DATEBOOK PICKS FOR JULY

Through July 4

World’s Oldest Rodeo

www.worldsoldestrodeo.com

Prescott Frontier Days celebrates 131 years this summer with eight rodeo performances, a parade followed by the annual boot race, Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children, kick up your heels at the rodeo dance and shop the arts and crafts show. Watch wild horse racing, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing and bull riding.

July 4

Tempe Town Lake Festival 

www.tempe4th.com

Celebrate Independence Day with live entertainment, children’s activities, beer garden, Luke Air Force Base flyover and a huge fireworks show choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, the events benefits charities, projects and nonprofit organizations serving Tempe. Featured entertainers include Lane Change, Kianna Martinez and Donovan & The All Stars.

July 14

Winter Wonderland in July

www.phoenixzoo.org

Temperatures are heating up, but Phoenix Zoo is cooling down. More than 50 tons of snow will create a winter wonderland for zoo residents and visitors alike at this annual event. Select animals will enjoy fresh snow in their exhibits and icy treats as part of a regular behavioral enrichment program. Kiddos also can chill at the wet and wild play areas.

July 25 – September 9

Avenue Q

www.phoenixtheatre.com

There’s more fuzz to love when these badly behaved puppets return in this R-rated, laugh-out-loud look at life after college. Packing more purposeful punch and candid heart than ever before, Phoenix Theatre favorites take the stage to bring this fresh, fast-paced and exuberant musical to life once again.

Through September 1

Flashlight Tours

Experience a magical twilight adventure during self-paced tours, which provide an excellent opportunity
to see, hear and feel the desert night. Guests will 
catch glimpses of nighthawks, snakes and night-blooming flowers.
Through July 15

Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now

www.phxart.org

The exhibition features approximately 45 multi-media works, sculptures, videos, and installations created by the Brazilian artist during the past two decades. Soares creates polished, minimalistic artworks that encourage visitor participation. Her works directly engage visitors’ subjectivities, cultivating both personal experience and universal knowledge and how each of these affects the other.

Through September 4

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature

www.azscience.org

Imagine a mirror maze of gigantic proportions that will keep you guessing and laughing as you try to find your way through. It’s your introduction to symmetry and tessellation that demonstrate how patterns and math are integral to our lives. Having survived the maze, there will be numerous interactive displays, showing how patterns and math are the building blocks of life.

July 20

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

www.ticketmaster.com

Following an 80-date North American run of sold-out shows, Grammy® Award-winning superstars Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, are showing no signs of stopping as their critically-acclaimed Soul2Soul The World Tour returns to the Valley. Country music’s ultimate power couple will perform hits from their respective careers, along with such popular duets as ”Keep Your Eyes on Me” and “Speak to a Girl.”

July 28

Real, Wild & Woody

www.realwildandwoody.com

Join the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild in celebrating 30 years of craft beer in Arizona with a festival that represents over 350 brews, bites from top local restaurants, a silent disco, live music, a rock wall and an area best described as a gamer’s paradise. The indoor event will offer samplings of specialty casks, rich and unique flavor combinations and other never-before-sipped brews from some of the industry’s best.

July 30

Shania Twain

www.ticketmaster.com

The queen of country-pop has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time. Twain takes to the stage at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix with hits such as “Let’s Go Girls,” “You’re Still the One,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Honey, I’m Home.”