July festivals around metro Phoenix and Arizona
Arizona’s summer heat is in full swing. Check out our list of things to do in July 2016 to stay out of the heat (or bask in it, if that’s your thing)
7/15-16: Desert Thawout music festival
This two-day festival is packed with local talent. Friday brings Radiofix, Atoms Fall, Run Definitely Run, Throw Logic, Stone Mary, Tome, Bloomfield and Dead Light Shine. Saturday is a very heavy lineup, with Sicmonic, Howitzer, There is No Us, Lost in Lies, Kruffix, Merkocet, Soulless, Dawn Awaits and Fatal Malady.
Details: 5 p.m. Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $10. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
7/15-16: Camp Verde Cornfest
The 25th annual event showcases plenty of fresh roasted sweet corn, as well as vendors, music, a craft fair, children’s games and activities and other highlights. For an additional cost, patrons can visit the Fort Verde Historical State Park, where they will feature a vintage baseball game, workshops and presentations. There will also be free birding excursions on Saturday.
Details: 3-10 p.m. Saturday, July 15. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, July 16. Downtown Camp Verde. Free admission to the festival, costs for other activities. 928-593-0364, campverdepromotions.org.
7/16: Winter in July at Phoenix Zoo
The temperatures might be in the triple digits, but at Winter in July the Phoenix Zoo will look and feel like a winter wonderland. Guests can cool down in more than 50 tons of snow, splash in the wet and wild play areas and watch the animals enjoy icy summertime treats. A highlight is when Reba, the resident Asian elephant, enjoys a cool shower from the Phoenix Fire Department.
Details: 7-11 a.m. Saturday, July 16. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. $20 for ages 14 and up, $14 for ages 3-13, free for ages 2 and younger. 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org.
7/16-8/27: Lunch & Learn
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is bringing back its Lunch & Learn summer series for the 15th year, offering an in-depth look at the cooking techniques of some of top chefs in the U.S. Running Saturdays through Aug. 27, the series follows the same tried-and-true format: interactive demonstrations led by Sanctuary’s executive, chef Beau MacMillan, alongside national guest chefs and fellow Food Network stars. Each culinary expert prepares a multicourse meal with MacMillan, which diners then eat with paired wines.
Details: Saturdays, July 16-Aug. 27. Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Lunches, $75 (begin at noon); dinners, $125 (begin at 6 p.m.), plus tax and gratuity. 480-607-2300, sanctuaryoncamelback.com.
7/16: Boulders on Southern Summer Beer Fest
The annual extravaganza of craft beers offers guests 12 pours of some rare varieties including Brooklyn Brewery Lord Sorachi saison, Bear Republic Tartare Rouge American wild ale and Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. Stick around after the festival for a cornhole tournament and karaoke.
Details: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Boulders on Southern, 1010 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. $30. 480-659-4816, bouldersonsouthern.com.
7/16-17: Arizona Get Outdoors Expo
Have you been on the prowl for the ultimate outdoor experience? Look no further than the Arizona Get Outdoors Expo. Family-friendly fun and adventure await with outdoor education and safety clinics, a 3D archery range, catch-and-release fishing ponds, RV and boat exhibits, and the latest in hunting, fishing and camping gear. And best of all, you won’t have to rough it in the climate-controlled confines of the WestWorld of Scottsdale.
Details: July 16-17. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. $15-$20. 866-977-6849, ktar.com/shortal/azsportsmansexpo.
Courtesy of azcentral.com