their best tacos for $2 each. Live music, a Chihuahua beauty pageant, chile pepper-eating contest and lucha libre wrestling add to the fun. Noon-6 p.m. $12. Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff,, 866-977-6849.

July 1-3
Arts & Crafts Festival (FREE)
Unique artworks and crafts by more than 60 artists are on display and for sale as the High Country Art Association hosts this 42nd annual event. Live music and refreshments add to the festivities. Sa-Su, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; M, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Apple orchard behind Charlie Clark’s Steakhouse, 1701 E. White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop,, 928-367-3916. 

July 3
Freedom Treasure Fest (FREE)
Magic Bird Festivals hosts this event, which showcases 70 local artists and vendors exhibiting a range of boutique designs, apparel, handcrafted goods, jewelry and gourmet packaged edibles. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek,, 480-488-2014.

July 4
Celebration of Freedom (FREE)
Live music, patriotic displays, a naturalization ceremony, Revolutionary War re-enactments, family activities and fireworks highlight this Independence Day celebration. 6-10 p.m. Mesa Amphitheatre and Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., and along Center Street between Second Street and University Drive, Mesa,

July 4
Chandler Fireworks Spectacular (FREE)
The City of Chandler rolls out the red, white and blue for this party in the park featuring live music, food vendors, children’s activities and a traditional fireworks display. 5-10:30 p.m. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler,, 480-782-2735.

July 4
Fabulous Phoenix 4th (FREE)
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. 6-10 p.m. Steele Indian School Park, 301 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix,, 602-534-FEST.  

July 4
4th of Zoo-Ly 
Guests enjoy a catered lakeside barbecue dinner, up-close animal encounters and children’s activities, plus a great view from the zoo of the Tempe fireworks show. 7-10 p.m. $45, adults; $35, children 3-12; reservations required. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-286-3800.

July 4
Independence Day Festival (FREE)
A waterslide, hot dog- and marshmallow-eating contests and a parent and child water balloon toss are highlights as the city of Tolleson salutes America. Musical entertainment by Uptown Band and the traditional cutting of the watermelons are included, along with a fireworks show. 4-9:30 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson,, 623-936-7111.

July 4
July 4th Spectacular (FREE)
Water slides, inflatable water tag, crafts, eating contests, music, food trucks, a photo booth and fireworks are included. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunset Park, 3020 W. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg,, 928-668-0557.

July 4
Scottsdale 4th of July
Taking place in air-conditioned comfort, this family-friendly patriotic wonderland features all-star stunt dogs, BMX shows, bull riding, pony rides, a petting zoo, kids’ play zone, photo opportunities with princesses and superheroes and a fireworks finale. 3-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 866-977-6849.

July 4
Tempe Town Lake 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. Featured entertainers include Lane Change, Kianna Martinez and Levi Rebel. 5-11 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,, 480-350-5189.

July 7
First Fridays Art Walk (FREE)
More than 70 Downtown art galleries and art spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-256-7539.

July 14
Chinese Auction & Dinner
The Arizona chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International celebrates the Year of the Rooster with this unique fundraiser, which combines a silent and live auction. Proceeds assist with continuing education and scholarships for professionals in the hospitality industry, and those who are pursuing a career in the field. 5 p.m. $70. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, 5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-240-5552.

July 15
Winter in July
Tons of snow for animals and zoo visitors highlights this event, with select animals receiving fresh snow in their exhibits and icy treats as part of a regular behavioral enrichment program. 7-11 a.m. Included with zoo admission: $24.95, adults; $14.95, children 3-13. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-286-3800.

July 15-16
Arizona Get Outdoors Expo
Hunting, fishing, rock climbing, hiking, biking, running, yoga and more take center stage at this event, which features the latest hunting, fishing and camping gear and technologies; outdoor education and safety clinics; a catch-and-release fishing pond; bow fishing tank; archery range; cornhole tournament; and RV and boat exhibits. Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $8, adults; free, children 12 and younger. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 866-977-6849.

July 20
Birds ’n’ Beer (FREE)
Sip on a Four Peaks brew while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-468-6470.

July 27-30 
Arizona Breakfast Weekend
Whet your appetite for all things egg, bacon and toast as Valley chefs and restaurateurs offer special dishes at $7, $10 and $15 price points. Arizona Restaurant Association hosts this third annual event, which celebrates the morning meal. Among the dozens of participants are Ticoz Latin Kitchen, The Market Restaurant + Bar, Original Breakfast House, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Hash Kitchen and Perk Eatery. Statewide,

July 28-30
Sedona Hummingbird Festival
Educational presentations, garden tours, a hummingbird marketplace, banding demonstrations and birding trips are included as this event coincides with Sedona’s peak hummingbird population. Call for times and ticket prices. Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona,, 800-529-3699.

July 29
This annual celebration includes wine tastings, food and wine pairings, vineyard tours by wagon, winery tours with the winemaker, grape stomping and a blessing of the vineyard. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25-$85. Sonoita Vineyards, 290 Elgin-Canelo Rd., Elgin,, 520-455-5893.

July 29
Real, Wild & Woody
Countless specialty and small-batch beer styles are on tap at this summer beer festival, along with bites from top area restaurants, live acoustic music and seminars. 2-6 p.m. $57 (includes 20 drink samples and small bites); $25, designated driver. Phoenix Convention Center, 33 S. Third St., Phoenix,, 480-586-6711.