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Phoenix DinoCon: A gathering 65 million years in the making

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

juliaAfter attending numerous fan conventions like Comicon with her family, Julia Zolondz, co-creator of Phoenix DinoCon, searched nationwide for a dinosaur-themed convention to attend with her loved ones (Bobby Tyning and Patty, Carl and Trinidad Jimenez.)

“There’s no single event that’s dedicated to being a dinosaur dork,” said Zolondz.

This was true. Dinosaur conventions do exist, but are primarily focused on exploring the natural history of these colossal creatures, rather than the fictitious portrayals found in mass media.

In discovering this terrible void, an idea hatched. Why not create an annual party celebrating pop-culture dinosaurs and kaiju – their Japanese kin?

Despite some initial skepticism by her family, Zolondz booked a venue and started planning. When she says she’ll do something, she actually makes it happen. Especially when it involves something awesome, like creating a dinosaur convention.

conventionThe inaugural event – held in Scottsdale in 2013 – proved successful. Not only did people show up, but the fan base was highly engaged and enthusiastic, with lots of great ideas to contribute.

Based on audience feedback and a new sense of direction, Phoenix DinoCon moved to Downtown Phoenix and is bigger, better and more much more interactive in 2014. There’s also beer and wine.

“It’s really important that people’s voices are heard and the community is involved,” said Zolondz.

One of the best aspects of creating this event, according to Zolondz, is involving local artists, vendors and organizations. As a co-creator, she’s dedicated to supporting independent businesses and artists. Especially when they can all come together around a great common goal – one that celebrates the way dinosaurs capture the human imagination and foster creativity.

The event takes place from 3-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and the Velociraptor Vendor Room opens at 3:30 p.m. Online tickets are sold out but more will be made available at the door for $5 each as space allows. Visit the website to see the full schedule and list of panels.

*Photos courtesy of NBMA Photography, Phoenix DinoCon 2013.

Downtown Phoenix Welcomes WNBA All-Stars

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

fanfestFor the second time in history, the Phoenix Mercury and City of Phoenix welcome the WNBA All-Stars, all the best players of the Eastern and Western Conferences, coming together Saturday, July 19 for an exhibition game at US Airways Center.

It’s a big day for the Mercury, with both Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner voted All-Star starters by WNBA fans, and Candice Dupree selected as a reserve. With three Mercury players represented, in addition to the national recognition of hosting the game, it’s a huge win for Downtown Phoenix.

Under the national spotlight, athletes and visitors from around the country will see a very different city than in 2000, when Phoenix last hosted the All-Star game.

Fourteen years ago, US Airways Center was still America West Arena, Comerica Theatre didn’t exist yet and ASU Downtown was a mere glimmer on the horizon. Just to paint a picture of the changes, the year 2000 marked completion of the Collier Center, establishment of Roosevelt Row and opening of the new federal court building, just to name a few.

Today, Downtown’s immense growth can be seen in the vibrant music and entertainment scene, gorgeous new residential properties and expansive commercial developments. More than ever, it’s a nationally recognized destination, and one that every spectator attending Friday’s Fan Fest and Saturday’s game is bolstering by supporting Downtown events.

So as the Mercury ride their wave of success, reflecting on two championship titles and working toward a third this season (Phoenix currently holds the best record in the WNBA), residents and visitors should reflect upon the triumphs of Downtown Phoenix as a whole, and how far it has come.

Go Mercury!

Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 Schedule:

Friday, July 18:

WNBA Cares Basketball Clinic: The All-Stars host a basketball clinic for 65 Boys and Girls Club youth from around the Valley. Open to media only. Located at US Airways Center main court 9:30 a.m.

East and West All-Star Open Practices: Fans of all ages get a sneak peek of the All-Stars as they prepare for the big game. This event is free of charge and open to the public 3-5 p.m.

All-Star Fan Fest: Enjoy Mercury and Suns entertainers, performances by local bands and special giveaways throughout the evening. Fan Fest features family-friendly activities such as bounce houses, basketball hoops and Flow Rider outdoor surfing machine. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, July 19:

Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014: Watch the world’s greatest female basketball players on one court, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting All-Stars and Stripes charity for military heroes and their families.  Individual tickets $20, US Airways Center. The game starts at 12:30 p.m.

Shade Trees to Plant New Roots in Downtown Phoenix

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

ASU Construction Site_2 While the construction crew was busy preparing to break ground on the new ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, we were brainstorming—finding new places for 116 trees that surround the site plan on First Street between Taylor and Polk streets.

In an effort to both save mature trees as well as provide more shade and beauty to other areas of the Downtown core, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership — in collaboration with ASU, DPR Construction and the City of Phoenix — will save dozens of these trees, placing them in new homes around the city. Forty-three trees have been boxed and moved to the SPACE_BETWEEN—the vacant lot activation project on First Street that’s scheduled to debut this fall—where they await the cooler planting season.

Once weather permits, many of the trees will be transplanted to vacant tree wells along Adams Street between Second Street and Second Avenue. The remaining trees will be used for the SPACE_BETWEEN activation project; replace existing Palo Brea trees along Adams Street, which don’t fare well in tree wells and have fragile branches that often break and cause property damage; and be placed in empty tree wells near the former Matador building.

Additionally, DPR Construction plans to save 32 Palo Verde and Mulga varieties that line Taylor and Polk streets, leaving them in place as part of the finished project.

These trees, each of which would cost between $1,000 and $2,000 to buy new, have had three years to mature—growing and providing shade to passerby. And though it may seem of nominal importance, shade is a simple yet essential feature of a pedestrian- and bicyclist-friendly street.

And if we’re to ever to become one of America’s most walkable cities as was recently suggested by Time Magazine — then shade as well as public transportation, urban development, residential amenities and more — must be a top priority in the coming years.

Celebrate Independence Day By Supporting Independent Businesses

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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In honor of Independence Day, explore artisan crafts, eat gourmet food and pamper your mind and body, all while supporting amazing independent businesses. What could be more patriotic?

This week through Sunday, hundreds of businesses around the state are offering a 20 percent discount in honor of “National Independents Week,” an initiative to support local and independent traders.

Lucky for us, Downtown Phoenix is brimming with great local shops, enough to keep us busy for an entire day from dawn until dusk.

So download a Golden Coupon from Local First Arizona and follow this daily guide to “Shopping Local Downtown.”

asideofheartEat breakfast at Aside of Heart

Start your day off right with a delicious acai bowl and tropical smoothie packed with spirulina. Located in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Art District, this restaurant and gallery boasts locally roasted coffee beans, locally sourced food (when available), and a healthy plant-based menu. According to Amanda Langham, co-owner of Aside of Heart, it’s an unpretentious vegan eatery that promotes healthy living in a creative environment.

earringsBuy at pair of handcrafted earrings at MADE Art Boutique

MADE carries numerous one-of-a-kind items including jewelry, pottery, books and magazines. Working behind the cash register, you just might find one of the artists like Alex Ozers, jewelry designer and owner of From The Reliquary. Laughing, he says there are probably artists working in every shop and restaurant along Roosevelt Row. In fact, that’s one of the cool things about frequenting independent businesses in this area. You never know when you’ll run into the owner, designer or chef working behind the counter.

tammiecoeDevour a slice of cake at Tammie Coe Cakes

Two words: Ooey Gooey. This signature Tammie Coe recipe combines chocolate fudge cake with super decadent butter cream frosting. Put some sprinkles on top and it’s the recipe for happiness. In addition to treats, Tammie Coe offers breakfast, lunch and premier baked breads at the newly remodeled Roosevelt location.

sandwichTake a lunch break at Duck and Decanter

No one understands the importance of shopping local more than Jolynn Reisma, general manager of Duck and Decanter. Her family has been running the downtown breakfast and lunch eatery for 42 years. Try one their famous albacore tuna sandwiches, made with high-quality tuna and water chestnuts, in addition to their wonderful selection of specialty teas and coffees. Your business supports four generations of sandwich artisans.

