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JULY 4TH TEMPE TOWN LAKE FESTIVAL
July 4, 5–11 PM
Tempe Beach Park
80 W East Side of Mill and E Rio Salado Pkwy
$5–$8 (free for those with active military IDs)
This annual festival features a fireworks display, live music, inflatable kids’ ride village, vendors, and fun and games for the entire family. tempe4th.com.
27TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ARTWALK
July 7, 6:30–9:30 PM
Scottsdale Arts District, Scottsdale
The 27th Annual International ArtWalk celebrates talented artists from around the world represented in Scottsdale galleries, mingled with small presentations and lectures, cool treats, and gallery fun. Look for “ArtWalk the Line” sidewalk decals along Main Street, west of Scottsdale Road and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. scottsdalegalleries.com.
WINTER IN JULY
July 18, 7–11 AM
The Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Free with zoo admission
This “winter” event blends 25 tons of snow with a snowball target area, toddler snow pile, craft station, magic shows, interactive animal talks, and more as the perfect way to get cool this summer. phoenixzoo.org/event-items/winter-july.
SEDONA HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL
Sedona Performing Arts Center, Sedona
One day pass $17, Three day pass $45, children 12 and under free
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival includes presentations by hummingbird experts—focused on science, gardening, photography, and conservation—as well as hummingbird tours.
2ND FRIDAY NIGHT OUT
August 12, 6–10 PM
Downtown Mesa between Center and Country Club
Information booth on Main and MacDonald, Mesa
Part of their second Friday monthly block party celebration series, downtown Mesa presents a night with over 60 artists presenting their newest works, shops stay open late, and don’t forget to bring cash for food vendors selling savory and sweet treats. Each month’s theme is different, but there’s always live music and activities for the kids. 2ndfridaynightout.com.
August 26, 8 pm
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E Second St., Scottsdale
The first local dance company to take the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ main stage in over a decade last August, Inspiración Flamenca returns for another incredible show, featuring three guitarists, two vocalists, percussion, flute, and five dancers. Julia Chacón, acclaimed dancer and the company’s director, says, “Flamenco truly embraces the Valley’s history and diversity.” scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
September 14, 7 PM
2121 N 83rd Ave, Phoenix
Hall & Oates, the beloved musical duo, performs with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, as well as Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. livenation.com/artists/41593/hall-oates.
DEF LEPPARD WITH REO SPEEDWAGON
September 20, 7 PM
2121 N 83rd Ave, Phoenix
English rock band Def Leppard visits the Valley on their tour with American rock band Reo Speedwagon.