BEST Things To Do In Phoenix
The Event Oracle knows ALL the fun things to do in the land of the Phoenix sun. Select your date above then scroll down for all the Arts, Entertainment, and Events in my crystal ball...
Carnival of IllusionArizona Biltmore Resort
2400 E Missouri Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Carnival of Illusion is an evening of Old-World Magic in the style of classic entertainers such as Buster Keaton, Mae West, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Harry Houdini. The hosts have performed as house entertainers at the world's top resorts, Fortune 100 CEOs, to the 200 Most Powerful Women in America and operate the longest-running Arizona theater show. Carnival of Illusion is "Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La."
Pinnacle Peak Farmers MarketNorth Parking Lot of Wet 'N' Wild Phoenix
4243 W Pinnacle Peak Rd
Glendale, AZ 85310
Pinnacle Peak Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8am -1pm and serves the north Phoenix area. We have a wide variety of vendors with fresh fruits and veggies, local honey, hot tamales, fresh bread, organic eggs, hummus, fresh salsa, chips, hot sauce, handmade soaps and much more! Local small businesses with local farmers make this a great place to pick up something new or find your old favorites.
Come visit us each Saturday from fall to early summer.
Bugs. Big Bugs!Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
The Phoenix Zoo is abuzz over its huge animatronic exhibit: Bugs. Big Bugs! Guests can get up close and interact with 21 gigantic bugs made from steel, fiberglass and a special weather-proof “skin.” Watch and learn about the superpowers of the black ant, emperor scorpion, grasshopper and Mexican redknee tarantula. $5 plus zoo admission: $24.95; $16.95 ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and younger.
Soil & Seed Grower's MarketThe Farm at South Mountain
6106 S. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Enjoy fresh, locally-harvested produce sold straight from the Soil & Seed Garden at The Shed located next to the garden from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The types and amounts are based on availability and a first come, first serve basis.
Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More TalesPueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Hear the stories pottery sherds have to tell archaeologists when theses pieces of the past are rediscovered and studied. Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales, is a temporary exhibit at Pueblo Grande Museum that explores researchers use sherds to uncover a variety of details, such as how the pottery was made, used, and where it was produced. These details aren’t always obvious during examinations of gorgeous whole pottery vessels.
Visitors typically see the most unique and complete pottery vessels of a museums’ collection on display. They seldom see, or know about, the thousands of broken pottery fragments called ‘sherds’ that are preserved in storage. Using local and traded examples, Fragments invites visitors to see how sherds help archaeologists piece together new ideas about the ancestral O'Odham, more commonly known as the Hohokam. The exhibition also features sherds that connect the Hohokam with their neighbors across the Southwest and northern Mexico during the time of the European Renaissance. Visitors can listen to local Native perspectives on archaeology and cultural preservation while experiencing traditional O’odham songs that tell of the mountains surrounding Pueblo Grande and their deep connections to past, present, and future O’odham generations.
Point of View at WonderspacesScottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E Camelback Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
“Point of View” presented by Wonderspaces is a roughly 80-minute experience featuring artwork from 13 artists from around the world. The artwork presents visitors with experiential installations including a virtual reality dinner party and an installation that encourages digital painting through body movement.
Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and PlacePhoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave. Central Avenue and McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place is the first Islamic art exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum in more than two decades. Organized by the Newark Museum, the exhibition showcases more than 100 works of art from around the world and spanning a millennium and includes calligraphy, textiles, jewelry, paintings, clothing, musical instruments, and more.
Unlike previous national and international exhibitions of Islamic art, Wondrous Worlds is organized around the Five Pillars of Islam rather than geography, time period, or material. Objects on view range from religious to recreational items and were created in the tradition of Islamic art by both Muslim and non-Muslim artists. Along with traditional examples of Islamic art, the exhibition also features contemporary works to illustrate the living legacy of Islamic art.
Electric Desert at Desert Botanical GardenDesert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
You're invited you to see desert, light and sound unite in a mesmerizing display like never before. Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music.
Electric Desert includes six site-specific locations, with each experience inspired by and related to the Garden.
Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River GiantsOdySea Aquarium
9500 East Via de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Guests are invited to dive beneath the surface of the world’s rivers in the new exhibition Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants.
Enormous in size and rapidly dwindling in number, these ancient fish play critical roles in their freshwater habitats. Dr. Zeb Hogan, aquatic ecologist, National Geographic Fellow and host of the Nat Geo WILD series Monster Fish, has spent nearly two decades searching for and studying the rare, large freshwater fish species profiled in the exhibition. The interactive exhibition will include five extraordinary, life-size sculptures of monster fish as well as videos and hands-on interactive activities for audiences of all ages.
