June Datebook Picks

Through June 2



Ballet Arizona Artistic Director, Ib Andersen, has created Eroica which promises to be one of his most important works, pushing the boundaries of ballet and pursuing a deeper understanding of what it is to be human in this day and age. Embracing the stunning landscape as its backdrop, the company will perform at Desert Botanical Garden.

Through June 3

The Diary of Anne Frank


Finding hope in the darkest corners, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic in war-torn Amsterdam. Anne’s daily existence – her fears and  hopes, her laughter and grief and her family’s desperate attempt to preserve humanity in an inhumane world – drive this transcendently powerful true-life tale.

June 2

Bite Nite


Top chefs from across the Valley serve tastes of their signature dishes at this culinary contest which benefits the Arizona chapter of the ALS Association in its fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. Live entertainment, cocktails, mystery boxes and silent and live auctions add to the festivities.

June 4-8

Woof ‘n Hoof


Horses Help and the Arizona Humane Society are joining forces to bring children an adventure; a week filled with educational activities, demonstrations, horseback riding and exciting games. Geared to animal lovers, the attendees will play with dogs, horses and other furry friends and learn how to interact and provide enrichment for animals.

June 7

Maroon 5


Three-time Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum band Maroon 5 brings its Red Pill Blues Tour 2018 to Talking Stick Arena. In addition to their new hit single “What Lovers Do,” the band just premiered two unreleased songs from their upcoming album; “Help Me Out” featuring Julia Michaels and “Whiskey” with A$AP Rocky.

June 7-9



The Scorpius Dance Theatre production explores a variety of relationship dynamics ranging from serious to lighthearted. The stages of love are portrayed including first love, fairytale couplings and the changing dynamics of marriage after having a child. Other personal relationships such as sibling rivalry, motherly love, the bond between friends and dealing with the loss of a close friend will be included in the performance.

June 9

Mighty Mud Mania


Children love to get down and dirty when the city of Scottsdale hosts this annual messy event. There will be mud pits and obstacles for all ages and ability levels, inflatable water slides, mud puddle pools and open-play mud pits at this free, fun-fest. Better stock up on soap and detergent in advance.

June 16

Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival


Saluting the hottest day ever recorded in the Phoenix-metro area (122 degrees in 1990) the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival: Arms, Legs & Kegs challenges top athletes to dash through the desert heat in a 10.2 kilometer race and a shorter 5K event. Participants can cool off on an inflatable waterslide and chill out with craft beers and cocktails in air-conditioned comfort.

June 19-24

School of Rock


A wannabe rock star takes a substitute teaching position at a prestigious prep school and turns a class of straight-A students into a grade-A rock band.The show features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever live kids rock band.

June 22

Kenny Chesney


The legendary country singer, songwriter and record producer brings his Trip Around the Sun Tour 2018 to Phoenix. Of his 20 recorded albums, 14 have been certified Gold or higher. Expect to hear such favorites as “Beer in Mexico,” “Reality,” Til It’s Gone” and “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem.” ::