Through Sept. 14, The Phoenician
The Phoenician is cooking up a savory summer with the third annual Culinary Countdown Dining Series. Options include J&G Steakhouse, featuring a three-course menu for $40; afternoon tea, with a three-course offering for $30 (Tuesdays-Fridays); and Relish Burger Bistro, presenting a two-course menu for $20. Don’t miss out on these extraordinary summer dishes! $20-$40.
June 2-July 2, Arizona Broadway Theatre
The summer of Beauty and The Beast continues at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic that tells a triumphant love story. Times and prices vary. www.azbroadway.org.
June 3, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Join the ALS Association Arizona Chapter to help raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The eighth annual Bite Nite will showcase signature dishes from top Valley chefs. Guests will enjoy signature tastes, cocktails, live entertainment, exclusive mystery boxes, and a silent and live auction. 6-10 p.m. Individual, $150; table of 10, $1,500. www.bitenite.org.
June 3-4, Desert Ridge Marketplace
Five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen and his buddies are back! Get ready for Cars 3 (in theaters June 16) with the Road to the Races, a nationwide tour inviting fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release of Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3. Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy Cruz Ramirez, and the sleek next-generation racer Jackson are driving into the Valley to celebrate with fans. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.cars3tour.com.
June 7, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Taj Mahal has been recording and performing his blend of blues for more than 50 years, winning multiple Grammy Awards and collaborating with The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and more. Keb’ Mo’, is a three-time Grammy Award winner who has collaborated with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Jackson Browne and Buddy Guy. Catch these two legends on one stage as part of their national tour in support of their first album as a duo. 7:30 p.m. $85-$105. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
June 8, Arizona Biltmore
Enjoy the final event of the 27th season of Winemaker Dinners at the Arizona Biltmore. The dinner is an epicurean adventure series that combines innovative gourmet dining and acclaimed wines. In addition to the carefully paired menus, a representative from the featured winery, Rombauer Vineyards, will share tales of harvesting their celebrated wines. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. $120. www.arizonabiltmore.com.
June 9, Comerica Theatre
Join Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen for an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation. The show will include Cohen interviewing Cooper, Cooper interrogating Cohen, and, finally, a Q&A with their inquisitive fans. 8 p.m. $58-$330+.
June 9, The Phoenician
Join the 14th annual Nurse of the Year Awards hosted by March of Dimes. This event recognizes outstanding nurses throughout Arizona, champions the profession of nursing, and raises awareness to support the mission of March of Dimes: to improve the health of babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. 10:30 a.m. Individual, $175; table sponsors, $1,500+. www.marchofdimes.org.
June 9-25, Herberger Theater Center
Come relive the magic of Oz in this musical version of the classic tale. Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, live on a farm in Kansas until they are caught in a tornado and swept away to the magical land of Oz, where they make new friends, try to escape the Wicked Witch of the West, and, ultimately, try to get back home. Showtimes vary. $17-$35. www.herbergertheater.org.
June 10, Chaparral Park
Get ready to get muddy! Mighty Mud Mania offers muddy obstacles for people of all ages and ability levels. The event includes the original mud course, a mini mud course, a mud nursery, an extreme course, and an inflatable slide arena. There are also mud-free activities for those who prefer to stay clean. Donations of nonperishable food items will be accepted to benefit the Vista del Camino Food Bank. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. www.scottsdaleaz.gov.
June 10, Four Seasons Scottsdale
Every second Saturday of June, places around the world celebrate Global Wellness Day, and the Four Seasons Scottsdale is one such place. Health-centric activities will include a wellness bike ride, a Tai Chi class, morning yoga on the terrace, and special healthy menu items – think superfood-packed salads and power bowls – at Proof. As a precursor to the occasion, Talavera will offer a three-course menu of healthful dishes through June 14, with a portion of proceeds benefitting local nonprofit Joy Bus. Events are for both hotel guests and locals. Times and prices vary. www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale.
June 10, Pepsi Amphitheater, Flagstaff
Head up north to cool down at the 25th annual Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival. The event, which is one of the longest-running beer festivals in the Southwest, will also include a beer judging competition, food and entertainment. Funds raised goes to the Sun Sounds Foundation, which allows print-disabled people to stay connected to their community. 1-5 p.m. $15-$90. www.azbeer.com.