Salon RO5 Master Logo BlkGet a makeover at SALON RO5

Creating a perfectly executed hairstyle is not only difficult, it’s nearly impossible. Fortunately the team of expert stylists at SALON RO5 understands the latest color, cutting and styling techniques. Combined with the best products, you will leave looking and feeling better than ever.

coastersPick up a pack of desert-scene coasters at Hazel and Violet

For all of your commercial and custom letterpress printing needs, Nancy Hill and Beverly Wolfe, co-owners of Hazel and Violet, print using tree-free recycled papers on vintage presses. This centuries-old method creates a clean distinctive look you just can’t find anywhere else. Besides making beautiful cards, invitations and stationery, Hill and Wolfe are dedicated to operating in an environmentally responsible way.

bunky2Buy an AZ Love shirt at Bunky Boutique

Bunky Boutique, lovingly named for Owner Rachel Malloy’s grandmother, is known for its signature “AZ Love” line of shirts and clothing. Building a sense of culture and identity around the community you love is what this clothing line embodies, and according to Malloy, shopping locally also fosters a sense of community. It shows you care about the place you live and the people in it.

CalamariwebEnjoy happy hour at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

A great place to unwind after work, listen to a local DJ, eat half-priced appetizers and sip $5 glasses of wine. Located in the heart of Downtown inside the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, District features upscale comfort food using sustainably farmed produce and fresh herbs from the hotel’s third-floor garden. It’s a welcome break from the mundane.

artmuseum3Peruse the collection of Hollywood costumes at the Phoenix Art Museum

This fascinating exhibition explores costume design throughout history as an essential component of cinematic storytelling. There’s a lot that goes into each design, and it’s that complex process that helps create film characters like Darth Vader and Austin Powers. While you’re there, stop by the Museum Store and pick up a Superman apron or classic movie coffee, 20 percent off with a Golden Coupon.

blissdrinkNosh on a late dinner at Bliss reBAR

Indulge in the “Red Berry Rapture,” or another signature cocktail less than 110 calories. You can make up for lost calories by ordering the famous mac and cheese, even late-night, since the kitchen is open until close every day. The decor gives the restaurant a posh, trendy feel, but it’s definitely a family-friendly atmosphere, according to Rudy Redondo, longtime bartender at Bliss. He says it’s a casual place where the staff can just be themselves and the customers love that energy.

Speakeasy Popping Up Downtown Thursday

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.39.32 AMWalking past the sleek facade of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, it’s difficult to imagine what it looked like in 1896 as the Hotel Adams. Or what the rest of downtown looked like during the Wild West, for that matter. Discovering the rich and somewhat mysterious history of the Renaissance is precisely what organizers of Pop-up Speakeasy – a return to Cattleman’s Bar – would like people to do. It’s about enjoying great music, cocktails and a little slice of Phoenix history.

On Thursday, June 26 from 6-9 p.m., the Goldwater Room at the Renaissance will be transformed into a 1920s Prohibition-era speakeasy, complete with jazz music, classic hors d’oeuvres and history lesson by Marshall Shore, the “hip historian.”

image002According to Shore, the 20s were a vibrant time for Arizona and especially for the legendary Hotel Adams. As one of the most sophisticated and glamorous hotels of the time, Hollywood stars, lawmakers and stockyard owners lined the stools at Cattleman’s Bar, now part of the Goldwater Room. It was the place to be for movers and shakers, and according to Shore, more Arizona laws were written and passed at Hotel Adams than in the legislature.

At Thursday’s event, delicacies like lobster rolls and beef wellington will be served, while a trained mixologist recants the origins of the Old Walrus and Adams Apple, both famous drinks from Cattleman’s.

Tickets are $30 per person with live entertainment provided by Erin Boheme and the No Vacancy Trio, in addition to Marshall Shore. The event is part of the Renaissance Global Day of Discovery, with 157 signature events happening at hotels around the globe. Please RSVP at 602-333-5103.

*Photo courtesy of the Arizona State Library

Phoenix Public Market Cafe One-Year Celebration is Tonight, June 18

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

As iconic as the glowing Phoenix Public Market sign—in just one year the Phoenix Public Market Café has become a Downtown staple and hub for community events and gatherings.

Public Market Cafe

Combine the Café with the already popular open-air markets, and the corner of Central Avenue and McKinley Street becomes emblematic of Downtown’s transition into the place where people not only work and play but live.

Visit the Public Market grounds on any given day during the week or during open-air markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and you’ll see it’s a dynamic space where you can pick up groceries, run into neighbors and friends, or meet new people over a local brew.

And though the sentiment is bittersweet—as happy as we were to see the Café open in 2013, we were just as sad to lose the Urban Grocery and Wine Bar the year before—the success of the Café and open-air markets is something worth celebrating. And they’re doing just that tonight, Wednesday, June 18.

