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2022 Annual Summer Guide: Festivals, Fairs, and Fun, Oh My!

Are you ready to meet your favorite superhero? Want to play with the newest and hottest toys? Excited about getting up-close and personal with some of the coolest reptiles on the planet? Well, you’re in for a treat because you can do all of this and so much more this summer, and all of it in the Phoenix area!

There are all different kinds of festivals, fairs, and events happening in our backyard this summer. We’ve put together a list of the ones we think you and the whole family can enjoy together.

If cooling off from the heat by getting wet is your thing, we also have you covered with our latest guide to the best water parks and other water-themed adventures in the area!

May 2022 Events

Park West Summer Market

When: May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17
Where: 9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, AZ
Beginning in May, this popular market will take place on the third Saturday of every month through September. With over 75 local businesses, food trucks, and free live music, it will be super easy to spend an enjoyable Saturday afternoon eating, relaxing, and listening to music at the Park West Summer Market!

Phoenix Craft Fair

When: May 21
Where: Arizona Lutheran Academy
6036 S. 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Support local businesses at the year’s premier arts and crafts event in Phoenix. Artisans and crafters of all stripes will be in attendance, along with food trucks, face painting, and raffles to win exciting prizes!

Maricopa Memorial Day 5k

When: May 28, 8-11 AM
Where: Copper Sky Recreation Center
44345 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Maricopa, AZ
A great run for a great cause kicks off again as the Maricopa Memorial Day 5k run and walk is scheduled to take place Memorial Day Weekend. Held at the Copper Sky Recreation Center in Maricopa, AZ, all participants will receive a custom T-shirt and medal, and there will be awards for the top finishers in their respective age/gender categories.

All proceeds will go to benefit Maricopa Veteran's Care Center, Blue Star Mothers of Maricopa, and VETIT.

You can register here and follow them on Facebook for the latest updates on the race.

Phoenix Fan Fusion

When: May 27 – 29
Where: Phoenix Convention Center
100 N Third Street, Phoenix, AZ
Fantasy and comic fans unite! Being held for the first time in-person in three years, Phoenix Fan Fusion will be the epicenter of all things fantasy and comic books this Memorial Day Weekend. Come dressed up as your favorite superhero, get autographs from actors who portray them on film and TV, or just revel in this fantasy spectacle with your fellow fans for what is sure to be an epic event!

Arizona Restaurant Week

When: May 20 – 29
Where: Participating restaurants throughout the state
Hankering for Tex-Mex? Have a yearning for tacos? Can’t wait to devour some delicious Italian food? Sponsored by OpenTable, the Arizona Restaurant Association, and the Arizona Office of Tourism, restaurants across the state will participate in this year’s Arizona Restaurant Week.

Take a look and see if your favorite restaurant is participating, or let your guard down and find something new to taste and experience!

June 2022 Events

Arizona Piano Institute Summer Festival

When: June 5 – 11
Where: Grand Canyon University
Phoenix, AZ
If your child plays the piano and dreams of one day performing in front of a large crowd, then sign them up for what looks to be a once in a lifetime piano experience! The week-long event kicks off with a concert by the teachers, and the week is full of classes, recitals, workshops, and more!

Arizona Toy Con

When: June 18, 10 AM – 3 PM
Where: Glendale Civic Center
Glendale, AZ

Does it get any more exciting than an entire conference center chock full of toys, both vintage and new?! The 14th Annual Arizona Toy Con kicks off on June 18th and this year the conference organizers are expecting a record turnout.

Whether you’re looking for the newest Pokémon collectible or that board game you used to play as a kid, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at this year’s Toy Con.

Kids 10 and under get in free ($10 admission for older kids and adults).

Desert Stages Theater Summer Camps

When: June and July
Where: 7014 East Camelback Road, Suite 0586, Scottsdale, Arizona

Nothing says summer for kids more than summer camp! While most summer camps involve the great outdoors, there are other types of camps that can be just as fun and exciting.

Desert Stages Theater not only puts on amazing plays and concerts, but they also host theater summer camps for kids. Take a look at what they’re planning for this summer, and see which one is best suited for your child:

2022 New Summer Shorts at Theatre Artists Studio

When: June 16 – 26
Where: Theatre Artists Studio
12406 N. Paradise Village Pkwy East, Scottsdale, AZ

The Theatre Artists Studio is a wonderful aggregator of the area’s top theatrical talent, where they put on shows and plays year-round. The highlight of their calendar, however, is the annual shorts competition. A compilation of original, 10-minute plays written by the Studio’s playwrights, there’s a delightful mix of comedy and drama that is sure to entertain!

2022 Prescott Bluegrass Festival

When: June 25 – 26
Where: Yavapai County Courthouse
Prescott, AZ

What started out as a contest between two local fiddlers forty years ago has now turned into the country’s premiere FREE Bluegrass festival. The 41st Annual Bluegrass Festival in Prescott kicks off June 25 on the steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse, and just as it’s always been, it’s completely free to attend!

So, pack up that picnic basket, dust off that picnic blanket, and head on down with the whole family for a wonderful two days of the best bluegrass music around!

Kids Cook Camp

When: June 27 – July 1
Where: 10749 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ

Do you have an aspiring chef in your household? Do they constantly watch the Food Network and have a picture of Gordon Ramsay on their bedroom wall? Well, even if they’re not that obsessed with cooking, but do have a passion for it, this five-day camp for 8- to 12-year-olds would be the perfect way for them to spend a week this summer!

Each day brings a new challenge in the kitchen, from pizzas to monkey bread to Chicken Chow Mein. Your little chef will be sure to come home with a laundry list of yummy things to make and eat!

July 2022 Events

Repticon Phoenix Reptile and Exotic Animal Show

When: July 16-17
Where: Mesa Convention Center
Mesa, AZ

If animals with scales and cold blood are your thing, then you can’t miss this year’s Repticon! Happening July 16 and 17 (9AM– 4PM both days), come get your slithering fill by being up close and personal with some of the coolest and most exotic pet animals in the United States!

Children’s Museum of Phoenix Summer Camp

When: June, July, August
Where: Children’s Museum of Phoenix
215 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ

With different types of camps geared for different age groups, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix Summer Camp schedule has plenty of options to choose from. Does your tyke like gardening? Or is your princess interested in space and the stars? Take a look at their lineup and see which camp is best for your child!

August 2022 Events

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival

When: August 10 – 14

Hosted by the Tucson Audubon Society, come learn about the amazing birds in our region like the Elegant Trogon, the Red-faced Warbler, and the Arizona Woodpecker. The event will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Tucson, and registration opens at the end of April. You can sign up for their free e-newsletter to stay up to date.

One Republic Live Concert

When: August 21, 7 PM
Where: AK Chin Pavilion

One Republic is on a 40-city tour this summer, and they will grace the AK Chin Pavilion stage on August 21. Known for their awesome live shows and hits songs like Counting Stars and Sunshine, this will be a concert you won’t want to miss!

It’s hard not to be excited for summer, and with these amazing events happening in our area, we’re sure you and your whole family will have a blast! And as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for all of your family’s dental and orthodontic needs!

At Jungle Roots Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, we strive to provide the highest comprehensive pediatric and orthodontic dental care in a unique, fun-filled environment staffed by a team of caring, energetic professionals. We believe the establishment of a “dental home” at an early age is the key to a lifetime of positive visits to the dentist.

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