City of Glendale

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City of Glendale

Spend a day in Glendale and its surrounding West Valley cities and you may feel as though you’ve discovered a playground build to suit your every whim, dream and desire. Spend an evening watching the last ray of sunlight paint our serene landscapes with magnificent purples, oranges and pinks and you’ll begin to believe in magic.

Perfect moments come to be in perfect locations. Feel the buzz of our sleek, contemporary urban meccas. Escape and unwind in our pristine desert sanctuaries. And ramp up your energy while you celebrate camaraderie and competitive spirit at our many professional sports facilities.  

We are high-end dining on the terrace after a day of unique Southwestern-style spa treatments and a perfect par out on the links. We are the pages of your scrapbook and your adventure-craving plans for outdoor exploration. We welcome you to discover Glendale and the West Valley.

Start your journey at the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau– 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140 in Historic Downtown Glendale.Call 623-930-4500, or visit www.VisitGlendale.com.

Calendar of Events

June 5 - July 24

Glendale’s favorite summer tradition is back for its 48th season beginning June 5 in downtown Glendale.

The eight-week concert series takes place each Thursday at 8 p.m. June 5 through July 24, in the Murphy Park Amphitheater, located at 58th and Glenn drives. Music lovers of all ages will be entertained by this community band of approximately 100 musicians with its inspiring renditions of marches, ballads and show tunes.

The Glendale Summer Band is the longest- running community band in Arizona. The ages of the volunteer band members span several generations. The band was formed in 1966, originally playing at O’Neil Park, and moving to Murphy Park when the amphitheater was built.

These free concerts are the perfect night out for the entire family, or bring your friends, neighbors, the whole gang! Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Food, snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at the concerts, which will go on through July 24. The series will feature a special Patriotic performance on Thursday, July 3, in celebration of Independence Day, as well as other themes each week.

The Glendale Summer Band concert series is sponsored by Glendale Civic Pride and Glendale Rotary Club. For more information, call the Glendale’s Special Events hotline at 623-930-2299, or visit www.glendaleaz.com/events.

July 19

Santa will be taking a summer vacation to Historic Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court  on Saturday, July 19 for the city’s 8th annual Christmas in July celebration.   

Visitors will enjoy a fun-filled day of holiday crafts, sweet treats and exclusive deals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Old Towne and Catlin Court, as well as an opportunity to donate to a summer food drive.  Get your shopping for gifts and decorations completed early and avoid the rush! Christmas cheer begins at the Glendale Visitor Center, 5800 W. Glenn Drive, #140, where you’ll pick up a holiday map, coupons and savings pack.

Santa will greet visitors and pose for photos, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Country Maiden, 7146 N. 58th Ave. Photos will be available for a nominal fee and shoppers are welcome to take their own pictures with Santa.

Christmas music will play throughout the neighborhood as downtown businesses offer holiday activities, including creating chocolate Christmas trees and decorating holiday cookies, along with special treats such as Santa sundaes with peppermint ice cream and egg nog, all for a nominal fee.

Christmas in July also kicks off the start of installing 1.5 million lights for the city’s annual holiday light display. The installation of the holiday lights takes more than four months and 5,000 labor hours to complete in order to be ready for Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend on Nov. 28-29.

In the spirit of holiday giving, the Glendale Visitor Center will be accepting non-perishable food donations for Glendale’s Hope for Hunger Food Bank.

A fully-volunteer-operated food bank, Hope for Hunger’s mission is to provide supplemental and emergency food through a coalition of partners from the private and public sectors, community groups and individuals. The facility opened in 2012 and it has served 545,000 tons of food to 17,000 families, feeding more than 61,000 men, women, and children. Food donations are needed to help during the summer months when donations are historically at their lowest.  For more information, go tohttp://hopeforhungerfb.org.

For more information about Christmas in July, call the Glendale Visitor Center at 623-930-4500 or go to VisitGlendale.com, Facebook.com/GlendaleCVB, Twitter.com/GlendaleCVB  or YouTube.com/MyGlendale11.

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