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Phoenix After Dark

When the summer sun sets, the city comes alive with nighttime activities and events.

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden

  • The Desert Botanical Garden’s seasonal Flashlight Tours are adventures through the sights, sounds and mysteries of the desert night. Guests beam their own flashlights along the self-paced trails to capture night-blooming plants and animals that chirp, whirr and flutter in the desert after dark.

  • The romance of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West comes to life during the Night Lights Tour. Taliesin West’s fire-breathing dragon makes a guest appearance while Wright’s desert masterpiece glows warmly like a jewel under Arizona’s starry skies. 

  • Maricopa County Regional Parks and Recreation offers a variety of late-night events throughout the summer including full moon hikes, stargazing, nighttime mountain biking, and more.  

  • Join certified kayak instructors for a night under the stars at Glow Paddle on Tempe Town Lake. Whether you’re learning how to kayak for the first time or you’re a seasoned paddler, you can glow and glide across the water. 

 

Brunch Time

Breakfast or lunch? Now you don’t have to choose! Get the best of both meals with new offerings from local eateries. 

Keeler's
Keeler's Neighborhood Steakhouse

  • Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse, Carefree’s newest fine dining restaurant, recently launched an all-new brunch menu, available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Choose from loaded omelettes, crab cake benedicts, green chili breakfast burritos, chocoholic pancakes, and more. 

  • Restaurateur Bob Sikora is bringing weekend brunch to the Bobby Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ at Biltmore Plaza. The new menu features brunch favorites including avocado toast with mashed avocado and cilantro-chimichurri, brussel sprouts & cauliflower mash with eggs, acai bowls, chilaquiles, lemon ricotta pancakes, short rib barbacoa hash, and more. 

  • Savor brunch every Saturday and Sunday at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Enjoy breakfast classics like the decadent cowboy benedict with braised short ribs, a farm-fresh poached egg, caramelized onions and hollandaise sauce on a jumbo English muffin or made-to-order omelets with ham-off-the-bone, applewood smoked bacon, vegetables, Tillamook cheddar and more.

  • CB Live is jumping into the brunch game with a boozy new breakfast-based party series, OM-LIT! Sunday Brunch. Experience an array of tasty new breakfast selections, bottomless mimosas, BYO bloody marys, and beats courtesy of DJs Myth and V-Easy.

  • Make the most of Sundays with poolside DJ entertainment and cryo facials, brunch and bloody marys at ZuZu, and deals on vino through Hotel Valley Ho’s Recovery Sundays series. 

 

Relax with CBD

CBD Treatment Agave Spa

CBD, the non-psychoactive portion of the cannabis plant, is popular for skincare remedies and pain relief. Check out the local wellness facilities premiering new treatments. 

  • Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort is welcoming summer with a new line of CBD enhancements including a temple and scalp revitalizing massage, a sinus soothing facial massage, and a sunflower CBD honey butter massage for the feet. 

  • Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland has teamed up with Mary’s Nutritionals to add the option of CBD remedies to its massage therapies. The new options include Mary’s Nutritionals Muscle Freeze and Elite Compound whole-plant hemp extract products, both which reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. 

 

Music and Theater

Enjoy local performances showcasing the best of arts and culture in Greater Phoenix.

MIM Music TheaterMusical Instrument Museum

  • The season is wrapping up at ASU Gammage, with just three shows left! Don’t miss the chance to see the national tour productions of Rent (May 28-June 2), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (June 11-16), and The Book of Mormon (August 6-11). Then book your tickets for the 2019-2020 season.

  • The Musical Instrument Museum offers concerts across a variety of genres and styles. This season’s performers include spiritual acoustic performer Todd Herzog (June 2), Grammy Award winner Patty Griffin (June 6), a cappella star group Sweet Honey in the Rock (July 27), and many more

  • While you’re catching a performance at the Musical Instrument Museum, don’t miss their latest exhibition. The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon, shares the untold story of the invention of the electric guitar, an instrument that revolutionized music and popular culture forever. It runs through September 15. 

  • As Arizona's largest performing arts organization, The Phoenix Symphony has events that will draw in classical aficionados and modern enthusiasts alike. Upcoming productions include Broadway Celebration (May 31-June 1), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (September 20-22), and Music of Billy Joel starring Michael Cavanaugh (September 27-28). 

  • Experience the artistry and excitement of the nationally recognized Ballet Arizona. Upcoming productions include Eroica at the Desert Botanical Garden (May 14-June 1), New Moves (September 27-30) and The Sleeping Beauty (October 25-28).

 

The Field is Heating Up

This is the season to enjoy sports in the sunshine – with lots of sunscreen, of course!

Arizona Rattlers

  • Catch a home game of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks in air-conditioned Chase Field. The season runs from now through September, so there’s no excuse to miss out on the action. 