Monster Fish takes visitors on a journey to river basins around the world to learn about colossal fish and the people that depend on them. Through detailed maps, sculptures and custom illustrations, the exhibition showcases close to 20 fish species and their diverse freshwater ecosystems. In addition to highlighting the biology of each species, the exhibit depicts the cultural ties between the fish and local people. From mythical tales and storied traditions to threats and conservation efforts, visitors will leave with a greater understanding of the connection between humans and fish.
Wine TastingHidden Track Bottle Shop
111 W Monroe St #120
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Tastings are always free and provide a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to taste 4-5 unique, high-quality selections and learn a bit about wine. Free.
Flamenco Class with Carlos MontufarCannedy Performing Arts Centre
6222 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Classes are available to both children an adults who are interested in exploring Flamenco movement and rhythm (compás) through hand clapping (palmas), footwork (taconeo), armwork (braceo) and marking steps (marcaje). Students will also be introduced to Flamenco communication (comunicación). Our easy to follow classes will focus on Sevillanas, a folk dance from Sevilla, Spain, consisting of four vignettes performed with castanets as well as Tangos (a popular four-count Flamenco rhythm). Over the course of your studies, you'll naturally learn the terminology used within Flamenco to help the dancer maneuver themselves through the cuadro, or a live setting involving guitar and a singer. There are even opportunities to come see Flamenco live in Phoenix/Scottsdale! Our classes are open to dancers of all levels and physical abilities. If you've been interested in Spanish dance, come join us in all the fun! Classes are held every Saturday starting early August, at Cannedy Performing Arts Center in Phoenix. Email Carlos Montufar at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and check out https://phxworldarts.org to learn more about Phoenix World Arts Collective and it's mission.
Saturday Animal AdoptionsPetco - Peoria Avenue
2784 W. Peoria Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85029
Come to Petco each Saturday to meet your new best friend. Adoptions will be held by All About Animals Rescue from 1pm to 5pm and then Kneading Kitty's Rescue will take over from 3pm to 7pm. Dogs, cats, puppies, kittens are all waiting for you.
Wagging and Purring into the New YearPetco MetroCenter
2784 W. Peoria Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85029
Join All About Animals Rescue at one of our Petco locations to adopt a wonderful new family member for the new year. And announcing our new Mobile Adoption Bus that will be coming to the entire Valley soon. The unit is ours and just getting "freshened up." Then we will be off to do a Petco Store Tour. For more information on our animals - http://www.allaboutanimalsaz.com
The SceneThe Scene
330 E University Dr. Suite 102
Tempe, AZ 85281
The Scene is a pop-up art experience with 11 rooms and 23 colorful scenes designed to inspire your creativity and ignite your imagination.
Photography is encouraged for your next best Instagram photo. The art is both for photos and for interacting with. Open doors, share a goal, dance it out and much more!
Historic Downtown Phoenix Food TourDowntown Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ 85003
This three-hour guided walking tour brings you on a culinary voyage through Downtown Phoenix. You will walk through the hustle and bustle of our Downtown to try five different tasting locations, stopping at historic landmarks, and showcasing one of the most haunted hotels in the US. $60.
Four Peaks Brewing Company's 8th Street Brewery ToursFour Peaks Brewing Company
1340 E. 8th Street Ste. 104
Tempe, AZ 85281
Tour the original Four Peaks brewery. Housed inside a 100-year-old former creamery and ice factory, 8th Street is the original Four Peaks location and the best place to find all of our specialty beers as well as some of the tastiest brewpub food you'll ever stick in your mouth. This place has a lot of history—and we want to share that history with you.
Join us every Saturday for complimentary tours of the 8th Street brewery. Each tour, led by an experienced Four Peaks guide, offers insight into our operations, showcases our history and gives an in-depth overview of the brewing process. Tours will also cover aspects of our laboratory testing, water treatment, barrel-aging program and more.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar ShowHerberger Theater Center
222 East Monroe Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Eric Carle’s iconic stories and illustrations come to life on stage! From A Very Hungry Caterpillar who undergoes a magical tranformation to The Very Lonely Firefly who learns to shine his light by finding friend, you won’t want to miss this fantastical puppet experience.
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, Based on Eric Carle’s Book
Recommended for Ages 3+
Spark! After DarkMesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
Fade the lights and turn up the music. Every third Saturday from October to May MAC's campus will be taken over by a new artist with a unique, crazy-fun theme--complete with live art, live music, great eats, tasty adult drinks and much more. Did we mention it’s free?