The city’s alive with the sound of music. A weekend celebration of the King of Rock and Roll, a musical lake cruise, and a hit TV music competition tour are all part of our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:

MIM’s (Musical Instrument Museum) Musical Icon: Elvis: August 15-16
It’s everything Elvis this weekend for a celebration of his life and legend at the MIM.  See Elvis’ personal items and instruments in the museum’s artist exhibit, and enjoy activities, a film screening, and curator talk on the pop-culture superstar. The museum’s Café Allegro will also be serving Southern-style classics.

4725 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix 85050

Elvis Presley exhibit at the Musical Instrument Museum

Elvis Presley exhibit (Photo credit: Musical Instrument Museum)

Glow Stand-Up Paddleboarding on Tempe Town Lake: August 14
Paddleboard and paddle: check. Glow-in-the-dark gear: double check. Tempe Boating will set you up with the equipment and glowing gear for an evening glide under the stars just bring the entry fee and a basic level of comfort in the water.

Tempe Town Lake Marina, 550 E. Tempe Town Lake, Tempe 85281

Music Cruise on the Desert Belle: August 15
The two-story Desert Belle graces the waters of Saguaro Lake with a musical evening cruise this Saturday. Climb aboard and enjoy dramatic views of the lake’s canyon walls and wildlife, set to the sounds of a live band. The Desert Belle also offers 90-minute narrated tours most days of the week.

14011 N. Bush Highway, Mesa 85215

Saguaro Lake (Photo credit: The Desert Belle)

Saguaro Lake (Photo credit: The Desert Belle)

American Idol Live!: August 16
TV’s biggest music competition is bringing the top stars of its latest season to the Mesa Arts Center. Get up close with the top 5 idols as they showcase their musical talents.

1 East Main Street, Mesa 85211

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