Winter makes an early appearance in the desert, and the stars of the WNBA head to downtown Phoenix. Get the details on those events and more of our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:

Fireworks night with the Arizona Diamondbacks: July 18
Can’t wait another 50 weeks to get your fireworks kick again? Head to the ballpark Friday night as the Dbacks take on the Cubs and stick around for a fireworks show after the game.

Arizona Diamondbacks Fireworks night

WNBA All-Star Game and Fan Fest Celebration: July 18-19
The stars of the WNBA will be shining at US Airways Center this Saturday. Phoenix Mercury stars Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner will lead the Western Conference squad against the stars of the East.

Get ready for Saturday’s game with Friday evening’s free fan fest celebration at downtown’s CityScape. Hoops fans can get in the spirit with live music and entertainment, games, All-Star game ticket giveaways, appearances by WNBA and NBA players and more.

Christmas in July in Downtown Glendale and Winter in July at the Phoenix Zoo: July 19
Missing the cool temps of December right about now? Well, we can’t do anything about it being July. But there are two events this weekend looking to bring a bit of winter chill to our Phoenix summer.

Get a very big head start on your holiday shopping with deals at Old Towne and Caitlin Court shops, indulge in holiday sweet treats, and even get your picture taken with Santa at Downtown Glendale’s Christmas in July celebration.

The animals get to join in on the fun at the zoo’s family-friendly Winter in July event. While the animals get to chow down on their own frozen treats, the human guests get to play in piles of snow, splash about in the water play areas, and dance the morning away with Radio Disney.

Phoenix Zoo Winter in July

Humans don’t get to have all the fun at the zoo’s Winter in July event

Sunset dinner cruise on Lake Pleasant: July 19 (Another sunset dinner cruise is scheduled for July 25)
Join Lake Pleasant Cruises for a dinner buffet, which includes prime rib and salmon, out on the lake this Saturday night. Grab a drink and enjoy the cool, climate-controlled main deck before stepping out on their open-air top deck to take in the sunset views. And if it’s anything like other sunsets we’ve had this week, it should be quite a sight. Advanced reservations are required, so call them soon at 602-456-9955.

Lake Pleasant Cruises

Lake Pleasant Cruises

Save $3 on admission to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix: Through July 31
Head out of the house with the kids and into the fun, engaging – and air-conditioned – Children’s Museum of Phoenix. The interactive museum is a delight for kids, and parents will enjoy this coupon good for $3 off admission.

More weekend events