ARTLINK FIRST FRIDAYS // SEPT 1 (6 pm – 10 pm) @ DOWNTOWN PHOENIX
Join us on the First Friday of every month from 6-10 p.m. for one of the nation’s largest, self-guided art walks. Tour more than 70 galleries, venues and art-related spaces to see a variety of artwork and to enjoy the spirit and culture of the city. Visitors are invited to hop-on/hop-off free shuttles that circulate on three routes through downtown Phoenix’s arts districts. The shuttles meet at a connector hub at Arizona Center, and you can also catch the shuttles at any of the stops along the routes including Phoenix Art Museum, CityScape, Oasis on Grand and Unexpected Gallery.
EXPERIENCE INDIA // SEPT 2-3 (9 am-5 pm) @ MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM
Join MIM for our fifth annual celebration of the music and culture of India! See vibrant musical and dance performances, participate in an instrument-making craft and dance workshops, listen to Curator Talks, and more.
DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN FLASHLIGHT TOURS // NOW – SEPT 2 (Thursdays/Saturdays 7 pm – 10pm) @ DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN
join in on something different. Flashlight tours are a sensory adventure where you will see, hear and feel the desert night. The self-paced stroll along the main trail to more than 10 discovery stations is perfect for families and children of all ages. Don’t forget to bring your flashlight to see all the various discovery stations including the Desert Tortoise Discovery Station and Tarantula and Scorpion Discovery Station.
100 DAYS OF SUMMER // NOW – SEPT 4 (various times) @ LUSTRE ROOFTOP BAR
Perched on the third-floor pool deck of Hotel Palomar Phoenix, LUSTRE is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with a pool and cabanas that offer sweeping views of the city skyline, craft cocktails, an energetic vibe and seasonal menu items perfect for enjoying poolside. The bar plans to keep things cool this summer with events nearly every night of the week, all summer long with its “100 Days of Summer” event series.
SECOND FRIDAY NIGHT OUT // SEPT 8 (6 pm – 10 pm) @ DOWNTOWN MESA
Mesa downtown galleries and businesses have joined together to create an exciting, friendly and free way to spend a Friday evening. With a new theme every month, visitors can enjoy an art walk, dining, shopping, activities, entertainment, and fun every 2nd Friday of the month. This event is held on Main Street between Center and Country Club. The information booth located on Main and Macdonald has a map of the evening’s activities and locations.
TEMPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION // SEPT 8 8:00PM @ TEMPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Jordin Sparks starts off the 10-year celebration of the Tempe Center for the Arts .This singer/songwriter being an Arizona native brings extra excitement to the event. Sparks returns home to headline the TCA’s 10th Anniversary weekend. Come support Talent from Arizona while celebrating the Tempe Center for the Arts.
2017 SEASON KICK-OFF AT MESA ARTS CENTER // SEPT 8 @ MESA ARTS CENTER
An annual celebration of the upcoming season, this free, family-friendly festival will share the theme, The Good, The Bad and The Weird with five new exhibitions in the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, and will present live music, great foods, outdoor festival, great atmosphere and more!
CITY LIGHTS MOVIE NIGHTS: FEAT. E.T. // SEPT 8 (7PM) @PATRIOTS PARK AT @ CITYSCAPE
This movie night series is presented free to the community by CityScape in partnership with Downtown Phoenix, AZ. Viewers are invited to bring their picnic blankets and chairs for a night of FREE fun under the city lights!
STARLIGHT TRAIN RIDE // NOW- SEPT. 9 (5:30 pm – 9:30 pm) @ VERDE CANYON RAIL ROAD
Departing during the cooler temperatures of late afternoon and traveling through sunset, twilight and starlight, the Verde Canyon Railroad’s popular Summer Starlight ride operates on select Saturday evenings May through September. The Starlight Ride serves up a wide ranging mix of light, color and shadow as the Canyon transforms into a moonlit dreamscape. The romance of the rails is enhanced as daylight gives way to twilight. The late evening return to the depot reveals neighboring Jerome romantically twinkling on Cleopatra Hill.
MUSEUM YOGA // SEPT. 9 & SEPT. 23 9:30AM-10:30 AM @ THE HEARD MUSEUM
Join Rooted Community Yoga Project in the Jacobson Gallery every 2nd and 4th Saturday through October 14 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for guided yoga practice surrounded by Steven Yazzie’s installation, Black White Blue Yellow (BWBY). All levels welcome. Yogis who bring their own mat for the class receive 2-for-1 general admission to the museum. Museum members attend for free.
KISS AND TELL // SEPT 12, SEPT 18-19, SEPT 25-26 @ HALE CENTER THEATRE
Hugh Herbert’s 1940’s riotous romp entangles a family feud, a secret marriage, and a madcap dose of mistaken identity! Two teenage girls, Corliss Archer and Mildred Pringle, cause their respective parents much concern when they start to become interested in boys. The parent’s bickering about which girl is the worse influence causes more problems than it solves after both girls sell kisses for charity at the USO bazaar. It’s a “fresh, funny, and completely beguiling comedy about a small town Junior Miss.”
OCEAN OF LIGHT: SUBMERGANCE // NOW – SEPT 24 (various times) @ SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Immerse yourself in an ocean of light. Squidsoup’s installation uses light-based data visualization to create an augmented reality environment that challenges the spatial and the sculptural and provides a context for understanding just how immense data can be. Squidsoup is a U.K.-based collective consisting of Anthony Rowe, Gaz Bushell, Liam Birtles, Chris Bennewith and Oliver Bown.
