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There are a lot of things to do in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. If you are trying to put together plans for a vacation on a budget then why not take a Phoenix staycation? All this is, is a vacation at home. Explore your own city and the surrounding areas. You might be surprised at what all is available right around the corner. Follow along here for the best tips and ways to save money including coupons for your favorite attractions and events. You might also want to check out the Day Trips From Phoenix for more suggestions and savings on things to do within a day's drive from Phoenix.

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  8. Goldfield Ghost Town
  9. Keepers of the Wild
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Early Bird Deals for Summer Staycations for Under $99

May 5, 2015

As the saying goes, “The Early Bird Gets the Worm!” Well many of the area resorts have gotten into the act by encouraging people to take their summer staycation at their resort. Now you might wonder, “Why would I stay at a resort for my staycation rather than stay at home where it’s cheaper?” In […]


Geoff Keith ("Late Late Show", MTV's "Disaster Date") at Stand-Up Scottsdale

at Stand-Up Scottsdale, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Thu, July 30
Fri, July 31
Fri, July 31
+ 3 more dates
Thu, July 30
Fri, July 31
Fri, July 31
Sat, August 01
Sat, August 01
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

Comedian Geoff Keith's TV credits include Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" and the "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS, as well as HBO's "Down and Dirty With Jim Norton" and ABC's "Comics Unl... [more+]

Comedian Geoff Keith's TV credits include Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" and the "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS, as well as HBO's "Down and Dirty With Jim Norton" and ABC's "Comics Unleashed". One of the hardest-working performers on the West Coast, the Southern California native performs at top comedy clubs, bars and more across the country. He's also been a panelist on E!'s "Chelsea Lately", toured the United States with Pablo Francisco, and spent two years as one of the stars of MTV's "Disaster Date". Don't miss his headlining set when he brings the laughs to Stand-Up Scottsdale Comedy Club. [less-]

Mystery Dinner Show "Get a Clue ... or Die?"

at Orange Tree Golf Club, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Fri, July 31
Sat, August 01
Fri, August 14
+ 1 more dates
Fri, July 31
Sat, August 01
Fri, August 14
Fri, August 28
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FULL PRICE: $45.00
OFFER PRICE: $25.00

With friends like these, who needs enemies? Join Mr. Boddee and his guests to celebrate the old man's birthday, where a delicious murder mystery will unfold throughout the evening as you enjoy a three... [more+]

With friends like these, who needs enemies? Join Mr. Boddee and his guests to celebrate the old man's birthday, where a delicious murder mystery will unfold throughout the evening as you enjoy a three-course meal served up with a side of laughs at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Scottsdale. A host of familiar names are on the guest list, including the gold-digging Miss Scarlett, the eccentric Professor Plum, the aging Col. Mustard, the ill-tempered Mr. Green, the stern and conceited Mrs. Peacock, and poor, misunderstood Mrs. White. They're all suspects when Mr. Boddee is knocked off, because they all had motive to kill him! It will be up to you, the audience, to figure out whodunit. [less-]

Tchaikovsky's Triumphant Fifth Symphony, Plus Dancers in Period Costumes

at Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center , Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 01
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: $6.00

From its dirge-like beginning all the way to the victorious march at the end, Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony is a sonic story of the triumph of the human spirit. The symphony builds and builds, and its ... [more+]

From its dirge-like beginning all the way to the victorious march at the end, Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony is a sonic story of the triumph of the human spirit. The symphony builds and builds, and its most famous performance was in World War II during the Siege of Leningrad, when the Leningrad Radio Symphony Orchestra continued to play the piece even as German bombs fell nearby. Experience the buildup yourself when Arizona Pro Arte presents Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in a program titled "The Human Spirit Versus Fate". As an added bonus, the doors of the Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center will open an hour before the concert for a special lineup of dancers in period pieces mimicking the moves of Tchaikovsky's time. This special treat is called "Watch and Try!", which means you too will get the chance to dance along to live music if you so desire. [less-]

"Alice in Wonderland": Youth Stage Production of Beloved Classic

at Ghostlight Theatre, Sun City West
OFFER DATES:
Sun, August 02
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: $6.00

Taking a tumble down the rabbit hole has never been as thrilling or as fun as in Ghostlight Theatre's adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland". As amazing as the place is, all Alice wants to do is leave Wo... [more+]

Taking a tumble down the rabbit hole has never been as thrilling or as fun as in Ghostlight Theatre's adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland". As amazing as the place is, all Alice wants to do is leave Wonderland and get back home. But instead of helping her, Tweedledee and Tweedledum argue, the Mad Hatter puts the kettle on and the Cheshire Cat ... well, who knows what he is up to? Desperate, Alice decides to ask the Red Queen for help -- what could go wrong? Immerse yourself in a world of imagination as this all-youth production brings Lewis Carroll's vision to life on stage. [less-]

"Legally Blonde: The Musical" -- Stage Sensation Based on Hit Film

at Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria
OFFER DATES:
Tue, August 04
Wed, August 05
Thu, August 06
FULL PRICE: $55.00
OFFER PRICE: $27.50

This fabulously fun song-and-dance sensation follows a sweet and seemingly not-so-bright sorority sister named Elle Woods on her journey to win back her boyfriend. Undeterred by the fact that he's cur... [more+]

This fabulously fun song-and-dance sensation follows a sweet and seemingly not-so-bright sorority sister named Elle Woods on her journey to win back her boyfriend. Undeterred by the fact that he's currently enrolled at Harvard Law School, the ambitious Elle puts down her credit cards and picks up the books in order to conquer the Ivy League. Nominated in 2007 for seven Tony Awards (including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score), the bright and bubbly "Legally Blonde: The Musical" is based on the hilarious novel by Amanda Brown and the subsequent hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Make your way to Arizona Broadway Theatre for this upbeat -- and very pink -- story of self-discovery. [less-]

"Last Comic Standing" Winner John Heffron

at Stand Up Live, Phoenix
OFFER DATES:
Thu, August 06
Fri, August 07
Sat, August 08
+ 1 more dates
Thu, August 06
Fri, August 07
Sat, August 08
Sun, August 09
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.00

The season two winner of NBC's hit reality series "Last Comic Standing", comedian John Heffron has also appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Chelsea Lately", among others. The Detroit-bor... [more+]

The season two winner of NBC's hit reality series "Last Comic Standing", comedian John Heffron has also appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Chelsea Lately", among others. The Detroit-born funnyman's relatable comedy draws on everyday experiences, including his childhood in Michigan, his life as a fun-loving college student and his marriage. He's had multiple Comedy Central specials of his own, including 2009's "Middle Class Funny", and co-wrote the 2014 advice book "I Come to You From the Future". [less-]

Mark Normand: "Village Voice"'s Best Comedian of 2013

at Stand-Up Scottsdale, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Thu, August 06
Fri, August 07
Fri, August 07
+ 3 more dates
Thu, August 06
Fri, August 07
Fri, August 07
Sat, August 08
Sat, August 08
Sun, August 09
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

He's perplexed by the rites and rituals of modern dating and is 99% convinced that Google silently judges his porn search term history. The career of Mark Normand, a popular comic on the indie stand-u... [more+]

He's perplexed by the rites and rituals of modern dating and is 99% convinced that Google silently judges his porn search term history. The career of Mark Normand, a popular comic on the indie stand-up scene, is truly on the rise: he was voted "Village Voice"'s Best Comedian of 2013, has made three appearances on Comedy Central's smash hit "Inside Amy Schumer", and was a semi-finalist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing". He's also appeared on "Conan" and was on "Time Out New York"'s list of "21 Comedy Scene Linchpins." Born and raised in New Orleans, Mark is now a New Yorker, and his comedy is filled with his unique observations about moving from the Big Easy to the Big Apple. See him live when he brings his deadpan musings to Stand-Up Scottsdale. [less-]

Supernatural Mystery Dinner Theater: "Phantom of the Country Club"

at Orange Tree Golf Club, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Fri, August 07
Sat, August 08
FULL PRICE: $45.00
OFFER PRICE: $25.00

