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Through July 4
World’s Oldest Rodeo
The Old West comes alive as Prescott Frontier Days celebrates 131 years this summer with eight rodeo performances, a parade, Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children, dance, cowboy church, and arts and crafts. Stay Cowboy is the theme of the event, a nod to earlier times when people treated each other with kindness and embraced business decisions with a simple handshake. Call for times, ticket prices and Prescott locations, worldsoldestrodeo.com, 928-445-4320.

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, azcelebrationoffreedom.org.

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, phoenix.gov/parks, 602-534-FEST.  

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 Donovan & the All Stars. Gates open at 5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Beach Park, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, tempe4th.com, 480-350-5189.

July 13
Happy Together Tour
Sing along to the biggest hits of the ’60s and ’70s with headline artists from such bands as The Turtles, Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Paul Revere & the Raiders and The Cowsills. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.

July 14
Jackson Browne
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music, defining a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. Hits include “Running on Empty,” “Doctor My Eyes,” “Stay,” “The Pretender” and “Tender Is the Night.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

July 14
Winter in July
More than 50 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. Wet and wild play areas add to the fun. 7 a.m.-noon. Included with zoo admission: $24.95, adults; $14.95, children 3-13. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.

July 24
American Idol Live!
The top seven finalists from this season’s American Idol perform, including winner Maddie Poppe, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee and Michael J. Woodard. Kris Allen, winner of Season 8, is special guest. 7:30 p.m. $30-$55. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

July 25-September 9
Avenue Q  
There’s more fuzz to love when these badly behaved puppet friends return to the stage in this R-rated, laugh-out-loud look at life after college. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.

July 30
Shania Twain
Fans will be singing along to such hits as “Let’s Go Girls,” “Honey, I’m Home,” “Any Man of Mine,” “You’re Still the One,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed” as the queen of country pop takes the stage. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.