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Glendale, AZ

Parks & Recreation
Engaging residents and visitors in diverse opportunities to live, invest and play in the community

Parks & Recreation
5970 W. Brown St.
Glendale AZ  85302

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Glendale Parks and Recreation is Nationally Accredited.
CAPRA provides quality assurance and quality improvement of accredited park and recreation agencies throughout the United States. CAPRA is the only national accreditation of park and recreation agencies, and is a valuable measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community.



Movies by Moonlight Movies by Moonlight - Fall Family Movie Series
Fridays at 7 p.m., beginning Oct. 7 - Free admission

Spend a cool autumn evening under the stars enjoying a family-friendly box office hit. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. For more information, call 623-930-2299. Click here to download flyer (with movie titles.)
  • Oct. 7 - Foothills Sports Complex - 57th Ave. & Union Hills Blvd.
  • Oct. 14 - Paseo Sports Complex - 62nd Ave. & Thunderbird Rd.
  • Oct. 21 - Sahuaro Ranch Sports Complex - 63rd Ave. & Mountain View Rd.
  • Oct. 28 - Mission Park - 47th Ave. & Sunnyslope Ln.
  • Nov. 4 - O'Neil Park Ballfields - 64th Ave. & Missouri Ave.
  • Nov. 18 - Youth Sports Complex - 91st Ave. & Rovey
Telescope 39th Annual Saguaro Astronomy Club Fall Public Star Party
6 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Thunderbird Conservation Park, 67th Ave. and Patrick Lane entrance
Members of the Saguaro Astronomy Club will have large and small telescopes set up and available for public viewing at this free event. Sunset is at 6:03 p.m. They will show a variety of astronomical objects including the Moon, planets, stars, galaxies and deep sky wonders. Club volunteers will be glad to answer questions you may have about telescopes, observing the sky, and astronomy in general. Weather permitting, please join us for a night under the stars! Sponsored by Glendale Parks & Recreation and hosted by the Saguaro Astronomy Club.
Touch a Truck Touch a Truck
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., East Parking Lot
This free event is fun for the entire family and educational, too! Come out, look at, sit in and “Touch a Truck” of all sizes and shapes. This unique and exciting event is a wonderful opportunity for families to see, touch, interact with and learn about big trucks and their functions. Industrial, commercial, rental, fire and city vehicles will be on display. Enjoy shopping, dining and more before and after the event at Westgate Entertainment District! For more information, call 623-930-2820.
Halloween kids Foothills Neighborhood Halloween Event
6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Children, ages 10 and younger, can load up on candy at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center and enjoy an evening of activities, including carnival games, photo opportunities, temporary tattoos, train rides (additional cost, cash only), a costume parade, and arts and crafts. Admission can be purchased the night of the event for $4 ($5 non-residents). Supervision is required; parents are FREE. For more information, call 623-930-4610.
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Glendale Police G.A.I.N. Event
5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, at Murphy Park, 58th & Glendale Avenues
G.A.I.N. (Get Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) is an annual event designed to heighten crime awareness, generate support and participate in local anti-crime efforts by uniting community members to help create safer neighborhoods. Highlights will include:

  • Trunk or Treat
  • Classic Car Show
  • Bounce House
  • Music
  • Food Trucks
  • Dance and Taekwondo Demonstrations
  • Police and Fire Vehicles
  • Real Country 96.3
  • Police Staff and City Leaders

Click here for more information.

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10th Annual Santa’s Workshop
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Kids of all ages are invited to this special event where they can purchase holiday presents (everything is $2) for their friends, family or even their pets. A store will be set up with a variety of items sure to make everyone happy. Santa’s elves will be on site to wrap their selection in holiday wrapping paper. Please arrive early for best selection of products. For more information, please contact Darren at 623-930-4610.

Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday March 19, 2017.  Located at Sahuaro ranch Park Historical Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.  Glendale, Arizona 85302.
Come out and enjoy over 400 performers at this 2 day music festival featuring everything from folk and bluegrass music to cowboy poetry and storytelling.  This award winning, free event includes several performance venues and “jam sessions”  locations for musicians.  Highlights include historic house tours, demonstrations and hands-on workshops led by accomplished entertainers.  Call 623-930- 2961, email or visit for more information. 

Glendale Adult Center Click here to view special events at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.

The Murph

It's Happening at The Murph!
Surrounded by unique shops and restaurants, Murphy Park is located in historic downtown Glendale and is the site of many of the city's special events including Glendale Glitters, Summer Band Concerts, Movies by Moonlight and the Chocolate Affaire. This charming neighborhood park features an expansive open-air amphitheatre and over two acres of shade trees, walking paths and grass areas, with the Velma Teague Branch Library nestled in the middle. Full calendar of events at The Murph!

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