Thursdays & Saturdays, Desert Botanical Garden
As the temperatures get hotter each day, it gets more and more difficult to spend time in the beautiful outdoors that the Valley has to offer. Post-sunset, once temperatures subside a bit, provides a new opportunity to step out of the air conditioning. Experience the desert night in a self-paced stroll through the Botanical Garden. This activity, perfect for all ages, allows you to hear, see and feel the night come alive. Bring your own flashlight or purchase one at the Garden Shop. 7 p.m. Included with membership or single day entry ($12.95-$24.95). www.dbg.org
Mondays, The Park
Meeting at the park for weekly social run might seem a bit old fashioned, but why not go back to our roots? This all-ages event gives community members the opportunity to meet and greet in Downtown Phoenix. The social walk/run focuses on engaging individuals and businesses, while showcasing Phoenix as a prime location for healthy activities. Enjoy street food and a beer garden to refresh after engaging to make this run extra fun. 5:15 p.m. Free. www.meetmedowntownphx.com.
June 2-July 30, Herberger Gallery@Arizona Center
Featuring artists ages 2-5, this exhbit, Celebrate, highlights the importance of early learning. In collaboration with First Things First, a local nonprofit organization that is committed to supporting the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s young children from birth to age 5, the exhibit will kick off with a free, family-friendly opening reception on First Friday, June 2, and visitors can view it through July 30 during regular business hours. Entries are submitted by children from preschools and child care centers participating in Quality First, a signature program of First Things First, that partners with providers to improve the quality of early learning across Arizona. Free. Times vary. www.herbergertheater.org.
June 2-23, Desert Botanical Garden
Music gets a stunning backdrop in this series, set at the Ullman Terrace Stage at Desert Botanical Garden. Weekly live performances run the gamete of soft rock, Latin fusion and dueling pianos. Shows sell out quickly, so get your tickets ahead of time. Must be 21 or older. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25, members; $30, GA. www.dbg.org.
This month’s performers:
June 2, William Eaton & Friends
World and desert-inspired contemporary
June 9, Sahnas Brothers Band
Spanish and Mediterranean guitar fusion
June 16, Robby Roberson Band
Soft rock, Americana
June 23, Wes Ringel, Scott Dunlap and AZ Dueling
Rock, Top 40 from the ’50s to today
June 3, Orpheum Theatre
Funny man Carlos Oscar returns with hilarious thoughts on pop culture, relationships and life. The stand-up comedian (who has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, HBO and has had performances on Comedy Central) is partnering with Broadway illusionist, Adam Trent, for an unforgettable show. All ticket proceeds from this event will benefit local first responder organizations, including the Phoenix Police Vice Enforcement Unit and the Scottsdale Police Special Victims Unit. Giving back never felt so funny. 7 p.m. $20-$50. www.orpheumtheatrephx.com.
June 6, Irish Cultural Center
Take a trip to Ireland without having to the leave the Valley. Derived from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, Bloomsday celebrates all things Irish. Experience the taste, culture and music of Ireland, with readings of Ulysses throughout the evening. Beer tastings, wine and spirits, as well as food will be available for purchase. 6:30 p.m. Free. www.azirish.org.
June 6-27, Desoto Central Market
Ready to assemble your A-team? Phoenix’s best and brightest gather every Tuesday to answer some of the trickiest trivia. Hosted by Michael and Willie, triviagoers’ knowledge across several different categories will be put to the test. Expect drink specials, hilarious puns and questions that will stump even the savviest pop culture titan. Are you ready for the challenge? 8-9:30 p.m. Free. www.desotocentralmarket.com.
June 8, Comerica Theatre
America’s favorite rock band comes to the Valley for one night, drawing from both its classic hits and the band’s most recent studio efforts. Boston’s 2013 album, Live, Love & Hope, catapulted the artists back into the Top 40 and attendees will get to sing along with the newest chart toppers. Also joining Boston on stage is Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, featuring instrumental and production work from Foo Fighters frontman David Grohl. Don’t miss this must-see musical performance by true rock legends. 7:30 p.m. $39.50. www.comericatheatre.com.
