Community Events

14 Oct

Finding Your Moment(s) of Zen

Much to our chagrin, the month of October is not all about Halloween, horror, and the macabre. October is also about looking inward toward one’s self and finding new ways to handle and express your feelings in a positive way. That’s right, October is National Emotional Wellness month! But how does one focus themselves on being emotionally well? We here at Bookmans want to encourage you in your journey toward enlightenment. Here are some of the way you can fill your emotional cup.

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08 Oct

Cassette Tapes: The New Vinyl

You may have thought cassette tapes had died with the 90’s. We’re excited to say that they are back! The resurgence of vinyl has been steady for the past decade, but it isn’t the only media that has come back. In 2016, cassette tapes sales rose nearly 75 percent. And yes, cassette sales are still on the rise today. Here’s a taste of what led this seemingly obsolete music format to see a dramatic increase in popularity.

01 Oct

Halloween Fun and Fall Frolics Are On the Way!

Bookmans is so excited to share our jam-packed schedule of upcoming October events with you, Arizona! From Dungeons & Dragons to haunted Halloween fun to incredible Studio Nights, there is an event at Bookmans that is made just for you. It’s time to dive into the Frightful Fall fun with Bookmans!

07 Sep

Fight Censorship and Have Fun with Bookmans in September!

This Fight Censorship Month Bookmans is incredibly excited to celebrate our freedom to read and appreciate art in all its forms in September! We’re also thrilled to host and participate in so many great events within the communities we serve. No matter your age or interest, there are amazing events coming your way all month long at your local Bookmans!

01 Aug

Sunshine and Fun to Come at Bookmans in August!

The summer days are still long here in Arizona, and everyone is looking some great ways to beat the heat and humidity in August. Lucky you, Bookmans’ August calendar is overflowing with free events for every member of the family. If your jam is painting, gaming, live music, pets, Pokemon, or trivia, your local Bookmans has your entertainment needs covered!

20 Jul

Ten Days of Summer Movie Fun with Loft Cinema Kids Fest

What if you were able to enter the world of Trolls, come back Home, and learn How to Train Your Dragon in just one weekend? Well, this weekend you can at The Loft Kids Fest! And that’s not all the festival is happening Friday, July 20thto Sunday, July 29th. The Kick-off Party begins at 6 pm tonight, Friday, July 20th at Himmel Park. Trolls the movie will screen outdoors starting at 8 pm.

Loft Kids Fest poster featuring dragons and sea sea creatures having fun

28 Jun

The 2018 Summer Kids Events Continue!

Summer is in full effect and Bookmans has been the place to be for summer fun! As we wrap up our June events, we are gearing up for all these incredible July and August Summer Kids Events! No matter which Bookmans store you call your favorite, there is a whole lot of fun in store for little ones to enjoy. From sea-themed adventures to Ninja Turtles and so much more, your local Bookmans is bursting with free entertainment at all our Summer Kids Events!

25 Jun

Creative Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

Summer just began and the heat… Let’s just say it is not holding back. We’re in for more hot days than we’d like to admit. It’s enough to make you want to stay indoors with the A/C cranked up until that grueling sun goes down. It may be easy to binge-watch Netflix all summer, but that can get tiring day after day. You don’t have to dread that long summer heat any longer by taking a look at this list that will get you off your couch and keep you entertained as well as active. Not melting is a huge plus too. Let’s get into some summer fun!

22 Jun

Feeling the Love for Flagstaff’s Pride In The Pines

What is pride? You have undoubtedly heard a lot about Pride Month, Pride parades, and Pride events in June. One of those events, Pride in the Pines, is an annual favorite. Pride in the Pines is an incredibly fun weekend and a reminder to celebrate diversity in your local community. Bookmans is always here to help celebrate pride. Here’s why.

04 Jun

GIVEAWAY: iHeartRadio’s My 92.9 and R Entertainment present Tucson Kidsfest!


