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Discover the TrueDTPHX January 23 and 24

Thursday, January 15th, 2015


Explore the best of downtown during TrueDTPHX –- a weekend of artistic programming, cultural events, great shopping and culinary delights.

On Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 (Pro Bowl weekend) just days before Super Bowl celebrations commence, Downtown Phoenix is pulling out the stops with a packed roster of events and activities.

So take the light rail, hop on your bike, wear your best walking shoes and let the TrueDTPHX journey begin.

Friday, Jan. 23

Food, shopping, music and more

Roosevelt Row Sidewalk SaleRoosevelt Row Sidewalk Sale
Similar to First Friday art walk, local restaurants and businesses are keeping their doors open late for the Roosevelt Row Sidewalk Sale Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24. Walk around and explore downtown’s vibrant arts 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.

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With DTPHX City Sampler, experience the best food and drink in downtown for just $5. Head to Short Leash Sit…Stay for Corndog Bites and Sausage Meatballs, Carly’s Bistro for artichoke dip and a pale ale, or the newly-opened Paz Cantina, featuring a seasonal draft beer and either a Handmade Chicken Tinga or Carnitas Taco.

Each signature pairing for the first annual DTPHX City Sampler –- whether it’s two food items, food and drink or two drinks –- is just $5. Click here for a full list of participating bars and restaurants and all the fabulous offerings available until Feb. 1.

Super Foos 2015

Get in the game literally, with a life-sized foosball game hosted by local design firm Kitchen Sink Studios. Starting Friday, Jan. 23, friendly practice and tryouts will be held at 828 N. Third Street for the inaugural tournament Saturday, Jan. 31. For those who want to take life seriously, swing by Kitchen Sink Studios to play from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $10.

The Scarlet Cord
Don’t miss the opening night of Scarlet Cord –- a poignant art exhibit by Pamela Alderman inside a 40-foot storage container.

Hosted by StreetLightUSA at 813 N. First St., a Phoenix-based residential program that provides safe haven for sex trafficking victims, the exhibit sheds light on the important local, national and international issue of sex trafficking and its young victims. Alderman’s compassionate and inspiring installation is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Jan. 23 through Feb. 1.


True DTPHX Concert at Civic Space Park
After getting your fill of food, art and shopping, take a 10-minute walk south (or the next light rail stop) from the Roosevelt Row Arts District to TrueDTPHX at Civic Space Park. On Friday evening, dance the night away to a blend of indie-pop and electronica from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. featuring Steve Ayotte, Luna Aura and WLFPCK.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Music, art, community and more

True DTPHX Concert at Civic Space Park
On Saturday, check out day two of TrueDTPHX at Civic Space Park with an eclectic mix of jam-rock and multi-genre music from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. In addition to great live performances by Captain Squeegee, Decker, The Routine, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra and Jared and The Mill — Phoenix-based painter and designer Isaac Caruso will be constructing a stunning interactive art piece.

DTPHX City Sampler
Just a few block away from Civic Space Park is a host of downtown bars and restaurants including District American Kitchen and Wine Bar. For $5, enjoy a 6-ounce selection of Arizona craft beer and delicious bacon-wrapped dates, also known as Devils on Horseback. Thirsty? Enjoy any two 6-ounce samples of beer for $5 and don’t forget to check out the vast array of food and drink pairings at other participating DTPHX City Sampler locations.


The Space Between
After wandering around and sampling great craft beer, wine and fabulous downtown cuisine, take a peak at the first phase of the Space Between pop-up park. In a vacant strip of land between the Valley Youth Theatre and Taylor Place Student Housing, passersby will soon be able to enjoy comfortable seating, shady trees, a colorful mural and community gathering space.

First Street
After resting a spell at the Space Between, take a stroll north on First Street –- a pedestrian friendly corridor linking the downtown core with Roosevelt Row Arts District.


Phoenix Public Market Featuring Kalliope
Before heading to the second day of Roosevelt Row’s Sidewalk Sale, be sure to check out Phoenix Public Market. A local treasure, the market and adjacent café is the best place to shop, listen to music, enjoy craft beer and try delicious local food. In addition to Saturday’s normal open-air market hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with vendors, beer and food trucks, the market is hosting an electric dance party in the evening.

