Common misconception: Weeknights are for Netflixing and fun should be reserved for the weekends. There are too many things to do weekdays in Phoenix for that to be true. Let this be your guide for getting off the couch and doing something fun every night of the week:
Think you can sing? Think you can’t at all? It doesn’t matter at George & Dragon English Pub & Restaurant on Karaoke Mondays at 9 p.m. Everyone (21+) is invited to grab a beer and some fish & chips, and sing their heart out.
You can also grab your running shoes and join the community for Meet Me Downtown Phoenix, a free social walk and run through the heart of the city. Come back weekly to rack up prizes and raffle tickets, and dine afterwards with a discount at participating downtown restaurants.
“Your friendly neighborhood bike ride.” That’s the perfect way to describe the CRAP (Car Resistance Action Party) Ride Tempe every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. The free weekly event started in 2006 and casually takes bikers on a 5-mile ride through Tempe, then ends at a different restaurant or bar for some food, drink and conversation.
If your prefer a dance partner to pedals, The Duce is swinging into action every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for South Central Swing Nite, featuring cocktail specials and a free swing dance lesson.
Attention, trivia buffs: Rose & Crown wants you and your smartest friends to show off at 7 p.m. every Wednesday for Team Trivia. Nestled in downtown Phoenix’s Heritage Square, Rose & Crown has the perfect pub vibe and selection of draft beer to make this a memorable mid-week break.
Desoto Central Market pays homage to the DCM building, built in 1928, with their Speakeasy Night every third Wednesday from 7-11 p.m. Bring your suspenders and dancing shoes to this 1930s-themed event complete with swing dancing lessons and classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned.
Art aficionados should save this day for a stroll through Scottsdale. The city’s weekly ArtWalk encourages patrons to wander through the “open house” galleries of participating members throughout the downtown arts district. Admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is also free all day (12 to 9 p.m.)
We’ve all heard of First Fridays, where vendors and artists come together on Roosevelt Row for the first Friday of the month. It’s free and something most Phoenicians have done at least once. But what about the rest of the month? Downtown Mesa has you covered with Second Friday Night Out, which features entertainment, various special activities, shopping and dining. Make your way back to downtown Phoenix for Third Fridays, and to Phoenix Traditional Music & Dance for a variety of artists at their Fourth Friday performances.
There’s something going on every morning and night at the region’s 12 county parks. Their event calendar has all the details on what’s coming up, but you can expect to find flashlight explorations, fitness hikes, wildlife encounters, stargazing, photography and many more guided desert activities. Just bring water, good shoes and a $6 entry fee per car.