Discover the true downtown at TrueDTPHX, a weekend of artistic programming, cultural events, shopping, culinary delights and a free local music festival at Civic Space Park. The festivities begin Friday, Jan. 23 and continue Saturday, Jan. 24 as we celebrate everything that makes our community great.
First Street is the perfect pedestrian promenade to experience the weekend’s events and activities — each just a short walk away from the next. The weekend will be packed with things to do, so here’s your guide to navigating them all.
TrueDTPHX Concert at Civic Space Park (Friday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 24, 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
Join us for a two-day, free concert at Civic Space Park complete with local music, food trucks, craft beer and an interactive art installation by Phoenix-based painter Isaac Caruso. For an evening of indie-pop and electronica, check out Friday, Jan. 23 featuring Steve Ayotte, WLFPCK and Luna Aura from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 3 p.m. to 10:30 pm., join us for a full day of jam-rock, multi-genre music with performances by Captain Squeegee, Decker, The Routine, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra and Jared and The Mill.
Roosevelt Row Sidewalk Sale (Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24)
Similar to First Friday art walks, local restaurants and businesses will be open late for the Roosevelt Row Sidewalk Sale Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24. Explore downtown’s vibrant artists’ district as merchants and vendors spill onto the sidewalks and parking lots – creating an art bazaar-like atmosphere. Expect to find great artwork, clothing, collectibles, jewelry and one-of-a-kind merchandise. The Sidewalk Sale extends from Seventh Avenue to 16th Street and from McDowell Road to Fillmore Street, with a concentration of activity along Roosevelt Street.
DTPHX City Sampler (Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 1)
Get a taste of some of the finest food and drink in downtown — for five bucks. From Friday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 1, participating restaurants will offer samples (three to six ounces) of signature food and drinks for just $5. Click here for the full list of participating bars and restaurants.
Phoenix Public Market Open-Air Market featuring Kalliope (Saturday, Jan. 24, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
Saturday’s open-air market at the Phoenix Public Market is a community staple with local vendors, food trucks, live music and more. The market will be open for its normal hours, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., but for one day only, Saturday, Jan. 24, the open-air market will extend its hours from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with an electric dance party. Shop and dance the night away as Kalliope, a mobile stage, hosts a music and light show featuring DJs Blake Ascension, Klu and Sean Watson.
Sneak Peek at the new Desoto Building (Saturday, Jan. 24, 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
Come get a sneak peek on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the much-anticipated rebirth of the beautiful DeSoto Central Market – a historic building on Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street, which is slated to open mid-February. The market may not be open yet, but the Evans Churchill Community Association is celebrating its arrival with an outdoor patio party complete with food trucks, beer and wine garden, DJs, live music, games, food and art vendors.
Super Foos 2015 by Kitchen Sink Studios (Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24, Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Get game-day ready with a life-sized foosball game hosted by local design firm Kitchen Sink Studios on Pro Bowl and Super Bowl weekends. For those who want to take life seriously, swing by Kitchen Sink Studios, 828 N. Third Street, and play in their foosball rink on Fridays Jan. 23 and Jan. 30 as well as Saturdays Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The inaugural tournament will be on Saturday, Jan. 31. and it’s $10 pay to play.
The Scarlet Cord (Jan. 23-Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Check out a new art installation opening Friday, Jan. 23 by artist Pamela Alderman in a 40-foot shipping container at 813 N. First Street. Presented by StreetLightUSA, the poignant exhibit will highlight the issue of sex trafficking from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Feb. 1.
The Space Between
Drop by to see the first phase of the Space Between, a new temporary pop-up park on First Street between the Valley Youth Theatre and Taylor Place Student Housing. Community members and visitors alike will soon be able to enjoy comfortable seating, shady trees and a colorful mural. The park’s transformation is expected to be complete by March 2015.