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These Phoenix Summer Events Will Make the Desert Heat More Bearable

Published On 05/31/2016 Published On 05/31/2016

Let's be real: saying it gets hot in Phoenix during the summertime is a gross understatement. The truth is it's not easy to leave an air-conditioned home when losing the feeling in your hands just from touching a car steering wheel is a possibility. But still, there are a few reasons to head outside of the house this summer (other than those outdoor concerts we told you about) and see what's going on. So c'mon, face the heat. Seriously, you could use a tan… and some vitamin D.

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June

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Jun 2-5

Embrace your inner nerd at Phoenix Comicon Nerd enthusiasts unite! There's over 500 exhibitors and artists and plenty of panels at this year's Phoenix Comicon. Attendees will have the opportunity to shop for memorabilia, dress up like their favorite characters, and enjoy meet-and-greets with stars like Alex Kingston, Sean Astin, and Mark Pellegrino. 
 

Phoenix Convention Center

Embrace your inner nerd at Phoenix Comicon Phoenix Convention Center Nerd enthusiasts unite! There's over 500 exhibitors and artists and plenty of panels at this year's Phoenix Comicon. Attendees will have the opportunity to shop for memorabilia, dress up like their favorite characters, and enjoy meet-and-greets with stars like Alex Kingston, Sean Astin, and Mark Pellegrino. 
 

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Jun 10 Fri

Enjoy a movie poolside What makes for a perfect summer night? Great views of the city? Maybe some swimming? How about a classic movie? Well, experience it all (and a couple drinks, too) at a screening of Jaws and Finding Nemo at the Lustre Rooftop Bar.

Lustre Rooftop Bar

Enjoy a movie poolside Lustre Rooftop Bar What makes for a perfect summer night? Great views of the city? Maybe some swimming? How about a classic movie? Well, experience it all (and a couple drinks, too) at a screening of Jaws and Finding Nemo at the Lustre Rooftop Bar.

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Jun 18 Sat

Go beer tasting at Scottsdale Beer Palooza Scottsdale Beer Palooza is back with a selection of over 30 breweries and plenty of indoor games to choose from. So please, drink (and game) responsibly.

Westworld of Scottsdale

Go beer tasting at Scottsdale Beer Palooza Westworld of Scottsdale Scottsdale Beer Palooza is back with a selection of over 30 breweries and plenty of indoor games to choose from. So please, drink (and game) responsibly.

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Jun 25 Sat

Brush up on your Johnny Cash and June Carter knowledge The Musical Instrument Museum is hosting an entire day dedicated to music legends Johnny Cash and June Carter. There will be memorabilia, a Q&A, special screenings of The Johnny Cash Show, caricature drawing, and even Johnny Cash and June Carter trivia.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

Brush up on your Johnny Cash and June Carter knowledge Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) The Musical Instrument Museum is hosting an entire day dedicated to music legends Johnny Cash and June Carter. There will be memorabilia, a Q&A, special screenings of The Johnny Cash Show, caricature drawing, and even Johnny Cash and June Carter trivia.

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July

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Jul 4 Mon

Enjoy fireworks in the Valley at Tempe Town Lake Festival Thanks to the beauty of the lake, there’s no better place to see fireworks in the Valley than Tempe Beach Park. And given the food and great music available at the festival, there's really no reason why it shouldn't be on your calendars.

Tempe Beach Park

Enjoy fireworks in the Valley at Tempe Town Lake Festival Tempe Beach Park Thanks to the beauty of the lake, there’s no better place to see fireworks in the Valley than Tempe Beach Park. And given the food and great music available at the festival, there's really no reason why it shouldn't be on your calendars.

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Jul 23 Sat

Eat and drink your way through the Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival Fifty Southwest craft breweries will be heading to the Phoenix Convention Center with samples of all different kinds of seasonal beers. The ticket price is a bit steep ($57), but you’re getting 20 beer samples and some great snacks from local eateries. And depending on how much you sample, maybe a bit of a hangover the next day.

Phoenix Convention Center 

Eat and drink your way through the Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival Phoenix Convention Center  Fifty Southwest craft breweries will be heading to the Phoenix Convention Center with samples of all different kinds of seasonal beers. The ticket price is a bit steep ($57), but you’re getting 20 beer samples and some great snacks from local eateries. And depending on how much you sample, maybe a bit of a hangover the next day.

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August

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Aug 1-28

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Cardinals In August, you have 19 opportunities to check out the Cardinals in action -- FOR FREE. You can also get autographs from the players, shop for merchandise, and purchase tickets before the season.

University of Phoenix Stadium

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium In August, you have 19 opportunities to check out the Cardinals in action -- FOR FREE. You can also get autographs from the players, shop for merchandise, and purchase tickets before the season.

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Aug 25-28

Visit one (or a few) of Arizona’s 16 national parks The National Park Service celebrates its birthday each year by letting us enjoy the parks without any admission fees. This is the perfect opportunity to head out of town (and away from the heat) to go see the Grand Canyon. But if that isn’t your style, you have 15 other national parks to choose from.

Various locations 

Visit one (or a few) of Arizona’s 16 national parks Various locations  The National Park Service celebrates its birthday each year by letting us enjoy the parks without any admission fees. This is the perfect opportunity to head out of town (and away from the heat) to go see the Grand Canyon. But if that isn’t your style, you have 15 other national parks to choose from.

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Jamie Killin is a Phoenix writer and native who's going to be braving the heat this summer. Follow her adventures on Twitter @jamiekillin or on Instagram @jamiefayekillin.

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