Events

Search our guide to what's happening around Arizona. (Want your event listed? Send an email to Noah Austin at [email protected] Be sure to include the dates of the event, public contact information (phone and/or website) and a brief description.)

  • Central

    1. Payson Book Festival at Gila Community College : Payson

      July 23

      www.paysonbookfestival.org

      This family-oriented event provides a place for personal interaction between readers and more than 60 Arizona authors in many genres. Hear presentations and enjoy workshops, food, entertainment and kids activities all day. Free.

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    2. Personal Journeys: American Indian Landscapes : Phoenix

      July 1 to July 31

      602-252-8848 heard.org

      Explore the unique relationship American Indians have with land and how it has been expressed in art at the Heard Museum.

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    3. Desertscapes: Narrative Landscape Photography by Wayne Norton at Pueblo Grande Museum : Phoenix

      July 1 to July 31

      602-495-0901 www.pueblogrande.com

      Photographer Wayne Norton describes this exhibit of black-and-white landscape photographs as a portrait of the American desert through which he wishes "to question Man's treatment of the desert and our existence there."

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    4. Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden : Phoenix

      July 1 to July 31

      480-941-1225 www.dbg.org

      Every Thursday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m., beat the heat and take a self-paced stroll along the garden’s Desert Discovery Trail to discovery stations. Experience the plants, animals, sights and sounds of the desert night.

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    5. Summer Sundays : Phoenix

      July 24

      heard.org

      Visit the Heard Museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the summer months for free general admission.

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    6. Moon Over Buffalo at Desert Stages Theatre : Scottsdale

      July 1 to July 24

      desertstages.org/

      George and Charlotte are performing in Buffalo when they receive a call from film director Frank Capra, who needs two stars for his current film and he is interested in them.

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    7. Into the Woods at Scottsdale Desert Stages Mainstage Theatre : Scottsdale

      July 8 to July 31

      desertstages.org/

      Once upon a time there was a childless baker and his wife who wished to begin a family but had been cursed by an evil witch. To break the spell, the couple must journey into the woods and complete the witch's list of tasks.

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    8. West Side Story at Hale Theater : Gilbert

      July 7 to July 31

      www.haletheatrearizona.com

      Hale Theatre presents the ageless tale of Romeo and Juliet set against the backdrop of NYC gang warfare of the 1950s. As rival gangs battle over their turf, a boy and a girl from opposing sides fall in love and begin their tragic fight for survival.

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    9. Shrek: The Musical : Peoria

      July 15 to July 31

      623-776-8400 azbroadway.org/

      Arizona Broadway Theatre presents the most famous ogre of all time in this hilarious spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film. Follow the unlikely hero, his wisecracking best friend Donkey and the princess on a journey of a lifetime.

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    10. 12th Annual National Day of the Cowboy at Desert Caballeros Western Museum : Wickenburg

      July 23

      www.westernmuseum.org

      Stop by Desert Caballeros Western Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a "Summer Family Day" with interactive experiences the whole family can enjoy.

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    11. 11th Annual Shootout on Whiskey Row : Prescott

      July 23 to July 24

      www.visit-prescott.com

      The Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies host a gathering of award-winning Western re-enactment groups from all over the West who compete in historic skits and gunfights from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    12. 12th Annual National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration in Uptown Sedona : Sedona

      July 22 to July 23

      928-204-2390 www.sedonamainstreet.com

      Enjoy “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on,” gunfights, roping, cowboy action shooting, historical re-enactments, musical revues, storytelling, poetry, cowboy/cowgirl outfit contests, country music and performances from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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    13. Sedona Hummingbird Festival at Sedona Performing Arts Center : Sedona

      July 29 to July 31

      800-529-3699 www.sedonahummingbirdfestival.com

      Watch presentations by hummingbird experts in many interest areas: science, gardening, photography, conservation and regional species studies.

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    14. Comedy Show: Kate Quigley : Phoenix

      July 20 to July 24

      480-420-3553 az.houseofcomedy.net/kate-quigley

      Rick Bronson's House of Comedy presents this actress, who has appeared on "The Office" and other programs. Dinner and drinks are served before and during the 90-minute show. Times vary.

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    15. Comedy Show: Nore Davis : Phoenix

      July 27 to July 31

      480-420-3553 az.houseofcomedy.net/nore-davis

      Rick Bronson's House of Comedy presents this rising star, who has performed on "Inside Amy Schumer" and other TV programs. Dinner and drinks are served before and during the 90-minute show. Times vary.

