Paint and Sip at Lo-Lo’s
A little Rembrandt – and a little buzz – never hurt anyone! Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles’ monthly paint-and-sip nights are the perfect combination of booze, live jazz and artistry. Grab some friends for a chance to explore your creative side with a guided paint lesson alongside drinks for sale.
Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles, 1220 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.340.1304, loloschickenandwaffles.com, 7 to 9 p.m., $30.
Fourth of July at Tempe Town Lake
There’s nothing like fireworks on the water and for the 67th year, Tempe Town Lake hosts a celebration like no other. Featuring performances by Donovan and the All Stars, Kianna Martinez, Lane Change and a flyover, the night ends with fireworks from the Mill Avenue bridge, choreographed to tunes of all types.
Tempe Town Lake, 80 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.5189, tempe4th.com, 5 to 11 p.m., $5-$8.
The Police Experience
JULY 6 AND JULY 7
This tribute band has The Police down to a tee – every breath they take and every move they make. From “Roxanne” to “Message in a Bottle,” every little thing this group channels is magic. You’ve got two chances to see the acclaimed crew in action when they take over The Showroom at Casino Arizona for two nights.
Casino Arizona, 524 N. 92nd Street, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, casinoarizona.com, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15.
Annie! The Musical
JULY 6 TO JULY 15
In Arizona, we know that the sun will come out tomorrow… and the next day and the day after that but this beloved family musical is a good reminder. With production value, talent and heart to spare, Annie! tells the story of Little Orphan Annie, who spreads positivity and hope in the Big Apple after a millionaire adopts her and shakes up her world.
Dream City Church, 13613 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, 1.800.224.2122, summermusical.org, 7:30 p.m., $10-$31.
This Australian-born DJ began making his own tracks at 14 and was playing clubs by the time he was 16. With hyped-up originals like “Bugging Device” and “China Town” under his belt, Joel Fletcher brings his brand of electro house to Scottsdale for a cover-free night of fun.
Maya Day and Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.625.0528, mayaclubaz.com, 10 p.m., free.
Arizona Stadium Spirit
Life may be a marathon but sometimes you’ve got to sprint! While this reprisal of the obstacle-ridden Spartan race is only 3 to 5 miles long, it provides the perfect opportunity for new and returning racers to see how far they can push themselves. With more 20 obstacles, racers are sure to hit the mud running… good luck from there!
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 1.800.745.3000, spartan.com, 7:30 a.m., $97-$148.
Summer in Scottsdale means sweating, scalding steering wheels but most importantly, pool parties at Talking Stick Resort. The hotel brings in the EDM legend himself, Diplo, for an afternoon of dancehall, hip-hop beats and partying. Expect a mix of tracks across the board when the man behind M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” and some of Justin Bieber’s biggest hits gets to spinning.
The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, noon to 6 p.m., $45.
The Garth Guy Show
Don’t forget that you’ve got friends in low places, like Sun Lakes! Garth Brooks tribute artist – Dean Simmons or “The Garth Guy” – is set to take the stage with the charisma, talent and charm of the man himself. From “The Thunder Rolls” to “The Dance,” you won’t want to miss an opportunity to sway along with this country crooner.
IronOaks at Sun Lakes, 24218 S. Oakwood Boulevard, Sun Lakes, 480.317.3600, bit.ly/2sYPq1K, 7 p.m., $20.
No one knows guitar like Grammy Award-winner Eric Johnson. With the top 10 hit “Cliffs of Dover” and a handful of award-winning albums under his belt, Johnson has made a place in guitar history. He stops by the intimate stage at the Musical Instrument Museum for a dynamic set, featuring tracks from his latest album Up Close.
Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, 480.479.6000, mim.org, 7:30 p.m., $43.50-$48.50.
JULY 13 TO JULY 14
Whether she’s dishing it out as herself on Whitney or behind-the-scenes writing for shows like Roseanne and 2 Broke Girls, Whitney Cummings has garnered a reputation of being herself – no-holds-barred. From men to politics, her raunchy stand-up show is an act not to be missed.
Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480.921.9877, tempeimprov.com, times vary, $30.
Catch Me if You Can
JULY 13 TO AUGUST 12
Based on the hit Steven Spielberg flick, this musical comedy tells the true story of a 1960s conman who scammed the world. Arizona Broadway Theatre hosts the musical’s Arizona regional premiere, promising Pan Am glamour, delightful entertainment and a delicious dinner!
Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, 623.776.8400, azbroadway.org, times vary, $41.20-$91.
The Little Mermaid
JULY 13 TO JULY 22
The charm of this fishy fable is endless. TheaterWorks takes on Disney’s The Little Mermaid, bringing the magic of songs like “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World” to life. Follow Ariel as she dreams of a love and a life on land. Special sensory-friendly performances for families affected by sensory, social and cognitive disabilities are also available.
Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Road, Peoria, 623.815.7930, theaterworks.org, $16-$38.
Salt River Tubing: Spooktacular Halloween
Whether you’ve been watching Friday the 13th marathons or you’ve got an emotional attachment to a costume, your repeat-Halloween opportunity has arrived! Salt River Tubing is open and its themed costume days are a blast for all parties involved. Grab some friends, sunscreen and cold brews for a spooky float down the river – candy not included.