With the help of Kalliope, a three-story custom stage with its own personality, 70,000 watts of high-fidelity audio, fog, LED lights and lasers, local DJs Blake Ascension, Klu and Sean Watson will be rocking the house from 3-10:30 p.m. Stop by in the evening to catch Kalliope in its full glory.

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Come celebrate the much-anticipated rebirth of the beautiful DeSoto Central Market – a historic building on the corner of 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.

Dog, bike and pedestrian friendly, the DeSoto is likely the next hip local hangout. Get an exclusive sneak peek from 3-10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Roosevelt Row Sidewalk Sale
It feels like art walk and it’s not even First Friday. Peruse the wonderful, playful and eclectic wares along Roosevelt Row during the Sidewalk Sale on Saturday. Wonderful galleries, restaurants, vintage shops, handmade items and more stretch from Seventh Avenue to 16th Street and McDowell Road to Fillmore Street.

TrueDTPHX Blends Art, Music, Community

Thursday, January 8th, 2015


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.

Downtown Phoenix Holiday Gift Guide

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014


Still searching for that perfect gift? Browse this carefully curated list of holiday gift ideas from the folks at Downtown Phoenix, Inc. Ranging from inexpensive stocking stuffers to modern art, these items are bound to please even the most particular person on your shopping list.

Tamales from the Tamale Store, $28 per dozen – Chuck Padilla, Downtown Phoenix Ambassador
With more than a dozen different kinds of tamales to choose from, everyone is likely find a favorite. Select from savory meat tamales, vegetarian, vegan, seasonal varieties and even dessert tamales. With so many choices, how can you go wrong? All the tamales are gluten free except the Chicken Mole and Red Velvet Cake, so they’re perfect for people with certain dietary restrictions. The Tamale Store sets up at the Phoenix Public Market on open-air market days and will be at Phoestivus Dec. 10 and 17 from 4-9 p.m.

tcroppedTerrarium by TerrarIAN, $50 – R.J. Price, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
From a small converted workshop in his Willo Historic District home, Ian Christiansen of TerrarIAN builds complex miniature ecosystems of vegetation, housed in decorative glass vessels. The closed terrariums create a unique environment for plant growth and allow for the casual observation of essential natural functions that I don’t completely understand. Like photosynthesis and stuff. Pick up your own tiny wonder at Phoestivus Dec. 10 and 17 from 4-9 p.m.

Earrings from Southwest Designs in Jewelry, $20, Fara Illich, Content Manager
I love Southwest Designs because the jewelry is not only beautiful, but incredibly practical and comfortable too. Made of oxidized copper, each piece is a truly unique shade of marbleized turquoise and sienna. I bought a pair of $20 earrings for my mom last year for Christmas and they’re incredibly light weight, stylish and most importantly, she wears them all the time. Jewelry in all shapes, sizes, designs (and prices) will be available at the Phoestivus market Dec. 10 and 17 from 4-9 p.m.

purecroppedMinimalist Geometric Triangle Necklace from Pure Life Jewelry, $30 – Sara Anderson, Events Manager
I recently bought two matching necklaces for me and a friend back home as an adult version of a best friends necklace. The necklaces are handmade by Arizona-native Jenny Melissa, founder and designer of Pure Life Jewelry, and are cute, affordable and very modern. The designer sells her work at Bunky Boutique, First Friday Art Walks and trunk shows around town.

Stone Grindz Chocolate, $7 per bar – David Stevenson, Marketing Coordinator and “What’s Happening Guide” Editor
Chocolate, of course, is a great gift for everyone on my Christmas list. My favorite is the Salty Almond Chocolate Bar made with single source cacao beans, direct from a Camino Verde farm in Ecuador. The salt really intensifies the raspberry and caramel notes and there’s a distinct brownie-like finish. Stone Grindz is sold at the Phoenix Public Market and will be at Phoestivus Dec. 10 and 17 from 4-9 p.m.  Free shipping is offered on all order overs $50.

saguarocroppedHoliday Saguaro Racer-Back Tank from Bunky Boutique, $34 – Brandi Porter, Community Editor
Take a tour around Bunky Boutique and peruse the local shop’s finely curated selection of clothes, jewelry, handbags and more — many of which are locally made. My favorites are the AZ Love brand t-shirts, which come in an assortment of colors and shapes, and have gone festive with this Holiday Saguaro Racer-Back Tank, featuring the iconic cactus strung with holiday lights. It’s fun, seasonal and just quirky enough to wear year-round.