KID DAY MARICOPA // SEPT 16 (10 am – 4 pm) @ MARICOPA WELLS MIDDLE SCHOOL
The event will provide essential information on crime prevention, child safety, wellness and environmental awareness. The Maricopa Police Department will be on hand to provide FREE fingerprinting of all the children and bring Police cars, Police motorcycles and the K-9 Dog Unit. There will be special appearances by “Smokey Bear”, McGruff the Crime Dog, Pikachu and other loved characters. The Maricopa Fire Department is bringing a fire truck AND MUCH MORE.
DOWNTOWN CHANDLER ART WALK // EVERY 3rd FRIDAY (Sept. 16 , 6pm-10pm) HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN CHANDLER
The Downtown Chandler Art Walk is held on the third Friday of the month, year-round, from 6 to 10 p.m. Dozens of talented artists in a variety of media showcase their art along the sidewalks of Boston and San Marcos Streets. Live music in the park, free kids activities and free parking. A map can be printed from the website.
BALLET UNDER THE STARS // SEPT. 23 (7pm) @STEELE INDIAN SCHOOL PARK
Ballet Under the Stars performances bring classical and contemporary ballet to wider and more diverse audiences. Each year, this series is performed for nearly thousands of children, adults, and families, many of whom experience Ballet Arizona for the first time.
ARIZONA OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOWCASE // VARIOUS DAYS & TIMES THROUGH NOVEMBER 1 @ SHEMER ART CENTER AND MUSEUM
This exhibition features seven contemporary works of sculptural art that transcend the traditional indoor gallery space in favor of the outdoor environment. Selected artists include Jeff Downing, David Knorr, Shelby Larson, Matthew Mosher, Hector Ortega, Charles Sleichter and Joan Waters.
SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK // EVERY THURSDAY (7pm-9pm) @ SCOTTSDALE ART DISTRICT
Many area galleries will be offering extended evening hours on Thursdays, so head out along Main Street and Marshall Way to see what Scottsdale’s arts scene has to offer.
VINTAGE INDOOR SWAP MEET & FARMERS MARKET // EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY (7am – 1pm) @ ARIZONA EVENT CENTER, MESA
Sun City’s known for the fabulous castoffs of people who owned midcentury delights when they were brand-new. Scads more of our senior friends inhabit the far East Valley. When their belongings migrate into town, guess where they land first? Mesa. The city’s older parts feature stellar Mexican food, cheap commercial rents, teenagers, and other things Del Webb never dreamed of.
TRIBE LOOP // EVERY THURSDAY (7 pm) @ TRIBE MULTISPORT STORE E INDIAN SCHOOL RD, SCOTTSDALE
The East Valley sports and recreation store hosts two weekly group bike rides for cyclists of all skill levels: one at sunrise and one at sunset. The Thursday night ride covers the Tribe Loop, a 10-mile circular of roadways, including some smaller hills for a dynamic experience. Bikers tend to do two to three loops apiece, depending on ability and stamina.
CHASE FIELD STADIUM TOURS // VARIOUS DATES & TIMES @ CHASE FIELD
Visit one of the most impressive and unique Major League Baseball facilities in the country — Chase Field. It is home to the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks, several restaurants, a beer garden — even a retractable roof and swimming pool — all within an old-style ballpark atmosphere. Make the experience memorable and take a guided tour of Chase Field. Even if you’ve been to the ballpark before, you’re sure to learn and see something new!
MEET ME DOWNTOWN PHOENIX SOCIAL WALK/RUN // EVERY MONDAY (5:15 pm) @ THE PARK STREET FOOD BAR
Meet Me Downtown Phoenix is a weekly evening get-together designed to build healthy bodies, healthy businesses and a healthy Downtown. Every Monday join the community for a social walk/run through the heart of our city and, in the process, get fit, win prizes, shop local and make friends. Check in at Copper Blues from 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., then run/walk 3-5 miles or as far as you’d like. A route guide will be provided. After the walk/run, join them for closing ceremonies, incentive awards and prizes. Participants will get a stamp to receive discounts that night at select local restaurants.
DESOTO TEAM TRIVIA // EVERY TUESDAY (8PM) @ DESOTO CENTRAL MARKET
Gather your A-Team and join DeSoto Central Market for trivia every Tuesday evening. Their fantastically clever and impressively handsome hosts, Wilie and Michael, always prepare a mix of relevant questions on all sorts of topics. Get ready to dig deep for random facts, and feel a bit smarter at the end of the night.
GRAND CANYON GRANDEUR EXHIBITION // NOW-DEC 31(TUE-FRIDAY&SUN) @WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST
This exhibition, on loan from The A.P. Hays Collection, includes 100 striking and historically important portrayals of one of the world’s most revered natural wonders. Oil paintings, watercolors and prints dating from the 1850s to the 1950s capture the ecological, sociological and visual diversity of the Grand Canyon, while showcasing a range of artistic styles such as naturalism, impressionism, and abstraction. Thomas Moran, Eanger Irving Couse, Gustave Baumann and Gunnar Widforss are among the celebrated artists included in this exhibition.