Free First Friday Nights
Scale the towering Schuff-Perini Climber, fight your way through the foamy Noodle Forest, and explore a host of other air-conditioned attractions for a steal when Children’s Museum of Phoenix opens to the public free of charge the first Friday night of each month, thanks to a grant from Target.
DETAILS >> 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. Free admission. (602) 253-0501 or ChildrensMuseumOfPhoenix.org.
Animal Flashlight Walk
Go on a nighttime search for nocturnal animals with Interpretive Ranger Brennan Basler. The 1-mile, one-hour walk is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. Bring water and a flashlight, and wear closed-toe shoes. A program about desert tortoises and a snake feeding begin in the air-conditioned Nature Center at 6 p.m.; there is no additional cost to partake in these activities.
DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. (480) 984-0032 or Maricopa.gov/parks/usery.
Los Tigres del Norte
One of the biggest names in Latin music, Los Tigres — called the “most influential regional Mexican group” by Billboard magazine — bring their multiple Grammy- and Latin Grammy-winning sound to town.
DETAILS >> 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. $69-$199. (877) 840-0457 or WinGilaRiver.com.
Chicago and REO Speedwagon
The bands, staples of classic rock collections and radio station playlists, perform live.
DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39-$146.50. (602) 379-2800 or LiveNation.com.
Dog Days of Summer
Beat the heat and take a Fido-friendly field trip to a new part of town at this annual celebration of canines. The first 300 dogs will get free frozen dog treats, and you’ll find cool pool stops, photo stations, a blessing of animals, pet massages, a dog wash and lots more.
DETAILS >> 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Downtown Glendale/Murphy Park, 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale. Free admission; donations of pet supplies will be accepted for Sun Valley Animal Shelter. (623) 930-4500 or VisitGlendale.com.
Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry
The internationally known bands perform locally, along with special guests the Plain White T’s.
DETAILS >> 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $38-$101.50. (602) 379-2800 or LiveNation.com.
Fold, Paper, Scissors
From intricately and precisely cut paper “drawings” to mathematically mind-boggling folds, this exhibition pushes the boundaries of one of man’s most common materials beyond its everyday purpose.
DETAILS >> On view through Aug. 10. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, 1 E. Main St. (480) 644-6500 or MesaArtsCenter.com.
The California band at the top of the Billboard reggae chart for the fifth week straight, thanks to new album “Count Me In,” plays locally.
DETAILS >> 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. $27. (480) 644-2560 or MesaAmp.com.
Duct Tape Pop Art
Teens ages 12-18 are invited to this crafty session, where they’ll “posterize” images on computer, print them out and turn them into duct tape masterpieces.
DETAILS >> 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Free admission. (480) 782-2800 or ChandlerLibrary.org.