Flashlight Nights
WHEN: Every Saturday through Sept. 4, 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
WHAT: Flashlight Nights are nighttime self-guided adventures through Desert Botanical Garden. Nocturnal explorers can bring their own flashlights to shine along the trails to capture the night-blooming plants and animals that appear in the desert after dark. Each evening of Flashlight Nights includes socially-distanced activities for all ages.
INFO: dbg.org

Phoenix Film Festival
WHEN: August 12-22
WHERE: Harkins Theater, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
WHAT: The state’s largest film festival, which hosts nearly 250 films each year, hosts film and entertainment seminars, parties, and events.
INFO: phoenixfilmfestival.com

Animaniacs in Concert
WHEN: August 28
WHERE: The Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix
WHAT: The beloved Animaniacs characters will sing live on stage in a musical revue starring original cast members Rob Paulsen (Yakko, and Pinky from Pinky & the Brain), accompanied by Emmy winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of those memorable songs you STILL can’t remove from your brain!
INFO: themadison.org

Free Entrance Day in the National Parks
WHEN: August 25
WHERE: Arizona National Parks
WHAT: In honor of the National Park Service’s birthday, enjoy free admission to one of more than 400 national parks. In Arizona, that includes the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, Canyon de Chelly, Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Montezuma Castle in Camp Verde, and other popular destinations.
INFO: nps.gov

Beat the Heat
WHEN: August 28
WHERE: Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
WHAT: Celebrate the end of summer by cooling down with treats, snow, fun, and music in the sun. The first 500 people will also get to pick up toys and items that will help you Beat the Heat.
INFO: scottsdalequarter.com

PAWS 2 Read @ Your Peoria Libraries
WHEN: September 11
WHERE: Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Ave., Peoria
WHAT: The second Saturday of every month, PAWS 2 Read is an on-going program which allows children to read aloud to therapy dogs in order to improve reading skills. When children practice reading individually to trained therapy dogs (and their handlers) they become more confident readers, while having fun! After all, a dog will not correct them or make them feel awkward if they stumble. This same event takes place the third Saturday of every month at Peoria Main Library as well.
INFO: library.peoriaaz.gov


5th Annual Memorial Stair Climb
WHEN: September 11
WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 755 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
WHAT: Annual event will be held to honor and remember fallen firefighters on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. This is not a times race event but rather a way to honor the firefighters, police, and EMS who died on 9-11-2001.
INFO: saltriverfields.com/911memorialstairclimb/