After making its way through Gilbert, Chandler, Peoria and Glendale, the 2014 Summer Splash tour makes its final splash in Queen Creek. Family friendly fun includes water games, water slides and swimming lessons along with vendors selling summer treats like shaved ice, hot dogs, nachos, lemonade and ice cream.
DETAILS >> 9 a.m. Saturday, July 5. Founders Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek. Free admission; bring money for vendors. (602) 276-2499 or SummerSplashAZ.com.
Join the vibrant women of Valley artists collective The Phoenix Fridas as they celebrate 10 years and the birthday of their namesake, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, with a show of juried artwork inspired by Kahlo, music, a panel discussion, a gift and art mercado, Loteria games, and more.
The Motor City Madman comes to town on a national headlining tour coinciding with the release of his first all-new studio album in seven years, “SHUTUP&JAM!”
DETAILS >> 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $45-$60. (602) 267-1600 or CelebrityTheatre.com.
Fourth of July weekend is the last chance to see this impressive exhibition packed with authentic duds from the silver screen, including the costume for Capt. Steven Hiller, Will Smith’s character in 1996’s “Independence Day.” Admission to the show will be discounted by $5 per ticket for the museum’s monthly First Friday event, when extras include music by a disc jockey, a photo booth, a cash bar and prize giveaways.
DETAILS >> Museum open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 4; discounted rate for Hollywood Costume is available 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Discounted ticket price is $15 for adults and $5 for kids 6-17; tickets include general admission to entire museum. (602) 257-1880 or PhxArt.org.
Elizabeth Gilbert presentation and booksigning
The award-winning author of the international No. 1 bestseller “Eat, Pray, Love” presents her latest novel, “The Signature of All Things,” an entralling story of love, adventure and discovery.
DETAILS >> 7 p.m. Monday, July 7. Dobson High School Auditorium, 1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa. One ticket, good for two people, is free when you purchase “The Signature of All Things” from Changing Hands Bookstore. Admission for children 4 and younger is free. (480) 730-0205 or ChangingHands.com.
“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”
Based on the beloved comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, this play invites the kid in all of us into the world of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang for a fast-paced, light-hearted musical full of fun, sincerity, laughter and the musical numbers “My Blanket and Me,” “The Kite,” “The Baseball Game,” “Little Known Facts,” “Suppertime,” and “Happiness.”
DETAILS >> 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5, and 2 p.m. July 6. Fountain Hills Theater’s Mainstage, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. $20 for adults, $15 for children 17 and younger. (480) 837-9661 or FHTAZ.org.
The Grammy Award-winning artist will perform classics like “Looks What You’ve Done,” “We’re All Alone” and “Lido Shuffle” during a 21-and-older performance fusing rock, jazz, blues and R&B.
DETAILS >> 8 p.m. Thursday, July 10. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. $60-$125. (480) 850-7777 or TalkingStickResort.com/boz-scaggs.aspx.
In the 1980s, this group’s string of hits included “Tuff Enuff,” “Wrap it Up,” “How Do You Spell Love” and “Powerful Stuff.” See the all-American blues-rock band play live.
DETAILS >> 8 p.m. Saturday, July 5. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. $16-$39. (877) 840-0457 or WinGilaRiver.com.
Tired of taking selfies inches from your face? Art Intersection will teach kids ages 9-13 to artfully and tastefully photograph themselves using lighting and props to created one-of-a-kind portraits. Each student takes home two finished 5”x7” prints.
DETAILS >> 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 8. Art Intersection, 207 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. $20-$25. (480) 361-1118 or ArtIntersection.com.
Free Summer Sundays
Cool off for a steal with free admission, each Sunday in July at Heard Museum, thanks to Target. During Target Free Summer Sundays, visitors can enjoy the museum’s 12 galleries of Native culture, history and art as well as special activities, like LEGO toy brick building parties, Native American artist demonstrations and music and dance performances.
DETAILS >> 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 6, 13, 20 and 27. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Free general admission; a $5-per-person gate fee is in effect for the exhibit, BUILD! Toy Brick Art at the Heard. (602) 252-8848 or Heard.org/events/festivalsevents.html.