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Through July 1
Apache Mountain Rendezvous
Held in conjunction with the annual Freedom Days Celebration in “The Town Too Tough to Die,” this inaugural event focuses on history and entertainment with three days of narratives by personalities of the Old West, Native American presentations, a parade, live music, singalongs, firearms handling, blacksmith demonstrations and shooting re-enactments at the world-famous OK Corral. Call for times, ticket prices and various venues in and around Tombstone,, 520-366-4311.

Through July 4
World’s Oldest Rodeo
The Old West comes alive as Prescott Frontier Days celebrates 131 years this summer with eight rodeo performances, a parade, Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children, dance, cowboy church, and arts and crafts. Stay Cowboy is the theme of the event, a nod to earlier times when people treated each other with kindness and embraced business decisions with a simple handshake. Call for times, ticket prices and Prescott locations,, 928-445-4320.

Through September 1
Flashlight Tours
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during these self-paced tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, with glimpses of nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Sa, 7-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.

Through September 3
Chairlift Rides
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the mountainside as the lift ascends the western side of the San Francisco Peaks to an elevation of 11,500 feet, affording views of the red rocks in Sedona, a cinder cone volcanic field and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily (weather permitting). $19-$24; free, children 5 and younger. Arizona Snowbowl, 9300 N. Snowbowl Rd., Flagstaff,, 928-779-1951.

July 3
Salute from the Shores
Located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant, this annual fireworks show is complemented by food trucks, live music with the Rob West Band and free children’s activities, including waterslides and bounce houses. 5-11 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m. $15 per vehicle in advance; $20 at the gate. Pleasant Harbor Marina at Lake Pleasant, 8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria,, 623-203-5173.

July 4
Celebration of Freedom (FREE)
Live music, patriotic displays, a naturalization ceremony, Revolutionary War re-enactments, family activities and fireworks highlight this Independence Day celebration. 6-10 p.m. Mesa Amphitheatre and Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., and along Center Street between Second Street and University Drive, Mesa,

July 4
Fabulous Phoenix 4th (FREE)
Live entertainment, a classic car show, interactive exhibits, children’s activities including a water spray zone, and a choreographed fireworks display highlight this patriotic festival. 6-10 p.m. Steele Indian School Park, 301 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix,, 602-534-FEST.  

July 4
4th of Zooly
Guests enjoy a catered lakeside barbecue dinner, up-close animal encounters and a live DJ, plus a great view from the zoo of the Tempe fireworks show. 7-10 p.m. $45, adults; $35, children 3-12; reservations required. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-286-3800.

July 4
Scottsdale 4th of July
Taking place in air-conditioned comfort, this family-friendly patriotic wonderland features a dinosaur encounter, rescued stunt dogs, BMX shows, bull riding, mutton busting, pony rides, a petting zoo, kids’ play zone and a fireworks finale. 4-9:30 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,

July 4
Tempe Town Lake Festival  
Celebrate Independence Day with live entertainment, children’s activities, and a huge fireworks show choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, the event benefits charities, projects and nonprofit organizations serving Tempe. Featured entertainers include Lane Change, Kianna Martinez and Donovan & the All Stars. Gates open at 5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Beach Park, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe,, 480-350-5189.

July 6
First Fridays Art Walk (FREE)
More than 70 Downtown art galleries and art spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Check website for maps, parking and shuttle service from five “park-and-ride hubs,”, 602-256-7539.

July 7
Jerome Art Walk (FREE)
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery-hopping. 5-8 p.m. Jerome,, 928-634-0774.

July 12
Scottsdale ArtWalk (FREE)
Artist demonstrations, gallery show openings, cool refreshments, misters and Caribbean and island music highlight the annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk. Presented by Scottsdale Gallery Association, the event has an Oasis in the Desert theme. 6:30-9 p.m. Downtown Scottsdale,

July 13
Chinese Auction & Dinner
The Arizona chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International celebrates the Year of the Dog with this unique fundraiser, which combines a silent and live auction. Proceeds assist with continuing education and scholarships for professionals in the hospitality industry and those who are pursuing a career in the field, as well as the group’s charity of the year, SniffAZ, a local nonprofit spay/neuter organization. 5-10 p.m. $75. Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-240-5552.

July 14
Fine Art Show and Sale (FREE)
Paintings, ceramics, photography, weavings, jewelry, sculpture, scarves and works in glass are showcased as Les Femmes des Montage hosts this 14th annual event. A portion of proceeds benefits the Highlands Center for Natural History. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St., Prescott,

July 14
Winter in July
More than 50 tons of snow for animals and zoo visitors highlights this event, with select animals receiving fresh snow in their exhibits and icy treats as part of a regular behavioral enrichment program. Wet and wild play areas add to the fun. 7 a.m.-noon. Included with zoo admission: $24.95, adults; $14.95, children 3-13. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-286-3800.

July 14-15
Prescott Indian Art Market
Visitors have an opportunity to interact with dozens of Native American artists as they present traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, baskets and blankets throughout the museum gardens. Artist demonstrations, entertainment and Indian fry bread add to the festivities. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Su, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott,, 928-445-3122.

July 19

Birds ’n’ Beer (FREE)

Sip on a brew from AZ Wilderness Brewing Co. while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-468-6470.

July 21
Corks, Crafts and Wine
Participants make a wine-related craft while enjoying a glass of wine and nibbles. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. LDV Wine Gallery, 6951 E. First St., Scottsdale,, 480-664-4822.

July 21, 29
Summer Cocktail Camp
PHOENIX magazine welcomes guests for an exclusive opportunity to sip on some of the summer’s most refreshing mixed drinks while interacting with the state’s top mixologists. The series of cocktail-crafting classes is hosted by Craig Outhier, editor of PHOENIX magazine, and AWE Collective. Belly up to the bar and grab a glass as they mix things up July 21 at The Gladly, 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix; and July 29, Sel, 7044 E. Main St., Scottsdale. 1 p.m. $30 (includes four cocktails), The nine-week series continues through Sept. 23.

July 28
This annual celebration includes wine tastings, food and wine pairings, vineyard tours by wagon, winery tours with the winemaker and grape stomping. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25-$85. Sonoita Vineyards, 290 Elgin-Canelo Rd., Elgin,, 520-455-5893.

July 28
Iris Rhizome Sale (FREE)
Prescott Area Iris Society hosts this annual event, featuring hundreds of irises for sale in all colors of the rainbow. A portion of the proceeds supports horticultural education in public schools, Yavapai College scholarships and a variety of public outreach programs. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Stoneridge Community Center, 1300 Stoneridge Dr., Prescott Valley,, 623-980-6627.

July 28
Real, Wild & Woody
Beer fans celebrate the suds while sampling countless specialty and small-batch brews from some of the industry’s best. Presented by Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, this fifth annual summer beer festival includes live music, plus small bites from top local restaurants. 2-6 p.m. $57 in advance; $65 at the door (includes 20 drink samples); $25, designated driver. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix,

July 28
SpayGhetti and No Balls Gala
Pasta and pet control make a great pairing at this inaugural benefit for Arizona Small Dog Rescue. An Italian dinner buffet, chocolate cake, a silent auction, raffles and dancing are included. 6-10 p.m. $70. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale,, 949-289-5190.

July 28-29
WVFD Arts & Crafts Show (FREE)
More than 70 juried artists share their works, including paintings, photography, ceramics, metal art, wood crafts and jewelry. Proceeds benefit the Williams Valley Fire District, a small department in rural Prescott. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Courthouse Plaza, 120 S. Cortez St., Prescott, 480-543-0203.