Prescott; Tucson; Williams
Tsunami on the Square
Described as a “hometown Cirque du Soleil,” Prescott’s 15-year-old performing arts and culture festival for all ages inundates downtown with 10 hours of interesting things to watch, from fire dancers, aerialists and tightrope walkers to old-timey jugglers, magicians and acrobats. “Skitmercials” — live, local, theatrical advertisements — keep things moving between acts.
DETAILS >> Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Courthouse Square, Gurley and Montezuma streets. Free. (928) 925-6830 or TsunamiOnTheSquare.org
Summer Saturday Evenings
Held each Saturday in June, July and August, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Summer Saturday Evenings offer the chance to see the stunning zoo/natural history museum/botanical garden after dark, when animals are more active. Each Saturday features special activities based on a weekly theme, so look for stations on live animals, the night sky, fluorescent minerals, Sonoran Desert insects, night sounds, kissing bugs and more. June 15 is “All About Bats and Family Astronomy” night.
DETAILS >> 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays through August. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $12 adults, $4 kids ages 4-12, free for children 3 and younger. (520) 883-2702 or DesertMuseum.org
Northern Arizona BBQ Festival
Sample what a $10,000 piece of meat tastes like at this Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned cook-off, where about 25 teams will compete to make the best chicken, pork, ribs and brisket. In addition to plates of food ($7-$8) and ’cue samples ($2), you’ll find live music from Aces N Eights and Pure Prophet, a beer and wine garden, pie-eating contests, a Kid’s Corner with games and face-painting, and vendors offering lemonade, kettle corn, corn on the cob and shaved ice.
DETAILS >> 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Williams Visitors Center, 200 W. Railroad Ave. $5 for a one-day pass (includes free $5 food voucher), or $7 for a two-day pass (includes free $10 food voucher). (928) 635-1418 or NAzBBQ.com