Oct. 1-3

Find out what's happening this weekend in Phoenix. You can see some live music (finally!), see the most current art exhibitions and more. Find more things to do this weekend on our event calendar.


Arizona State Fair (Opening Weekend)

Through Oct. 30

The state fair is returning in full swing this weekend. Go enjoy cute animals, blue ribbons, fried food, and all the fun carnival rides you can imagine.

Arizona State Fair & Coliseum
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix


(Unofficial) First Friday Art Walk


Even though Artlink has not resumed its hosting of the monthly First Friday Art Walk in downtown Phoenix, many surrounding art galleries, museums and event spaces are putting on shows, experiences and more in the evening. Explore around the downtown Phoenix and Roosevelt Row areas to see what's going on. 


Music in the Garden (Opening Weekend)


Set against the mesmerizing beauty of the desert, Music in the Garden presents a spectacular lineup of local musical talent at the lush Desert Botanical Garden. Your ticket includes Garden admission so arrive early to stroll the trails and then sit back and experience one of the Valley’s most iconic outdoor concert venues. This week's performance features Will Clipman and an evening of world music and storytelling.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix


Portal to the Past Festival


A celebration of indigenous music, storytelling, and dance, this event highlights the engineering feats of the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People (archaeologically known as the Hohokam); an intricate canal system that is still used in Phoenix. Children's craft activities, tours of the archaeological site, and demonstrations by indigenous artisans will also be available during the festival. 

Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix


Concerts & Performances This Weekend

Shows are taking place more often now, including theatre performances, comedy shows and concerts. Here's who you can see perform this weekend:





Sports This Weekend

Our local teams are giving it their all. Here's who you can cheer on this weekend:






Through Oct. 10

Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. 

ASU Gammage
1200 S. Forest Ave., Arizona State University, Tempe


Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition

Through Nov. 28

From creators of the blockbuster exhibit seen by over 2 million visitors in Paris and after a sold-out run in Toronto, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit makes its mark in Phoenix. Lose yourself in 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s oeuvre. Wander through entrancing, moving images that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color – truly illuminating the mind of the genius.

Lighthouse Artspace
4301 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale