Phoenix boasts hosting mega sports events. In 2015, Phoenix was the site of the NFL’s Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. In 2016, Phoenix will play host to the College Football Playoff National Championship, and in 2017 it will welcome the NCAA Men’s Final Four. Phoenix is the first city to host all four of these mega events in consecutive years.


The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort destination, continues to expand its sustainable efforts with the installation of an EnviroPure Food Waste Disposal System.  The mechanism features a self-contained, continual-feed design that converts food waste into water on-site.  The operation can break down organic waste with no odor, no sludge build-up and no need to send the resort’s waste to a landfill.  In addition, the system’s aerobic decomposition process produces no harmful methane gases.

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort has a new chef at Rico’s American Grill! Being the only female chef at the resort, Executive Chef Rebecca Tillman brings new flavors to the table. This month, along with the continuation of their sizzling Summer Menu, Chef Tillman and her 15 years of experience offer a new garden-inspired menu. Taking cue from their garden outside, the restaurant plans to enhance their menu with these fresh ingredients.

Taking Stick Resort and its fine-dining restaurant, Orange Sky, has earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the fifth year in a row. The signature eatery at Talking Stick Resort – which is named after its breathtaking views of the Arizona sunsets—features an impeccable wine list selection of more than 300 bottles and 30 wines by the glass. Orange Sky contains 200 seats and a versatile menu that will satisfy all tastes. The restaurant’s glass wine room contains more than 100 white wine selections, which are stored in a temperature controlled environment of 42 degrees, and red wines that are kept safely in hand-crafted, cedar wood wine racks. The true epitome of elegance, all of Orange Sky’s wines are served in lead crystal glassware, fitting to the varietal. Located on the 15th floor of Talking Stick Resort, the Scottsdale signature restaurant offers a romantic décor, 360-degree vistas of the Valley, aged beef and fresh seafood.

The Boulders Resort & Spa launches a new name to kick off a significant renovation project. The $8 million refresh includes first-rate upgrades to the 160 casitas with an updated interior design, new finishes and furnishings that maintain their adobe-style architecture, one of the resort's distinguishing features plus its public spaces. The resort will be rejuvenated with a sophisticated Native American design palette while respecting the indigenous inspiration of the old west. Native American influence will be reflected in the architectural detailing and carpet patterns.  Expect completion by September 30.

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, A Destination Hotel, embarks on a massive renovation with plans to transform the independent resort and revitalize its amenities. The resort is one of the newest properties in the Destination Hotels portfolio. In September, the property will be unveiled as The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel, featuring a gorgeous, updated look to accompany its new name. The first phase of the renovation will inject $9 million into the property, introducing a new restaurant and bar, transforming the main pool, adding significant outdoor meeting and event space, and enhancing guest rooms, all while creating a more open, welcoming feel throughout the resort.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain announces its "Bar Brawl" mixology competition series. The competition launched this past July and features match-ups of top local talent at the resort's jade bar every Sunday through August 16. The Bartender vs. Bartender “Brawl” series is a battle of skill and spirits emceed by Arizona celeb chef Beau Macmillan. Resulting cocktails are judged by a panel of local celebrities.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has been chosen by over 50,000 corporate, incentive and association meeting planners to receive Meetings & Conventions 2015 Gold Tee Award, given annually to outstanding golf and meetings properties worldwide. Winners of the award were nominated and selected by M&C readers “based on their golf facilities including course design, maintenance, the ability to host meeting tournaments, pro shop merchandise, equipment and a friendly, professional staff.” For the year 2015, 65 golf properties were chosen to receive this highly respected award.

Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development Corporation are partnering to develop a new luxury resort on the former location of Paradise Valley’s iconic Mountain Shadows Resort. With escrow now closed, construction will begin at the southwest corner of 56th Street and Lincoln Drive in the summer of 2015, with a projected opening in early 2017. The boutique luxury resort will feature 175 modern guest rooms in two buildings, an adjacent building with 31 hotel-condominium units, a neighborhood restaurant and market, high-tech fitness facility, and the rehabilitated Mountain Shadows Golf Course featuring 18 executive-style holes. The Marriott Mountain Shadows Resort, one of the first resorts in the area, closed in 2004, and was demolished in 2014. The new Mountain Shadows Resort will capitalize on Woodbine’s 40 years of hospitality and mixed-use-development experience, including Kierland Commons and the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. This strength, combined with Westroc Hospitality’s expertise in boutique resort redevelopment, including the retro-chic Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale and the luxurious Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley, will bring the first new-build hotel property to the area in the last seven years.


