Ro Ho En is beautiful even when the temps are soaring in summer.
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Trying to take your mind off this week’s hellish high temperatures? We know a few places you can go to cool off.

Whether you’re in the mood for plays, concerts, or a sports playoff, we can deliver. We also rounded up a few nighttime outdoor excursions if you’re tired of being inside. For those who want out of the Valley, we offer some suggestions for you too.

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1. Witness a curious incident

Thursday, June 22 to Sunday, June 25
The acclaimed Broadway hit “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” sees socially challenged Christopher try to discover who killed his neighbor’s dog.
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2. Climb a beanstalk

Thursday, June 22 to Sunday, June 25
This annual puppet production of the classic fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” offers fun for kids and adults alike. Watch out for the giant!
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3. Break out the summer shorts

Thursday, June 22 to Sunday, June 25
This hour-and-a-half performance squeezes in 9 brand-new plays from local artists. Topics range from humorous to drama-filled, so you get a little of everything.
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4. Bust some ghosts

Friday, June 23
Attend an outdoor screening of the classic (i.e. original) “Ghostbusters.” Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. *Free Event!
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5. Dig in

Saturday, June 24
Learn how to create your own urban garden thanks to handy tips and tricks from the pros. Then swing through the Phoenix Public Market. *Free Event!
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6. Explore musical icons

Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25
Delve into the music and lives of Johnny Cash and June Carter at this special exhibit. It features screenings from “The Johnny Cash Show,” trivia, hands-on activities and more.
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7. Go gluten free

Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25
The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo lets you sample the latest allergen-free products, meet accommodating local businesses, and attend cooking demos and workshops.
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8. Cheer for a winning AZ team

Saturday, June 24
Support our five-time champion Arizona Rattlers as they take on the Nebraska Danger in the arena football playoffs. Ticket start at just $10!
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9. Lighten up

Saturday, June 24
Legendary folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot swings through town to perform hits like “Carefree Highway” and “If You Could Read My Mind,” and share behind-the-scenes stories from his long career.
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10. Try this twist on Shakespeare

Sunday, June 25
Stroll around a gorgeous garden at your own pace and watch scenes from Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
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Out Of The Valley

36th Annual Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25
Head up to Prescott for a two-day bluegrass festival that features a selection of high-quality artists, including old-school fiddler Heidi Clare. *Free Event! Temperatures below 100 degrees!
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16th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival

Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25
More than 100 bands on five stages, plus workshops and impromptu jam sessions, make this a festival fans of folk music shouldn’t miss. Temperatures in the low 90s!
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Tilted Earth Festival

Saturday, June 24
South of Sedona, Page Springs Cellars hosts a wine festival that offers samples of local wines, live music, food, massages, a gaming area, a play area for kids and more. Cools down at night!
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More Events This Weekend

Concerts, country and dance

All Weekend
This weekend you can also enjoy concerts from Queen + Adam Lambert, Brad Paisley, or one of the several free local concerts. Maybe attend a Jane Austen dance party or beat the heat at a massive, indoor RV show.
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