Fire-Scented Candle by Aspen Bay Candles at Growop, $28 – Mira Word, Marketing and Events Coordinator
This is my favorite candle because of its deliciously fruity and slightly sweet smell. It has a nice soft glow, looks beautiful and burns forever. Not only do these candles smell amazing but all the products are hand-poured in the U.S. using high quality eco-friendly materials. After your candle is done, I love finding ways to up-cycle the pretty glass jar for creative uses around the house.

jeffcroppedOriginal Artwork by Jeff Davis at the Monorchid, prices vary – Dorina Bustamante, Director of Membership Services
I’m obsessed with an exhibit by local digital artist Jeff Davis. I saw his work at the December First Friday Art Walk at Bokeh Gallery inside the Monorchid and was so inspired by it. He creates beautiful geometric artwork using a computer algorithm, which generates really cool blocky and abstract shapes. The results are mesmerizing and the shapes appear to be abstractions of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architecture. This would be a great gift for my dad who loves and collects art.

Phoestivus Market Makes Holiday Shopping Fun, Festive

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014


Sip your Phoestivus Ale, dance around the Phoestivus Pole and peruse 130 local vendors at the Phoestivus Open-Air Market Wednesday, Dec. 10 and Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 4-9 p.m.

Back for its fifth year, the Phoenix Public Market expands the weekly Wednesday night market for two weeks in December featuring more local vendors, more food trucks, lots of live entertainment and enough beer to stay cheerful the whole night through.

For the first time ever, Phoestivus organizers ditched the beer garden concept in favor of enclosing the entire market. You can actually purchase a delicious Phoestivus Ale – made seasonally by Phoenix Ale Brewery - and wander around the entire event, shopping to your heart’s content.

Photo-640x853AiringYou can’t do that in a mall.

In line with the secular, noncommercial theme of “Festivus,” which originated in a 1997 “Seinfeld” episode, Phoestivus creates an alternative to the mass consumerism often associated with the holidays.

Buying something directly from the person who created it is a pretty rare and special experience and Phoestivus really celebrates that relationship.

It not only showcases the amazing things being handcrafted and produced locally, but it creates a platform for small micro-businesses to sell and promote their wares in a truly festive and fun environment.

With a tongue-in-cheek salute to its Seinfeldian origins, you can arm wrestle your friends at Pheats of Strength, complain about your family in front of the whole market at the Airing of Grievances, and of course, visit the unadorned aluminum Phoestivus Pole, supposedly the world’s largest.

Proceeds from the event benefit Community Food Connections, a nonprofit organization supporting local and small businesses.

*Photo courtesy of Brandi Porter

Chile Pepper Festival Celebrates Local Food and Culture

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

chileLiving in Arizona for any amount of time, you learn how to add chile to just about everything. With more than 200 known varieties of chile pepper, understanding the subtle and nuanced flavors is an art form that takes a lifetime — and many taste tests.

Come taste a variety of delectable chile-inspired dishes Saturday from 5-11 p.m. at the third annual Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival located in the open-air section of Phoenix Public Market. This free event features 24 restaurants, craft beer, cocktails and entertainment for the whole family.

As the smell of fresh-roasted chiles wafts through the air – roasted on-site by Crooked Sky Farms – cool yourself down at the Deschutes craft beer garden or 3 Amigos Tequila margarita station. Enjoy some live music by Pick and Holler, Mariachi Luna de Mexico and a free salsa dancing lesson and demonstration by Stilo Dance Company.

Bring the whole family and check out the campy and hilarious Ghost Pepper Talent Show and designated kid’s zone with chile pepper-themed arts, crafts and face painting.

Street and on-site parking is available but guests are encouraged to ride the light rail, walk or bike to the event.

Tasting tickets can be purchased for $2 each or in discounted bundles available on the website, with a special deal for Downtowners living or working in the Roosevelt Row Arts District.

