Watch athletes compete
Lori Piestewa National Native American Games (Fri-Sun July 15-17). Times vary. Competition for all athletes in archery, baseball, basketball, cross country, softball track and field, volleyball and wrestling. Locations in Scottsdale, Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills, Mesa and Phoenix. azsportsent.weebly.com.
Maricopa County Home & Garden Show (Fri-Sun July 15-17). 10 am-6 pm Fri-Sat, 10 am-5 pm Sun. $8 adults, $3 ages 3-12, ages 2 & under free; free admission with donation of new backpack or school supplies. More than 1,000 exhibitors for all your home improvement shopping needs. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale. maricopacountyhomeshows.com.
See the latest in outdoor gear
Arizona Get Outdoors Expo (Sat-Sun July 16-17). 10 am-6 pm Sat, 10 am-4 pm Sun. $15, ages 12 & under free. The latest in hunting, fishing and camping gear, two catch-and-release ponds, RV and boat exhibits and more. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N Pima Road, Scottsdale. westworldaz.com.
Cool off with the animals
Winter in July (Sat July 16). 7-11 am. Included with admission: $20 adults, $14 ages 3-13, ages 2 & under free. More than 50 tons of snow, water play areas and frozen treats for the animals. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N Galvin Pkwy. 602-273-1341 or phoenixzoo.org.
Explore the desert at night
Family Moonlight Hike (Fri July 15). 7:30 pm. $6/vehicle. 1 ½ mile hike to experience the desert at night. Bring a scorpion light, flashlight and wear closed-toes shoes. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. 623-935-2505 or maricopacountyparks.net.
Moonlight Hike (Sat July 16). 8 pm. $6/vehicle. 2.2-mile stroll along the Stargazer Trail. San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W Phillips Road, Queen Creek. 480-655-5554 or maricopacountyparks.net.
Full Moon Hike (Sat July 16). 8 pm. $6/vehicle. Hike illuminated by moonlight. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, 44000 N Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek. maricopacountyparks.net.
All About Bats/Night Safari (Sat July 16). $6/vehicle. Presentation on bats in the Nature Center at 6 pm, then a 1-mile ranger-led hike along the Merkle Trail at 7:30 pm. Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N Usery Pass Road, Mesa. 480-984-0032 or maricopacountyparks.net.