Test Your Pedal Power in Tempe
It’s the hottest time of the year so why not hop on your mountain bike for a Day Drinker Devil Ride, Aug. 7? The grueling, 10-mile gravel/mountain bike course features eight landmarks in and around Mill Avenue, Papago Park and Tempe Town Lake. Riders receive a raffle ticket for each of the landmarks they take a selfie at on the day of the ride, plus two bonus raffle tickets if all eight landmarks are successfully captured. A route map and list of landmarks will be provided at the start of the ride. There is no cost to participate and riders receive their first Day Drinker Light Lager for a penny. The first 50 people to register also earn a free event T-shirt. Post-ride activities include a $12 bottomless breakfast, raffle prize giveaway and Happy Hour pricing on Pedal Haus Brewery beer. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.; ride must be complete by 1 p.m.; post-ride festivities continue until 2 p.m. Pedal Haus Brewery, 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, pedalhausbrewery.com.
Make a Splash at Scottsdale Park
Kids of all ages enjoy a variety of inflatable water slides and obstacle courses at Slide the Rails, Aug. 7. New this year is a bubble foam pit. Cold drinks and tasty treats will be available for purchase. Bring a towel and sunscreen. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. A $10 wristband includes unlimited access to the water attractions as well as unlimited train and carousel rides. Wristbands (sold onsite the day of the event) are required for everyone ages 3 and older; kids 2 and younger are free with a paying adult. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, 480-312-2312, therailroadpark.com.
Watch a Cult Classic about a Bloodthirsty Plant
Little Shop of Horrors, through Aug. 8, is a lively musical that revolves around a nerdy floral assistant who discovers his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant that feeds on human blood. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, 623-776-8400, azbroadway.org.
Enjoy a Day Trip to Wine Country
LDV Winery and Vineyard welcomes guests for a Wine Country BBQ from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Participants enjoy wine tastings and food, an educational tour of the vineyard and winery led by winemaker Curt Dunham, and photo opportunities against the backdrop of Arizona’s wine country just before harvest. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $40. LDV Winery and Vineyard, 13922 S. Kuykendall Cutoff Rd., Pearce, 480-664-4822, ldvwinery.com.
Take the Kids to See a Funny Puppet Show
The Princess, The Unicorn and The Smelly Foot Troll is a musical show with plenty of singing, sparkles and smelly foot hilarity. Through Aug. 15: Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, 602-262-2050, azpuppets.org.