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Winter in July, July 13
Winter in July, July 13

June 1 – August 31

Flashlight Tours

Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during these self-paced nocturnal tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Sa, 7-9:30 p.m. $14.95, adults; $9.95, children. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ, 85008


June 1 – August 21

Point of View

This interactive art experience features works by 13 artists from around the world that challenge traditional viewpoints and touch on such topics as time, religion, power and reality. Presented by Wonderspaces, the show welcomes all ages to explore the concept of perspective with an approximately 80-minute experience spread across roughly 16,000 square feet that includes a virtual reality dinner party and an installation that encourages digital painting through body movement. Su-Th, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; F-Sa,…

Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

June 27 – August 30

Art Exhibit (FREE)

Chandler artist Shachi Kale presents Before Ever After: My American Fairytale. The series of paintings address the artist’s journey from Mumbai, India, to Arizona through the lens of fairy tales – the lonely and difficult parts, before the princess gets her “ever after.” Call for times. Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Dr., Scottsdale, scottsdalepublicart.org/events, 480-312-READ.

Appaloosa Library, Scottdale, AZ

July 1 – 7

World’s Oldest Rodeo

The Old West comes alive as Prescott Frontier Days celebrates 132 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, worldsoldestrodeo.com, 928-445-4320.

Prescott, Prescott, AZ

July 4 – 6

Festival in the Pines

More than 150 artists and vendors from around the country offer one-of-a-kind artwork, including pottery, paintings, jewelry, glass and sculpture at this family-oriented festival. Two stages of live musical performances, local food trucks and creative activities for kids add to the fun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff, flagstaffartfest.com, 480-968-5353.

Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, AZ

July 4

Scottsdale 4th of July

Taking place in air-conditioned comfort, this family-friendly patriotic wonderland includes a Fortnite 4th Experience featuring pro gamers on a live screen, laser tag and a DJ dance party, as well as rescued stunt dogs, game trucks, bull riding, mutton busting, pony rides, a petting zoo, kids’ play zone, a backyard barbecue and fireworks finale. 4-9:30 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdale4th.com.

WestWorld of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260


July 4

Tempe Town Lake Festival

Celebrate Independence Day with live entertainment, children’s activities and a fireworks spectacular choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, the event benefits charities, projects and nonprofit organizations serving Tempe. Gates open at 5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Beach Park, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, tempe4th.com, 480-350-5189.

Tempe Beach Park, Tempe, AZ

July 4

Celebration of Freedom (FREE)

Live music, patriotic displays, Revolutionary War re-enactments, family activities, a laser light show 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.

Mesa Amphitheatre, Mesa, AZ


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