BOTTLES + BITES
Calling all foodies! End your weekend on a delicious note with a bottle of wine and two small plates for $35 at Hotel Valley Ho’s ZuZu. Executive chef Russell LaCasce will use top seasonal ingredients to serve five off-menu small plates that change weekly. The dishes will be paired with a spectacular bottle of featured wine, available on its own for $20. Care to curate your own experience? The savory bites are also available individually from $8 to $14. Bottles + Bites takes place every Sunday evening in the lounge or restaurant. 4-10 p.m. www.hotelvalleyho.com.
Ongoing, The Scott Resort & Spa
Every Saturday this month, break out your tropical vintage wear and spend an evening lounging by the pool, whether you prefer a fireside seat or a private cabana. Sip on Tiki-inspired cocktails and kebabs of all creeds while relaxing island music fills the resort. 7-10 p.m. Free. www.thescottresort.com.
Through July 27, Desert Botanical Garden
The desert will come to life this summer as it fills with flashlight-toting garden-goers. These self-guided adventures, taking place on Saturday nights, will provide friends and families with a chance to investigate blooming foliage and nocturnal animals, then grab some after-dark food and drink. 7-9:30 p.m. Adults, $14.95; children, $9.95. www.dbg.org.
DREAMTEAM SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP
Through Aug. 5, DreamTeam Academy
This basketball camp for ages 7 to 13 gets kids out of the house and onto the court. Each morning at the state-of-the-art youth facility will include three hours of training from current and former college basketball players and two hours of open court time. In the afternoon, kids can wind down in the youth-friendly social lounge, decked out with video games, movies, board games and massage chairs. Parents can book by day or purchase multiple-day packs. Full day, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and $75; half day, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and $50. www.dreamteamacademy.com.
LIQUID SUNSHINE POOL PARTY
Through Sept. 1, Hotel Adeline
Make a splash every Saturday through Labor Day weekend at Hotel Adeline’s pool party series, complete with DJs, inflatable floats, and signature cocktails. Guests can purchase a daybed or cabana for even more fun in the sun. 1-6 p.m. General admission, free; daybed and cabana reservations vary. www.liquidsunshinepoolparty.com.
July 2 and 16, Desert Ridge Marketplace
This family-friendly event provides the perfect excuse to enjoy some summer suds. The splash pad at Desert Ridge Marketplace will fill with a foam zone, dancing, live music and lawn games as kids and parents alike attempt to escape the heat with some soapy, foamy fun. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. www.shopdesertridge.com.
CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION
July 6, Arizona Biltmore
This interactive illusion show combines old-world magic with the humor of vaudeville theater. Held in an intimate boutique setting, the evening will provide guests with an up-close view of nostalgic, old-school fun. This clean show is best enjoyed by guests over age 8. 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $42-$60. www.carnivalofillusion.com.
SIMPLY SUCCULENTS WITH DIG IT
July 6, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Give your green thumb a workout at this succulent workshop hosted by horticulture experts from Phoenix’s Dig It Gardens. Learn how to create and care for a succulent terrarium in a desert climate while enjoying light refreshments. Noon. Individual, $30; pair, $45. www.smoca.org.
CHEFS + FARMERS MARKET SERIES
July 6 and 13, Hotel Valley Ho
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho is combating the summer heat with an indoor farmers market that will unite top chefs and purveyors from across the Valley. Guests can savor bites from ZuZu’s expert chef, sip on spirit and wine samples, and peruse booths of local produce. A cash bar with bloody marys and mimosas will sweeten the experience all the more. This month, markets will take place on July 6 and 13, with “backyard grillin’ and chillin’” and “sweet treats” themes, respectively. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. www.hotelvalleyho.com.
July 9, Gila River Arena
Spend a night dancing to the chart-topping hits of this multi-platinum artist during his third global tour. This year, the pop star is coming to the Valley with special guest Alessia Cara, a singer-songwriter who, like Mendes, is known for smooth vocals and the youthful energy she brings to the contemporary music scene. 7:30 p.m. $45+. www.gilariverarena.com.