June 11, Ak-Chin Pavilion
The self-proclaimed “Rock ‘n’ Roll band with horns,” Chicago, produced hit after hit including If You Leave Me Now and Old Days, while The Doobie Brothers have sold more than a staggering 48 million albums, winning four Grammy Awards in the process. First touring together in 2010, these veteran bands are back in action together on one stage. 7:30 p.m. $18-$282+. www.livenation.com.
June 11, Phoenix Convention Center
Recently engaged? Head down the aisles of the Arizona Bridal Show, the biggest bridal show in Arizona. The show features more than 450 of the Valley’s top wedding experts all in one place. Start your wedding planning, from finding the perfect venue and photographer to organizing your dream honeymoon. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are two for one ($12) through June 10; day-of admission, $12 per person; VIP, $20. www.arizonabridalshow.com.
June 13 and 27, Butterfly Wonderland
Step out of the desert and into the rainforest with Yoga in the Rainforest. Practice the art of Zen surrounded by thousands of fluttering butterflies in this hour-long class that will guide you through a series of yoga poses to help you build strength and gain flexibility. Registration required; call 480.800.3000, ext. 210 to reserve. Check-in, 5:15 p.m.; class, 5:30 p.m. $20. www.butterflywonderland.com.
June 15-25, Theatre Artists Studio
The annual summer festival of short plays penned by Theatre Artists Studio playwrights is back for its 10th year. Enjoy a series of 10-minute plays ranging from comedies to dramas, all adding up to 90 minutes of unique theater – and a great escape from the heat. 7:30 a.m. and 2 pm. $25. www.thestudiophx.org.
June 17, JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Cool down a bit in southern Arizona (where temperatures are five to 10 degrees cooler) at the second annual Tucson 23, which celebrates Visit Tucson’s “best 23 miles of Mexican food in America.” The highest concentration of Tucson’s authentic Mexican restaurants (many of them family-owned) is found within a 23-mile area that includes the City of South Tucson, downtown and lower midtown. This fabulous foodie event will feature weekend staycation packages, culinary demos, food samplings from more than 25 restaurants, beer and tequila tastings, and live mariachi and norteño music. Tickets include drink and menu samplings. 6 p.m. $49. www.saaca.org.
June 17, WestWorld of Scottsdale
Grab the family, and get ready to compete in the family-friendly Backyard Games Day. The indoor event will feature inflatables, bounce houses, a kids zone, yard games, dog adoptions, and the second annual Arizona State Cornhole Championships. There will also be vendors, food and drink retailers, and live music. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $10; ages 12 and under, free. www.backyardgamesday.com.
June 23, Desert Botanical Garden
Enjoy a fun-filled evening of dueling pianos played by two of the Southwest’s most dynamic musical entertainers – Wes Ringel and Scott Dunlap – who will take audience requests from Sinatra to The Beatles to Katy Perry. Gertrude’s will offer a special menu in conjunction with the performance, including grilled chicken fajitas with creative accoutrements. Doors, 6:30 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m. $25-$30. www.dbg.org.
June 23, Gila River Arena
Queen + Adam Lambert is a collaboration between the active members of the British band Queen and American vocalist Adam Lambert. This is the first long-term collaboration with Queen since their initial retirement, and as a former finalist of American Idol, Lambert was invited to be their front man. Come see this collaboration live in a one-of-a-kind show. 8 p.m. $44-$450+. www.livenation.com.
June 30, Arizona Science Center
Listen to music while being dazzled by the multicolored laser light show at the Dorrance Planetarium. The 8 p.m. show, dubbed Fright Night, will feature music from Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and more, while the second show will feature music solely from Metallica. Enhance your experience and come early – beer, cocktails, snacks and other refreshments will be available 45 minutes prior to the first show. Doors, 6 p.m.; shows, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10. www.azscience.org.
July 3, Kai at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
Arizona’s only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star restaurant, Kai will host the final event of their annual wine dinner series in partnership with Dos Cabezas WineWorks of Sonoita, Arizona. Each guest is invited to a private reception with hors d’oeuvres, followed by the dinner and a spectacular viewing of the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass fireworks show from Kai’s private patio. Hors d’oeuvres reception, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. $185. www.wildhorsepassresort.com.