Celebrate All Things Mom In Downtown Phoenix

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Maya's Farm Table

Why stop at brunch? Make this Mother’s Day weekend a full affair and spend the day celebrating the much loved—often under-appreciated—women in your life.

Saturday Morning Yoga at Civic Space Park

Head to Civic Space Park this Saturday morning for free yoga from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. brought to you by the Community Yoga Project. This weekly Ashtanga-style yoga class makes for perfect bonding and relaxing time for overstressed moms. Bring a mat, your mother and some water, and enjoy a beautiful morning in the park.

May Day at Heritage Square

Spend this Saturday afternoon in Heritage & Science Park learning about the history of May Day and celebrating around a festive maypole. The event is free and includes a make-your-own May basket and paper flowers to take home with you. Just look for the white tent between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Mamapalooza at the Saturday Open-Air Market

Nothing shows mom you care like a morning at the Phoenix Public Market. And this Saturday’s isn’t your ordinary affair; enjoy a mimosa or bloody mary from the Café, make a bouquet for mom with local flowers from Maya’s Farm, and shop local vendors offering gift options including skin care products, jewelry and more. Better yet, it’s a kid-friendly event with special activities lined up for the little ones.

Comedian Jon Lovitz at Stand Up Live

There’s no need for Mother’s Day to be a bore–spice up your weekend plans and see comedian Jon Lovitz perform at Stand Up Live this Saturday and Sunday night. He’s been in the funny business for the last 20 years and is known for his acts on Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons and The Critic.

Sunday Night Trivia and Show at Crescent Ballroom

Take mom on a lat(er) night out on the town at one of Downtown’s favorite venues—Crescent Ballroom. Go for the free trivia, and stay for the food and drink specials as well as a free performance by local band Burning Palms.

Mother’s Day Brunches

Spend Sunday morning and afternoon bonding with mom over delectable Mother’s Day spreads at several Downtown restaurants. Dine with a view at Compass Arizona Grill; or feast on local fare at District; play ping pong at The Duce; or build-your-own mimosa at Province–Check out what restaurants are serving up this Sunday:

The Arrogant Butcher

Though its normally closed on Sundays, The Arrogant Butcher will open its doors for Mom’s special day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They’ll be serving up brunch specials like a kale and sweet corn frittata and brioche French toast as well as the regular lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner service starts at 4 p.m.

Compass Arizona Grill

Enjoy brunch with a view at Compass Arizona Grill, which has a special brunch buffet lined up for this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’ll have everything from the traditional eggs benedict to a savory prime rib. Oh, and did we mention the full-fledged ice cream sundae bar? $69 per person, $30 for ages 5 to 12, children under 5 free.

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

Brunch at District is guaranteed fresh—After all, the ingredients and herbs come from local farms and their very own garden. Besides great food specials, the restaurant will also have endless champagne and a rose for moms this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $34 per person, $17 for ages 12 and under, children under 3 free.

The Duce

Celebrate mom with great food, drinks and games this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during a special Mother’s Day brunch at The Duce. They’ll have complimentary champagne punch for moms (plus mimosa and bloody mary specials all day), free boxing sessions for kids, and games like ping pong, corn bags, shuffleboard and more. $25 per person, kids are $12.


Make Mother’s Day yours with several build-your-own stations this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Province restaurant. The Mother’s Day brunch features a seasonally inspired menu with a build-your-own-omelette, belgian waffle and carving station. Live on the wild side and go for the build-your-own bloody mary and mimosa bar for just an extra $5. $39 per person, $12 for ages 5 to 12, children under 5 free.

Royal Coffee Bar Returns To Downtown

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

After a brief but heartfelt absence from the Downtown Phoenix scene, Royal Coffee Bar has returned.

Their new location in the Carriage House at Heritage & Science Park is in the middle of a grassy square of historic buildings and just steps away from nationally acclaimed restaurants Pizzeria Bianco and Nobuo at Teeter House, as well as the Arizona Science Center.

Royal Coffee made its debut in Downtown Phoenix in 2006 at Second Avenue and Jackson Street, soon afterward they set up shop at the Phoenix Public Market. When the Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar closed in 2012, Royal Coffee was also forced to shut its doors. (Read about the new Phoenix Public Market Café here).