Join them for a summer BBQ under the misters and stars with live music by The Henry Co., local vendors, corn hole, and a beer garden by Four Peaks Brewery from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

*Photo courtesy of Phoenix Public Market Café

Where To Watch the World Cup

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

It happens every four years and now the FIFA World Cup will be decided during four weeks of heart-pounding action.

Where will you watch every corner kick, header and goal? Downtown Phoenix has the perfect pitch for you and your soccer hooligan friends.

The Rose & Crown Pub

740080_10152022222345633_8132675889474553105_oThe Rose & Crown Pub at Heritage & Science Park has been working tirelessly to create the ideal setting for fans to watch all the World Cup matches, even erecting a covered TV stadium with two 80-inch screens and misters to accommodate large (and loud) groups.  There’s also a Caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) bar and trailer offering three additional screens. Raffle prizes include trips to Las Vegas, Diamondbacks tickets, jerseys and official World Cup gear.

Though it’s preferred that you support Team USA or England, all allegiances are welcome. And while you’re glued to the many screens, you can sip specially priced Oskar Blues beers including Old Chub, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Dale’s Pale Ale ($4), plus the deliciously potent G’Knight Imperial Red ($4.50).

Film Bar

Like big screens? Enjoy Team USA matches (first up, Ghana on Monday, June 17) on Film Bar’s projection screen for free. Members of La Furia Roja 1881, a Phoenix-based soccer support group, get $4 draft beers.

Tilted Kilt

Opening at 8:30 a.m. for 9 a.m. World Cup matches, the Kilt will be serving up a special breakfast menu featuring corned beef hash. The Downtown location is home to the Team USA-supporting American Outlaws soccer club.

Networks Bar & Grill

Networks is World Cup Central for fans of any country. They’re even offering special bar items for all the teams, like the Brazilian Caipirinha and American Apple Pie shot.

Coach’s Corner Grill

For June 17’s big Mexico vs Brazil match Coach’s Corner will be giving away an official Team Mexico jersey and other prizes, plus have the Modelo girls on hand to mingle with fans. Speaking of Modelo, get 24 oz. cans for just $4, Newcastle bottles for $4 and $3 Coors Light drafts.

Majerle’s Sports Grill

Downtown’s longtime sports HQ will be showing all the matches with sound.

The Turf Irish Pub

The Turf will open early to show World Cup matches with sound and offer a rotating list of specials.

Chloe’s Corner

It’s surfing and soccer this summer at Chloe’s. While you’re waiting to take your turn on the FlowRider you can peruse the selection of board shorts and bikinis at the surf shop while taking in the World Cup action.

George and Dragon

Home base for Team USA, England and Mexico, the historic pub and restaurant will be opening an hour before each day’s first match.

The World Cup starts Thursday, June 12 and continues through Sunday, July 13.

USA! USA! USA!

14 Things To Do in 2014 UPDATE

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Downtown Phoenix

We originally published our 14 Things To Do In 2014 back in January but as Downtown continues to evolve and add new events and businesses we thought it’d be a good time to give the list a quick refresh. Now get out there and experience your city.

(Note: Some of these annual events have passed but mark your calendars for next year!)

Phoenix Comicon (NOW thru Sunday)

Whether you’re a Trekkie (or Trekker), a huge Dr. Who fan or a member of the resurgent My Little Pony fan base, there’s something at Phoenix Comicon for you. Tons of exhibits and celebrity appearances, sure, but even for the most casual pop culturist it’s truly a spectacle to behold. And you don’t even need a ticket to be a part of the cosplay action. Third Street will be activated all weekend long with DJs, roller derby, Friday’s Zombie Walk and bands, plus many Downtown businesses are getting in on the action; Lustre Rooftop Garden has a bat signal, Tilted Kilt has themed drinks and Copper Blues is giving away $500 in prizes to the best hero/villain costumes. Read more here.  70,000 geeks can’t be wrong.

Get Twisted

Downtown’s first and only graduate-level cocktail lounge is open and thriving in the historic Luhrs Building. And it is awesome. Don’t be intimidated by the handbook-sized menu. There’s a helpful info graphic in the back to help you pick a cocktail based on how adventurous you’re feeling.

