Back to School Bash, photo credit Town of Fountain Hills
By Lauren Wong

Get in one last hurrah before the summer ends and attend one of these Arizona events. From parties to volunteer events and sales, there’s something for every age.

When: 5 - 8 p.m. Aug. 5
Where: Red Mountain Center, Mesa
Cost: $10
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There’s a co-ed dodgeball tournament at the Red Mountain Center for ages 12-13 and 14-15. You can sign up as either an individual or as a team and go head to head to win prizes (enjoying pizza and soda as you go). Each team will have five players. If you sign up as an individual you will be placed on a random team.

When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Aug. 6
Where: Wesley Community and Health Centers, Phoenix
Cost: (vendors $25 and up)
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Brought to you by Rising Families is this year’s Back to School Spectacular! Participants get free backpacks, supplies, and food. For entertainment, there will be vendors and music. Additionally, Kenny Dobbs and State Representative Marcelino Quinonez are featured guest speakers.

When: 1 - 3 p.m. Aug. 13
Where: Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale
Cost: Free

Looking to get some inspo for your back to school look? Palm Court in the Scottsdale Fashion Square will be hosting fashion shows at 1 and 2 p.m. on Aug. 13. The shows will feature Nordstrom, Jacadi, Psycho Bunny, Levi’s, Windsor, and more.

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Throughout the day you’ll also get to enjoy musical performances by Desert Stages. If you’re an aspiring model, this is the perfect event for you. There will be an Open Call with Ford Robert Black Agency from 1 – 3 p.m. scouting for anyone age 5 to 18.

If you have any jeans you don’t fit into anymore, drop them off at the Madewell Denim Drive to receive a 20% off card for your donation. The jeans will go to their FOREVER denim site/ThredUp to be recycled. Drop off backpacks and any other donation at their Concierge Desks to receive a free Harkins Loyalty Cup. Your school supplies donations will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale.

When: 6 - 8 p.m. Aug. 19
Where: Four Peaks Park, Fountain Hills
Cost: Free

The Fountain Hills Back to School Bash brings you a free, fun-filled night for all ages. Gather up your family and head over to Four Peaks Park to let the warm, summer air distress you before the homework and tests start piling up. They’ll have inflatable water slides, a dunk tank, inflatable games, yard games, a DJ, MCSO, Fire Department Vehicles, and more. For food and drinks, take your pick between the featured food trucks.

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When: 4 - 5:15 p.m. Aug. 20
Where: The Pink Teapot, Gilbert
Cost: $30

Celebrate the beginning of the school year with Rose Princess! Recommended for ages 3 and up, dress up your little ones in their favorite princess/prince attire for this royal event. During the first hour of the event you’ll get the chance to meet Rose, take any photos with her, and get an autograph (you can bring your favorite book for her to sign). Once the meet and greet part of the event is over, everyone will get to sit down and munch on some finger sandwiches and cookies, while sipping tea (juice) from their fancy tea cups. While filling up your tummy, Princess Rose will read you a story.