Posts Tagged ‘downtown phoenix events’

Another Season of Culture

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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Can you believe September is already almost here?

While we probably won’t be seeing falling temperatures anytime soon, Downtown is set to be drenched a culture storm of electrifying plays, operas and symphonies in the next few months.

Here’s a small preview of what’s to come this fall to excite your inner performance geek.

Herberger Theater Center

As usual, the Herberger Theater Center Stage is packed with an eclectic selection of both contemporary and classic productions.

Looking for some family-friendly wackiness of the Seuss-variety? Horton and his lovable Whos will take the stage from Sept. 13 to Sept. 29 in Valley Youth Theatre’s Seussical. Oscar Wilde’s beloved satirical comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, will run from Oct. 10 to Oct. 27. Directed by Stephen Wrentmore, this is first time the Arizona Theatre Company has produced this classic in over 25 years. Rounding out 2013 will be the Arizona premiere of The Mountaintop, running from Nov. 14 to Dec. 1. This critically acclaimed drama tells a reimagining of events on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

Arizona Opera

Take to the high seas with the first half of the Arizona Opera’s 2013–2014 season. Once again performing out of Symphony Hall, the opera kicks off on Oct 11. with Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. Afterwards, the oceans turn red with tragic love as The Flying Dutchman haunts the stage on Nov. 15.

Phoenix Symphony

The Phoenix Symphony’s 2013–2014 season is packed with plenty of popular contemporaries and classics. The music starts on Sept. 20 with the Opening Night performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, as conducted by Andrew Grams.

The September performances will only getting bigger from there. Symphony Idol features past American Idol contestants singing alongside The Phoenix Symphony. This crowd-pleasing spectacle will take place on Sept. 27 and 29. Legendary composer John Williams and special guest Steven Spielberg will take the symphony stage on Sept. 28 for a special benefit concert, as well.

Harry Potter fanatics will also want to check out Halloween at Hogwarts on Oct. 10, which features musical favorites from the beloved films. Make sure to dress up for this one!

Valley Youth Theatre

Looking to immerse your kids into the wonderful world of theater? Valley Youth is packed with plenty of family-friendly hits for their 2013—2014 season. The fairy tale classic, The Princess and the Pea, will be running from Oct. 18 to Nov. 3, while Disney’s Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail will start putting smiles on holiday faces on Dec. 6. Upcoming productions also include The Jungle Book and Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.

(Photo of The Importance of Being Earnest from the Arizona Theatre Company)

Friday Fun for the Little Ones

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

children's museumWell, hello summer!

Are your kids bored yet?

Good news, we have a few remedies for Friday night. And – even better news – they’re all free!

The monthly art walk that is First Friday slows down a touch during the summer months, but it’s a great chance for kids and kids at heart to get out and enjoy the city.

If you have little ones 10 and under, head to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix for free entry from 5 to 9 p.m. The hands-on, highly interactive exhibits are sure entertain the younger crowd and burn off some energy. Don’t skip the Noodle Forest.

If you need some outdoor space, Civic Space Park will have free kid’s activities, live music and performances from 7 to 10 p.m. Bonus, they also have a splash pad.

Finally, if you’re over 18 but young at heart, venture over to the Arizona Science Center for Adults’ Night Out – free admission to four floors of hands-on fun and a free lecture on medical ethics by Dr. David Beyda, MD, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

Downtown Phoenix Recycles Presents I Recycle Phoenix Street Sale

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

DPR_standardIn celebration of Earth Day and spring cleaning, Downtown Phoenix Recycles, a program of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, is hosting a charity I Recycle Phoenix Street Sale benefiting the beautification of Downtown Phoenix’s streets.

The April 27 street sale, in partnership with Keep Phoenix Beautiful, will bring needed shade and greening to our urban core through the sale of donated household and office goods from nearby residents and businesses.

This giant street sale will feature live music, children’s entertainment and great deals on:

Small appliances | Furniture |Electronics | Sporting goods |Tools | Décor |Toys | Children’s items | Clothing | Bikes | Office Supplies | And more!

