Back 2 School Bash
With a new school year just around the corner, this is the perfect time to not only prepare your kids for school, but to celebrate it. The Maryvale Community Center is holding an event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 3 at 4420 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031. The first 400 children between Kindergarten-12th grade will get the opportunity to receive backpacks and school supplies. Additionally, barbers and beauticians will be present to give your child a fresh haircut to go back to school. This is a great way for families and students to gear up for the school year with old classmates and new friends. Admission is free of charge. For further information, visit
Help your child build healthy habits with JumpBunch, a camp held from 11:10-11:55 a.m. on Tuesdays for children ages 3-6. Instructors will teach children a wide variety of sports. It will be a structured session, complete with stretching, warm-ups, game participation, a cool down, and a closing huddle. Activities will include sports such as football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and tee ball, as well as age-appropriate fitness activities such as agility exercises, field day, parachute, relay races/running and more. The instructors hope to help the kids find an interest in sports and active living through encouragement in a non-competitive environment. Registration is required; $49 per child. The camp is held at Mountain View Park at 8625 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. To register your child and to find out more information, visit https://www.activekids.com/scottsdale-az/multi-sport-and-fitness-fun-2019-62091623.
Back to School for the Naturally Minded
Refresh, reset, and prepare for the happiest, healthiest school year yet. On Aug. 15 from 6-7:30 p.m., parents, students and teachers are all invited to enjoy a class focused on natural ways to make the most out of each school day—both in an out of the classroom. Angela Lahman, keynote speaker and head of the event, discuss the benefits of essential oils and how they can improve immune systems, help kids stay focused, improve mood, and much more. The event will take place at Rio Vista Community Park, located at 8866 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria, AZ 85381. For more information, visit
BEGINNING AUGUST 17
Red Rocks Music Festival of Phoenix
The Red Rocks Music Festival educates, engages and challenges audiences through performances from Arizona performing arts organizations to internationally acclaimed artists. One of the main goals of the festival is to reach out and provide educational music programs which inspire students to continue pursuing music. On Aug. 17, Piazzolla—the Genius of Tango, will take the stage at Paradise Valley United Methodist church located at 4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Admission is $36, or $14 for those under the age of 14. This concert features Grammy Award-nominated concert violinist Elmira Darvarova; Howard Wall, french horn, New York Philharmonic; and concert pianist Thomas Weaver. To buy tickets and for information on other festival events, visit http://www.redrocksmusicfestival.com/.
Run Soaked 5K
Join in on Tempe’s “hottest race of the summer” at this year’s Run Soaked 5k. Cool off along the route, which is complete with water trucks, sprinklers, and water gun-toting volunteers. The course also features six super-sized slip-and-slides. Registration is required. $35; or $30 for those under age 12. The fee goes towards a commemorative shirt and towel, as well as provided post-race refreshments. Runners are asked to meet at 6:30 a.m. at Kiwanis Park at 6111 All American Way, Tempe, AZ 85283. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. For more details and to register, visit https://www.active.com/tempe-az/running/distance-running-races/run-soaked-2019.
The Phoenix Salsa/Bachata Festival
The Phoenix Salsa/Bachata Festival is a three-day event created to cultivate, celebrate, and promote Afro-Latin heritage, dance and music. The aim is ultimately to bring together the best in national and international talent to teach, inspire, entertain, and, of course, dance with the Phoenix Latin Dance Community and beyond. Admission rates are based upon the level of participation, with prices ranging from $25 to $120. This event features professional dancers from all around the country and takes place at the Camby Hotel at 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016. To purchase tickets, visit https://phoenixsbf.com/.
25th Annual El Zaribah Shrine CornFest Arts & Crafts Show
Head over and enjoy the indoor, air-conditioned CornFest Arts & Crafts show free of admission charges! This event takes place at the El Zaribah Auditorium located at 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008. It features more than 60 local vendors, children’s activities, and highlights the planting, growth, harvesting and consumption of local sweet corn. In order to partake in the event’s tasting opportunities, food tickets must be purchased. $9 in advance; $10 at the door. Or, $6 in advance or $7 at the door for children under the age of 8. All proceeds from the event are taken as charitable contributions. To find out more about CornFest, visit https://www.el-zaribah.org/activities/cornfest.
THROUGH AUGUST 31
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
All aboard! Through the end of August, OdySea Aquarium hosts the traveling exhibit, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit. This unique exhibit features artifacts from the sea floor, more than 120 of which have never been on display before in Arizona. There are also reconstructions of the interior and personal stories of the passengers and crew showcased. Upon entering the exhibit, visitors will receive a “boarding pass,” which replicates the life and stories of an actual Titanic passenger. Ticket packages for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit are available for purchase alone or in combination with admission to OdySea and/or Butterfly Wonderland. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://titanicaz.com/. OdySea is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, and is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy the exhibit before it sets sail on a new adventure to another city!