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    16. WHAM High School Art Exhibit : Surprise

      July 18 to August 29

      623-584-8311 wham-art.org

      WHAM West Gallery (16560 N. Dysart Road) displays high-school students' artwork from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Artwork from Arizona Charter Academy and Cactus High School will be showcased to help promote art in schools.

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    17. Bring Back the '80s Pool Party at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar : Phoenix

      July 23

      www.lustrerooftopbar.com

      From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., bring your '80s attire to the third-floor pool deck of Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix for live music, games, prizes and fun in the pool. No cover.

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    18. The Graduate Sessions at Graduate Tempe : Tempe

      July 27 to July 31

      480-967-9431 altaz933.com/alt-az-graduate-hotel-sessions/

      Graduate Tempe (225 E. Apache Boulevard) hosts nationally renowned bands Fitz and the Tantrums (July 27) and Dirty Heads (July 31) from noon to 2 p.m. The events feature $2 Modelo beer specials and $3 tacos. Guests must enter to win tickets.

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    19. National Dance Day Zumba Party at Westgate Entertainment District : Glendale

      July 30

      www.westgateaz.com

      At Westgate's WaterDance Plaza from 7:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy a Zumba class instructed by Zumba Tasha, along with music, dancing and more. Free and open to the public. Don't forget to hydrate and take water.

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  • Southern

    1. 7th Annual Garlic Festival and Benefit at Triangle T Guest Ranch : Dragoon

      July 30 to July 31

      520-586-7533 www.azretreatcenter.com/

      From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Triangle T Ranch hosts a garlic cooking contest, farmers market, vendors, music, food, games, prizes and crafts benefitting the Wounded Warriors and Make-A-Wish of Arizona.

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    2. HarvestFest at Sonoita Vineyards : Elgin

      July 30

      520-455-5893 www.sonoitavineyards.com

      This all-weekend festival offers hundreds of guests participating in grape-stomping competitions, horse-drawn vineyard tours, tastings and pairings showing off signature wines.

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    3. Monsoon Madness Plant Sale : Tucson

      July 29 to July 30

      520-742-6455 www.tohonochulpark.org

      Tohono Chul Park hosts local growers and nationally renowned plant experts with their specially selected inventory. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the gardens is free during the event.

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    4. Mexican Film Festival : Nogales

      July 28

      520-287-2521 consulmex2.sre.gob.mx/nogales

      The Consulate General of Mexico in Nogales, Arizona (135 W. Cardwell Street) host a celebration of iconic Mexican star Pedro Infante. The first film will be screened at the consulate's Salon Bicentenario at 5:30 p.m. Free admission.

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  • Eastern

    1. Show Low Main Street Farmers Market & Art Walk : Show Low

      July 2 to July 30

      928-532-2680 http://www.showlowmainstreet.org/farmers-market--art-walk.html

      Festival Marketplace features local produce growers, food product producers, artisans and craftspeople, and entertainment, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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    2. Native American Dances at the Historic Courthouse Square : Holbrook

      July 1 to July 31

      928-524-6558 holbrookchamberofcommerce.com/

      View a variety of authentic Native American dances. Visitors are welcome to participate weekdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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    3. 14th Annual High Country Hummers at Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area : Springerville

      July 30

      www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/hummingbird.shtml

      A hummingbird expert will lead a capture and bird-banding event with a group of volunteers. Observe researchers as they measure and band these flying jewels. Learn beginning birding and a view a live wildlife exhibit from 8 a.m. to noon.

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    4. Bar-B-Que & Dance at Nutrioso Community Center : Alpine

      July 30

      928-339-4122 www.alpinearizona.com

      Nutrioso Community Center, the Old Schoolhouse, offers guests a chance to dine on barbecue, dance off the calories, and purchase arts and crafts from local vendors.

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    5. Car & Bike Show : Show Low

      July 23

      602-820-7655 www.thejohnnyo.org/cruising-cause

      Celebrate wheels past, present and future, and view motorcycles and cars at the Home Depot parking lot. Proceeds go to support the Johnny-O Foundation and raise funds for Alzheimer’s, dementia and traumatic brain injury research.

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  • Northern

    1. Wildflower Walks at The Arboretum at Flagstaff : Flagstaff

      July 23

      928-774-1442 www.thearb.org

      Take a special wildflower walk from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. that will focus on the native species in bloom at this time of year. Sign-up upon arrival.

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    2. Jo’Jini’ – If These Objects Could Talk at Navajo Nation Museum : Window Rock

      July 1 to July 31

      The Navajo Nation Museum features 60 different contemporary objects donated by 25 different Navajo artists, doctors and teachers who wanted to share their jewelry, folk art, pottery, historical items and contemporary pieces.

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