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Ride a Grid Bike Share bike

Though the bike share launch was a bit delayed, 500 stations are still set for installation this fall. There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the launch of bike share, making us even more anxious to take one of the green beauties out for a ride around Downtown Phoenix.

Artlink’s Art Detour (March 8 & 9)

This annual celebration of arts in and around Downtown Phoenix will return for a weekend full of arts-related tours, exhibits and activities. Coinciding with March First Friday, Artlink’s 26th annual Art Detour is the perfect opportunity to visit galleries and artists’ studios, learn about public art and murals from the people who know them best—artists—and more. Shuttles transport attendees from one neighborhood to another, including favorite arts hubs Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue.

Camp out at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival (March 28-30)

Break out the camping gear and head to Downtown Phoenix for three days of tunes and fun at MMMF. Campgrounds will be set up in the middle of the Roosevelt Row Arts District, so you can keep the fun going all weekend long at numerous bars, restaurants and more located nearby.

Manflowrider900Surfing On Central (COMING SOON)

We don’t have ocean access but thanks to FlowRider (the wave pool, not the rapper) Downtowners can shred waves in a safe, controlled and shark-free environment. Take a private lesson or just a few turns. You can even rent the FlowRider for a birthday party. Surfing on Central will be fully operation soon and will run through Labor Day. There’s even a surf shop at Chloe’s.  If you’ve seen Point Break 150 times this your chance to be Johnny Utah.

Overindulge yourself at the Roosevelt Row Pie Social

Simply put, this may be one of the most ingenious ideas ever devised. Coming up on its fifth year, Pie Social has become a community favorite for its ability to bring everyone together in the name of sugar and pie love. Last year, attendees gathered in a public park to sample creations from “celebrity chefs” and community members alike, and worked off all that pie goodness with square dancing to local tunes by Pick & Holler.

Fridays in the Park at Civic Space Park

Every First and Third Friday of the month until May, something new and exciting is going on at Civic Space Park. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can find live music, performances or spoken word on the outdoor stage, walk through the Artlink gallery inside the A.E. England building, watch a movie on the lawn, or dine from a local food truck.

Take a spin around the CityScape ice skating rink (Dec.-Jan.)

Make it a holiday you won’t forget with a visit to the CityScape ice skating rink in the heart of the Urban Core. Located right on Central Avenue, the rink is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit with friends, family and loved ones. Plus there’s really nothing like ice skating outdoors surrounded by city lights, and a bright and shining tree. Skating ends Jan. 13 but will be back starting Thanksgiving weekend.

Take a class at Phoenix Center for the Arts

This hub of arts and culture has become a community staple of creativity in Downtown Phoenix—and for good reason. The Center offers an array of interesting classes. Photography, metal work, mosaics, dance, writing—you name it they’ve got it. The arts aren’t just for the kids anymore either, you can check out their list of adult classes here.

Zombie Walk (October 25)

Going on its sixth year, Zombie Walk, hosted by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, draws thousands of people from across the Valley to the Urban Core for a night of ghoulish fun. The night begins with music, vendors, activities and street eats inside Heritage & Science Park, then watch as thousands of zombified Phoenicians walk (or limp) the streets of Downtown Phoenix.

Grand Avenue Festival

With recent street enhancements made and more to come, lower Grand Avenue is becoming a popular cultural destination. And nothing highlights the vibrancy of the neighborhood better than the Grand Avenue Festival. It’s a celebration of arts, culture, history and adaptive re-use with small businesses and art spaces hosting special events, activities and tours throughout the day.

Orpheum Theater

See a show at the Orpheum Theater

The history of the Orpheum Theater alone is reason enough to see a show there. The space has a long history in Phoenix—once serving as a venue for Vaudeville acts—and since its $14-million restoration has become a beautiful space for an array of concerts, musicals, plays and more. So be sure to check their website often for a list of upcoming shows and events.

Downward dog in the park with the Community Yoga Project

Chill out park-side at this free Ashtanga-style yoga class that takes place every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Civic Space Park. Brought to you by Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA, the beautiful park scenery makes the perfect backdrop for a yoga session. So grab a mat, a friend and start your weekends off right this year.

Photos by (from top to bottom) Studio 616, Brenda Eden, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Dan Raustadt

Countdown To Comicon

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Set your phasers to fun.

