If you happened to be wandering through the streets of downtown Phoenix last Third Friday, there is a good chance you may have seen a group of foodies hopping from one spot to another well into the night.
There’s a decent chance you may have even recognized one or two of them as the masterminds behind some of the Valley’s best restaurants. This was the first incarnation of the downtown chef crawl, and it kicked off with a glorious mix of late-night noshing, old-fashioned exploration and drinks, drinks and more drinks.
Like the soothing geeeetar pickin’ of some good folk? Downtown is about to chime with acoustics. Thursday, June 18 is the Phoenix Annual Summer Folk Festival presented by River Jones Music.
You see, the Chuseum, as I like to call it, is turning 1. Yes, it is a cranky little toddler and it needs some sweet, sweet sugar to put it in a coma-like euphoric state. It is bound to be a sticky and delicious affair.
There’s a rather large list of happenings for this month’s Third Friday festivities. Choose wisely, downtowners.
Up at the Clarendon Hotel, Phoenix Friday Nights is having a special rooftop sunset edition with grub from the brand spankin’ new Gallo Blanco on the ground level. It’s a 2-for-1: Check out the much-hyped foodstuff and meet your fellow Phoenicians. Win!
If you have a library card with any public library in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Glendale, Tempe or Chandler, you just won free admission to a number of downtown area museums. All you have to do is stroll in to your local branch, and say, “I’ll take a Culture Pass, please,” and you’ve scored free admission… Read more
The Phoenix Fringe Festival (PHX:fringe) presents innovative, experimental and provocative theatre by local, national and international artists. PHX:fringe seeks to develop a cutting-edge, urban audience by offering an edgy assortment of performance choices in non-traditional downtown spaces. The PHX:fringe promotes artistic exploration by supporting the risky, adventurous work of established and emerging artists while also providing accessible, affordable performances to the community.
ASU and other public and private sector partners are exploring the possibility of creating vital urban hubs where canals meet major streets throughout metro Phoenix. These hubs could range in size and character, depending on community requests. ASU students are conducting a public survey and would like your feedback.
Join other small businesses in this very cool spot, actually being deemed the Creative Spot. Built in1926 as one of the first downtown Phoenix grocery stores, the JB Bayless building has been painstakingly restored by its long-time owner, Joseph Lewis, earning National Historic accreditation. Wood beam trusses, stained concrete floors, concrete pillars, and red brick construction within soaring, 15-foot ceilings create the surrounds. And wide panels that slide on tracks create the private, highly modular environment you desire to explore your creative options!
For proof that art lovers are about more than schmoozing and sipping cheap wine from plastic glasses, one need look no further than Art Detour, the free, self-guided tour of downtown artist studios, galleries, and art-friendly businesses. Now in its 21st year, the Phoenix tradition, which typically draws upwards of 10,000 patrons, has bridged the wide gap between artists and suburb dwellers who think art should match their throw pillows. This year, both art fans and the artless will find the Detour even more accessible, thanks to light rail and a new, improved shuttle system.
Downtown Phoenix during First Fridays can be a little overwhelming, with hordes of people trying to get their monthly art fix in the span of four hours. So for people who want to enjoy their art and culture in a slightly more relaxed setting, there is Art Detour. The once-a-year, all-weekend event lets visitors take a self-guided tour through the art galleries and studios in central Phoenix.