For residents and tourists of Phoenix and the surrounding area, July is typically a month for water parks, splash pads, and getaways to cooler destinations in northern Arizona, but there are still plenty of festivals, activities, and events in Phoenix this month.
July is one of the most action-packed months of the summer in Phoenix. You'll keep busy enjoying summer concerts, watching local shows, strolling through art walks, and cheering at sporting events. Whether you're traveling with children or in town on a weekend getaway, these annual and special events make great additions to your itinerary.
Art Walks and Community Events
The town of Mesa presents an art walk, live music showcase, and prize raffles on the second Friday of each month called Second Friday Night Out, which is free to attend and family-friendly. Another community event, Meet Me Downtown, happens every Monday in July this year and invites guests to enjoy a "social self-guided 3.3-mile walk" around the downtown Phoenix area.
Meanwhile, the Downtown Chandler Art Walk features more than 50 artists on the third Friday of July in Historic Downtown Chandler. Also, at Phoenix First Friday, over 100 downtown art galleries, studios, and art spaces will host special receptions on the first Friday of July as part of this monthly showcase. Some downtown museums will also open their doors for free.
Unlike other communities in Phoenix, the Scottsdale ArtWalk takes place every Thursday night in July. Starting at 5 p.m., the Scottsdale Art District invites guests to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art at local galleries for free.
If you're in town for Independence Day, which falls on a Thursday in 2019, you can stop by a celebration in almost every city and town in the Valley. From fireworks in Tempe and Phoenix to day-long festivals like the Fourth of July Freedom Fest at the Fairmount Scottsdale Princess, these Fourth of July festivals and fireworks celebrations are sure to delight visitors of all ages. Several events will also take place over the weekend after the Fourth, on July 5–7, 2019.
The Arizona Cardinals training camp practice sessions will start in July at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. However, although the first practice game won't take place until mid-August, you can still watch one of their scheduled practices for free by simply stopping by the box office.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are the official Major League Baseball team of Phoenix. The Diamondbacks will play several home games in July 2019 starting on July 5 at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix (with a fireworks show following the game).
Minor League Baseball has 14 rookie league teams in the Phoenix area, and the 56-game season takes place all summer long. With games in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, or Surprise, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a local amateur team play almost every night of the month.
If you're a fan of soccer, you can watch the Phoenix Rising Football Club take on the Austin Bold Football Club at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex in Scottsdale on July 19, 2019. For basketball, the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team Phoenix Mercury will play several games at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix throughout the month.
Starting in July, the Desert Ridge Marketplace in North Phoenix will host a series of concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings all month long. Although the 2019 lineup hasn't been announced yet, past performances included Come Back Buddy (a Buddy Holly tribute band), West Hills Brothers, Sawmill Grinders, People Who Could Fly, Rachel Svetz, Whitney Steele, Manic Monkeys, 3Nations, Ratio, Henry Thompson, Sunday At Noon, Kevin Thomas, Cliffside Push, and Nicole Grace.
Other music events include the Glendale Summer Band Concerts at the Amphitheater in downtown Glendale on July 3, 11, 18, and 25, 2019, and the " Live and Local Fridays" at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, where local bands will perform family-friendly tunes each Friday of July. Additionally, in the summer, the Westgate Entertainment District hosts festivities like concerts, dancing, sing-alongs, prize giveaways, and crafts—all for free.
Every Saturday in July, the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix hosts the Arizona Authors Summertime Storytelling, which invites pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students to enjoy readings by local writers and story-related crafts and snacks. The museum is also open from Tuesday through Sunday all month long, with reduced admission for adults and seniors from July 3 through 7 for Independence Day.
Along with three galleries of artifacts of the Hohokam people (450 to 1450 A.D.) at the indoor facilities, the Pueblo Grande Museum also offers outdoor exhibits as part of an "interpretive trail," which consists of archaeological features and replicas of prehistoric houses. There's a children's gallery (where the storytelling events take place) and an extensive online exhibit with digital copies and photographs of artifacts.
Each year at the end of July, residents and tourists alike celebrate the local tradition of brewing beer with three days of festivals and events. First, the Arizona Brew Conference and Tradeshow presented by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild will take over Events on Jackson on Friday, July 26, 2019. Then the Real, Wild and Woody Beer Festival takes over the Phoenix Convention Center on July 27, where dozens of brewers and vendors will celebrate the craft with samples and snacks.
The 36th Annual Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) Convention will take place on July 19 and 20, 2019, at the Phoenix Convention Center. With over 5,000 in attendance, this is the largest gathering of homeschoolers and educators in the state.
Meanwhile, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) celebrates educators all month long for Educator Appreciation Month at MIM, offering free admission so teachers can learn how to incorporate arts into their curriculum.
There are also special Flashlight Tours of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix all summer long. These sensory adventures invite kids of all ages to bring their own flashlights and explore the trails to see nocturnal-blooming plants or enjoy a different play and education-based activity sponsored by the Garden each night.
On July 19—21, 2019, the Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show will return to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale for a weekend full of crafting workshops, hands-on demonstrations, expert panels, cooking and wine tasting events, and special giveaways. All activities are included in the price of admission, and although no outside food or drinks are permitted (except bottled water), there is a large food court with snacks available for purchase and ATMs on-site.
Historic Downtown Glendale will host its annual "Christmas in July" event in July (2019 dates have not been announced yet). Featuring holiday crafts, sweet treats, and merchant discounts along with a visit from a summertime Santa Claus and free trolley rides, this yearly celebration is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon near Phoenix, especially if you're traveling with children. Start at the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, where they'll be distributing a special holiday map to all guests so you don't miss any of the festive fun.