Phoenix Comicon returns to Downtown June 5-8 and even if you’re not prepared to fight the crowds to get a glimpse of Evil Dead hero Bruce Campbell or Weird Science vixen Kelly LeBrock there are innumerable ways for you to be a part of the greatest pop culture happening the Valley has ever witnessed.

PHXCC13_Marvel_GuardiansOfTheGalaxy1) Dress the Part

Comicon is a cosplay-ground and the streets will be teeming with Stormtroopers, Cylons, Watchmen and, of course, zombies (but more on that later). Several Downtown businesses will be rolling out the red carpet for costumed attendees, including Tilted Kilt, which will be offering Comicon-themed drinks like the Batman Shot, Falcon Punch, the Lightsaber and the Princess Peach. In addition to giving badge-wearers 25 percent off their tab, Copper Blues is offering $500 in prizes to the best hero and villain costumes. Last Exit Live is letting in anyone wearing a Comicon badge rock out for free on June 6.

Photo by Geek World Radio

2) Follow the Signals

Look to the sky and follow the bat signal to Lustre Rooftop Garden, where guests can sip discounted, villainous cocktails while taking in the best city views. Lustre will also offer live music on Friday and a DJ’ed pool party on Saturday and Sunday.

images (4)3) Don’t Run, Shuffle

Third Street will be closed between Washington and Monroe to make room for Comicon activation stations that are open to the public, including standup comedy and live music on Thursday; Zombie Walk, roller derby bouts and live music on Friday; and Steampunk String Band and Downtown’s favorite DJ Sean Watson on Saturday. Shameless Plug Part I: Friday’s Zombie Walk is a great opportunity to practice for Zombie Walk 6 Oct. 25 Heritage & Science Park.

download (9)4) Laugh It Up

Stand Up Live is bringing in some wonderfully nerdy talent for Comicon Week, including Jonah Ray and Matt Mira (Nerdist podcast and @midnight) on June 5, the cast of HBO’s Silicon Valley (Kumail Nanjiani, Thomas Middleditch and TJ Miller) on June 6 and Jay and Silent Bob (Clerks, Clerks 2, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) on June 7.

5) Bring a Towel

From Downtown Ambassadors matriarch Samantha Jackson: “As explained in the Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy, towels are ‘the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.’ A towel has both practical value (can be used for warmth, as shelter, as a weapon and, strangely, to dry one’s body) as well as psychological value (if a non-hitchhiker sees you with a towel they’ll assume you’re fully stocked with other necessities as well).” Shameless Plug PartII: If you have any questions about Downtown while you’re geeking out, just ASK an orange-shirted (and caped???) Downtown Ambassador or call (602) 495-1500.

Happy Comicon-ing!

Summer Pool Parties, Happy Hour and Yoga Coming to LUSTRE Rooftop Garden

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

LUSTRE Rooftop Garden

Grab your swimsuit and a pair of shades, and invest in some sunscreen—things are beginning to heat up at Lustre Rooftop Garden.

The third-floor bar and pool deck is embracing the desert heat from Memorial Day through the end of August with pool parties, hot yoga and other fun-filled activities.

Its 100 Days of Summer campaign kicks off this Saturday and Sunday with a weekend-long Memorial Day pool party featuring DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and table tennis, a photo booth, pitchers of specialty cocktails and an abundance of Vitamin D.

The festivities continue on Monday for Industry Day, when the all-day happy hour, delicious food and beverage, and views of Downtown are the star attractions.

And if you’re looking to relax and unwind throughout the week, check out the cleverly titled Sweat Your Asana Off Rooftop Yoga every Tuesday and live music every Friday.

Here’s your 100 Days of Summer Agenda:

1st Day of Summer, May 24 & 25, Memorial Day Pool Party

Mondays, Industry Day, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Happy Hour all day

Tuesdays, Sweat Your Asana Off Rooftop Yoga, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., $10 (includes food & beverage credit), limited space

Fridays, Live Music, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturdays, Pool Party, 11 a.m. to midnight, free and open to the public

Sundays, Pool Party (again!), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., free and open to the public

47th Day of Summer, July 4, All American Independence Day Party

100th Day of Summer, August 30 & 31, Labor Day Pool Party

Tickets for Saturday’s festivities are $10 and available here, or drop by on Sunday and Monday, which are free of charge.

Photo from Lustre Rooftop Garden’s Facebook