August Festivals and Events in Phoenix

Things to Do in Greater Phoenix in August

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August is a hot month in the desert, so there aren't quite as many festivals or outdoor activities as there are at other times of the year. Thankfully, the heat doesn't stop the summer bands from including Phoenix on their tours. There are still some indoor Phoenix event during August, where you can escape the summer heat.

All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change without notice.

Check the website or call to confirm information. The activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated. If the event is free, I'll mention that, too.

Looking for big name concerts, shows or theatre? Check this calendar for August performances.

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Event Calendar - August

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2017: 2nd Friday of the month

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals begin pre-season football games in August. They play home games at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
In 2017: Various dates in August (preseason)

Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Practice Sessions
Watch the open practice sessions at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Free admission.
In 2017: In 2017: July 21 - August 23

Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball
The Arizona Diamondbacks play professional baseball at Chase Field in Phoenix.
In 2017: Various dates in August

Arizona Rookie League Baseball
Minor League Baseball has 14 Rookie League teams in the Phoenix area. The 56 game season takes place in June, July and August. You can catch an evening game in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, or Surprise.
In 2017: almost every day in August

Birds in the Garden
Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone, including first-time birders, is welcome. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars if available. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix at 7 a.m. This activity is included in the regular admission fee.
In 2017: Every Monday in August

Chill Studio SK8
Indoor pop-up skating experience with synthetic ice-like surface, skate rentals, music and lights, cabana rentals. Special events such as skate-in movies, teens-only nights, tot sessions. Shops at Norterra, North Phoenix.
In 2017: May 25 - August 4

City Lights Movie Nights
Bring a chair or blankt to watch a free, family-friendly out door movie at CityScape Phoenix. Come early to grab a spot. Prizes, giveaways.
In 2017: August 11

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2017: Every Friday and Saturday night

Discount Tire Free Family Weekends
Free admission for everyone at Phoenix Art Museum on the second Sunday of the month. Includes a special hands-on, educational programming and/or entertainment designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions may have a reduced charge. More about Phoenix Art Museum. See a map.
In 2017: August 12, 13

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 70 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2017: third Friday of the month

Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces
an exhibition featuring more than thirty instruments with incredible inlay by North America's finest artists and luthiers. Guitars, banjos, and one ukulele, featuring inlaid artwork created from materials including abalone shell, mother-of-pearl, coral, gold, copper, wood, and others. MIM, North Phoenix.
In 2017: now through Sep. 4, 2017

Experience the Andes
Music and culture from the longest mountain range in the world, which extends from north to south through Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. South American dance and musical performances, instrument-making crafts. Included with museum admission. More about MIM.
In 2017: August 5, 6

El Zaribah Corn Fest & Arts and Crafts Show
Food, corn for sale, craft vendors, music prizes. Free admission. Phoenix.
In 2017: August 26, 27

First Friday
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2017: first Friday of the month

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
See, hear and feel the desert night's plants and animals on the Discovery Trail. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. Self-paced tours begin at 7 p.m. Recommended for families and children of all ages. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2017: every Thursday and Saturday in August

Free Art Friday
Preschoolers and their parents participate in an activity involving art and/or music. The theme varies from month to month. No registration required. Free. Tempe.
In 2017: August ?

Free Summer Sundays
Free admission for everyone, activities for kids, musical performances, artist demonstrations. Heard Museum, Phoenix.
In 2017: August 27

Hell City Tattoo Festival
A Phoenix tattoo convention held in central Phoenix. Get tattooed, enter tattoo competitions, attend educational seminars, visit the Heck City kids area and more.
In 2017: August 25 - 27

Live & Local Fridays
Local bands perform in the evening in air-conditioned comfort at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Family-friendly, general admission seating.
In 2017: August 4, 11, 18, 25

Meet Me Downtown
A casual, social self-guided 3.3 mile walk around downtown Phoenix. Evening, rain or shine. Free. Starts at CityScape, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2017: Every Monday in August

Miss Native American USA Pageant
At Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2017: August 26

Movies at the Museum
Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, usually followed by discussion. Free with paid museum admission. First come, first seated. Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix.
In 2017: Various dates in August

Movie Nights at the Ballpark
Park concessions will be open. No alcohol, glass containers or chairs may be brought into the event. Factory sealed, pre-packaged single serving snack items permitted. One factory sealed plastic water bottle not more than 1 liter in size per person. Free. Goodyear Ballpark.
In 2017: August 18

National Parks Free Admission Day
Celebrate the National Park Service's birthday with free admission to Arizona's National Parks. Arizona's National Parks map.
In 2017: August 25

Payson Rodeo
An hour or two north of Phoenix you can find event known as "The Oldest Continuous Rodeo."
In 2017: August ?

Phoenix Mercury WNBA Basketball
The women of the Phoenix Mercury play professional basketball at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix.
In 2017: Various dates in August

Phoenix Rising FC
USL Soccer.
In 2017: various dates in August

Prowl & Play at the Phoenix Zoo
Guided night hike along the darkened trails of the Zoo and find out what sort of silly antics the "animals" are up to when no one is around. Water fun, train rides, music and games. Phoenix Zoo.
In 2017: August 5

Science With a Twist
The Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix opens it doors one evening per month for an adults-only experience (21+), with lectures, music and scientific fun. Ticketed event.
In 2017: August 18

Scottsdale ArtWalk
Every Thursday evening the Scottsdale Art District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art. Free.
In 2017: Every Thursday evening

Summer Movies in the Park 
Pre-movie entertainment, games, and a featured film. Food trucks. Bring a blanket. Flatiron Community Park, Apache Junction.
In 2017: August 12

Sun Devil Football
Arizona State University's football team competes for PAC-12 glory at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ.
In 2017: Various dates in August and September

Writers Expo + Artist Showcase
Bloggers, songwriters, authors, poets network, promote, showcase, and find new collaboration opportunities. Graduate Tempe.
In 2017: August 5

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