JUNE 1 TO JUNE 16
The Phoenix Theatre Company presents the Tony award-winning musical “Once” to the Valley. Set in Dublin, “Once” reminds everyone that music can connect us to one another. You’ll even be able to catch the play, more than “Once.”
The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.2151, phoenixtheatre.com, times vary, $56-$86.
After the release of his 2018 album, “Dead of Winter,” rapper Esham is touring the country. With more than 30 tour dates announced, the Boogie Man of Detroit will be haunting the city of Mesa for his “Afraid of the Dark Tour.”
Club Red, 1306 W. University Drive, Mesa, 480.200.7529, clubredrocks.com, 7 to 11 p.m., $15.
Rockers Foreigner are headed a “Long, Long Way from Home”—this time to The Pool at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. If you consider yourself a “Jukebox Hero,” then you don’t want to miss this, or you’ll feel as “Cold as Ice.”
The Pool at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, 8 p.m., $25, 21 and over.
Accompanied by rapper Saba, the Dreamville artist JID is on the move for his “Catch Me if You Can Tour.” Fans can catch them both at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe. And yes, there will be a mosh pit.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.1300, 7 p.m., $25.50.
Free to Laugh: Laugh to Free
Do you like to laugh? Would it be nice to support a good cause? If you answered “yes” to either—of both—of these questions, then get your ticket to this year’s Free to Laugh event, featuring Ryan Hamilton. This event is appropriate for people of all ages, and a percentage of the ticket sales go to charity.
Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams Street, Phoenix, 602.262.6225, 6 p.m. doors, sold out.
Arizona Rattlers vs. Tucson Sugar Skulls
It’s the same old song and dance for the Arizona Rattlers. The No. 1-ranked Indoor Football League team will take on its in-state rivals, the Tucson Sugar Skulls.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2000, 5 p.m., $10-$80.
Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
JUNE 11 TO JUNE 16
Satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy this savory, childhood favorite. Join Charlie and the other golden ticket winners as they venture through the magical world that is Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. There’ll be candy, elevators and Oompa-Loompas. Oh my!
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, 480.965.3434, asugammage.com, 7:30 p.m., $30-$150.
Train and The Goo Goo Dolls
Calling all Angels! Train co-headlines Ak-Chin Pavilion with ’90s peers The Goo Goo Dolls to “Give a Little Bit” of fun to Valley music fans. Bring your soul sisters and slide your way down.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.7200, 7 p.m., $22-$298.
Lasers & Liquor: Beyoncé and Queen
Ladies, get in formation to fall “Crazy in Love” during this month’s Lasers & Liquor at the Arizona Science Center. No need to worry if you’re not a Beyoncé fan. The science center will rock the 21-and-older set until they bite the dust. Puns aside, fans can sing along to their favorite Queen and Beyoncé songs.
Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.716.2000, azscience.org, 6 to 10 p.m., $10-$20.
Luke Bryan w/Cole Swindell, Jon Langston and DJ Rock
Want to eschew the lasers on June 13? Shake it with Luke Bryan and his openers, Cole Swindell, as they serenade Ak-Chin Pavilion and remind us that rain is a good thing.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.7200, livenation.com, 7 p.m., $45-$321.
JUNE 13 TO JUNE 16
Hometown hero Flip Orley returns to Arizona to hypnotize fans and make their friends laugh as he does it. Skeptical of hypnosis? Flip will test those theories.
Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480.921.9877, tempeimprov.com, 8 p.m. June 13, 7:30 p.m. June 14, 7 p.m. June 15 and June 16, free.
ONE Night Only
In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, the ONE Community Foundation is throwing a party meant to unite friends and foes. There will be food, drinks, live entertainment and an auction. Come show your true colors for one night only!
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.666.7104, phxart.com, 6:30 to 10 p.m., $75.
Feel the luck of the Irish this “Bloomsday” at the 13th annual Bloomin’ Beerfest. Enjoy a night of craft beer tasting, live music and readings from the classic Irish novel, “Ulysses.” Bring your best threads because a costume contest is in the cards.
Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, 1106 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.258.0109, azirish.org/bloomsday, 7 to 11 p.m., $4-$50.
Phoenix is celebrating the end of slavery with entertainment on a cultural stage; vendor marketplace; food court; children’s activities; and arts and crafts vendors. Free health screenings and historical exhibits round out the afternoon.
Eastlake Park, 1549 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.688.9906, eventbrite.com, 4 to 9 p.m., free.
Like Luke Bryan, Jenny from the Block is shaking it to Phoenix, but she’s celebrating her big 5-0. So ladies, get up and get ready to get “On the Floor” with the fly girl as she sings classics like “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and “If You Had My Love.”
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2000, talkingstickresortarena.com, 8 p.m., $64-$600.
Hootie and the Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies
Hootie and the Blowfish have reunited and they’re ready to listen—and rock—during their “Group Therapy Tour” with Barenaked Ladies. Fans: Arm yourselves with Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and bow down to ’90s royalty. Feel free to cry a little.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.7200, 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$139.50.
San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
JUNE 21 TO JUNE 23
Take someone out to the ballgame! Take them out with the crowd! The Giants are headed to Phoenix for a weekend series that the entire family to enjoy—unless you’re the one buying the peanuts and Cracker Jack. Arrive early on June 22 as the first 20,000 will receive a David Peralta Freight Train bobblehead.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, dbacks.com, 6:40 p.m. June 21, 7:10 p.m. June 22, 1:10 p.m. June 23, tickets start at $25.
Suds & Slides
Adults still possess their inner child. There’s no better way to celebrate that than with suds and slides. The summer camp-themed event features a three-legged race, tug of war and a dunk tank. Don’t fret: They’ll be waterslides.
Riverview Park, 2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, eventbrite.com, 2 to 9 p.m., $15-$50.
YouTubers like Tyler Rugge, Happy Tails, Faith’s Furry Critters, Mike Tytula and Adri Rachelle are among those slated to appear. Whether you prefer cats, dogs, fish or birds, this is an event not to miss.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa, 200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, eventbrite.com, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., $0-$20.
The hardest-working man in show business is headed to Scottsdale. Jay Leno, former “Tonight Show” host, brings the house down with the same wit, comedy and charm he brought to TV sets across the country.
The Ballroom at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7734, 8 p.m., tickets start at $35.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
JUNE 24 TO JUNE 26
With Yasiel Puig gone, that’s one less Dodger to dislike. As we all know, there’s an intense rivalry here. There’s only two words for this blurb: Beat LA!
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, dbacks.com, 6:40 p.m. June 24 and June 25, and 12:40 p.m. June 26, tickets start at $25.
Those Judys, Marthas and Ritas will have a good time with Sir Paul, but so will any Beatles fan for sure. The show sold out quickly, but, fingers crossed, the venue will release seats just before the legend hits the stage.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2000, talkingstickresortarena.com, 8 p.m., sold out.
Archie and Friends
This is not a “Riverdale” watch party. Archie and Friends are headed to Tempe to bring a night full of laughter, music and poetry. This is pretty much filterless, so bring your open-minded friends.
Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480.921.9877, tempeimprov.com, 7 p.m.,$10.
Mad Monster Party Arizona
JUNE 28 TO JUNE 30
Something wicked this way comes! Mad Monster Party will have a wicked good time with the likes of Robert Patrick, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise and Sid Haig.
We-Ko-Pa Resort, 10438 N. Fort McDowell Road, Fountain Hills, madmonster.com, 6 p.m. June 28, 11 a.m. June 29 and June 30, $39-$199.
Hard rockers Mastodon’s manager passed away last fall, but they’re forging ahead with their “The Unheavenly Skye Tour.” Each night, Mastodon will also play its 2009 album, “Crack in the Skye,” in its entirety. Coheed and Cambria will perform as well.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, comericatheatre.com, 6:30 p.m., tickets start at $30.