There is no reason to stretch your budget to find quality summer entertainment in Phoenix. There are plenty of free summer festivals to keep all family members happy, no matter their ages or interests. You can find events in downtown Phoenix as well as in outlying areas, but make sure you bring sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen wherever you go.
Chandler Center for the Arts: Free Summer Concert Series
It hardly feels like summer without a concert or two, and the free summer concert series at the Chandler Center for the Arts is a perfect solution. From blues to flamenco, you’ll find every type of musical styling at the series, and best of all the event is free and open to the public.
Keep in mind that you cannot reserve tickets for the concert series, so admission is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Arrive early to get the best view of the stage and to ensure you’ll be able to see the performance. Afterward, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in the area or take a walk to nearby shops and stores.
If you love art, First Fridays are definitely something you should see in Phoenix. On the first Friday of the month, dozens of art galleries and exhibits are open and free to the public. You can browse through any of the establishments you like or focus on one particular exhibition.
In addition to art galleries, there are also showings at coffee shops, cafes, and other venues. Artlink is responsible for detailing all the available showings on First Fridays, so if you’re in Phoenix on the first Friday of the month this summer, you should definitely check it out.
Summer festivals in Phoenix can be excruciatingly hot, so don’t neglect indoor festivals to help cool off while still having fun. Summer Sundays at the Heard Museum offer free admission to families for arts, crafts, activities, face painting, exhibits, and more. There are story readings, scavenger hunts, and hands-on activities for kids of all ages.
Summer Sundays take place throughout the month of July from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live performances take place from noon until 2 p.m., and there are special discounted prices at the museum caf© when you’re ready to get a bite to eat.
If you are planning to attend summer festivals in Phoenix, make sure you check beforehand to make sure none of the events have been canceled due to poor weather or any other problem. Additionally, it is a good idea to find out about parking beforehand'”cost and locations'”so you don’t miss any of the festivities.