Through Aug. 25, Taliesin West
Experience the romance (perfect for date night!) and wonder of the one of the most famous architects of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright at this stunning property. Witness the rare appearance of the renowned fire-breathing dragon under the bright Arizona moon as the romance of the Taliesin West comes alive. This is a trip back through history, where architecture and luxury meet. The tour, which is not intended for children under 13 years old, takes place each Friday and reservations are required. 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $40. franklloydwright.org.
Through Aug. 20, Arizona Broadway Theatre
Are you catching the fever? Relive the incredible escapades of humble paint clerk Tony Manero who lives for the weekends as he takes the night by storm, transforming into a local disco king when the sun goes down. Based on the 1977 cult classic film, Saturday Night Fever, this production will transport you with its stunning choreography and chart-topping soundtrack. Show times vary. Tickets start at $88. www.azbroadway.org.
Aug. 1, Talking Stick Resort Arena
After delivering his newest record in waves, the singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer that makes women everywhere swoon hits the ground running on his worldwide tour. After returning to the music scene, his newest record (which happens to be the same name as his tour!) proves that he is still first and foremost an amazingly talented musician. Be prepared to croon along with new hits, such as Love on the Weekend, and reminisce with old classics – think Belief, In Repair and Daughters – from this American music legend. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
Aug. 3, Phoenix Art Museum
Escape the heat and monsoons with a fun-filled, family friendly day in the cool indoors at the museum. Chill to the sounds of DJ Kate Scratch Fever and enjoy the hands-on arts and crafts perfect for all ages. At 4:30 p.m., The Great Hall will transform into a drive-in movie for Pixar’s animated comedy, Cars. Later, enjoy an exciting scavenger hunt and unwind with light refreshments. Perfect for the young – or the young at heart. 4 p.m. Free with museum entrance. www.phxart.org.
Aug. 3, The Crescent Ballroom
Get ready to pedal! Departing from Crescent Ballroom, riders will enjoy a 60-minute ride around downtown Phoenix. But, the fun doesn’t stop once your feet do. Presented by Crescent Ballroom, Slippery Pig Bike Shop and Bulleit Bourbon, expect discounted cold drinks, hot burritos and shots when you return. So, saddle up and prepare for the ride of your life. 8 p.m. Free. www.crescentphx.com.
Aug. 4, Talking Stick Resort Arena
Join Neil Diamond as he celebrates fifty amazing years on the music scene. From his earliest 1966 album The Feel of Neil Diamond to his latest critically acclaimed Melody Road, Neil Diamond has topped the charts for more than five decades, with over 135 million records sold worldwide since his start in the music biz. This is a must-see for lovers of the talented singer, songwriter, musician and actor. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $75. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
August 5, Phoenix Zoo
Prepare for a roaring good time and lots things to explore as the Phoenix Zoo travels back to prehistoric times with this annual event featuring dinosaurs! There will be endless entertainment with interactive dinosaur meet and greets, an encounter with a baby velocirpator, a mobile fossil dig, and Jurassic Park jeep motor pool photo ops. Additional highlights include music and games with DJ Rockin’ Rob, crafts, face painting, a caricature artist and a dino egg prize dig. Cool off at the squirt gun area, splash zone or on a water slide at Lakeside Law. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $8. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Aug. 7-12, locations vary
More than 4,000 street dancers from over 50 countries will flock to Phoenix to compete in one of the most competitive hip-hop dance events in the world. Crews will compete to capture the world title but more importantly, international bragging rights. Expect appearances by hip-hop icons, artists and celebrities with surprise rap concerts and performances. This weeklong series of competitions, which leads up to the World Finals on August 12 at Grand Canyon University Arena, is one you don’t want to miss. Times vary. Tickets start at $25. www.hiphopinternational.com.
Aug. 9, Frank & Alberts at Arizona Biltmore
This series of dinners feature select celebrated microbrews, pairing them with original culinary creations by Arizona Biltmore Executive Chef Stephen Strickland. The dinners, held on the second Wednesday of each month, take place in the private sunroom of Frank & Alberts, which is known for taking a fresh approach to traditional American dishes. The dinner is composed of a three-course meal and complementary beer pairings. This month’s dinner features tastings from Stone Brewing Company, headquartered in Escondido, California, and known as the largest brewery in Southern California. 6:30 p.m. $45. www.arizonabiltmore.com.
