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Settle in for Some Ballet Alfresco Ballet Arizona continues its annual season-opening tradition with Ballet Under the Stars, through Oct. 2. This free series of intimate outdoor performances of classical and contemporary ballet is complete with professional staging, lighting and costumes. Sept. 30, Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Ave., Glendale; Oct. 1, Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, 10300 S. Estrella Pkwy., Goodyear; and Oct. 2, Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. 7...

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Celebrate Fall at a Not-so-Spooky Pumpkin Festival Fairmont Scottsdale Princess marks the spookiest time of year with its festive Pumpkin Nights, through Oct. 31. Highlights include a pumpkin patch; a multiacre labyrinth hay maze; amusement rides, fireworks on select nights and a bounty of German beers and seasonal foods at the resort’s Plaza Bar and restaurants. 6-10 p.m. Tickets start at $18. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, 480-585-4848, scottsdaleprincess.com/pumpkin-fest. Get Your Taco Fix...

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Step Up to Honor the Fallen Firefighters in full gear, police, military and bomb squad personnel march alongside civilians of all ages, abilities and backgrounds as they climb 2,071 steps representing the 110 floors of the twin towers in the 9/11 Tower Challenge, Sept. 11. Participants pause briefly to view photographs of fallen heroes that line the stairs, vowing to “never forget” as they honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and...

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Drive Among the Dinos More than 70 photorealistic dinosaurs return from extinction at the Jurassic Quest Drive Thru, which continues through Sept. 5. The experience is complete with lifelike dinosaurs, a baby dino, trainer meet-and-greets, photo opportunities and an audio soundtrack to help navigate the herd and learn little-known dino facts. Animatronic creatures are displayed in realistic scenes that allow guests to experience them roaring and moving as they drive through the 60-minute tour. Thursday,...

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Explore the Beauty of the Desert at Night 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. Socially distanced activities for all ages are offered, including “Painting with Light.” A nighttime farmers’ market is new this year, featuring locally grown produce, local honey, handmade soaps and artisanal crafts. Saturdays through Sept. 4, 7-9:30 p.m. Bring...

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Enjoy a Musical Slice of the South Get ready for some Southern charm, song and dance with Pump Boys and Dinettes, July 21-Aug. 22. The celebrated jukebox musical tells the tale of four redneck gas station attendants and two waitresses at the Double Cupp diner next door who trade jokes and songs as they go about their simple lives off Highway 57. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and even kitchen...

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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...

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Let the Kiddos Make a Splash Scottsdale Quarter invites children to cool down in the splash fountain, June 25, as part of its Summer Fridays festivities. The event features DJ music, free snow cones from Tropical Sno and water toys in the fountain. The first 100 children also receive Scottsdale Quarter sunglasses and toys to take home that complement weekly themes. The June 25th event celebrates Pirates of the Quarter. Fridays through Aug. 20, 10-11...

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Enjoy a Night of Ballet Bliss Created with the purpose of touching hearts and stirring minds through dance, Alonzo King Lines Ballet embraces a spirit of inquiry and openness to change combined with a reverence for legacy and history. Experience the troupe’s transformative and revelatory dance with two new works: The Personal Element and Azoth. Seating is socially distanced. June 19, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Scottsdale Center for the Performing...

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Visit the Zoo from the Comfort of Your Car Cruise the Zoo returns this summer, allowing guests to see flamingos, giraffes, elephants, tortoises, zebras, monkeys and more from the comfort of their air-conditioned car. Designed to be approximately 30 minutes in length, the narrated drive-through tour offers insights, information and facts about the animals that might be seen along the journey. Curbside food and beverage options are available for purchase. June 13, and every Sunday...

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Hear the Story of America’s Favorite Sexpert Filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of a girl who found her own unique place as American’s most famous sex therapist, Becoming Dr. Ruth tells the triumphant and heartwarming story of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who fled the Nazis in the Kindertransport, joined the Haganah in Jerusalem as a sniper, struggled as a single mother newly arrived in America – and eventually became “Dr. Ruth.” June...

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Photo by Tim Fuller    Enjoy Dance in the Desert with Ballet Arizona The natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert landscape is the backdrop for The Four Seasons, featuring the choreography of Ib Andersen, artistic director of Ballet Arizona. Set to the dramatic score of Antonio Vivaldi, the world-premiere performance interprets the spirit of nature with a journey through winter, spring, summer and fall in movement. Tu-Sa, through June 5, 8 p.m. Call for ticket...

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Catch the Big Game Alfresco Mavrix celebrates the end of an NFL season like no other with a socially distanced Super Bowl viewing party on its 5,000-square-foot patio. The battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will air on a 20-foot Jumbotron LED TV beginning at 4 p.m., with complimentary seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Order the Touchdown Package to score a bucket of five beers, nacho stack and any...

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Share Your Creativity on the Concrete Stop by Chandler Center for the Arts Jan. 23 for some community chalk-coloring on the terrace. Artist Edith Castro – whose cubist-inspired compositions are featured in The Gallery at the CCA through Feb. 26 – has created a 10-by-20-foot chalk outline in her geometric style, and the gallery invites guests of all ages to help color in the lines. Bring a friend, bring a mask; the gallery provides the chalk. While there, be...

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Hit the Ice on an Outdoor Rink Lace up your skates and glide a few laps at Desert Ice Skating Rink, a 6,000-square-foot outdoor rink made with real ice. COVID-19 considerations include timed entry, face coverings and expanded skate change and viewing areas to enable physical distancing. Fire-pit tables with s’mores and blankets are available by reservation, and you can enjoy plenty of holiday lights, cozy igloos and an ice slide before and after. Through...

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