Weekend Shenanigans: The Series

Photo credit: Pearl W. Filani

I love springtime in Phoenix…when we have it. The weather is about perfect. And with perfect weather comes a lot of things to do. If you’re an outdoorsy person, you already know of a lot things to do.

But what about the rest of us. We who love the indoors, care less about staying fit, or love the outdoors but want a change of scenery. This is for you. I pulled together fun, unique events that are happening around the Phoenix valley. This way you have options. Whether its running, hiking, movies, or dancing I have something for you.

This weekend is great for all our DIYers. Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market is in town. This is one of the largest vintage market in the country and it is amazing. I’ve been the last two years. You have to come prepared to shop through all the vendors. Bring water, bags, and a cart if you’re planning on buying a lot. Also buy tickets beforehand. Otherwise you’ll experience a line like this:

Photo credit: Pearl W. Filani

Children on your mind

Looking for things to do with your children before the heat hits? Foster a love of reading in your children. Take them to the 9th Annual Arizona Festival of Tales at Paradise Valley Community College. There will be games, crafts, live music, food trucks, and a lot more. Tickets are available for sale.

For your budding artists, take them to the Chalk Art Festival at Desert Ridge. Artists will be creating murals all around the district. This will give your children and you the chance to talk to the artists and learn about what motivates them. And if the they feel moved, they can try their hand at chalk art in the kidzone. The event is free and goes from 11 am until 6 pm. Learn more at Desert Ridge.

Photo credit: Pearl W. Filani

Here’s one more option for the musicians in your family, the Hot Dogs & Jazz: Jazz For Families. The musicians at the Nash will walk your children through the different instruments and styles that jazz musicians use. Then they will have the opportunity to make their own music. They’ll also meet the band and enjoy some hot dogs. There’s a small cost. $2 for those 12 and younger. $5 for everyone else.

Samplings of Alcohol

If you enjoy the world of craft beer, then you’ll enjoy the BBQ and Barrel Aged Beer event. The Beer Research Institute will be showcasing samplings of some of their beers. And they’ve paired their beer with a great menu. Smoked beef brisket, roasted corn, Jalapeno bacon tater, salad, and two slices of bread.

If you want more than beer, head on over to Chandler for the Chandler Craft Spirits and Cocktail Festival. Whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, and other cocktails are available to sample, all in a fabulous souvenir glass. And of course, there will be amazing food. If you have a designated driver, they can enter in for limited cost. Have no DD, don’t worry. Lyft drivers are available to drop you off and take you home. Tickets are available through the Festival’s page.

Don’t want to drive to Chandler, then stop by Goldwater Brewing Co’s block party. It’s in Scottsdale and this is their second-year hosting. They’ll have live music, specialty beers, fabulous food, and a lot of games (giant Jenga anyone). Admission is free. Good Rust and mob vs. ballot box are performing and food is by Left Coast Burrito Co. and Brat Haus. And there’s a raffle for prizes.

Dancing, dancing, and more dancing

For the die hard dancers, Kats Korner is hosting their Swingin’ Saturday Nights. Every Saturday night in Mesa, you’re transported to another time and place where swing was king. East Coast Swing lessons start at 7:15 pm, so no excuses. Head on down and enjoy Kats Korner’s 2,000 square foot wood floor and amazing sound system. Tickets are $8. Cash rules but use your credit cards for an extra $1 fee.

If swing isn’t quite your style, head over to the 80s and dance for a cure. Kona Grill in Phoenix is hosting an 80s party benefiting the Walk to Cure Arthritis. Kona will have all things 80s from video clips, to music, to movie cars. There’ll be prizes for the best 80s costume, a full bar and food onsite. Admission is $10 and you can purchase raffle tickets for a gift certificate to Kona Grill.

Finally, if all you want to do is stay indoors, there are several fun movies out. For action, watch the Fate of the Furious. For a touching history lesson, the Promise is a wonderful option. If you’re looking for inspirational, touchy-feeling movie, check out Gifted. And there’s the Boss Baby or Smurfs: The Lost Village for your children.

As you can see, there is a lot going. Pick from this list or a list of your own making. Either way, go out this weekend and enjoy all Phoenix has to offer.

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