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.
The activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated.
In 2020, many of these events have been modified or canceled due to local regulations and safety orders. Please check the websites of each for more information.
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. It's geared toward children from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, also part of the event are story-related crafts and a snack.
Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale offers 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 penlight flashlight and binoculars as well. The event is weather permitting and registration is required. Call 480-312-0990 to register (starting two weeks prior to the date) and to find out if the conditions are right for the event to take place. Ages 8+.
Take a guided walk to Grandview beneath the full moon. The hike will take approximately 1.5 hours and cover 1.5 miles of a moderate-level trail. Participation is free, but you must be registered: Call 480-312-0990 to do so. Registration opens one week before the event. The event may be canceled due to bad weather, so call the day of for up-to-date information.
At this celebration of Johnny Cash and June Carter at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, listen to special talks, watch film screenings, and enjoy other thematic programming. The event is included with museum admission and free for members.
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 are recommended for families and children of all ages. The Desert Botanical Garden is in Phoenix.
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.
There are free Hawaiian-themed poolside parties at select City of Phoenix pools for preschoolers (ages 6 and under) and their parents with games, dance contests, swimsuit contests, refreshments, and prizes.
Hear local musical performers and presentations and see films that celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery in Texas. Take in educational workshops, and enjoy children’s activities, arts and crafts, vendors, and authentic soul food. Admission is free and the event is located at Eastlake Park and Community Center, Phoenix.
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.
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.
The streets of downtown Mesa are closed to all but bikers and people who love motorcycles during Motorcycles on Main, featuring music, food, and a beer garden on the first Friday of each month. Admission is free.
The Dorrance Planetarium at the Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix opens its doors one evening per month for an after-hours music-themed laser show. There's also karaoke and a cash bar for adults 21+. June's theme is Beyoncé and Queen.
From February to June, the first Wednesday of the month is Hot Rod Night, where visitors can enjoy a classic car show, live music, and special deals at nearby restaurants and bars. Admission is free at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale.
World Atlatl Day was established to increase awareness and appreciation of this spear-like ancient weapon (it's older than the bow and arrow). The goal is to have as many people throw an atlatl on that single day as possible. There are demonstrations and contests open to the public at the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix. Admission to both the museum and the events are free on that day.