The top things to do in Phoenix in August include special exhibits and experiences, concerts, sporting events and more.
Check out these special exhibits and events at local museums, cheer on the home team or sing along with your favorite band all month long. We've rounded up the best things to do in Phoenix—from sunup to sundown—throughout all of August:
Musical Icon: Elvis
Take a closer look at the legacy of the king of rock 'n' roll through curator talks about Elvis Presley’s music, playing some of his famous songs, going behind the scenes with a documentary about the iconic artist an Elvis stick puppet craft, a visit to the Elvis Presley exhibit in the Artist Gallery and more.
Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
Aug. 4, 9, 17 and 24
Mesmerica is a visual music journey that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist, James Hood together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world to create an immersive, transcendant experience designed to soothe the mind and stimulate the senses.
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Mutual Reality: Art On The Edge Of Technology
Through Oct. 6
Explore the multiple ways in which we, as users, interact with an artwork and the response or output the artwork provides in return. These interactions are meant to get the viewer thinking not only about the traces we leave behind, but the effects we have on technology.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale
Game on Expo 2019
Gamers of every kind (and age) are invited to Arizona's largest gaming event, which is also one of the fastest growing gaming events in the country, for an immersive gaming experience that will include free came play, a vendor hall, a cosplay contest, live entertainment, tournaments and more.
Summer Cooldown: Ice Cream Social And Car Show
The first-ever ice cream social and car show at The Churchill in Downtown Phoenix will feature live DJ sets all night long as well as some of the best custom cars in town. This event is free for all to attend and cold, tasty treat (available for purchase) will keep you chillin’ all night long.
Never Grow Up Festival
Set sail for an evening of family fun. Visit the mermaid lagoon; walk the plank and watch out for crocks; meet characters, and get mini portraits with everyone’s favorite fairy; participate in games and entertainment. Face painting, boutique shopping and tasty treats will also be available.
The Legacy Ballroom
4530 East Gold Dust Ave., Phoenix
Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
August is your last chance to experience the sights, sounds and mysteries of the desert. The Desert Botanical Garden invites you to beam a flashlight toward the trail as you stroll the desert paths to capture night-blooming plants and get up-close with desert critters every Saturday night.
The Van Beer'n Indoor Beer Festival
The second annual Van Beer'n Indoor Beer Festival will feature more than 30 breweries, including cider and spiked seltzer, to pair with barbecue offerings on the patio. This event is free to attend (tasting tickets available for purchase) and will feature live music by Oh Allen The DJ, Kim E. Fresh, Dr. Delicious, and Hi-Dreams Collective.
The Phoenix Salsa/Bachata Festival
The Phoenix Salsa/Bachata Festival cultivates, celebrates, and promotes Afro-Latin heritage, dance and music. The annual event brings together best local bands, DJs, and dancers with national and international artists and dancers to teach, inspire, entertain and dance. The three-day festival will include workshops, shows, pool parties, and social dancing.
The Camby, Autograph Collection
2401 E. Camelback Road Phoenix
Arizona Good Food Expo
The Arizona Good Food Expo (formerly known as Farmer + Chef Connection) is the state's only all-local food expo. Join us for a day filled with samples of Arizona’s finest produce and ingredients, learn tips and tricks for sourcing locally, and network and build relationships with the people behind Arizona’s local food.
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 N. Seventh St.
D-backs Bar Crawl
Round the bases with round of beer at the ultimate bar crawl for baseball fans. Begin at Game Seven Grill before heading inside Chase Field for a tour of the ballpark's bars before the Diamondback take on the Dodgers at 5:10 p.m.
401 E Jefferson St., Phoenix
Aug. 2-4 vs. Washington Nationals
Aug. 5-7 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Aug. 15-18 vs. San Francisco Giants
Aug. 19-21 vs. Colorado Rockies
Aug. 29-31 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Football is back ... if you're up for catching a preseason home game, that is. Check out rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, drafted No. 1 overall, as he dons Cardinal red for the first time for new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Aug. 8 vs. Los Angeles Chargers (preseason)
Aug. 15 vs. Oakland Raiders (preseason)
Aug. 4 vs. Washington Mystics
Aug. 10 vs. Dallas Wings
Aug. 14 vs. Connecticut Sun
Aug. 16 vs. Atlanta Dream
Aug. 18 vs. New York Liberty
Aug. 25 vs. Chicago Sky
Aug. 10 vs. El Paso Locomotive
Aug. 16 vs. Reno 1868 FC
Aug. 23 vs. Sacrament Republic FC
The Harlem Globetrotters
Aug. 23 & 24
The Harlem Globetrotters will hit the court at Gila River Arena and Talking Stick Resort Arena (respectively) as part of the Fan Powered World Tour.
Drag Brunch at Bevvy Uptown
Each month hostess Mya McKenzie (pictured) and her star-studded cast of gal pals take over Bevvy Uptown for the fiercest drag brunch in town. The fabulous queens in the August lineup include Pusst LeHoot, Claudia B. and Trixxie Deluxxe. For additional drag show information, visit our LGBTQ+ calendar of events.
Concerts throughout Greater Phoenix
Aug. 3: Rascal Flatts at Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug. 5: Blink 182 & Lil’ Wayne at Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug. 6: Carly Rae Jepsen at The Van Buren
Aug. 9: Nas & Mary J. Blige at Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug. 10: 311 at Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug. 11: Young the Giant & Fitz and the Tantrums with Upsahl at Comerica Theatre
Aug. 13: Collective Soul and Gin Blossoms at Comerica Theater
Aug. 20: The Avett Brothers at Comerica Theatre
Aug. 27: UB40 at Marquee Theatre
Aug. 27: Kasey Musgraves at Comerica Theatre
Aug. 30: Bell Biv DeVoe at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort