Entertainment calendar for Queen Creek and nearby communities

Barrel racer Dee Reap rides her steed Ironman in a previous Friday Night Lights competition hosted by the Queen Creek Barrel Racing Association. The next event will take place July 22 at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek. (Special to the Independent/Ric Andersen Photography)

Barrel racer Dee Reap rides her steed Ironman in a previous Friday Night Lights competition hosted by the Queen Creek Barrel Racing Association. The next event will take place Aug. 19 at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek. (Special to the Independent/Ric Andersen Photography)

Editor’s note: Ongoing events are posted at the bottom. Items on the entertainment page run free of charge as space is available for events in the area. Please submit items by e-mail to qcnews@newszap.com.

AUG. 19-Friday
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Barrel Racing Association Friday Night Lights: 4 p.m. Aug. 19, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free spectator admission. This is the QCBRA Friday Night Lights Saddle Series, which takes place June-August. (Finals take place Aug. 26.) Time only runs 4-6:30 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Peewee, youth and open divisions. Saddles awarded to open 4D winners, buckles awarded to youth 4D winners based on points accumulated per division.  Payout like normal at each race. For more information, visit the QCBRA website and www.facebook.com/qcbra.

AUG. 20-Saturday
QUEEN CREEK — Flat Track Motorcycle Racing: 4-9 p.m. Aug. 20, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. General admission is $6, general admission plus pit pass is $10. Children ages 6 and under admitted free. Held on select Saturday nights during the summer, motorcycles compete for the fastest time. Multiple divisions from youth to professional. Learn more at QCFlatTrack.com.

AUG. 21-Sunday
Sangria Social: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. Free admission. This is the final Sangria Social of the season. Live music inside by Kyle Sorrell and outside by Pride Through Strife plus specials on food and merchandise. Note: The new Olive Mill entrance is just east of the old entrance. For more information, visit the Olive Mill website or call 480-888-9290.

AUG. 26-Friday
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Barrel Racing Association Friday Night Lights Finals: 4 p.m. Aug. 26, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free spectator admission. This is the QCBRA Friday Night Lights Saddle Series, which takes place June-August. (Finals take place Aug. 26.) Time only runs 4-6:30 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Peewee, youth and open divisions. Saddles awarded to open 4D winners, buckles awarded to youth 4D winners based on points accumulated per division.  Payout like normal at each race. For more information, visit www.qcbra.com and www.facebook.com/qcbra.

QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

QUEEN CREEK — Bar 92 Productions Team Roping: 6 p.m. Aug. 26, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free spectator admission. Observe this traditional method of handling cattle on the open range involves one rider roping the horns while the other ropes the heels. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org.

SEPT. 2-Friday
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

SEPT. 3-Saturday
QUEEN CREEK — Interscholastic Equestrian Association: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Admission is free for spectators. IEA is open to public and private school students and barn teams for riders in grades six-12. Riders do not need to own a horse to participate. Food can be purchased on site from Cutters BBQ. Stall rentals and RV hookups are available through Horseshoe Park. For more information on IEA membership, check out the national IEA site.  Arizona is in Zone 8, Region 4.

SEPT. 9-Friday
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

SEPT. 10-Saturday
QUEEN CREEK — Flat Track Motorcycle Racing: 4-9 p.m. Sept. 10, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. General admission is $6, general admission plus pit pass is $10. Children ages 6 and under admitted free. Held on select Saturday nights during the summer, motorcycles compete for the fastest time. Multiple divisions from youth to professional. Learn more at QCFlatTrack.com.

SEPT. 16-Friday
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

SEPT. 17-Saturday
QUEEN CREEK — Messy Fest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17, Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek. Get a dose of sloppiness at this family-friendly fundraiser. The outdoor event will feature all things cluttered, chaotic and untidy, from massive mud pits and bouncy pillows designed for jumping and flinging to paint ball, tomato tosses, a slip-and-slide and a mashed-potato mosh pit. Proceeds from the event will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Camp Rainbow, an organization devoted to providing lively and meaningful experiences for kids battling various forms of cancer or blood disease. Messy Fest will welcome patients from PCH, giving them an opportunity to stray from the ordinary, sometimes painful and exhausting demands of their daily lives and instead focus all of their energy on fun. Messy Fest attendees of all ages should expect to get filthy and are encouraged to wear old clothes they don’t mind getting stained, torn or damaged given the nature of this event, according to the release. A “rinse zone” will be available to event participants. For  more information, including how to register as a vendor, visit the event website at messyfest.com.

