June definitely slows down and gets a little quiet in Phoenix—it's hot outside! So the focus for Phoenix events in June tends to be on indoor or evening activities. Thankfully, the heat doesn't stop the summer bands from including Phoenix on their tours.
All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change without notice, so check the website or call to confirm information. The activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated. Free events are noted as well.
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Come to the Pueblo Grande Museum at 4619 E. Washington St. in Phoenix to hear Arizona children's authors reading their books every Saturday in June. Geared toward children from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, also part of the event are story-related crafts and a snack.
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Come to Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale to hear a monthly talk (novice level) explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet Earth, followed by observing the moon, several planets, and star systems through a celestron telescope. Bring a penlite flashlight and binoculars as well. Weather permitting and registration required. Call 480-312-0990 to register and to find out if the conditions are right for the event to take place. Ages 8+.
In 2018: June 2
Stargazing for Everyone
Take a free guided tour of the night sky. Learn how to use a sky map and the names and meanings of the stars, see the constellations, and listen to stories of the night sky. View the moon, planets, star clusters, nebula, galaxies, and more through large telescopes. Free.
In 2018: June 23
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Birds 'n' Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature each month. Attend at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested but the event is free. Call 602-468-6470.
In 2018: June 21
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At this celebration of Mediterranean music and culture at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, experience musical performances, Greek folk dance workshops, and a menu that includes tastes from North Africa, Greece, Spain, and Italy. The event is included with museum admission but free for members.
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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. and recommended for families and children of all ages. The Desert Botanical Garden is in Phoenix.
In 2017: Every Saturday night in June
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As a part of National Fishing and Boating Week, no fishing licenses are required for persons fishing any public waters in Arizona. Attend a free fishing day clinic at Goldwater Lake in Prescott.
In 2018: June 2
Also get outside for National Get Outdoors Day (Parker Canyon Lake Off of AZ-83, in Cochise County) June 9 and a Kids' Fishing Derby (Fool Hollow Lake in Show Low) on June 23.
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Enjoy family-friendly Juneteenth events with children's activities, poetry, presentations, community performers, and educational information. Free and the Tempe History Museum.
In 2018: June 16–17
Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration
Hear local musical performers and presentations and see films. Take in educational workshops, and enjoy children’s activities, ethnic arts and crafts, vendors, and authentic soul food. Admission is free and the event is located at Eastlake Park and Community Center, Phoenix.
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Mighty Mud Mania in Scottsdale has activities for all ages. The younger group can enjoy the mini mud course, mini waterslide, mud pit, sandcastle building, and an area dubbed “Mudville.” Older children can try the original mud obstacle course, sandcastle building and mud pits. Adults can get muddy, too, in the Extreme Mud Course.
In 2018: June 9
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You can see some of the brightest and most talented young ladies in the state compete for the Miss Arizona and Miss Arizona Outstanding Teen crown. The Miss Arizona winner will get to represent the state at the Miss America Pageant. The event takes place at the Mesa Arts Center.
In 2017: June 21–23
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Learn some superhero skills, meet your favorites caped crusaders, and see some animals, too at the Phoenix Zoo. Prowl and Play also features water fun, train rides, music, and games.
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The Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix opens its doors one evening per month for an adults-only experience (21+), with lectures, music, and scientific fun. Note that this is a ticketed event.
In 2018: June 15
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Westgate Wednesdays are family-friendly events where kids and parents alike come to enjoy dancing and sing-alongs and take part in activities, crafts, and more every Wednesday night throughout the summer. Admission is free at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale.
In 2018: June 6, 13, 20, 27
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