All proceeds from the street sale will be used in the greening and beautification of Downtown with new trees, public art, bike racks, flowers, repairs and other much-needed improvements.

Hard-to-recycle items will also be collected at the I Recycle Phoenix Street Sale, including:

Electronics | Cell Phones | Hard drives| Phone books | Computers |Writing Utensils | Plastic bags | Ink Jet cartridges | Rechargeable batteries |Glass | Plastic | Cardboard | Metal| And more!

Document shredding will be provided for FREE during the I Recycle Phoenix Street Sale by the Arizona Center for the Blind. Attendees are invited to bring up to five banker boxes of documents to be securely shredded off-site.

Computer recycling will also take place during the street sale. All hard drives will be shredded and recycled for free by Westech off-site.

Rechargeable batteries will be recycled by Batteries Plus and LMI will handle toner cartridges.

The I Recycle Phoenix Street Sale takes place Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Phoenix School of Law parking lot at 30 N. First Street on Central Ave and Adams St.

For more information and full list of recyclable items, visit:

Help Make Downtown Beautiful

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

DPR_standardYou know all that stuff crowding up your space? Collecting dust? Preventing you from seeing your closet floor? Yeah, we’ll take it.

It will no longer be that thing you stub your toe on twice a week instead, we’ll turn it into trees, flowers and public art in Downtown Phoenix.

Seriously, we’ll take all of it.

Just finished your spring cleaning? Then come buy some new stuff! You know you want to shop our I Recycle Phoenix Street Sale on April 27. (Psst: there are oversize copper pots, hundreds of plates and hotel quality chairs just perfect for that DIY project).

Spread the word and help beautify our Downtown.

We’ll see you there.


Urban Wine Walk Returns April 20

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Urban Wine Walk LogoSpring in Downtown Phoenix means two things: 1) The Diamondbacks begin their pursuit of an NL West championship and 2) The return of Urban Wine Walk, Downtown’s seasonal celebration of the grape.

Wine enthusiasts from all over the Valley—with palates ranging from rookie to refined—will pour into the streets April 20 from 1-6 p.m. to sample wine and snacks from 18 restaurants located in close proximity to METRO Light Rail as Urban Wine Walk makes its seventh appearance in Downtown Phoenix and the Central Corridor

Whether you’re passionate about food and wine or just looking for a good time, Wine Walk encourages urban adventurists to safely park-and-ride while soaking up some sunshine and our vibrant central city scene. With $4 all-day light rail pass in hand, Wine Walkers can pick a starting point and let their stomachs lead them from restaurant to restaurant to taste a wide variety of wines. Urban Wine Walk restaurants are strategically clustered to allow Walkers to maximize their experiences at each stop along light rail.

Participating restaurants will pour three featured wines from 1 to 6 p.m. but Wine Walkers will need to get to Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill early to get a gift. Commemorative Urban Wine Walk glasses will be handed out to the first 300 folks who purchase a wine sample at Tom’s, beginning at 1 p.m.

Participation is FREE and wine samples cost between $2 and $3.

In addition to Tom’s Tavern, featured Urban Wine Walk restaurants include 1130 The Restaurant, Bonjour Vietnam, Brick Pizzeria, Cheuvront, District American Kitchen, FEZ, Hula’s Modern Tiki, ICON, Kincaid’s, LUSTRE, Networks, Province, The Rose & Crown, Steve’s Greenhouse Grill, The Arrogant Butcher, The Duce and The Strand Urban Italian.

Make it a weekend getaway downtown and take advantage of special hotel room rates for Urban Wine Walkers at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel starting at $129 or The Westin Phoenix Downtown starting at $139. Use the code WINEWALK when you book.

Urban Wine Walk is proudly sponsored by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill.

