Things to do in Chandler: free summer concerts, an ice cream social, John Cusack and more

Caro Pierotto will appear in a free summer concert in Chandler hosted by the Chandler Center for the Arts.

Caro Pierotto will appear in a free summer concert in Chandler hosted by the Chandler Center for the Arts.

July 26, Hear the Gipsy Kings in concert
The French band is known for its unique style combining traditional flamenco with western pop. The band is on tour for its ninth studio album, "Savor Flamenco," its first release in six years. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. $57.50-$107.50. 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. 480-782-2680. www.gipsykings.com/tour

July 27, Party with the princesses at Phoenix Fairytale Ball
NOAH'S Event Venue hosts a chance for community members to meet and interact with all the Disney princesses. The all-day event will feature characters from beloved fairy tales, musical performances and stories and plenty of dancing. Chow down at the candy buffet, create tiaras and enjoy activities with a cast of characters that has traveled the nation. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $25-$65. NOAH'S Event Venue, 2100 E. Yeager Drive, Chandler. 480-855-2971. www.eventbrite.com

July 27, Step in Their Shoes: Chandler Veterans
Hear stories from Chandler veterans about their experiences serving their country. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, Chandler. 480-782-2717. www.chandleraz.gov

Aug. 2, Catch Caro Pierotto in concert for free
Pierotto sings music inspired by her native Brazil. She and her band will kick off Chandler Center for the Arts’ Free Summer Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. Free. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680. www.chandlercenter.org/summerconcerts

Aug. 3, Take a stab at detective work
Visit the Chandler Museum and participate in its History Detectives program. Solve a history mystery titled "Whose point of view is it?" using clues from local primary sources. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, Chandler. 480-782-2717. www.chandleraz.gov

Aug. 3, Laugh with George Lopez
Stand-up comedian George Lopez brings his act to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino for two shows in one day. Lopez is known for his commentary on growing up Hispanic and being Mexican in a politically divisive time in America. The show is part of his The Wall world tour. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets start at $47. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. 800-946-4452. http://playatgila.com

Aug. 4, Groove to the beat at Chandler Drum Circle
Feel the rhythm and release some tension in a drum circle at the Chandler Public Library. Experience in percussion is not necessary, but welcomed instruments include djembes, bongos, congas, tablas, tambourines and other similar hand drums. There is a limited number of hand percussion items available for those without their own instruments. The event is open to anyone age 12 and up; if a child under age 12 wishes to attend, they may do so with a parent or guardian. 2-4 p.m. Free. Chandler Public Library, Downtown Campus, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800. http://chandlerlibrary.libcal.com

Aug. 9, Put on your cowboy boots and head to a free country concert
Country and classic rock band Wynchester comes to town to take part in Chandler Center for the Arts’ Free Summer Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. Free. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680. www.chandlercenter.org/summerconcerts

Aug. 10, Learn more about thunder, lightning and weather patterns at STEM Saturday
Join the Chandler Museum and the Museum of Science and Sustainability as they explore the topic of weather in their STEM Saturday program. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, Chandler. 480-782-2717. www.chandleraz.gov

Aug. 13, Grab a coffee and listen to an Arizona singer-songwriter
Listen to Arizona-based singer-songwriter Eric Douglas while sipping coffee at the Chandler Public Library. The performance will be held in the Cup O’Karma common area. 7-8 p.m. Free. Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800. www.chandlerlibrary.org

Aug. 16, Free summer concert with something for everyone
Southern California band Elektric Voodoo will perform its unique style of music blending afrobeat, Latin, rock ’n’ roll, psychedelic, jazz and blues. This concert is part of Chandler Center for the Arts’ Free Summer Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. Free. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680. www.chandlercenter.org/summerconcerts

Aug. 17, Bowl for a cause
Join Recreation and Athletics for Individuals with Disabilities (RAD) and strike up a bowling team. Registration is required for this annual family-friendly event. Registration fees include bowling shoes and two hours of bowling. The last Bowl-A-Thon raised $6,000 for RAD; this year it hopes to beat that by raising $8,000. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $20 per person. AMF Chandler Lanes, 1900 N. Arizona Ave., 480-963-0150. Chandler. www.bowlathon.net

Aug. 21, Cool off with an ice cream social
Head on over to the Tumbleweed Recreation Center to chill out at the Cool Creations Ice Cream Social. Go for the ice cream, stay for the ice cream-inspired crafts, treats and other activities. 5:30-7 p.m. $2 (residents), $3 (nonresidents). 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. 480-782-2900. www.chandleraz.gov

Aug. 23, Watch song and dance collide at flamenco event
Jacome Flamenco presents his new production SOL y LUNA, a show combining flamenco dancers with background music of guitars, percussion and singing. This event is the last of Chandler Center for the Arts’ Free Summer Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. Free. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680. www.chandlercenter.org/summerconcerts

Aug. 25, Live conversation with John Cusack following screening of 'Say Anything' 
Hear John Cusack tell stories of filming the 1989 romantic comedy "Say Anything." Relive the iconic scene where Cusack's character Llyod Dobler hoists a stereo over his head to profess his love to Ione Skye's character Diane Court. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $44. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680. www.chandlercenter.org


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