Fun Summer And Fall Events In And Around Desert Ridge

In and around the Desert Ridge area, we have many lifestyles that are attracted, supported and influenced by the incredible resources of our community. Sometimes, in our busy lives, we move so quickly that we tend to overlook the treasures that surround us, or simply don’t get the time to discover them. We’d like to share some of our personal favorites here in Desert Ridge and the surrounding community.

“Lifestyle is a term that describes how we live. It reflects our attitudes and behaviors that forge a sense of self and cultural climate.”



Fort Tuthill County Park
3 miles south of Flagstaff off Interstate 17

THRU SEPT. 8, 2019
8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m.

The Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is a playground in the trees for kids and adults. Roped bridges and logs, Tarzan ropes, zip lines, nets, tightropes, climbing walls — the course is designed to test your stamina, agility, problem-solving skills and mental toughness. It’s also just plain fun. The highest part of the course is about 60 feet off the ground.


9500 E. Via de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ

Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

See the transformation of the butterfly from caterpillar to chrysalis and then to the moment it takes its first flight into the world.


9200 North Bush Highway
Mesa, AZ

Daily Thru Labor Day
9 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Children must be at least eight years old and at least four feet tall to utilize the services of Salt River Tubing. If you’ve never gone before, there are plenty of things to know first to ensure that you’ll have a good time.


4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
Glendale, AZ

Daily — hours vary

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix, Arizona’s biggest and most diverse waterpark, features more than 30 award-winning slides, rides, and attractions — many voted top 10 in the nation. The park boasts North America’s first gravity-defying dueling water coaster that blasts riders uphill across 830 feet of hair-raising drops and breathtaking curves. The perfect destination for those lazy summer days, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor offers thrills for the entire family with high-energy slides, interactive play structures, a giant wave pool and mini-versions of the park’s most popular rides for younger guests to enjoy. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix also has a private picnic area to host company outings for groups from 50-5,000!


OCTOBER 4 – 27, 2019
1826 W. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ

For more than a century, the Arizona State Fair has been a gathering place for residents from the far corners of the state. Guests come here to enjoy the richness and diversity of communities, to honor the past, celebrate the current and explore the future. Get out of your daily routine and immerse yourself in a wonderland of amusement right in your backyard.

The Arizona State Fair is a family tradition across many generations. Filled with cute animals, blue ribbons, fried food, and all the fun carnival rides you can imagine!

80 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ

October 12, 2019
5-10 p.m.

Have a fun day at the park filled with yard pong, corn hole, face painting, food food, music, vendors, and then relax by the fire pits with your friends and family as you write your message on lanterns to say goodbye to a departed loved one, make a wish to the universe, or write down and release something that’s been weighing you down. Finally, just after dark, celebrate life with the breathtaking display of the water lanterns.

October 12-13, 2019
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Road
Scottsdale, Arizona

More than 50 teams take up the taco-making challenge as fans sample and savor their creations. The event is filled with music, food, and fun, including Lucha Libre Wrestling, Hot Chili Pepper Eating Contests, Chihuahua Beauty pageant, a stage of live music and more. You will have access to more $2 tacos than you’ve ever seen. Many of the taco teams are serving tacos available only at the Taco Festival. Are your stomachs growling yet?

7555 N. Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ

October 27-28, 2019

The annual Balloon Spooktacular offers a safe, fun and memorable trick-or-treat experience for the whole family. Kids of all ages will love this spectularly spooky festival featuring nightly firework shows, live music, a pumpkin patch, and a free Kids Zone. More than 20 majestic hot air balloons illuminate the sky as they participate in the world’s longest continuous glow at over 3 hours, as well as offering tethered balloon rides and balloon candy stations serving up more than 4,000 pounds of candy.

Dare to stroll the Spook Trail, a fan favorite manned by local high school students and featuring surprises around every corner. The event also features nightly Costume Contests for kids, adults, and groups. Shop the Spooktacular Marketplace for arts, crafts, and merchandise from local shops, or sip and savor beverages and holiday-themed foods from dozens of on-site vendors.

THRU AUGUST 12, 2019

9160 E. Shea Blvd., #110
Scottsdale, AZ
(NW corner behind Bank of America)

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

To golf outside in the summer heat, you must book an early tee time. Let yourself sleep in a bit and book a round of indoor miniature golf. You can work on your putting skills in time for the fall.

3505 W. SR-260
Camp Verde, AZ

Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Call us wild. Call us crazy. Just don’t call us a zoo. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mingus Mountains of Camp Verde, Out of Africa Wildlife Park is nestled on over 100 acres of rolling hills and valleys.