5 Things to Do This Weekend, July 16-18

Judy HarperJuly 15, 2021
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Fern Rallies the Valley at Phoenix Zoo | Photo courtesy Phoenix Zoo

Celebrate Lions and Tigers and Suns Fans, Oh My! 

Grab your favorite Suns gear and decorate your car in all things orange as the Phoenix Zoo rallies the Valley during its summertime Cruise the Zoo, July 18. The drive-through experience allows guests to see flamingos, giraffes, elephants, tortoises, zebras, monkeys and more from the comfort of their own air-conditioned car. Designed to be approximately 30 minutes in length, the narrated tour offers insights, information and facts about the animals that might be seen along the journey. Curbside food and beverage options, souvenirs and photos are available for purchase. Sundays through July 25, 7 a.m.-noon, with the last car in line by 11:30 a.m. $50-$65, advance purchase only. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org

Unleash Some Puppy Love in Anthem 

Musical Theatre of Anthem opens its 2021-2022 season with 101 Dalmatians Kids, July 16-17. This familiar Disney tale of kidnappers, puppies and villains focuses on a woman who kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur – and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42201 N. 41st Dr., Anthem, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org 

Head for the Hills for a Sizzlin’ Music Fest 

Fountain Hills Theater presents four concerts in three days at the Sizzlin’ Summer Weekend Music Festival, July 16-18. First up is Everybody Rise – A Boozy Cruise Through Broadway’s Greatest Lushes, an evening of drunk songs, songs about drinking and songs that would be waaaay better if they were sung while drinking, July 16, 7:30 p.m. Charlie Jordan shares stories and songs about Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash in Diamonds and Cash, July 17, 7:30 p.m. Dedicated to the music and memories of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, Remember When, July 18, 2 p.m., is a retro radio-style revue featuring award-winning entertainer T.A. Burrows in a concert of popular hits by such artists as Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles. The June 18 finale, 7 p.m., features Julian Mendoza, a recent star of Fox’s I Can See Your Voice, in Julian Mendoza: A Knight’s Tale. The concert includes different genres of the artist’s songbook, ranging from musical theater to Selena Quintanilla. $35, adults; $18, children 17 and younger; and $100, full festival pass (available through box office only). Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, 480-837-9661, fhtaz.org 

Find Inspiration and Ideas Galore for Your Home Sweet Home 

Local businesses and artisans share the latest outdoor products and designs complemented by do-it-yourself seminars, workshops and exhibits featuring new trends for homes and gardens at the Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show, July 16-18. Expert advice from Master Gardeners, landscape consultation with a take-home design, honey sampling and beeswax candle-making are among the highlights. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8, adults; $3, children 3-12. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, 602-485-1691, mchomeshows.com 

Get Ready to “Move It, Move It” 

Journey across the ocean with Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and those hilarious plotting penguins as Harkins Theatres wraps up its Summer Movie Fun series with Madagascar. Raised in captivity, this crazy cast of characters faces new challenges when they find themselves far from home and on a wild adventure in the family-favorite animated film. Monday-Friday, July 16-22, check website for times. $3-$5. Harkins Theatres, Valleywide, harkins.com/smf 


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