SEPT. 23-Friday
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

SEPT. 24-Saturday
QUEEN CREEK — Founders’ Day Celebration: 5-9 p.m. Sept. 24 at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org/foundersday.

QUEEN CREEK — Joe Nichols: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. Tickets are $38, $48, $53 and $63. Joe Nichols is one of country music’s most praised traditional country vocalists. He has six No. 1 hits and eight Top 10 singles to his credit, including chart-toppers such as “Gimme That Girl” and “Brokenheartsville.” For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 480-987-7469 or visit the center’s website.

OCT. 1-30
QUEEN CREEK — Pumpkin and Chili Party: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursdays-Sundays at Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road. For more information, visit www.schnepffarms.com.

OCT. 22-Saturday
QUEEN CREEK — Trunk or Treat Community Halloween Party: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 22 on 21802 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek Town Center. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org/trunkortreat.

ONGOING
APACHE JUNCTION — Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N Apache Trail: Check http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/index.html for schedule of events and activities. Call 480-982-4485 for more information.
APACHE JUNCTION — Free admission to Superstition Mountain Museum this summer for military: Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, is one of hundreds of Blue Star Museums across America and offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their spouses and children through Labor Day, Sept. 5. Admittance is free weekdays and weekends and the museum is open every day this summer from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. ID showing military or a dependent status must be shown at the museum counter. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps. The military ID holder plus up to five family members are eligible to get in free. The holder can either be active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. While visiting the Superstition Mountain Museum be sure to see the Blue Star Memorial Marker that is near the entrance drive into the museum. The memorial marker, dedicated on Nov. 5, 2011, was donated by the Gold Canyon Garden Club. The museum website is http://www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org/.
MESA — Salt River Tubing: It costs $17 a person to ride a tube at Salt River Tubing on the Lower Salt River. Cost includes tube rental, shuttle bus ride and free customer parking at Salt River Tubing in Tonto National Forest, seven minutes from Loop 202 East on north Power Road. Salt River Tubing will be open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow permitting. Sunblock, tennis shoes, cap or visor should be worn. A minimum 30 SPF is recommended. Tennis shoes or closed toes are also recommended while tubing. A valid driver’s license is required for a tube rental deposit per five tubes rented. Children must be at least 8 years or older and 4 feet tall for tubing and shuttle bus service. Life vests are recommended for children, non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers. Go to www.saltrivertubing.com for more details.
QUEEN CREEK — Karaoke with Wanna Sing: 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Queen Creek Cafe and Sports Lounge, 22002 S. Ellsworth Road. For more information, visit http://queencreekcafe.com or call 480-888-9241.
QUEEN CREEK — San Tan Historical Society Museum: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road. Free admission. The museum is inside the historic Rittenhouse Elementary School house, one of the last landmarks in the Queen Creek area. The San Tan Historical Society meets at the museum at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Members and guests alike are welcome to join these public meetings. For more information, visit www.santanhistoricalsociety.org or call 480-987-9380.
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Olive Mill:  25062 S. Meridian Road. Learn the history of the Olive Mill’s company and olive oil production during the 30- to 45-minute tours offered at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 person. Children under 12 are admitted free. Reservations are not required for groups of eight or fewer. For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.
QUEEN CREEK — Schnepf Farms: Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road. Home to U-pick veggies, country store, bakery, train rides, hayride tours, petting zoo, museum and holiday events. For more information, including hours, visit http://www.schnepffarms.com.
SUPERIOR — Boyce Thompson Arboretum: Summer hours returned in May (6 a.m.-3 p.m.) Check the event pages at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events.html or recorded information (hours, directions, events, etc.) at 520-689-2811.

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