  • It’s nothing but net at Talking Stick Resort Area, where the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury plays home games now through September.

  • If you can’t wait for football season to start, you’re in luck. The Indoor Football League’s Arizona Rattlers are scheduled to play home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena from now through June 15. 

  • Cheer for hometown soccer players at a Phoenix Rising FC home game, running now through October. All home games are played at Casino Arizona Field in Scottsdale. 

 

Taste of Summer

The local culinary and libation scene is bustling with restaurant openings and food-and-drink-centric events. 

Greenwood Brewing
Greenwood Brewing

  • FnB Restaurant chef and co-owner Charleen Badman has been awarded 2019’s Best Chefs in America- Southwest Region by the prestigious James Beard Awards. The title honors chefs who “set high culinary standards and also demonstrate integrity and admirable leadership skills in their respective regions.” 

  • Join the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library on June 15 at the Bloomin’ Beerfest. Commemorate “Ulysses,” the famous novel of Irish author James Joyce, with craft beer tastings, live music, a costume contest and more.

  • ComicX, a Mexican restaurant chain serving pizza, nachos, sandwiches, and desserts, is coming to Desert Ridge Marketplace this summer. The comic-themed restaurant immerses customers in fantasy and imagination with decor and life-sized statues of comic book superheroes and villains from the last six decades.

  • Get ready for some fresh faces in the downtown Phoenix beer scene as Greenwood Brewing prepares to open its first location this summer. A woman-owned brewery, its goal is to make every woman feel empowered, confident, and safe to share her story.

  • Save a spot on your calendar for a trip to Los Milics Winery, a winery and lodge set to begin operations in the fall. Founded by FnB co-owner Pavle Milic, it will bring his expertise on food and wine to guests in southern Arizona.

  • Downtown Phoenix’s Block 23, opening later this year, recently announced its first restaurant tenant, Blanco Tacos & Tequila, a Fox Restaurant Concept (FRC) that will open at the mixed-use destination by the end of 2019.

  • The former DeSoto Central Market building has been closed since the venture ended abruptly in August. But it may take on a new purpose: The Arizona Republic reports that the building has been purchased by Charles Duff, the developer behind Cobra Arcade Bar and Gracie’s Tax Bar. He said he plans to create a 12,000 square foot bar and nightlife concept called Life. He plans to open it by the end of 2019.

 

Sky’s the Limit

Whether you’re leaving town for business or fun, check out the latest in air travel.

Sky Harbor from East

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has been named the Best Airport for Shopping in USA Today’s 10Best Travel Contest. It was recognized as providing a stand-out retail program that provides travelers with a variety of shopping items both before and after security. In 2018, the Airport brought 35 new retail locations to its busiest terminal, Terminal 4.

  • Every day approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrive and depart at Sky Harbor – and now those passengers have more options than ever. American Airlines has begun offering a year-round flight to London, marking American’s first non-stop flight from Phoenix to Europe.

  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport continued its streak of record-setting passenger activity by welcoming 224,864 total passengers during March 2019— the highest monthly passenger total in the history of Gateway Airport and a 26% increase over last year. March represented the eighteenth consecutive month of year-over-year passenger growth for the airport.

 

Summer Savings

The best thing about summer in Phoenix: It's value season. Prices at our famed resorts, hotels and golf courses plunge to the best rates of the year.

Mountain Shadows
Mountain Shadows
 

  • The We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center is offering a seasonal discount on their AAA Four Diamond accommodations and lavish amenities. For dates from May 1 to August 31, guests can take advantage of the summer staycation package.

  • Great Wolf Lodge Arizona is preparing for its grand opening in late summer/early fall 2019. With a 350-room family resort and an indoor waterpark spanning 85,000 square feet, the lodge will offer weatherproof family fun for every age and excitement level.

  • Sheraton Grand, Arizona's largest hotel, is scheduled to get a major overhaul beginning in June 2019. The hotel will update all of its 1,000 guest rooms and redesign the lobby as a community space with a coffee bar, community tables, soundproof booths, and several new restaurants including a tapas bar and late-night eatery.

  • CIVANA, the Phoenix area’s newest wellness resort, features a state-of-the-art spa facility and a host of daily wellness classes. The spa includes an Aqua Vitality Circuit – a European-designed hot/cold walking pool, warm therapeutic soaking pool, cold plunge shower, and a five-climate KLAFS SANARIUM® - the only one in the continental U.S.

  • Guests at Mountain Shadows can partake in a variety of one-of-a-kind programming with the Sun, Moon & Stars Wellness Series. Events include HIIT-style workouts, brunch and yoga, moonlight yoga, and paddleboard yoga.