Weekend Events: July 3-5


Red, White and Bloom, at Ahwatukee Country Club: A fireworks show, food and drink and the The Ahwatukee Country Club.

Time: 9 PM

Admission: Free

Family Fun Day: “Wizard of Oz”, at Paradise Valley Mall: Family Fun Night features the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz.” There will also be a balloon artist and free carousel rides.

Time: 5:00 PM

Admission: Free

Light up the Sky, at Maryvale Baseball Park: Games, contests and refreshments leading up to a grand fireworks display.

Time: 5 PM- 9 PM

Admission: Free

The Joey Arroyo Band, at Marquee Theatre: Acoustic/rock quintet the Joey Arroyo Band headlines the Marquee Theatre for their new disk, “Joey Arroyo Is…The Storyteller.” The band has performed with Sara Bareilles, Ben Kenney, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and Rocco Deluca. It’s like Love, Five High, Reynaldo Moreno and Lucky Edmund Band open the all-ages event.

Time: 6:30 PM

Admission: $12; $10 in advance

Piano Man- Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, at Skye: A multimedia tribute concert with the music of Billy Joel and Elton John performed by Terry Davies and his 11-piece band. Fans watch the live concert and video on a massive 28-foot screen.

Time: 7 PM

Admission: $10- $80


A Star Spangled Shoot out, at Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass: A Star Spangled Shoot Out at Rawhide features live music, face painting, a “best dressed” cowboy and cowgirl costume contest, performances by Rawhide’s own Rough Riders, good eats at the Steakhouse and Saloon and an amazing fireworks finale.

Time: 5:30 PM

Admission: Free

Fourth of July Festival, at Tempe Town Lake: This popular annual Fourth of July Festival has a free inflatable village for all ages plus tons of rides and rock climbing walls. There will also be face painters, relay races and live entertainment from the bands Telescope, Lil Debbie and Blue Plate Special, the Joey Arroyo Band and Calumet. Fireworks light up the sky from 9 -10 p.m. Attendees can bring one gallon of sealed water per person, blankets, portable chairs, personal cameras and umbrellas up to 48 inches. Pets are not permitted. Military admitted free with ID.

Time: 4- 11 PM

Admission: $15 for two at gate; $8 for individual at gate; $6 in advance; free for children 12 and under

7UP Fireworks Spectacular, at Tumbleweed Park: You can’t miss this free kids carnival, a bike parade, 35-foot water slide, rock-climbing wall and dunk tank. The Arizona Veteran Rodders Club will be showing more than 100 classic cars. The Cactus Bike Push, Pull, Peddle Bike Parade is held at 6 p.m. and features decorated bikes. The participant with the best-decorated bike wins a Harro children’s bike. Live music is played by Plastic Gladys at 6:30 p.m. and Panhead Ronnie at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m.

Time: 4 PM

Admission: $5 per vehicle

Fabulous Phoenix Fourth, at Steele Indian School Park: The Fabulous Phoenix Fourth features local entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. including a giant misting area, inflatable rides, a stage for kids, a classic car show, and a fireworks display. The Phoenix Fire Department is on-site to cool people down in the water spray zone.

Time: 6-8 PM

Admission: Free

Gilbert Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, at Mesquite High School: Contests, games, inflatables, community exhibits, activities, rides will be in abundance at this celebration. Attendees may bring chairs, blankets and umbrellas. Pets, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, glass containers and weapons are not permitted. The fireworks display begins at 9 p.m.

Time: 4- 10:30 PM

Admission: free

Great American Barbecue, at Pacana Park: The Great American Barbecue features a hot dog eating contest, and the winner receives the first-ever Maricopa Hot Dog Eating Championship Cup. Kids can play in water activities and slides. A fireworks display concludes the evening. The hot dog eating contest is open to adults age 18 and older.

Time: 6- 10 PM

Admission: Free

RockHard ’09- Red, Ryche and Blue, at Skye: Independence Day rocks at Skye with RockHard ’09 – Red, Ryche and Blue. Tribute band the Ryche performs songs from rock band Queensryche and Free Will rocks out covering songs from Rush. All ages are welcome.

Time: 7:30 PM

Admission: $20- $100


JCC Scottsdale Firecracker Spring Triathlon and Duathlon, at Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center: These events feature an adult and youth triathlon, adult relay triathlon and adult duathlon. Awards are given to the top 5 individuals in each age and team category and all youth receive a ribbon for participation. An additional $5 is added for race day entries.

Time: 6:45 AM

Admission: $155 for relay team; $65 for adult individual; $59 for youth individual

Best of the Best Showcase, at The Comedy Spot Comedy Club: The top five local comedians take the stage. Hear a variety of fresh jokes, stories and acts from homegrown superstars.

Time: 7 PM

Admission: $10

Sunday Chamber Music: Musica Dolce, at Tempe Center for the Arts: Cynthia Baker, violin; Abra Comitz, gamba; Jodi Buckles, recorder; and Janet Green, krummhorn perform Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music evoking the spirit and pageantry of an age 500 years before Bach.

Time: 3 PM

Admission: $25

The 122nd Annual World’s Oldest Rodeo, at Prescott Rodeo Grounds:  When the bulls, the horses and the clowns come to town, you’ll want to see what’s kicking up all that dust. The World’s Oldest Rodeo is about top athletes competing for big dollars. It’s about broncos throwing their hooves any which way, bulls that are mad at the world and leather straps holding cowboys together.

Time: 1:30 PM

Admission: $12- $22

“Wait Until Dark”, at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre: Don’t miss this eerie, spine-tingling drama. One thing stands between three dangerous con men and a fortune hidden inside a child’s doll: A blind woman named Susy Hendrix. What seems like an easy day’s work quickly turns into a gripping game of cat and mouse as the trio leads her on a dangerous path of deceit and murder. What they didn’t count on is that Susy has a game of her own as she turns her disability into her greatest weapon. This masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping climax.

Time: 2 PM

Admission: $25/Day of Show, $22/Advance, $20/Seniors and Students, $17/Groups of 10 or more, $15/Student Rush