Filthy rich and surrounded by money-seeking vultures, Mrs. Mary Astor-Turf has started receiving messages from her deceased great, great, great grandfather. With the help of an eccentric psychic mediu... [more+]

Filthy rich and surrounded by money-seeking vultures, Mrs. Mary Astor-Turf has started receiving messages from her deceased great, great, great grandfather. With the help of an eccentric psychic medium and a spooky séance, she tries to channel his communication to make sense of the contact from beyond the grave. But everyone thinks Mary is crazy and wants to worm their way to her wealth, especially her unfaithful husband Teddy Turf and his deceitful mistress who plot to scare Mary to death! Watch this hilarious tale unfold and try to uncover the guilty party over a delicious three-course meal at Scottsdale's Orange Tree Golf Club. [less-]

"Slide Across America": World's Largest Inflatable Water Park

at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Fri, August 07
Sat, August 08
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00 - $7.50

Brace yourself for two of the world's tallest inflatable water slides: The Drop Kick stands 42 feet tall and the Hippo is a 40-foot beast. And that's not all! At "Slide Across America", you can ride T... [more+]

Brace yourself for two of the world's tallest inflatable water slides: The Drop Kick stands 42 feet tall and the Hippo is a 40-foot beast. And that's not all! At "Slide Across America", you can ride Thrill Seekers, which range in height from 27 to 36 feet tall, Nothin' but Fun slides from 18 to 25 feet tall, and there's Kiddie Slides, too. Plus, along with over 40 water slides, they've got rides -- multiple zip lines, rock walls, bungee trampolines, a trackless train for the little ones -- music, food and drinks. Get wet and wild at "Slide Across America" when it stops at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for two days only. [less-]

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown": The "Peanuts" Gang Takes the Stage

at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Fri, August 07
FULL PRICE: $23.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.50

"Peanuts" brought shades of gray into the black-and-white world of the daily comics, allowing its "kiddie" characters to have grown-up emotions. Thus Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, Lucy and Schroeder ar... [more+]

"Peanuts" brought shades of gray into the black-and-white world of the daily comics, allowing its "kiddie" characters to have grown-up emotions. Thus Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, Lucy and Schroeder are two-dimensional sketches with truly 3-D feelings. Still, many doubted the beloved cartoon crew could be brought to the stage -- that is, until "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" opened off-Broadway. A legendary hit, the musical effortlessly conjures up the imaginary world of Charles M. Schulz, with Clark Gesner's whimsical score perfectly complementing the gang's adventures. Punctuated with catchy tunes like "Suppertime," "Happiness" and the title song, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" also features the Little Red-Haired Girl, Lucy's psychiatry booth and Snoopy's battles with the Red Baron. Now Don Bluth Front Row Theatre stages a fresh new production of this all-American classic. [less-]

Sexy Comedian April Macie ("Last Comic Standing")

at Stand-Up Scottsdale, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Thu, August 13
Fri, August 14
Fri, August 14
+ 3 more dates
Thu, August 13
Fri, August 14
Fri, August 14
Sat, August 15
Sat, August 15
Sun, August 16
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

All roads in April Macie's life lead to comedy. She's had an endless string of crummy jobs -- as a nanny, Hooters waitress, clown's assistant and telemarketer -- and was fired from all of them. She jo... [more+]

All roads in April Macie's life lead to comedy. She's had an endless string of crummy jobs -- as a nanny, Hooters waitress, clown's assistant and telemarketer -- and was fired from all of them. She jokes about her promiscuous past, but also breaks down troubling double standards. The girl from Easton, Penn., has taken her overtly sexual brand of humor on the road, traveling to over 23 countries. She has performed for troops around the world, was a finalist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing", has appeared on E! Entertainment and "Access Hollywood" and is a regular guest on "The Howard Stern Show", where in 2008 she was voted the "Funniest and Hottest" comedian in America. Macie's charming knack for collecting everyday stories and translating them into humorous tales has landed her in the documentary "I Am Comic", on the Showtime special "Pauly Shore's Vegas Is My Oyster" and in the hosting role for the AVN Awards. Now Macie headlines Stand-Up Scottsdale [less-]