Royal went on to open locations at Biltmore Fashion Park—first in a large space facing Camelback Road and second inside the Union, a cluster of local shops and boutiques.

Now, coffee (and Royal) lovers need fret no more. Serving made-to-order pour-over coffee and delicious treats from specialty bakery Nami, owner Hayes McNeil has ensured that customers are not only receiving a quality cup of coffee, but also an intimate experience difficult to find amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

When McNeil isn’t downstairs roasting coffee on-site, you might find him upstairs sketching away. The space also functions as an office for McNeil’s architectural firm, Plus Minus Studio.

Royal Coffee Bar is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and may extend hours as demand increases.

Photo from Royal Coffee Bar on Facebook

A Phoestivus for the Rest of Us

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

It was a merry good time at Phoestivus last night! The best part is, it’s happening all over again next week! Take a look at some of the vendors and moments we captured last night at the Phoenix Public Market, then make sure to come out next Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. for the encore.


There were vendors aplenty all through the night, hocking creative gifts you won’t find anywhere else, including a variety of succulent plants, jewelry, as well as original holiday decorations and cards.


Vintage vendor

Hazel and Violet

Raffle booth

When you’re not shopping around for the perfect gift, stuffing your face with delicious food, or sipping a glass of Phoestivus ale, make sure to check out the customary Feats of Strength, Phoestivus Pole, and Airing of Grievances. ‘Tis Phoestivus after all!

Phoestivus pole

Airing of Grievances

There was certainly no shortage of food at the market, so plan to arrive on an empty stomach. You’ll have a difficult time thwarting the enticing eats coming from food trucks or the Phoenix Public Market Café—which certainly isn’t a bad thing!

My only grievance from the night: I wasn’t wearing this awesome top hat.

Downtown Ambassador

Deals, Discounts and Free Fun for Students

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Civic Space Park

Welcome back to school, ASU Downtown Phoenix students!

In between all the learning and memory-making, we understand you will want to have a little fun around our Urban Core. We also understand that college-student budgets are tight.

That’s why we have compiled this short, handy list of awesome deals and free events all around Downtown.

First things first, download and print our ASU Downtown Super Deals coupon sheet. It’s stuffed to the brim with sweet deals on everything from food, to gym memberships, to even shoe shines. Be sure to take advantage of these offers soon, as most of them run until Sunday!

Next, check out these fun, free Downtown events going on this week.

Tomorrow evening, be sure to head down to the open air Phoenix Public Market. Here, you can taste, sample and buy the best in home-grown agriculture and cooking. Stock up on fresh, healthy snacks, or buy some beautiful flowers for your budding college sweet heart. The market runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Thursday, get terrified with your new friends at the Arizona Science Center, with their “Creature Feature Film Series.” This week’s free showing is the body-horror classic, “The Fly.” The mad science starts at 7 p.m.

Already tired of dorm food? Well then head back to the Phoenix Public Market the next day for lunch at Food Truck Friday. You’ll find a bodacious food court comprised of trendy mobile culinary innovators.  Nosh on an eclectic set of offerings, like Cajun burritos and authentic Filipino street cuisine. Food Truck Friday runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afterward swing over to the Pop Up Park at Civic Space Park, which runs from 1 – 3 p.m. The Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors bring out games, books, soccer nets and more.

Looking to start the semester off the healthy way? Then join us for the Community Yoga Project in Civic Space Park on Saturday morning. Practice liberating Ashtanga yoga while surrounded by the park’s beautiful scenery. Be sure to bring your own mat, some water and friends. The fun starts at 8:30 a.m.

Are you a yoga-fanatic? Well then also check out “Sweat Your Asana Off” at Lustre Rooftop Garden on Monday evenings. This free, hour-long yoga session features guest instructors, a rooftop pool and a great view. Get flexible starting at 7 p.m.

* Photo by Michael Ruiz

Top 13 Things To Do Downtown in 2013

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

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As the new year rolls around we reached out to Downtowners to find out: what are your must-see spots Downtown? Over 100 people weighed in, creating the list of The Top 13 Things to do Downtown in 2013.