Phoenix Art Museum is offering four fantastic exhibits: Hidden Histories in Latin America is ending August 23. The tales of forgotten histories are alive once again and now the walls are shaking with passion. Latin American and Latino artists manage to literally make the walls shake in their art, leaving you in awe and wonder of how they were able to create this unique exhibit. One-of-a-Kind, an exhibit that showcases unique photography continues until October 18. From New York to Mexico is the perfect exhibit for anyone who loves modern art. From the early 1900s to Post-war era this exhibit offers rare art you most likely have never seen before. The display will be here until September 7. Guests can experience the 20s and 30s in American and European Artexhibit until November 15.

Cool down at CityScape with movies, snow and more with Cool Summer Nights in AugustGather in Patriots Park to watch Grease on August 20th on the big screen at the outdoor movie theatre while enjoying free shaved ice, board games and four tons of snow and snow slide. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favoriteGrease characters and should bring their own chairs and blankets. The event is free and open to the public. More nighttime fun continues in CityScape. Every Monday grab a group of family and friends to participate in the walk/run events. Meet at The Corner at 5:15 p.m. ready to exercise through our city during lower temperature hours. Music performances will create a casual vibe in Patriots Park featuring artists Mary Hoffman and then Ryan Sims on August 11 and August 25. The laughs and performs at CityScape’s Stand Up Live this August are spectacular. John Heffron steps up to the mic starting August 6 through August 9. Following him Sommore performs August 16 through August 16. Come see Tom Green make you laugh from August 27 to August 30. In addition, The Dapper Show is on August 13 and Homebase Poetry Open Mic is on August 23. 

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) In honor of Elvis Week, MIM is celebrating the life of the “King of Rock and Roll.” Come and hear gallery talks near the Elvis Presley exhibit, participate in hands-on activities, view the classic film Jailhouse Rock on the big screen, and more. Elvis Week is being celebrated on the weekend on August 15 and 16.

Herberger Theater features three spectacular productions:  Starting off, Life and Lim, a true to life story that will inspire all takes the stage August 11 through August 20. Following is a must see tradition of the Valley Youth Theatre, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat premiers August 14 and runs until August 30 at the Herberger. The third show is called Grounded. This unique tale is about a female pilot whose career comes to a halt due to an unwanted pregnancy. Her next adventures are the making of this thrilling show. Come see the show starting August 21 and on through September 5. These three shows are well worth a night out at this stunning theatre.

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo will have an exhibit of her photographs opening October 31, 2015 at the Heard Museum. For those introducing themselves to Kahlo’s legacy, Frida Kahlo: Her Photos is a window into the soul of one of the 20th century’s most intriguing artists. Visitors will see how Kahlo’s personal photographs inspired, comforted and served as work tools for her incredible art in the exhibit. It opens to the public in the museum’s Edward Jacobson Gallery, where it will be on view until February 8, 2016.

Arizona Opera announces the public phase of Arizona Bold, a new artistic initiative to build a stronger statewide community by presenting works that focus on Arizona's history and wealth of natural, cultural, and economic diversity. Arizona Opera's 2015-16 Season will kick off with two Arizona Bold presentations, Arizona Lady, the U.S opera company premiere of Emmerich Kálmán's musical set on an Arizona cattle ranch, and Florencia en el Amazonas, the lush, mystical piece written by the celebrated Mexican composer Daniel Catán. In September 2014, Arizona Opera announced the initiative, along with a corresponding 4-year capital campaign to raise $5 million, specifically designated for community based works.  $3.1 million of the $5 million campaign has already been raised in the first 10 months since the campaign was internally launched. The company hopes to raise the remaining $1.9 million over the next three seasons.

Join Pueblo Grande Museum in October for a variety of tours, lectures, and classes with something for all interests, ages, and budgets!  Register for paid programs at or visit The offerings include Desertscapes: Narrative Landscape Photography by Wayne Norton Friday, October 2  from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Archaeology for Kids is on Saturday, October 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Volunteer Breakfast is Tuesday, October 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Plant Tours of Pueblo Grande on Thursday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Petroglyph Discovery Hike on Saturday, October 10 from 9 to 10 a.m.; Behind the Scenes Tour Wednesday, October 14 & 28 for 30 minutes starting at 2 p.m.; Docent (Tour Guide) Training Monday through Friday on October 12 to 16 from 9 a.m. to noon;Drop-In Discoveries is Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to noon; and Park of Four Waters Tour on Friday, October 30 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m

Challenger Space Center is hosting Space-Tots, Challenger Space Center's exciting introduction to space and science designed specifically for children ages 3-6, accompanied by a parent or guardian. The program is offered one Monday per month during the school year from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Starting September 21, each hands-on learning class will introduce a different science theme with kid-friendly space-themed science experiments, fun facts, and activities. It’s a perfect way to keep kids looking forward to the next month and learning about science.

The world’s largest puzzle is really beginning to take shape at the R.H. Johnson Library. The puzzle “Wildlife” has 33,600 pieces and local puzzle aficionados have been working on it since June 2. This year R.H. Johnson Library has opened this event up to the public, so now everyone can join in on the fun. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday..

