Summer is in full swing, but don't let the rising Phoenix temperatures get you down this July. There is plenty to keep you entertained this without breaking a sweat: sip on cold brews at a beer festival, treat yourself at a local business, cheer on your team at a sports game, or sing along at a concert.

Check out what's happening in Phoenix this July:

 

Arts and Culture

 

Local First Arizona Independents Week

July 2 through July 8

Treat yourself and your community this week when supporting local businesses in Local First Arizona's annual Independents Week. Join tens of thousands of customers and hundreds of businesses involved in this state-wide celebration. Show your Golden Coupon to receive 20% off at participating businesses throughout the week. 

 

Artlink First Friday

July 6

As the sun goes down, the streets fill up as art aficionados and event-goers alike embark on self-guided art tours through the heart of downtown Phoenix. Lace up your walking shoes or hop on a shuttle to experience the city's spirit and culture through hundreds of exhibitions, galleries, and food trucks lining the streets. Visit Artlink's website for maps, shuttle locations, and tips for a successful First Friday.

 

Experience Arizona Music

July 14 and 15

Experience Arizona Music at MIM

Beat the heat and immerse yourself in sounds that originated in Arizona's own backyard. The Musical Instrument Museum invites you to learn about the state's musical style and influences through workshops, live performances, and hands-on activities. 

 

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature 

Daily through September 4

The Arizona Science Center's newest exhibit will have you seeing double as you navigate your way through one of the largest mirror maze in the state. This interactive and immersive gallery sends you through twists, turns, and dead ends until reaching a secret room with bonus puzzles and artifacts. 

 

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden

Saturday's through September 1

dbg flashlight tours

The Desert Botanical Garden invites you to experience the sights, sounds and mysteries of the desert after dark each Saturday night of the summer. Beam your flashlight toward the trail as you stroll the desert paths to capture night-blooming plants and get up-close with desert critters. 

 

Festivals

 

CityScape H20asis 

July 14

H20asis

Dive into the weekend as Downtown Phoenix transforms into a free urban water park on July 14th.  Lather up with sunscreen before cooling off in the splash pad, racing down water slides, or relaxing in the shade. Cool off, chill out, and learn about water safety just in time to kick off summertime in Phoenix.

 

Winter in July at The Phoenix Zoo

July 14

There's snow in the forecast this July at The Phoenix Zoo. As temperatures heat up, the park becomes a winter wonderland with 50 tons of fresh powder, ice treats for the animals, winter-themed games, and more. All activities are included in zoo admission.

 

 

Food and Drink

 

Wurst Festival Ever

July 21

Everyday feels like National Hot Dog Day at Short Leash Hot Dogs, so you can only imagine the celebration to be had for the real deal. Local Phoenix restaurants and chefs offer samples of their best creations all night in an attempt to be crowned the "Wurst Weiner" (and by "wurst" they mean best). Sip on cold beer, watch performances from local comedians, and witness a pun competition all while enjoying your favorite frankfurters.

 

Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival

July 28

real wild and woody beer festival

The Phoenix Convention Center welcomes fresh flavors and seasonal sips from over 65 breweries at the Real, Wild, and Woody Beer Festival.  The event showcases cask-conditioned and barrel aged unconventional brews that you won't find anywhere else. Eat, drink, and even dance in a silent disco all while sampling unique flavor combinations.  Tickets are limited, so grab yours now.

 

 

Sports

 

Arizona Diamondbacks Games

 

vs. San Diego Padres, July 5, 6, 7, 8

vs. Colorado Rockies, July 20, 21, 22

vs. Texas Rangers, July 2, 3, 4, 5

 

Phoenix Rising Games

 

vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2, July 20

 

Phoenix Mercury Games

 

vs. Connecticut Sun, July 5

vs. Los Angeles Aces, July 19

vs. Minnesota Lynx, July 21 

vs. Chicago Sky, July 25

vs. Seattle Storm, July 31

 

Concerts

 

Smashing Pumpkins at Gila River Arena, July 12

Foster the People at Marquee Theatre, July 16

KNIX Acoustic Summer at Marquee Theatre, July 18

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at Talking Stick Resort Arena, July 20

American Idol Live at Mesa Arts Center, July 24

Shania Twain at Talking Stick Resort Arena, July 30

 

Check out the full list of upcoming concerts here.

 

Performances

 

Sister Act at Hale Centre Theatre, July 6-August 18

Disney's Mary Poppins at Herberger Theater Center, July 7- July 22

Catch Me If You Can at Arizona Broadway Theater, July 13- August 12

 

Check out the full list of upcoming performances here.

 

Full events calendar