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It’s no secret that summers in Phoenix, Arizona, are hot enough to send even the biggest sun-lovers scurrying into the comfort and safety of air-conditioning. Being that Midnight Publishing is based in Phoenix, our staff of editors and writers is very familiar with the tactics of avoiding heatstroke while maintaining a social life every June through August, and want to share our methods with you. Read on to see what we plan on doing in our free time this summer in Phoenix, and check some of these out yourself!

1. Explore Phoenix’s Museums, Exhibits, and Theaters

Though not touted as a particularly “vibrant” downtown as far as large cities go, Phoenix has a multitude of museums, theaters, and venues to frequent when you want to leave the house. Some of our favorites are listed below, with links to check out summertime specials and upcoming performances/exhibits:

2. Attend Fun Local Events Across the Valley

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, and more have numerous events, shows, and live music all throughout June, July, and August that are inexpensive options for entertainment in a comfortable setting.

Consider a unique vaudeville-type show like the Carnival of Illusion at the Arizona Biltmore Resort (upcoming shows include Saturday, July 21st at 4:30 and 7:30, and Saturday, August 25th at 4:30 and 7:30), trivia nights at Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix (Sundays at 6:00 p.m.), comedy shows at locations like the Tempe Improv, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Comerica Theater, etc., the Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld, and listen to free live music at downtown haunts like the Lost Leaf bar and Copper Blues Live.

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3. Schedule a Staycation

With dozens of top-of-the-line resorts complete with gorgeous pools, golf courses, spas, and daily activities, Phoenix is one of the best cities to have a little “vacation at home” when you want to get out of your routine.

The Well-known resort the Phoenician in Scottsdale offers an award-winning afternoon tea service, and currently has a summer special for $30/person from May 29th to August 31st. where you can enjoy finger sandwiches, homemade scones, and a wide selection of tea blends (find the menu here).

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa has a summer “Romance in Paradise” package that includes dinner for two at their Asian-inspired restaurant elements, and one night in one of their suites/casitas with chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne, and a rose petal turndown (learn more and check availability for this package here).

4. Embrace Your “Foodie” Side

Phoenix certainly isn’t lacking in its food selection, boasting dozens of award-winning restaurants across the valley with happy hour specials, rotating menus and summer pricing.

For local favorites in the Arcadia neighborhood check out The Henry and Beckett’s Table, and if you’re an adventurous eater, you can find oysters and other seafood at Lousiana-inspired Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen and Bluewater Grill. Mexican food fans must check out Diego Pops in Old Town Scottsdale, and on a night you want to splurge, The Mission in North Scottsdale serves modern Latin cuisine in a gorgeous space.

5. Tune into Summer Programming

Classics like “The Bachelorette” (premiered on May 28th, with new episodes airing on ABC every Monday night) and “America’s Got Talent” (premiered on May 29th, with new episodes airing on NBC every Tuesday night) have returned to TV to shock, entertain and generally provide an escape from the rigors and responsibilities of adult life. If you’re a cord cutter without cable or satellite TV, streaming services like Sling and Hulu’s live TV offer packages with these channels.

Need help with your manuscript or have a book idea you want to get off the ground this summer? Midnight Publishing has a staff of professional editors and ghostwriters who are here to help! Contact us today and we can discuss your needs and the best route for getting you published. Midnight Publishing: Trusted with over five million words and counting.