“SOS” – SUMMER OF SHARKS
Through July 31, OdySea Aquarium
With more than 40 sharks and nine different species living in the aquarium, guests are invited to marvel at the largest and most diverse collection of sharks in Arizona. To celebrate Shark Week, OdySea Aquarium will offer a variety of special programs, activities, and educational opportunities for all ages. Free with admission. www.odyseaaquarium.com.
SUMMER ART AND ARCHITECTURE CAMPS
Through Aug. 3, Taliesin West
Combining creativity with academia, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s innovative summer camps give students the opportunity to think and work outside the box by encouraging students to explore, create and design in a historic setting. Students can see how their unique ideas can have a true impact on the world around them as they engage in the fun and educational activities. Summer camps include Photographing Wright (grades seven to 12), Wright for the Future (grades six to nine), and Designing for Mars (grades five to eight). Times vary. $250-$350. www.franklloydwright.org.
A MIRROR MAZE: NUMBERS IN NATURE
Through Sept. 4, Arizona Science Center
Created by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, this limited-time interactive, immersive exhibition explains the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world. Guests will explore a seemingly infinite repeating pattern of mirrors. Navigating through twists and turns, maze-goers will ultimately discover a secret room with bonus puzzles, imagery and artifacts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8.95-$18. www.azscience.org.
Through Sept. 9, Marcellino Ristorante
Dig into an Italian feast for a great price at Marcellino Ristorante. Chef Marcellino has created a beautiful three-course menu with delectable choices for summer, including mussels sauteed in white wine, Atlantic salmon and housemade biscotti. $35 per person. www.marcellinoristorante.com.
SUMMER SPLASH THURSDAYS
July 5-26, Tempe Marketplace
Enjoy music, games, prizes and dancing – plus meet and get a free photo with film characters. Each week will offer a family-fun experience with different themes and characters. Themes will include All-American Bash with Captain America and Wonder Woman (July 5), Princess & Pirate Party with Belle and Cinderella (July 12), and Superhero Sensation with Batman and Spiderman (July 19). The July 26 theme will be based on a Facebook poll. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. www.tempemarketplace.com.
SUMMER SPECTACULAR ARTWALK
July 12, Downtown Scottsdale
The Summer Spectacular Gold Palette ArtWalk is a longtime summer tradition for the Scottsdale Arts District. Galleries will feature exhibits by national and international artists while visitors will be treated to Caribbean and island music, Hawaiian shaved ice, infused ice water, and plenty of entertainment. To keep you cool, there will be sidewalk misting systems in place. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalegalleries.com.
CHEFS + FARMERS MARKET SERIES
July 14 and 21, Hotel Valley Ho
As summer heats up, ZuZu will celebrate the best of the season with an indoor farmers market that brings together local chefs, purveyors and makers. Enjoy chef-crafted small plates with fresh ingredients, cocktail tastings, a full cash bar, and live music from Trio Rio. Shop fresh produce, browse handcrafted goods, and visit the ZuZu booth, where the eatery’s culinary duo of Russell LaCasce and Audrey Enriquez will offer delicious sweets and other homemade goodies for purchase. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Advance, $25; at the door, $35. www.hotelvalleyho.com.
July 20, Celebrity Theatre
Platinum-selling artist Chris Isaak and his band, Silvertone, will make a summertime stop at the historic Celebrity Theatre. The Stockton, California, native will bring his retro-cool performance chops to the stage with fan favorites such as Wicked Game, Somebody’s Crying and San Francisco Days. Doors open, 7 p.m.; show, 8 p.m. $65-$100. www.celebritytheatre.com.
BOB DYLAN REVISITED
July 22, Civic Center Library
Rock historian Vincent Bruno will take you on a journey from Dylan’s childhood and his folk days in Greenwich Village to his groundbreaking electric period studio albums and becoming the rock/poet enigma of his time. 1-2 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalelibrary.org.
AMERICAN IDOL: LIVE! 2018
July 24, Mesa Arts Center
Don’t miss this showstopping performance featuring this year’s top seven American Idol contestants live, including winner Maddie Poppe. There will also be a special guest: Season 8 American Idol winner Kris Allen. 7:30 p.m. $30-$55. www.mesaartscenter.com.
July 28, Sonoita Vineyards
Head to Southern Arizona’s wine country, where guests can enjoy an entire day dedicated to Sonoita Vineyard’s annual celebration of the grape harvest. The event will include wine tastings with a commemorative wine glass, a souvenir giveaway to the first 100 attendees, food and wine pairings, winemaker-led winery tours, and vineyard tours by wagon. Meals may be purchased on-site from local restaurants. Fifty VIP packages are available and will include additional offerings of a private climate-controlled room with a VIP restroom and a private bar, an exclusive VIP souvenir giveaway, an after-party (4-6 p.m.) with after-hours winery and vineyard tours, VIP parking, and a lunch voucher. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance, $25; at the door, $30; VIP, $85. www.sonoitavineyards.com.
July 29, The Arboretum at Flagstaff
Escape the Valley’s heat in cooler Flagstaff at The Arboretum’s annual Summer Soiree, which is the venue’s premier fundraising event. This catered dinner in the garden will include music, silent and live auctions, and dinner with wine pairings. 4-8 p.m. Individual, $125; table of 8, $1,000. www.thearb.org.
A TOAD CHRISTMAS IN JULY
July 31, The Horny Toad
Cave Creek’s oldest and most famous restaurant, The Horny Toad, will debut A Toad Christmas at The Horny Toad’s store, Cave Creek Christmas Company. It’s never too early to prep for the holidays, so the store will give guests a 20 percent discount on festive Christmas decorations and other specialty items. Plus, there will be $5 house wines and $6 Christmas punch for shoppers. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. www.thehornytoad.com.
ALL-TIME TEAM CELEBRATION
Aug. 4, Chase Field
Join the Arizona Diamondbacks for a celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary season at this special game where 20,000 fans will be given an All-time Team Fan Vote T-shirt. A pre-game ceremony will honor the 16 members of the D-backs All-Time Team, and the Annual Alumni Game will also take place. In this special event, D-backs alumni players will take the field for a three-inning exhibition game prior to the D-backs regular-season game versus the San Francisco Giants. Alumni game, 2 p.m.; regular-season game, 5:10 p.m. $19-$210. www.mlb.com/dbacks.