"Greater Tuna" -- Two Actors Play 20 Eccentric Townsfolk

at Ghostlight Theatre, Sun City West
OFFER DATES:
Fri, August 14
Sat, August 15
Sat, August 15
+ 5 more dates
Fri, August 14
Sat, August 15
Sat, August 15
Sun, August 16
Fri, August 21
Sat, August 22
Sat, August 22
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

A funny sendup of small-town morals, this long-running off-Broadway comedy is set in the fictional city of Tuna, the "third-smallest" town in Texas. This town's the kind of place where the Lions Club ... [more+]

A funny sendup of small-town morals, this long-running off-Broadway comedy is set in the fictional city of Tuna, the "third-smallest" town in Texas. This town's the kind of place where the Lions Club is considered too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. You'll meet the town's eccentric citizens, including the Bumiller family, puppy-poisoning Aunt Pearl, the longwinded Reverend Spikes, good ol' Vera Carp and many more. Created more than 30 years ago as a party skit based on a political cartoon, "Greater Tuna"'s popularity has endured, spawning countless tours, several sequels and even an HBO special. Now you can see it at Ghostlight Theatre in Sun City West. [less-]

"Deadly Housewives": Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre With a "Desperate" Twist

at Orange Tree Golf Club, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 15
Fri, August 21
FULL PRICE: $45.00
OFFER PRICE: $25.00

When housewives Summer, Chastity and Janet uncover the gruesome murder of their dear neighbor, their predicament isn't just desperate -- it's deadly! In this light-hearted murder mystery show, the lad... [more+]

When housewives Summer, Chastity and Janet uncover the gruesome murder of their dear neighbor, their predicament isn't just desperate -- it's deadly! In this light-hearted murder mystery show, the ladies of "Hysteria Lane" need more than the police to solve this puzzling crime ... they're going to need "you". As you dine on a delicious three-course dinner at Scottdale's Orange Tree Golf Club, you'll help the gals put together the pieces and uncover the murderer. In the process, the ladies may even enlist the help of an audience member to try and contact their deceased friend from beyond the grave. Please see the full event description for detailed menu information. [less-]

Summer Nights Festival: Beer Gardens, Food Trucks, "Jurassic Park" & More!

at Rawhide Wild Horse Pass, Chandler
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 15
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

Celebrate summer at the Summer Nights Festival. Cool off at the indoor street fair, held inside a 40,000-foot, air-conditioned exhibit hall, where you can visit beer gardens, indulge in wine tastings,... [more+]

Celebrate summer at the Summer Nights Festival. Cool off at the indoor street fair, held inside a 40,000-foot, air-conditioned exhibit hall, where you can visit beer gardens, indulge in wine tastings, and buy goods from local artisans. Or, venture outside to play on the water slides or in the kid zone, get delicious grub from local food trucks and enjoy live music. Once the sun goes down, you can even take in a screening of "Jurassic Park" beneath the stars. Held at Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, Arizona's largest Western attraction, it's an unforgettable night for the entire family. [less-]

Arizona Cardinals Preseason Football: NFC Dark Horse Takes on Kansas City

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 15
FULL PRICE: $44.00 - $62.50
OFFER PRICE: $22.00 - $35.00

With an aggressive, ball-hawking defense and a developing offense, the Arizona Cardinals are considered one of the dark-horse candidates to emerge from a crowded NFC. You can watch the pieces start to... [more+]

With an aggressive, ball-hawking defense and a developing offense, the Arizona Cardinals are considered one of the dark-horse candidates to emerge from a crowded NFC. You can watch the pieces start to come together at this preseason showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at University of Phoenix Stadium. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is recovering from a serious knee injury and will use these games to shake off the rust, while the Cardinals' dominant defense will fly around the field as per usual. Get your first look at what promises to be a serious playoff contender as they ramp up for the regular season. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective": Interactive Mystery Dinner Show

at Phoenix Marriott Mesa , Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 15
Sat, August 29
FULL PRICE: $85.75
OFFER PRICE: $51.45

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" comes to Phoenix to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the pr... [more+]

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" comes to Phoenix to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. [less-]

