5 Great Things to Do Outdoors in Metro Phoenix This August

While August may be well known as a time to travel. Phoenix is brimming with great outdoor events this month. Maybe this year we send post cards from home.
While August may be well known as a time to travel. Phoenix is brimming with great outdoor events this month. Maybe this year we send post cards from home.

Now, while August may be hailed as the number-one month for traveling, staycations have become a great way to enjoy and explore your own city with new perspective. And for those of you looking to bring a little outdoor adventure to the beginning of the end of summer, then look no further. Here are five great things to do outside this August.

Coffee + Doughnuts + Bike Ride = Bicycle Friendly Friday! Join Phoenix Spokes People for a Phoenix-friendly gathering and ride.
Coffee + Doughnuts + Bike Ride = Bicycle Friendly Friday! Join Phoenix Spokes People for a Phoenix-friendly gathering and ride.

Bicycle Friendly Friday
Phoenix
7 a.m. Friday, August 5

If doughnuts are your jam and maybe you’re having trouble justifying the indulgence – or simply looking for a reason to indulge — then you may want to consider joining Phoenix Spokes People for a BFF (Bicycle Friendly Friday) Doughnut Ride. This event starts at 7 a.m. with a meet-up at Rollover Doughnuts, for coffee and well … yes, doughnuts before heading out on a nice 11-mile ride. All are welcome, so join the fun and have a great ride.

This year's Perseid meteor shower is predicting 150-300 shooting stars per hour.
This year's Perseid meteor shower is predicting 150-300 shooting stars per hour.

Meteor Madness With “Dr. Sky”
Lost Dutchman State Park
8 p.m. on Friday, August 12

Join Lost Dutchman State Park and Steve “Dr. Sky” Kates for an amazing sky experience. This year’s Perseid meteor shower is predicting 150 to 200 shooting stars per hour, according to the American Meteor Society. Which is pretty, ahem, stellar, considering the normal rate is 50 to 75 per hour. The event will include drinks and snacks, a meteor presentation by Dr. Sky, and of course the main event – an incredible meteor shower. One that, according to NASA, hasn’t occurred at this rate since 2009, making this one a must-see.

Don't fight it ... you know you want to go. Pokémon Go.
Don't fight it ... you know you want to go. Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go Meet-Up
Glendale
5 p.m. on Saturday, August 13

Hosted by Euphoria Gaming L.L.C, this night promises to be a fun-filled Pokemon adventure. This event, being held at Westgate Entertainment District, was postponed from last month in hopes that new and better updates would be in place. So, for those of you finding yourself hopping outdoors at the prospect of a rare capture or opportunities for leveling up, you won’t want to miss this event.

Hey, all you thrill seekers! National Roller Coaster Day means free coaster rides at Castles n' Coasters!
Hey, all you thrill seekers! National Roller Coaster Day means free coaster rides at Castles n' Coasters!

National Roller Coaster Day
Castles n’ Coasters
5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16

On August 16 in 1878, the roller coaster received its first U.S. patent. Back in the early days of coasters, top speed would reach somewhere around five miles per hour, a laughable speed to any modern-day thrill-seeker out there. Today, coasters are exceeding 100 miles per hour with heights at nearly 500 feet, with those same thrill-seekers hungry for more. To celebrate, Castles n’ Coasters is offering free roller coaster rides on both the Desert Storm and Patriot coasters from 5 to 10 p.m. So, whether it’s your first, or 100th ride, this is the day to celebrate. 

Catch a movie under the stars this month at the Goodyear Ballpark.
Catch a movie under the stars this month at the Goodyear Ballpark.

Movie Night At The Ballpark
Goodyear Ballpark
7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26

Enjoy a movie under the stars at the Goodyear Ballpark. This month’s showing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is sure to be a unique one in this setting. Gates will open at 7 p.m. with a showtime of 7:30. A concession for snacks and drinks will be available, and admission is free. Just bring a blanket and enjoy the show.

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Lost Dutchman State Park

6109 N. Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85219

480-982-4485

www.pr.state.az.us/parks/lodu

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Rollover Doughnuts

10 W Vernon Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003

www.facebook.com/rolloverdoughnuts

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Castles -n- Coasters

9445 N. Metro Parkway E.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

602-997-7575

www.castlesncoasters.com

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Westgate Entertainment District

9401 W. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85305

623-772-4000

www.westgatecitycenter.com

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Goodyear Ballpark

1933 S. Ballpark Way
Goodyear, AZ 85338

623-882-3120

www.goodyearbp.com

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