SUMMER SPECTACULAR ARTWALK
July 11, Downtown Scottsdale
Taking place primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way, this artistic endeavor will showcase galleries from the members of the Scottsdale Gallery Association, allowing guests to wander through the different styles of art at their own pace while enjoying the beautiful statues and fountains dotting the area. One of the eight yearly Gold Palette ArtWalks, this special incarnation of the well-loved event features extended hours and is themed around all things summer. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalegalleries.com.
WINTER IN JULY
July 13, Phoenix Zoo
Step inside a summertime winter wonderland, where even the animals get to join in on the frozen fun. The zoo will come alive with a variety of chilly activities, including hourly “blizzards” and over 35 tons of snow to play around in. The family-friendly morning will feature a splash pad, a maze of misters, and live music and games for the guests as well as icy snacks, snow flurries and rain showers for some of the zoo animals to enjoy. 7-11 a.m. Included with zoo admission. www.phoenixzoo.org.
July 13 and 14, Musical Instrument Museum
Just in time for Bastille Day (July 14), embrace your inner Francophile and celebrate the national day of France with live musical performances and a French-inspired cafe menu. Vive la France! 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included with museum admission. www.mim.org.
July 14-Aug. 4, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
Witness the battle for the title of Bar Brawl Champion as master mixologists from the Valley’s top hotels and bars face off every Sunday during this seven-week craft cocktail competition. Entry includes happy hour pricing for food and drinks. 8-10:30 p.m. Free. www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT
July 16, Talking Stick Resort Arena
Returning to North America with their largest production ever, Queen – including original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor – and longtime frontman Adam Lambert, is taking centerstage for another showstopping tour. Following the wildly successful biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, the band will rock audiences with a timeless setlist. 8 p.m. $296+. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
BEER ‘N’ BINGO
July 19, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
What’s better than a good brew and some friendly competition? Get ready to laugh at this evening of craft beer and bingo hosted by comedian Anwar Newton. Tickets include a beer sample, and a cash bar and snacks are included. 7 p.m. $15. www.smoca.org.
THE HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR
July 19, Salt River Grand Ballroom
Now in its ninth consecutive year, this show celebrates the enduring hits of the ’60s and ’70s. Featured in the nostalgic tour will be The Turtles, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), The Cowsills and The Classics IV. 8 p.m. $30+. www.talkingstickresort.com.
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
July 22, Comerica Theatre
This indie folk band will celebrate the release of their fourth studio album, Living Mirage, with a stop in the Valley on their newest North American tour, showing music lovers far and wide that folk really can rock. The opening act will be indie rock band Hippo Campus. 8 p.m. $33+. www.comericatheatre.com.
THE DIAMOND JUBILEE OF CADET NURSES IN AZ: STORIES OF SERVICE
July 23, Mustang Library Auditorium
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII, this installation of the PastFinders Lectures series will allow attendees to view and discuss the accounts of cadet nurses who participated in the program. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. www.mcdowellsonoran.org.
July 27, Sonoita Vineyards
Join hundreds of fellow wine lovers at a celebration of everything red, white and rosé. Tickets to this annual festival include six wine tastings, four food and wine pairings, tours of the winery and vineyards, and a grape-stomping session. Upgrade to VIP for a private room and balcony, a lunch voucher, an exclusive gift, after-hours tours of the winery and vineyard, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission, $25; VIP, $85. www.sonoitavineyards.com.
CAPTURING SUNSETS AND LIGHTING
July 27, Desert Botanical Garden
Perfect your picture-taking skills as the effortlessly photogenic Desert Botanical Garden transitions from golden hour into a beautiful Arizona sunset. Hosted by instructor Joanne West, the workshop will include an introduction to the best camera settings and techniques, followed by a hands-on shooting session. Required equipment includes a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or mirrorless camera and a wide to moderate zoom lens. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nonmembers, $63; members, $50. www.dbg.org.
KITTEN POP-UP ADOPTION SHOPS
July 27 and 28, Scottsdale Quarter
Scottsdale Quarter isn’t just for retail therapy – consider picking out a new furry friend for your family. The Arizona Animal Welfare League’s pop-up animal adoption shops will help find families for the hundreds of kittens that find their way into the organization during the summertime. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.aawl.org.