Classic Cross-Dressing British Comedy "Charley's Aunt"

at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Tue, August 18
Wed, August 19
Tue, August 25
+ 12 more dates
Tue, August 18
Wed, August 19
Tue, August 25
Wed, August 26
Tue, September 01
Wed, September 02
Tue, September 08
Wed, September 09
Tue, September 15
Wed, September 16
Tue, September 22
Wed, September 23
Thu, September 24
Fri, September 25
Sat, September 26
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FULL PRICE: $23.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.50

In this Victorian comedy, Oxford undergrads Jack and Charley are keen to meet their sweethearts for lunch, even if it's under the watchful eye of Charley's Aunt Donna. But when her trip's delayed -- w... [more+]

In this Victorian comedy, Oxford undergrads Jack and Charley are keen to meet their sweethearts for lunch, even if it's under the watchful eye of Charley's Aunt Donna. But when her trip's delayed -- with the girls en route to the big date -- the impropriety of lunching with two young ladies unchaperoned (this "is" Victorian England, after all) threatens to scuttle the whole engagement. Solution? The boys dress up one of their friends, Lord Babberley, as Charley's aunt and proceed on schedule. Comic confusion ensues, especially when the real Aunt Donna shows up and dons a disguise of her own. With cross-dressing, lost loves and Oxford pranks, this Don Bluth Front Row Theatre production of "Charley's Aunt" offers all the ingredients of a classic English farce. [less-]

Bill Bellamy ("Last Comic Standing", "Who's Got Jokes?")

at Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre, Tempe
OFFER DATES:
Thu, August 20
Fri, August 21
FULL PRICE: $22.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

"Booty Call': Comedian Bill Bellamy may not have invented it, but he was the first to name it, joining the very short list of comedians who not only talk about pop culture, but actually "create" it. T... [more+]

"Booty Call': Comedian Bill Bellamy may not have invented it, but he was the first to name it, joining the very short list of comedians who not only talk about pop culture, but actually "create" it. Then again Bellamy has always had a knack for crystallizing everyday experiences into jokes that are funny and true. He's especially talented at working a crowd from his years hosting "MTV Jams", "MTV Beach House", "Who's Got Jokes?" and NBC's "Last Comic Standing". Along with his long list of film and TV appearances, Bellamy is a big fan of live stand-up, whether he's entertaining U.S. troops in Japan or touring stateside. Now "Mr. Box Office" headlines Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre. [less-]

Comedian Willie Barcena ("The Tonight Show", Comedy Central)

at Stand-Up Scottsdale, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Thu, August 20
Fri, August 21
Fri, August 21
+ 3 more dates
Thu, August 20
Fri, August 21
Fri, August 21
Sat, August 22
Sat, August 22
Sun, August 23
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

A true stand-up comedy veteran, Willie Barcena is one of Jay Leno's favorite comedians, with more than 10 appearances on "The Tonight Show" and counting. Known for his jokes about growing up poor in E... [more+]

A true stand-up comedy veteran, Willie Barcena is one of Jay Leno's favorite comedians, with more than 10 appearances on "The Tonight Show" and counting. Known for his jokes about growing up poor in East L.A. and working blue-collar jobs to make ends meet, Willie was chosen as the host of SiTV's "Latino Laugh Festival: The Show", and his hour-long stand-up special "Deal With It!" premiered on Comedy Central in 2009. See Barcena's hilarious musings about life, money and relationships live as he headlines the Stand-Up, Scottsdale! Comedy Club. [less-]

Arizona Cardinals Host San Diego Chargers in Preseason Football

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 22
FULL PRICE: $44.00
OFFER PRICE: $22.00

The Arizona Cardinals are gearing up for another NFL campaign with a preseason showdown against the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Starting quarterback Carson Palmer is looking s... [more+]

The Arizona Cardinals are gearing up for another NFL campaign with a preseason showdown against the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Starting quarterback Carson Palmer is looking solid after having his knee rebuilt, and he'll be targeting wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown when he's not handing off the ball to running back Andre Ellington. You can play GM and watch all the position battles as the Cardinals prepare to do battle in the NFC West. [less-]