Local First: Volunteer Meet and Greet
Local First Arizona is looking for new “ALFAs”—what they call their Ambassadors of Local First Arizona. Local First is dedicated to creating unique, diverse communities and a more sustainable, resilient economy for all. This event will highlight what being an ALFA Volunteer entails, volunteer opportunities throughout the year, and the chance to meet current volunteers and fellow prospects. The meet-and-greet will take place from 6-7 p.m. at the Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company at 201 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. For more details on Local First as an organization and the event itself, visit https://www.localfirstaz.com/events/volunteer-meet-amp-greet.
Phoenix Business Networking Event
Join Northwestern Mutual for a morning of powerful business networking with a unique twist. The event features traditional introductions and spotlights, followed by the interactive “lightning round”—a chance for all attendees to make connections instantly. The event runs from 7:30-9 a.m. at 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016, in the first floor Anchor Centre Conference Room. The event is free, although registration is required. All attendees are encouraged to bring business cards. For more information, contact TipClub at 1.800.798.0270, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flagstaff Flea Market
The Flagstaff Flea Market is an event which looks to support both local vendors and an eco-conscious lifestyle. Featuring antiques and hand-crafted goods such as records and books, tools and bicycles, jewelry and clothing, the Flagstaff Flea seeks to spread awareness of the upcycling process. The markets are held the second Saturday of each month through October, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Flagstaff City Hall, located at 211 W. Aspen, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Admission is free; however, donations are gladly accepted. A portion of the profits made will be donated to local non-profit organizations. To inquire about selling at the market, visit http://www.flagstaffmarket.com/flea-market-application.html. For general information, visit http://www.flagstaffmarket.com/flagstaff-urban-flea-market.html.
Gaspin’ in the Aspen
Gaspin’ in Aspen is an outdoor race for all ages and abilities that directly benefits Girls on the Run of Northern Arizona, a non-profit organization celebrating the inner strength of an individual. There are three courses available: the Kids 1K run, a course offered free of charge to those under the age of 18; and for adults, there are 5K and 15K options—both of which require a registration fee payment before the race begins. The event is held at Arizona Nordic Village – Flagstaff Nordic Center, 16848 U.S. 180, Flagstaff, AZ 86001and the courses are completely off-road trail runs. To register or for more information, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/AZ/Flagstaff/GaspinInTheAspen.
AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 2
Coconino County Fair
The Coconino County Fair is an annual event which aims to promote community involvement and interest in agriculture, horticulture, livestock, household arts, and diverse traditions. Hundreds of exhibitors provide an educational and entertaining experience in a family friendly environment. Above all, the fair, held at Fort Tuthill County Park at 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff, AZ 86005, seeks to encourage the public to get more involved in how they take care of the environment and allow a platform for locals to showcase their accomplishments. Admission into the event ranges from $3-$5 when purchased online and $5-$8 when purchased at the gate. Additionally, wristbands are available for $25 and are good for unlimited carnival rides for the day. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.coconinocountyfair.com/
9th Annual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival
The Tucson Audubon Society invites all to the 9th Annual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival. Commencing with a “Fiesta de Aves” reception, this four-day festival is the perfect way to celebrate special wildlife in the Sonoran Desert and Southeastern Arizona during the summer monsoon rains. Complete with a Nature Expo, nature talks, bird walks, vendor fair, kids’ activities, and workshops, this is an event for all ages to enjoy. The event’s two featured guests, Laura Erickson and Kevin Karlson, are both writers, professionals, and experts of Southwestern wildlife and landscape. For those who wish to participate in the offered field trips and/or nighttime events, a $25 registration fee is required. The festival will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Tucson- Reid Park at 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711. For more information and to register for the event, visit: http://tucsonaudubon.org/festival.
Come to Life: Intentionality for Excellence
A four-day experience surrounded by the beautiful desert landscape, “Come to Life” is a weekend event centered around natural health and well-being. Participants can attend live seminars and interactive classes lead by world-renowned professionals, healers, and health practitioners throughout the weekend. The event is for those who are looking to naturally improve self-care habits and those looking to further develop a sense of their own goals and future plans. This experience will take place at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa located at 245 E. Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85704. Registration fees do not include the cost of room and board at the hotel. If interested, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/come-to-life-discover-your-power-to-live-intentionally-for-excellence-tickets-60544737941 for more details.
Women’s Health and Beauty Expo
The Tucson 19th Annual Women’s Health and Beauty Expo is an event for women to come together, bond, be educated, be inspired and be uplifted. The event is designed for women of all ages, and features experts in fashion, beauty, lifestyle and health. The Women’s Health and Beauty Expo allows industry professionals to share resources and benefits with all those interested in bettering themselves as a whole. Although many exhibits feature products and services for sale, both admission and parking are free of charge. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Tucson- Reid Park at 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711. For more information, visit https://womenshealthandbeautyexpo.com/ .
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