Entertainment calendar for Queen Creek, nearby communities

Editor’s note: 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.

ONGOING

APACHE JUNCTION — Lost Dutchman State Park: Check http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/index.html for schedule of events and activities. Call 480-982-4485 for more information.
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 online for more details.

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 historic 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 the society’s website or call 480-987-9380.

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 June hours, visit the Schnepf Farms website.

SUPERIOR — Boyce Thompson Arboretum: Summer hours returned in May (6 a.m.-3 p.m.) Check the event pages online or recorded information (hours, directions, events, etc.) at 520-689-2811.

 

JUNE 17-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.

TUESDAY-JUNE 21
APACHE JUNCTION — Free ‘Olde Tyme’ Westerns: Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear and beat the heat this summer by attending free weekly movies in the air-conditioned Elvis Chapel at the Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, (SR 88) just northeast of Apache Junction. The movies are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays June 7-July 26. The “olde tyme” Westerns will be shown free to the public. Snacks, including popcorn, candy bars, ice cream and soda, will be available for purchase. The cool matinees will run from June 7 through July 26. An episode or two of the 1939 movie serial starring Rin Tin Tin entitled “The Lone Defender” will begin each matinee, with a main feature classic Western from the 1930s, ‘40s or ‘50s (with one 1971 exception) to follow, running approximately one hour. All scheduled movies are suitable for family viewing. The 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, movie is “The Santa Fe Trail” starring Ronald Reagan (1940). The museum is open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday-Sunday except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, go to superstitionmountainmuseum.org or call 480-983-4888.

JUNE 24-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.

JUNE 24, 25, 27
QUEEN CREEK – “The Music Man”: 7:30 p.m. June 24-27 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for children. The musical production “The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize —this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story that can be shared with every generation. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 480-987-7469 or visit www.qcpac.com.

JUNE 27-JULY 4
QUEEN CREEK — Independents Week-Local First: 8 a.m. July 27-10 p.m. July 4, Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. Celebrate the local businesses and receive discounts on selected products. More information to come. Note: The new Olive Mill entrance is just east of the old entrance. For more information about the Olive Mill, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.

TUESDAY-JUNE 28
APACHE JUNCTION — Free ‘Olde Tyme’ Westerns: Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear and beat the heat this summer by attending free weekly movies in the air-conditioned Elvis Chapel at the Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, (SR 88) just northeast of Apache Junction. The movies are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays June 7-July 26. The “olde tyme” Westerns will be shown free to the public. Snacks, including popcorn, candy bars, ice cream and soda, will be available for purchase. The cool matinees will run from June 7 through July 26. An episode or two of the 1939 movie serial starring Rin Tin Tin entitled “The Lone Defender” will begin each matinee, with a main feature classic Western from the 1930s, ‘40s or ‘50s (with one 1971 exception) to follow, running approximately one hour. All scheduled movies are suitable for family viewing. The 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, movie is “Death Rides the Range” starring Ken Maynard (1939).  The museum is open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday-Sunday except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, go to superstitionmountainmuseum.org or call 480-983-4888.

JULY 2-SATURDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Live Music in the Grove: 6-9 p.m., July 2 at the Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road in Queen Creek. Free admission. Listen and dance to the music of the band Rocket 88’s in the grove. Note: The new Olive Mill entrance is just east of the old entrance. For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.

JULY 4-MONDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Fourth of July at Schnepf Farms: 4-9:30 p.m., Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road. Food trucks, fun and fireworks. For more information, visit http://www.schnepffarms.com.

JULY 9-SATURDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Racing at Arizona Speedway: Arizona Speedway, 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, within ET Motopark 4 miles south of U.S. Highway 60, offers events throughout the summer, including the monsoon madness $1,750 ASCS wing sprint cars Saturday, July 9. For more information on events, go to www.Facebook.com/ArizonaSpeedway or www.ArizonaSpeedway.net or call 480-926-6688.

FRIDAY-SEPT. 30
APACHE JUNCTION — Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre hosts Valley Nights: Free to the community. The Sept. 30 Valley Nights at Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Drive, is an eclectic series of entertainment ranging from a one-man concert to unique theatrical performances, according to http://www.zaotheatre.com. It will be an intimate “coffee house” style evening of musical entertainment. You may hear some light rock songs like The Eagles and The Beatles or the big band era. For more information and other shows, visit the theater’s website.

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