For all things Urban Wine Walk, including maps and menus, visit

Declutter for Spring Cleaning Week

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

2013 SCW -logo-dateClean your clutter. Donate your items. Beautify your neighborhood.

From April 22 – 27, Downtown Phoenix will become spring cleaning headquarters as Spring Cleaning Week brings together the community and businesses to beautify Downtown Phoenix.

This weeklong donation and recycling drive will end with a giant charity I Recycle Phoenix Street Sale with all proceeds used to bring shade, greening and art to our streets.

But we need your help!

Clean out your closets, donate your items and shop our Street Sale.

The weeklong donation drive will take place from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26 and do-gooders are invited to drop-off items for resale including household items, sporting goods, books, electronics, clothing, children’s items, tools and more. All donations are eligible for tax deduction as the DPP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Resalable items – especially those unique treasures you’ve been holding on to – will be sold at the I Recycle Phoenix Street Sale on Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Phoenix School of Law parking lot at 30 N. First Street on Central Ave and Adams St.

All proceeds from the street sale will be used in the greening and beautification of Downtown with new trees, public art, bike racks, flowers, repairs and other much-needed improvements.

little-library-smallDonated books will be used to stock our Free Little Libraries – artistic free-standing structures placed around Downtown – which house magazines and books for borrowing, sharing and gifting.

Throughout Spring Cleaning Week and at the I Recycle Phoenix Street Sale, Downtown Phoenix Recycles and Keep Phoenix Beautiful will also collect hard-to-recycle items like toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, non-functioning electronics, plastic bags and more.

Document shredding will be provided for FREE during the I Recycle Phoenix Street Sale on Saturday by the Arizona Center for the Blind. Attendees are invited to bring up to five banker boxes of documents to be securely shredded off-site. Please note this service is available Saturday only.

Computer recycling will also take place during the street sale. All hard drives will be shredded and recycled for free by Westech off-site. Please note this service is available Saturday only.

Items can be donated or dropped off for recycling Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Phoenix Info Center located at 101 N. First Avenue, Suite 190, Phoenix, AZ 85003. The center is located on the north side of Adams Street between Central and First avenues.

For more information and a complete listing of accepted items, visit:

Do the Symphony Stroll

Thursday, April 4th, 2013


Fifteen bars + three drinks + 15 jazz or classical musical bands = One fantastic Sunday afternoon.

And that afternoon is the Symphony Stroll.

For the third year, the Phoenix Symphony is hosting Symphony Stroll, where musicians will perform in 16 Downtown locations that are serving up delightful appetizers and drinks all to benefit the Phoenix Symphony Education Programs.

The good news is that this mini-gala of sorts isn’t $500 but instead a very reasonable $35 for Downtown Phoenix Insiders (tickets are regularly $50 in advance and $75 at the door).

To get the special rate, just enter DTPHX at checkout.

So, just what’s on tap?

Repeat Offenders at Angel’s Trumpet Ale House; Soul Solution at Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center; Jazz Express at Blue Hound; Foster Oden Trio at Bonjour Vietnam; Alexandra Birch at Corner Bakery Cafe; Paula Provo at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar; Foster Oden Trio Feat. Margo McKeon on the Hotel San Carlos Patio; Chuck E Baby & the All-Stars at Gypsy Bar; Ira Hill Trio at Kincaid’s; Stan Sorenson at Lustre Bar; Marty & Ethan Extravagonzo at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant; Sea Merchants at Seamus McCaffrey’s; Beth Lederman at Tilted Kilt; A Touch of Class at Tom’s Tavern; Valley of the Sun Chapter, American Theatre Organ Guild at Orpheum Theatre; Pete Pancrazi at ICON at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

If you go: Symphony Stroll

When: Sunday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: 16 locations in Downtown Phoenix

Cost: $35 for Downtown Phoenix Insiders with discount code DTPHX or $50 in advance or $75 at the door.

Tickets: Buy tickets here

For more information, click here.

Feast on the Street

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Feast_banner_400_300Imagine a community gathering so big that it took a half-mile long dining table to seat everyone.