Salt River Tubing, 9200 N. Bush Highway, Mesa, 480.984.3305, saltrivertubing.com, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., $7-$17.
Winter in July at Phoenix Zoo
Hot temps, shining sun and no chance of snow this July? The Phoenix Zoo begs to differ. For one afternoon, the zoo will host nearly 50 tons of snow, wet and wild play areas and icy treats for some favorite loveable furry friends. Activities like Winter Game photo ops, snow painting and an ice wagon are included with admission.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 602.286.3800, phoenixzoo.org, 7 to 11 a.m., $12.95-$24.95.
Foster the People
This quartet of L.A. instrumentalists gained steam after their controversial track “Pumped Up Kicks” took off in 2011 and since then, the group has showed no signs of stopping. While they’re touring their latest album Sacred Hearts Club, the indie pop group has a handful of hits to choose from, including “Sit Next to Me,” “Don’t Stop” and “Helena Beat.”
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 7 p.m., $29.50-$59.50.
Chester Bennington Tribute and Celebration
It’s an emotional night for Mesa as the community joins to pay their respects to the iconic former Arizonan/Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington. Featuring live tributes from bands like Lethal Injektion, as well as special guests, all proceeds from this all-ages event will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Club Red Mesa, 1306 W. University Drive, Mesa, 480.200.7529, clubredrocks.com, 7 p.m., $10.
This Grammy Award-winning a cappella group has had a wild ride since forming in 2011, charting more than 3.3 billion views on YouTube. Pentatonix is hitting the road for a worldwide tour in promotion of its new album, PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1. Expect the unexpected with a setlist packed of dazzling new arrangements like “New Rules” and “Attention,” as well as originals. Special guests are Echosmith and Calum Scott.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.7200, ptxofficial.com, 8 p.m., $25-$69.50.
Peach Mania Festival
JULY 21 TO JULY 29
For two weekends this summer, Apple Annie’s Orchard is showcasing its one-of-a-kind, sweet and juicy Willcox peaches. Starting with an unlimited peaches and pancakes breakfast, each afternoon will feature free wagon rides, peach picking and samples. Swing by later in the day for homemade peach pie and apple-smoked burgers.
Apple Annie’s Orchards, 2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox, 520.384.2084, appleannies.com, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., free admission and fees for lunch and fruit.
The beloved Hollywood-based tribute band The Cured is taking over Tempe so patrons can dance away. With Arena, a tribute to Duran Duran, set to open, it’s the perfect opportunity to bust out your favorite throwback fashions and phrases. It’s not a Friday, but you’re going to be in love.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 6 p.m., $20-$35.
Thirty Seconds to Mars
This alternative rock band, a collaboration between actor Jared Leto and brother Shannon, has been going strong since 1998. Touring its first album in five years, America, Thirty Seconds to Mars marks its newest era with a foray into the electronic pop realm. The boisterously fun pop group Walk the Moon is set to open the show alongside K.Flay and Welshly Arms.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.7200, thirtysecondstomars.com, 8 p.m., $29.50-$30.
American Idol Live
After a return to television this past spring, American Idol hits the road with winner Maddie Poppe and the rest of the top seven. This mega-talented group of performers will revisit classics from the show alongside some originals of their own. Past winner Kris Allen will take the stage as special guest. VIP packages, including prime seats and meet-and-greets with the cast, are also available.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 7 p.m., $30-$55.
The Art of Three in Conversation and Song
Mesa Arts Center hosts three living legends in R&B for an evening of performance and conversation as part of its performing live series. Showcased instrumentalists for the intimate get-together include drummer Billy Cobham, bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron.
Piper Repertory Theater, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 7:30 p.m., $50.
The Giggling Piglets Improv
It’s all giggles when Laughing Pig Theatre brings together performers of various levels for a goofy evening of improvisational comedy. After participating in the theater’s weekly improv jam during the month, performers are invited to play in this pay-what-you-can show.
Laughing Pig Theatre, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, laughingpigtheatre.com, 7:30 p.m., pay what you can.
Wizards and Wands Bar Crawl
Wizards and Muggles unite for a 21-and-up party for Harry Potter fans. This bar crawl provides participants with a knit scarf for the house of their choosing, as well as magical drinks and a special Wizards and Wands stadium cup. With Old Town Scottsdale faves like Boondocks and Old Town Gringos in the mix, this is one party you will want to “Slytherin”-to.
Scottsdale Area Bars, starts at 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, 480.525.9300, bit.ly/2sUxRQc, 5 p.m. to midnight, $15-$25.
Phoenix Taco Takeover
If you can’t take the heat, get out of the sun and head to the kitchen. This taco and tequila competition takes over Scottsdale’s The Clayton House for a day of games, music and other surprises. Local chefs will craft original tacos alongside Jose Cuervo tequila cocktails, culminating in a contest for the best dish and drink. The real winner, however, is your stomach.
The Clayton House, 3719 N. 75th Street, Scottsdale, 480.990.7300, bit.ly/2yg8Zrs, 3 p.m., $45.25-$76.15.