13. Experience the 2013 Mardi Gras Parade Feb. 9

It’s a parade, a festival and a pub crawl all rolled into one and at this day-long festival, anything goes. Dress up, dress down, grab a mask or a costume, whatever it is, just get out there. The outdoor festival kicks off at 3 p.m., the parade starts at 4 p.m. and the Pub Crawl starts at 9 p.m.

12. Take a break and get out of the office at a Pop Up Park

Soak up the sun, listen to some tunes, play a game or borrow a book during your lunch hour at a Pop-Up Park. With games ranging from Jenga to basketball, there’s never been a better time to get out of the office and enjoy the city. Pop-Up Parks take place at Patriot’s Square Park Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; The Arizona Center on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Civic Space Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

11. Grab a brew at Angels Trumpet Ale House

One of the newest bars Downtown, Angel’s Trumpet Ale House offers a rotating cast of craft and unique brews as well as fun and seriously good eats. Combine a beer and upscale pub grub with an expansive outdoor patio and you’ve got yourself a little piece of hipster paradise.

10. Sip poolside at Lustre Bar

Head up the stairs or take the exclusive elevator to this semi-hidden bar at the Hotel Palomar at CityScape. Located next to the hotel’s outdoor pool, Lustre Bar is cool in the summer and heated in the winter and is an ideal location to sip a cocktail while enjoying some of the best views Downtown.

9. Take your kids to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix

The hands-on, highly interactive exhibits are sure to keep kiddos 10 and under (and parents) entertained for hours. Don’t skip the Noodle Forest or the fort building room. And, good news! Admission is free almost every First Friday.

ZombieWalk-3988. Zombie Walk Oct. 26

Last year over 5,000 zombies took to the streets of Downtown in the fourth annual Zombie Walk. This year the daylong festival and walk turns five – and we’re going for the Guinness World Record. Practice your limp, get your makeup set and join us for live music, vendors and – let’s hope – the largest Zombie Walk in the nation.

7. Experience the culinary scene Downtown on a Taste it Tour

Taste It Tours’ vision is to have its customers savor, learn, explore and connect with each guided tour and the ticket price includes food and drink from 5-8 restaurants, access to the talented chefs, plus tie-ins to architecture, historical insights, stories about the history of Downtown and the personalities that forged the region.

6. Comicon May 23 – 26

Nerds, geeks, zombies and aliens. This three day festival brings out the inner nerd and is the perfect time to celebrate that alternative comic book/movie/movement you’re into. And, if you aren’t a geek, there’s no reason to skip it. The festival is ideal for people watching and killer parties.

5. Check out the Arizona Science Center for free during Adults’ Night Out

The first Friday of each month, the Arizona Science Center turns into an adult’s only night at the museum. The fun includes a local DJ, cash bar and, did we mention, FREE admission to all four floors of hands-on science? And, each month, the Center hosts a new installment of their award-winning lecture series.

4. Speaking of First Friday, get out there!

It’s the largest art walk in the nation and on the first Friday of the month the entirety of Downtown is transformed into a street festival, gallery viewing hotspot and all-around outdoor party. If you haven’t experienced it yet, your next chance happens this Friday, Jan. 4.

3. Grab lunch at Food Truck Friday

Food Truck Friday has become a Downtown staple since kicking off in November 2010 and is still the place to check out the widest variety of food trucks in the Valley. By all accounts, these un-restaurants have become as big a part of the culinary scene as, well, restaurants. There’s just something magical about ordering high-end food from a truck. The fun takes place at the Phoenix Public Market every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Crescent2. Shop at the Phoenix Public Market

A bastion of all that is locally farmed, raised and produced in Arizona, the largest outdoor market in the Valley sells local goods, produce and results in all-around lovely way to spend a Saturday morning or Wednesday evening. After shopping, grab a meal at a food truck, grab a seat at a table and enjoy the community.

1. Catch a show at Crescent Ballroom

The top spot for indie and up-and-coming acts also features a killer kitchen that kicks out craveable burritos and expertly mixed cocktails. With music every night of the week and an intimate-but-not-crowded space, there’s no reason not to catch a show, eat dinner and dance the night away.