Kidsfest is a Summer event you won’t want to miss! iHeartRadio’s My 92.9 and R Entertainment present Tucson Kidsfest powered by Tucson Electric Power, June 23-24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The largest family event in Tucson will be held indoors at the Tucson Convention Center and will offer activities for kids of all ages. Activities include the TNT Slam Dunk Show, a dinosaur encounter where kids can interact with dinosaurs and participate in a fossil digging challenge, game trucks, inflatables, carnival rides, electric animal rides, a Bookman’s Entertainment Area with Nintendo 64, a musical instrument petting zoo, endless giveaways and more!



01 Jun

Celebrate Summer with Bookmans This June!

Summertime is here and we cannot wait to bring a whole lot of summer fun to your local Bookmans store in June! If you haven’t already heard, the annual Bookmans Summer Kids Events have kicked off and the children are having a great time. It’s the best way to keep kids entertained during the long summer months and it’s absolutely free. Of course, Bookmans wouldn’t stop there! Our stores are here to help you tackle the summer heat and discover some exciting new activities all month long!

24 May

Tips for Surviving Phoenix Comic Fest

This summer’s comic celebration season kicks off Memorial Day weekend with Phoenix Comic Fest. And believe me when I tell you that there is an abundance of things to see and do all weekend long! Being excited and wanting to do so many awesome things, sometimes we can forget to take care of ourselves. We want to remind you to recharge those power packs and offer some helpful hints on surviving Phoenix Comic Fest.

22 May

The Great American Read: The Search for America’s Favorite Book

When it comes to books, there’s no harm in playing favorites, right? We all have a list of books that loom large in our hearts, but can one book be America’s favorite? That’s exactly what PBS aims to find out with The Great American Read!

16 May

2018 Summer Kids Events Lineup!

Now that school is out, Bookmans is the place to keep cool and have fun all summer long! Join us all summer long from May through August for a new endeavor at your favorite Bookmans store! Conduct mad science experiments, journey through galaxies far far away, explore the seven seas, and have to fun with zoo animals, musical instruments, magic and more! Bookmans is the place to be for educational, interactive and most importantly fun events sure to combat the Summer boredom blues. Check out what’s in store at your local Bookmans with free Summer Kids Events this May and June!

01 May

Geek Out with Bookmans in May!

Bookmans is into geeking out any day, anytime, and anywhere. But there’s just something about May that makes us geek out harder than ever. From video games to comics to music to movies, Bookmans is the place people go to expand your geeky horizons. It’s where we dive deep into our respective fandoms with reckless abandon. Join Bookmans in celebrating all the little things we geek out about with these free in-store events this May!

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14 Apr

Mesa’s ZapCon 6 Arcade and Pinball Convention

What is ZapCon?

Zapcon is a weekend-long party where gamers devote their love and attention to the classic arcade and pinball machines. No need for quarters as all of the games are set to free play! It’s a wonderful throwback to all the games you love and remember. Celebrating it’s SIXTH year anniversary, the list of arcade and pinball machines that are going to be in attendance and available to be played is sure to make even the most die hard gamer want to Power Up. But where did Zapcon originate from?

31 Mar

It’s Easy Being Green at Bookmans this April!

Bookmans is associated with our iconic orange color, but at our core, we are green through and through! While you celebrate the gloriously long evenings, tackle spring cleaning, and adventure into everything outdoors, be sure to add these exciting and free Bookmans events into your April schedule and join us for some good, green fun!

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15 Mar

Get Active at Gilbert’s Ka-Pow! Superhero Adventure Run

Attention Super Heroes of all ages! Don your capes because… It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It… it… it could be YOU!

Superheroes? Capes? Adventure runs? What is this craziness that we speak of? We assure you, future saviors of the world, it’s no dream. Nestled deep within the greenery and tennis courts known as The City of Gilbert’s Freestone Park, lies a top-secret headquarters rumored to house one of the “Most Awesomely Impressive Superhero Training Courses Ever Imagined!”

22 Nov

Twitter Treasure Hunt Commandeers Phoenix!

Just in time for the week of Blackbeard Friday and Small Business Saturday, Bookmans collaborates with Local First AZ (LFA) to bring you an action-packed Twitter Treasure Hunt! We have hidden seven spectacular prize packs at seven LFA businesses in the Phoenix Metro area and it’s up to you to make the discoveries. Tracking down local loot is easy.

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