Aug. 11, CityScape Phoenix
Don’t forget your blanket and chairs as you sprawl out on the giant lawn of Patriot’s Park and enjoy Disney’s newest smash hit Moana on the big screen. Adults and children alike will enjoy as they watch an adventurous teenager set sail on a daring mission to save her Polynesian tribe, meeting friends along the action-packed voyage. A family-friendly event that includes local giveaways, specialty-themed contests and tons of prizes. Guests will enjoy a tropical paradise, with Hawaiian-themed activities such as hula dancers, water activities and more. 6:30 p.m. Free. www.cityscapephoenix.com.
Aug. 11-13, Stand Up Live Comedy Theater
Since his sixth Comedy Central special aired, American actor and comedian Christopher Titus has been on a star-studded rise to the top. His newly released dark Fox comedy Titus has earned him a Writer’s Guild of America nomination and an Emmy nomination. With hilarious new content and dark humor, Titus is being called uproariously funny and “TV’s most original voice since Seinfeld.” 10 p.m. $25. www.phoenix.standuplive.com.
Aug. 12, Comerica Theatre
From your TV screen to live, join Dianna Williams, aka Miss D, and The Dancing Dolls from Lifetime’s hit docuseries Bring It! as they compete for your attention. The hip-hop dance troupe (one of the top in the country!) has earned more than 100 trophies and 15 grand champion titles. You become part action, with live voting, a Q&A with the cast and never before seen live demonstrations on stage. This season’s show will feature an all new competition storyline and feature an action packed, stunning finale. So, get ready for a night of dancing and drama. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $36.25. www.comericatheatre.com.
Aug. 13, Comerica Theatre
Two of America’s favorite comedians join forces in an uproariously hilarious night of fun, games and a banjo. With musical interludes, blunt one liners, and classic characters these two will have you rolling on the floors of the theater. Rumor is you may even catch a glimpse of Martin being a “wild and crazy guy,” a sight that most fans do not get in their lifetime. 8 p.m. $125. www.comericatheatre.com.
Aug. 15, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Music history is about to made with this heart-pounding mash-up between Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and special guest, The Edgar River Band. Produced by Live Nation, this tour is rumored to be the Long Good-bye tour for Deep Purple. Phoenix resident Alice Cooper is always a fan favorite in the Valley and is set to bring his own brand of rock psycho-drama to the main stage. One thing is for sure – it will be a head-banging good time. 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26. www.ak-chinpavillion.com.
Aug. 17, Pueblo Grande Museum
If you’ve ever been curious about what goes on behind the scenes of a museum, now’s your chance to find out. Join the staff of Pueblo Grande Museum – an archaeological site once inhabited by the Hohokam culture – as they give guests a sneak peek into how museums process, organize and care for their collections. Tours are intimate and space is limited. Register at the front desk, in the lobby. 10- 10:45 a.m. $5. www.pueblogrande.com.
Aug. 26, Talking Stick Resort Arena
With the release of his new album Black, Dierks Bentley is on tour and taking the country scene by storm. With special guests Cole Swindell and John Pardi, the concert promises ballads and blue grass alike. Fans will enjoy some of his top charting songs like Somewhere on a Beach, and the cheating ballad I’ll Be the Moon. So, put on those faded blue jeans, boots and cowboy hat, and prepare for a night to remember. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $31. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
Aug. 26, Comerica Theatre
As the reigning king of the Miami rap scene, Rick Ross has topped the musical charts since releasing his No. 1 debut album Port of Miami in 2006. Ross headlines the music fest, bringing the three stages of live entertainment to music lovers. Summer Jam also features vendors and more. The summer is hot, but this show will be hotter. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $48. Comericatheatre.com
Aug. 25-27, Arizona Biltmore
Over 200 of the world’s best tattoo artists, vendors, painters and industry educators will bring their talents to Phoenix for an experience like no other. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of entertainment all weekend such as educational seminars, art galleries, live music, car shows and a pool party. Additional highlights include live painting performances, burlesque performances, a kids zone and tattoo merch and memorabilia. Noon. Pre-sale starts at $22. www.hellcity.com