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August Events Phoenix/Metro Area

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Western Edge
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Price: Included with museum admission: $15, adults; $13, seniors (65+) and active military; $8, students (full-time with ID) and children (6-17); free to museum members and children 5 and under.

Presented in partnership with the Scottsdale Gallery Association, this exhibition features a selection of emerging artists of the Greater Western region who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary art.

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Carnival of Illusion: An Evening of Old-World Magic

Phoenix Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Recurring weekly on Friday and Saturday, 4:30 and 7:30 pm

Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun, and celebrate a magical night out with Carnival of Illusion! This top-rated show is “Revitalizing Magic” by blending an international travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Travel up-close with the national recipients for “Excellence in Magic” and catch a lively slice of magical history. Carnival of Illusion is “Magic, Mystery, and Oooh La La!”

Shows on select weekends in four Arizona locations. Be sure to get your tickets in advance! Due to the intimate nature and popularity of this boutique theater, shows sell out. Get tickets here

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Verde Canyon Railroad Starlight Rides & Historic Jerome Tour

DETOURS of The American West
722 S. Perry Lane Tempe, AZ

August 25th, 5:30 PM 

Embark upon this tour of the Verde Valley, including Jerome and the Verde Canyon Railroad. Take a tour of the historic ghost town of Jerome, a tour of the Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale, as well as stunning night time views from your first-class seat on the Verde Canyon Railroad. As it rumbles through the Canyon, the low slant of sun bathes the high cliffs in soft golden hues. The train reaches the turn-around point of Perkinsville amid a scandalous sunset. The return trip offers a serene glimpse into the nocturnal wildlife set against a dazzling canvas of celestial bodies. As the sun slips behind distant mountains, cool air sweeps through the Canyon signaling the resident wildlife to begin their nightly rounds.

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Family Fun

CityScape’s Urban H2Oasis
CityScape Phoenix
1 E. Washington St. Washington Street and Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, August 11th

Price: $5 minimum donation per person

Central Avenue and Patriot’s Park will be transformed into a water park! There will be shade, the splash pad, and slides for all ages! Bring the kids to cool off, chill out, and learn all about water safety. All contributions will be donated to the “Safety Around Water” program. Don’t forget your sunscreen and water shoes!

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A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature

Arizona Science Center
600 E Washington St Phoenix, AZ

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily

Arizona Science Center guests can experience A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, an interactive and immersive new exhibition created by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Navigating through twists and turns and around dead ends, maze explorers will ultimately discover a small secret room with bonus puzzles, imagery and artifacts.
Price: $8.95 for non-members (adults and children) and $6.95 for members (adults and children). Exhibition requires purchase of general admission ticket.

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Movie Night – Despicable Me 3 (PG)

Goodyear Ballpark
1933 S Ballpark Way
Goodyear, Arizona 85338

August 31st,  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie from the outfield lawn. FREE admission. Light snacks and beverages available for purchase. Gates open at 6:30 PM.

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Rec Nights – Masquerade Night

Sierra Montana Recreation Center 

14861 N Spring Ln
Surprise, AZ 85374

Friday, August 24th , 7-10PM

The hottest dance mixes are played, with laser light shows, games and themed events. Bring your friends for a fun place to hang out. Concessions will be available for purchase. Grades 6th – 8th!

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Prowl and Play at the Phoenix Zoo: Magical Midsummer Dream

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ

August 4th, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Grab your magic wands and join us at the Phoenix Zoo for a mythical night of wizards, fairies and fantastic beasts! Entertainment includes fantasy-themed waterslides and water features; character meet and greets with Harry Potter, Tinkerbell and more; a DJ dance party; roaming magicians, jugglers and illusionists; and more. 

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Get Involved!

Sip & Shop Sundays
DeSoto Central Market
915 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Sundays

Maybe Sunday is a day of rest for some, but DeSoto Central Market knows that the best way to spend a Sunday is sipping and shopping! Sip and Shop at DeSoto Central Market features $3 mimosas, $11.95 bottles of champagne and an amazing variety of delicious brunch options from fantastic stalls. Looking for unique vintage clothes or hand-made crafts? Look no further than rows and rows of vendors, just don’t get lost! Or if you do, make sure you have a Bloody Mary with you for sustenance.

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Cards & Games

Parks and Recreation Conference Room
14455 W Van Buren Street, Suite C-103
Goodyear, Arizona 85338

August 15th, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

The third Wednesday of each month, play a different series of cards and games at Goodyear Recreation Office. Each session will include a light snack and the opportunity to meet new people. This activity is FREE, but registration is required. Contact the Recreation Office at (623) 882-7525 for more information.

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Flag Raising Ceremony celebrating the US Coast Guard’s 228th Birthday

City Hall Front Lawn
214 W. Wigwam Blvd.
Litchfield ParkAZ 85340

August 3rd, 8:00 AM

Mayor Tom Schoaf will present a special proclamation in honor of the event. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments, compliments of Albertsons grocery, will be served immediately following the ceremony. For additional information, call Litchfield Park City Hall at 623-935-5033. 

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Escape The Heat!

Enchantment Resort

Located amidst the scenic beauty of Sedona, this luxury Arizona resort combines the tranquility of a pristine environment with the luxury of a sophisticated Southwest vacation experience. The resort includes captivating design and activities that pay tribute to its magnificent setting. 

Known as a place of immense healing, the Boynton Canyon has an intriguing history including dramatic earth changes, prehistoric ruins, creation stories, inhabitants and healing waters. Enjoy the spectacular setting amidst crimson monoliths, Coconino sandstone, cool pine forests and fields dotted with wildflowers. Guests can enjoy exploring the hiking trails and ancient ruins amidst the Secret Mountain Wilderness, as well as the luxurious splendor of the resort’s world-class dining and destination spa. Visit their website or call (888) 250-1699 for more information.

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