Arizona vs. Arizona State
Arch rivals Arizona State and Arizona baseball square off in the traditional Duel in the Desert. You can expect Sparky the Sun Devil to try and one-up Wilbur the Wildcat in an always entertaining match-up that features the two biggest schools in Arizona.
Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Papago Park, 5999 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, 866.848.8499, vividseats.com, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 18, $11-$45.
Arizona Rattlers vs. Salt Lake Screaming Eagles
The Screaming Eagles visit the Valley for the first time as they play the Rattlers in their second encounter of the season.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20, $8-$145.
Come soak the competition in Liquid Glow at the world’s first neon-colored battle. Participants can take their pick of Liquid Glow water balloons, Glow Soakers or Glow Balls. The event is dedicated to childhood cancer awareness.
Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe, 602.559.4076, blacklightwars.com, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, $50.
FC Arizona vs. City of Angels FC
FC Arizona and City of Angels FC are in their inaugural seasons in the National Premier Soccer League, and both are trying to emerge as the Southwest conference powerhouse.
John D. Riggs Stadium, 1230 S. Longmore, Mesa, firstname.lastname@example.org, fcarizona.com, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 27, $12.
Arizona Rattlers vs. Nebraska Danger
In their game earlier this year, the Rattlers kicked a field goal with 1.5 seconds left and emerged victorious against the Nebraska Danger. You can expect the Danger to come to the Valley with revenge on their minds in what should be another close game.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 28, $10-$145.
Flagstaff Extreme Big Pines Run
Indulge in the climes of Flagstaff with the Big Pine Trail Runs at Fort Tuthill County Park. Runners will experience the Soldiers Trail and Highlands Trail Loop, which winds through the ponderosa pines above 7,000 feet. Hosted by Aravaipa Running, the Big Pines Run eventually tops out on a mesa with expansive views of mountain landscapes before returning to the trees.
Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff, aravaiparunning.com/big-pine/, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, $32.07-$96.21.
Phoenix Mercury Home Games
The Mercury only have three home games in June, but two of them are special events. June 16 against Chicago is PRIDE Night, presented by Coors Light, and when Minnesota comes to town on June 30, the hometown squad will pass out 5,000 orange pompoms.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m. Friday, June 16, 7 p.m. Friday, June 30, prices vary.
Backyard Games Day
This fun-filled event allows people of all ages to embrace their inner child. Backyard Games Day at WestWorld features inflatables, bounce houses, a Kids’ Zone for children 5 and younger, and its capstone event, the second annual Arizona State Cornhole Championships. The 120,000-square-foot space will also house vendors from Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market and music by DJ Dangerous.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, kbkornhole.com/BGD, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17, $10, free for children 12 and younger. Registration required to compete.
Flagstaff Pro Rodeo
This action-packed weekend features bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc and team roping.
Coconino County Fairgrounds, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff, flagstaffrodeo.com, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 22, to Saturday, June 24, $10-$50.