No, no, this isn’t like those forced Thanksgiving celebrations where everyone dissolves into bickering over politics, this is Feast on the Street a FREE community event to celebrate local food.

Join local bands, food trucks, artists, chefs, storytellers, zombies, students, solar oven operators, native crafters and, well, just about the whole Phoenix community at this Downtown event.

Inspired by artists Clare Patey’s London Feast on the Bridge – where a giant table takes over the Southwark Bridge – Feast on the Street will take over First Street between Moreland and Taylor streets in Downtown Phoenix. There’s a whole slew of activities lined up like roving musicians and street performers, floats, mobile gardens -  you know what, just check out their Schedule of Events for the full lineup.

This event is all about doing good for the community, so it’s a BYOWaterbottle, bike friendly, family friendly, local food friendly all around feel good event.

If you go: Feast on the Street
When: Saturday, April 13, 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: First Street between Moreland and Taylor streets
Cost: FREE!

Win Tickets to the 78th Annual Tamale Dinner

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

tamale-dinnerIt just isn’t the Phoenix we love without a tamale event for every season.

This year, Downtown Phoenix plays host to the Annual Tamale Dinner, a charity fundraiser that has been held for 77 consecutive years.

The longest running fundraiser in the state promises a family-friendly night of music, entertainment and, as you might expect, a whole lot of tamales.

New this year, the Battle of the Tamales will pit more than a dozen Valley restaurants against each other for the title of “Best Tamale in the Valley,” as determined by 16 Valley-area mayors, including our very own Greg Stanton.

That’s right, you can watch your mayor sweat it out and taste-test enough tamales to induce a coma while you enjoy entertainment and a, hopefully, reasonable plate of tamales.

While tickets are only $15, you can win a pair right here, right now.

Share your tamale story with us in the comments – whether it’s stuffing yourself to the gills, accidentally eating the husk, or making them with your family – and you could win one of the 10 pairs.

How will we decide who gets the tickets? We’ll add points for cutest, divide by funniest, add bonus points for sweetest and round up to 10 by factors of craziest. Wait, actually, you know what, math isn’t our thing. We’ll just pick our favorites. Winners will be contacted on April 3, so be sure to leave us your email address so we can reach you.

(no, we aren’t going to spam you or sell it, come on now.)

Don’t want to take a few minutes and write your story? You can buy tickets here.

If you go: The 78th Annual Tamale Dinner will be held

When: April 5, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Where: CityScape

Tickets: $15 for adults and children under six receive free admission. To purchase tickets go here.

Let’s Play Downtown Urban Bingo

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Update: All three pairs of tickets have been claimed! Thanks for playing everyone!

Solve nine bingo scavenger hunt clues and win two VIP passes to one day of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival.

There are four steps to the game:

1. Download the Downtown Urban Bingo Board

(click on the image or here for a full size version)


2. Solve the clues and snap photos to prove it.

(You can use a camera images or social media photo sites to submit. If you are using social media sites like instagram, you’ll need each image’s unique URL)

3. Upload the photos by clicking here

4. Hope that you are one of the first three people to submit the board so you win the $350 prize.

Ready? Set. Go!

Fine print rules: All photos must be your own. Ask permission before photographing someone. Don’t push little old ladies, jaywalk or stand in the middle of the street trying to get a photo.  Be responsible and have fun!


What does this $350 prize include?

-  Two VIP passes* to one day of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance park Downtown March 22-2

– $20 for cocktails at a ICON Lounge, Copper Blues or Tom’s Tavern

- $30 for dinner at a The Arrogant Butcher, Thai Basil or Province

* 1 VIP pass includes:

-Five drinks and two catered meals per day

- separate festival parking hosted by private Valet service

- 1 (one) MMMF 2013 T-Shirt

- private umbrellaed space with Adirondack chairs and shade structures to enjoy the performances separate from the general admission

- VIP private restrooms

- special VIP entrance and exit throughout the duration of the festival

- POSER DECK – you’re up close and personal with the band as they perform


Upload your winning photos here!