Magic Bird Festivals has announced its 2015-2016 festival schedule. These free, weekend-long, entertainment festivals run throughout the winter from November through April, each with a different theme. From world-champion hoop dancers to jugglers, singer-songwriters, Santa Claus two weeks before Christmas, as well as Native American musicians and storytellers, each festival creates an experience that the whole family can enjoy.

Carefree Desert Gardens will host a two-week long, Enchanted Pumpkin Garden display, featuring pumpkin sculptures from world-renowned artist Ray Villafane. The entirely free event runs October 16 through October 31 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the Attendees are invited to take self-guided tours and see Villafane's whimsical village filled with a cast of enchanting characters. Photo opportunities are also available with the "King" pumpkin, weighing 500 pounds and carved by Villafane. Live pumpkin carving demonstrations will also take place on special event days.

The Mesa Arts Center recently announced its lineup of events for the upcoming months, including events, performances and exhibitions beginning in August. Season highlights include The Moth presenting Between Worlds, Broadway performances like Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing Wynton Marsalis.


A pair of new tenants joins the redevelopment efforts at Uptown Plaza, the landmark 1955 shopping center in Central Phoenix.  The newest additions to this restored midcentury modern gem will include the second Arizona location of the famed NYC-based, Danny Meyer crafted Shake Shack restaurant, and the third location of Fox Restaurant Concepts' popular Flower Child. Along with existing Uptown Plaza tenants such as AJ's Fine Foods, these new restaurants will help restore this stylish shopping center's unique mix of local, region and national stores that serve a need for the residents of north-central Phoenix. The project is spearheaded by Vintage Partners, an Arizona-based commercial real estate development and investment company.

Arizona Taco Fest returns to Salt River Fields October 17 and 18 for its 6th year! This ‘Taco-Topia’ will serve an estimated 100,000 tacos to an expected 25,000 attendees and offers plenty of live entertainment including theAy Chihuahua! Beauty Pageant and live Lucha Libre Wrestling. The National Taco Association will also be in attendance to judge more than 50 team’s tacos as they compete for the Grand Champion title!.

Co-owners Chef Aaron May, Dylan Vicha and Chicago Bears linebacker Jared Allen have now opened the third location of their famous woods-inspired outpost, The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen. Boasting a cozy “cabin in the mountains” concept and a hearty bar and food menu to match, The Lodge beckons many a backpacker to come in from the great outdoors. Yet while it may look like a lumberjack’s lair, there are plenty of modern amenities to keep visitors entertained, including prime-time sports showings, indoor and outdoor games alongside other abundant entertainment options to keep the watering hole packed wall-to-wall with patrons day and night.

Ricky's Tacos & Beer launches new happy hour. Enjoy tasty appetizers and amazing drinks, all half off Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ricky's also offers $3 margaritas all day, every day. Now under new ownership, management and chef, this cocina urbana and nightlife spot offers a new take on tacos, enchiladas, and more. Paulina Martinez, Executive Chef, has reinvented this local restaurant with dishes that will make your mouth water.


If you have a case of ‘summeritis,’ FireSky Resort & Spa has the remedy at Jurlique Spa. Locals are invited to stop by FireSky and pamper themselves with this customizable package: select two of the following services for just $169 (60 minute massage, 60 minute facial, and 100 minute nail services). This offer is available now through August 31, 2015 with a valid proof of Arizona residency. Other promotions include: Lay back and relax with the following affordable, customized treatments: A Pina Colada Body Cocktail (50 minutes $99/80 minutes $149), a Medley massage (50 Minutes $99/ 80 Minutes $149), and a Signature Revitalizing Facial (50 Minutes $99/ 80 Minutes $149). These are all available now through September 30, 2015.

The Valley Ho Hotel has some of the best spa amenities the valley has to offer. Right now you can save up to 50% on their Mo’ Mojo deal. This deal runs only on weekdays and lasts until September.  The best thing about a long summer is the extended opportunity to enjoy some spa and pool time with us at Hotel Valley Ho. Or take advantage of the Recovery Sunday Spa Package, the preferred way to wind down the weekend. Take time to kick back, relax and look your best—all while taking advantage of the best spa specials in the Valley of the Sun.


2015 MLB Arizona’s Fall League season begins Tuesday, October 13. Known as, “The finishing school for top prospects” this league has been around since 1992 and features top prospects from every organization in Major League Baseball. The league plays three games per day six days a week. Games run Monday through Saturday in six of our Cactus League stadiums. Daily start times are 12:35 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. The 10th annual Fall Stars Game will be played on Saturday, November 7 at Surprise Stadium. The league’s championship contest will be played on Saturday, November 21 at Scottsdale Stadium. The 2015 schedule will be released Thursday, July 30. For you baseball fans out there these events will be ones you won’t want to miss!