Fun Things To Do in Phoenix This Summer

Fun Things to do in Phoenix in July

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In Arizona, July can seem to drag on-and-on-and-on. The kids have been out of school for over a month and it’s an inferno out there. It’s scary to think that although summer only “officially” began June 20th, we hit a record-breaking high of 119 that very day. Yikes. Us Arizonians know that our summer has been here for a few months and won’t be leaving until, say, Thanksgiving? To help you keep your cool this summer, we’ve compiled a list of fun things to do this month in Phoenix, with or without the kids.

Kids In Tow

  • July 16: “Winter in July” – Phoenix Zoo – 7-11am
    • The Phoenix Zoo is putting on a “chilly” event! Come cool down with 35 tons of snow to play in, snow targets, wet-n-wild water play activities, and an 8-foot snow slide! Live music will be provided along with a craft activity and book signing by the authors of Zoology for Kids. The animals will also have a chance to cool off, come see them enjoying icy treats or watch Reba the Elephant cool off with a fireman’s hose. All of these activities and many more are included in the cost of general admission. For more information, click here.
  • Fridays: “Live and Local Fridays” – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 6pm – Happy Hour; 8pm – Concert
    • Come enjoy family-friendly local artists as they entertain you with live music in the air-conditioned comfort of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Click here to see the exciting line-up and buy your tickets. They’re $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
  • Daily: “World of Giant Insects” – Arizona Science Center
    • You’ll feel like you’ve been shrunken to another world in this amazing exhibit. Get up close and personal with gigantic insects 40-120 times their normal life size. See parts of an insect never seen with such details and precision, and watch as these huge creatures jump, leap and munch with scientific accuracy. Get more information and prices by clicking this link.

Grown-Up Fun

  • July 15:Science with a Twist” – Arizona Science Center – 6-10pm
    • This 21+ event includes a cash bar, live science demonstrations, hands-on activities geared towards adults, and access to most exhibits. This month’s theme is H2O, so come get hydrated and have some watery fun! Tickets are only $12 for non-members and $10 for members. Visit more information on the exciting event!
  • Saturdays:7 Minutes in Heaven” – Space 55 – 8pm
    • Touted as their “no-holds-barred” variety show, you never know what crazy mayhem and pure talent you’ll get at 7 Minutes in Heaven! Contestants are given 7-minutes on stage to entertain audiences with any performance; such as poetry, comedy, music, magic, burlesque or dance. Come see the best and most varied variety show Phoenix has to offer. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. 
  • July 23: “Real, Wild and Woody Beer Festival” – Phoenix Convention Center; 2-6pm
    • This indoor beer festival aims to celebrate the region’s ‘rare, unique, and unconventional brews and brew processes”. Come taste wild, imaginative and original beers and sample small bites from esteemed local restaurants and breweries. Live music and activities are also provided, but this is a 21+ event. For price information and to see a list of vendors, visit the official realwildandwoody website.

For more ideas on fun things to do today or any day in July, visit the Phoenix New Times calendar of events here. Have fun out there, and remember to stay cool!

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