June 9-25, Herberger Theater Center
We’re off to see the Wizard! Be transported by the story of Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they land in the mysterious world of OZ and try to get back home to Kansas. Dorothy must travel to Emerald City where a great wizard lives, and meets some funny friends along the way while simultaneously trying to escape a wicked witch. Put on by Valley Youth Theatre, this lively musical features music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, along with a talented team of vocalists that truly bring the story alive. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. show times. $16.50- $34.50 www.herbergertheatre.com.
June 9, Comerica Theatre
Lifelong friends Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen blend politics and pop culture in this riveting tour subtitled, Deep Talk and Shallow Tales. Watch one-on-one interviews, behind-the-scenes videos, and engage in the highly anticipated audience Q&A session. While the the two AC-initialed TV hosts may be from different fields, they find common ground in current events, pop culture, politics, and much more. 8 p.m. $58-$330. www.livenation.com.
June 10, Phoenix Zoo
This kid’s street festival will leave you howling at the moon. A fun evening for parents and kids alike, the night will feature local musicians, artists, dancers, street performers, a roaming magician and more. Don’t miss the animal art show, sidewalk chalk, black light graffiti room, DJ dance party and animal discoveries. Kids can also cool off with the waterslides, Slip ‘N Slides, water areas, splash zone and water targets and squirt gun art area. Get ready to roar and explore during this epic evening of fun! 5:30-8:30 p.m. $6-$8. www.phoenixzoo.org.
June 10, Comerica Theatre
Dancing siblings Julianne and Derek Hough take to the stage for a self-choreographed show inspired by earth, wind, fire and water. These longtime Dancing with the Stars favorites (who have multiple Emmy Awards and mirror ball trophies between them) will be sure to impress with a dizzying array of moves, accompanied by a light and sound show. The pair is joined by the Move Company Dancers for group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop, and everything in between for a show that is sure to move you. 7:30 p.m. $38.50-$65 www.comericatheatre.com.
June 10, Chaparral Park
Slip, fall and slide into this muddy event. The day will offering obstacle courses for people of all ages and athletic ability. Not into the whole obstacle course thing? The event will also have inflatable water slides and activities, Mudville “town,” open play mud fits, food vendors and a sponsor area. For the first time ever, fast passes will be available for both the original and extreme courses. 7:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Kids under 17 are free and extreme adult course is $10. www.scottsdaleaz.gov/mighty-mud-mania.
June 11, Phoenix Convention Center
Whether you’re getting ready to say “I do” or helping your bestie plan her nuptials, don’t miss Arizona’s biggest bridal show. With 450 of the top wedding vendors all in one place, you’ll have everything you need to help you plan out your big day. Find the perfect venue, choose a photographer and interview top Valley DJs, or plan that destination wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t miss the wedding dress raffle and over $100,000 in prize giveaways. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $12 for two entries. www.arizonabridalshow.com.
June 14, Steele Indian School Park
Join Phoenicians from across the Valley as they run to combat global hunger. This is a first-class racing experience for 5K runners, complete with professional timing equipment and bibs, as well as a family-oriented, one-mile Fun Run. Runners will meet in front of the Phoenix Convention Center at 6 a.m. to take a short ride by motor coach to the park, where the race will begin. Upon completion, snacks will be provided and the racers will receive a ride back to the convention center. All registration fees will go directly Global Hunger Relief Fund’s projects around the world to feed the hungry. 6:20 a.m. $25. www.globalhungerrelief.com.
June 16, Arizona Science Center
Take a night to relive your childhood in the most adult way. Grab a specialty cocktail inspired by the Warner Bros.’ Roadrunner or a Capri Sunburn – a twisted take on the beloved kid’s drink. Then, relax in comfy lounge chairs and enjoy Get Animated: Animation Academy. Get ready to lose yourself in the world of animation, bringing back memories while making new ones. You’ll quickly figure out why they call it Science with A TWIST. 8:30 p.m. $11.95 per person www.azscience.org/sciencewithatwist.