What's New in Greater Phoenix

July, August, September 2019


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Cool Things to Do This Summer

Resort Deals

Wet 'n' Wild Fun

Upcoming Restaurants


Cool Things to Do

When the summer heat sets in, check out these cool things to do.

Surprise Your Eyes at OdySea in the Desert


  • OdySea in the Desert opens its pop-up art installation Surprise Your Eyes where guests can step into 30 thrilling illusions. This has been described as an “Instagrammer’s Paradise” and could also be fun for the whole family. Tickets are $10. 

  • Hotel Valley Ho is offering an escape to the food desert by their free indoor Chefs + Farmers Market Series every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This local market will be held at the Sands Venue from June 22 to July 13. 

  • Ballet Arizona puts on their show New Moves from September 27-30, which will surely have you trying to practice your new moves.  This show features work from Ib Andersen, Justin Peck and more! The show is set in the historic Orpheum Theatre, which has 1,364 seats to ensure that everyone has a great view.

  • Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory makes its way to ASU’s Gammage from June 11-16. The show features songs from the beloved classic as well as new ones written from the songwriters. Get your golden ticket before they’re gone! The Book of Mormon also takes over ASU’s Gammage from August 6-11. The New York Times calls The Book of Mormon “the best musical of the century.” 

  • The Music of Billy Joel starring Michael Cavanaugh is coming to Phoenix Symphony Hall September 27-28. This show will have you rockin’ along to songs from Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Who, Elton John and so much more! Michael Cavanaugh was hand-picked by Billy Joel himself to star in the Broadway musical, Movin’ Out. 

  • The Phoenix Art Museum has been a staple in Phoenix for years with variety of art. Right now, the Installation: Yayoi Kusama: You Who You Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies, is on the third floor of the museum. Starting in September, Cardiff and Miller: Spoken Sound, will be on display in Phoenix. Spoken sound is a collaboration not only between artists but between various new media technologies. 

  • Show off your moves like Mick Jagger! The Rolling Stones are coming back to Phoenix on their No Filter tour on August 26 at The State Farm Stadium. 

  • Medieval Times will serve you a four-course meal and show you a two-house jousting tournament. The experience will transport guests to the dark ages through the bar, gift shop and a display of artifacts. The draw bridge to the castle-like building is set to open summer of 2019 in the Talking Stick Entertainment district.



Resort Deals

Check out what's happening this summer at local resorts.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort pool

  • Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows welcomes a new culinary team led by executive chef Nate Larsen and sous chef Chelsea Cummings. The new team will have influences over the Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, Turquoise Pool Bar and Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary, as well as in-room dining and banquet operations.

  • Hotel Valley Ho offers Frosé Fridays and Recovery Sundays at their OH pool. Guests who have booked a room, daybed or cabana will be admitted to the pool on Saturday and Sundays of holiday weekends free of additional charge. 

  • The Wigwam, located in Litchfield Park, is offering many summer deals and events. See beloved characters at the character breakfast at Red’s Bar & Grill every Saturday through August 31, 8 a.m - 10 a.m. Through September 30, guests will receive a $50 resort credit for each night that they stay that can be used towards dining, the spa or even one of their three golf courses. 

  • Extend the stay and extend the savings! Guests will receive higher discounts at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess the longer they stay. The deals include 10% off 1-2-night stays, 15% off 3-4-night stays and 20% with 5 or more nights. Reservations must be made by August 31 for stays through September 30. 

  • AAA members will receive a $100 credit when they stay three or more nights at The Phoenician. The Phoenician offers their family friendly Summer Dive-In every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.



Splash Down

Stay cool while soaking up the sun with water-filled fun.

Wet n Wild Phoenix


  • Guests can get their blood pumping at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix. The waterpark is home to more than 30 slides and attractions. There are many trilling rides for all members of the family to enjoy. The park is open every day until the second week of August, then it is open only on weekends for the remainder of the season.

  • Spend your day floating down the Salt River. On June 22, spend the day on the Super Hero Splash Down event, the Mega Hawaiian Hula on July 27, or any of their other “More Kids in the Woods” events all summer. These events are themed-costume floats, that are happening all summer. 

  • Check out Maya Day + Night Club’s and enjoy their pool side bar from 12-6 p.m., Thursday-Sunday. The pool hosts several different DJ’s so sit back and enjoy the music and drinks.

  • Join 360 Adventures with their stand-up paddle boarding tours on Saguaro Lake. This is a guided tour that teaches guests about the history of the area they are in as well as proper stand up paddle board techniques. 

  • Kayak on Tempe Town Lake. Riverbound Sports is offering a midweek special (Tuesdays-Thursdays) where a one-person kayak is $30 and a two-person kayak is $40 all day.



Where to Eat

Here's what's new on the Phoenix dining scene.

Daily Jam


  • The popular breakfast, lunch and brunch spot Daily Jam (formerly known as NCounter) has recently opened its newest location in downtown Phoenix. It is in the bottom floor of an apartment building near the heart of downtown. 

  • The train-stationed themed bar, The Century Grand, is set to open in the early fall. The owners have said that they are installing a 1920’s train station, complete with an outdoor platform, a retail section designed like a pharmacy and an experimental train car. 

  • Award-winning Chef Christopher Gross is planning to open an upscale restaurant on the patio of the Wrigley Mansion, called Christopher’s at The Wrigley in early fall. He says the restaurant is full of little surprises like the floor-to-ceiling window that allows guests to have a look in on the kitchen’s hard work.