If you’re looking forward to the end of the week, we’ve got events for sports fans, theater lovers, history buffs, desert explorers and everyone in between– even the aspiring prickly pear pickler. See what’s going on in town with our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Spend an evening with the Arizona Diamondbacks: August 28-30
The D-backs are back at home plate for a weekend series against the Athletics. Join fans at Chase Field for Friday’s fireworks show and special events evenings on Saturday and Sunday, including a Dad & Daughter day and the Lego Movie screening on the ballpark’s 5,500 sq-ft digital TV.
401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix 85004
Wicked at ASU Gammage: August 28-30
It’s the first big weekend to catch a performance of hit Broadway show Wicked, in town through October 4. Saturday and Sunday offer two shows a day in the afternoon and evening. The musical– an origin story featuring the wicked witch of The Wizard of Oz lore– is performed in ASU Gammage theater, a historic hall designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on the Arizona State University campus.
Hohokam Pottery Production at the Pueblo Grande Museum: August 28-29
Our early inhabitants, the Hohokam civilization, paved the way for modern irrigation in Phoenix with a system of prehistoric canals. Recent research on these ancient engineers and their production of special pottery is on display at the Pueblo Grande Museum through August 31. Catch the closing pottery exhibit and more Hohokam artifacts, including a 1,500-year-old archaeological village site.
4619 E Washington St, Phoenix 85034
Enjoy tours and tastes at the Desert Botanical Garden: August 29
Explore trails by night or try your hand at cooking with cacti this Saturday at the gardens. Only a few nights of Flashlight Tours remain for the season, so stop by with your flashlight to stroll the garden’s trails and discover desert creatures in learning stations along the way. You can also sign up for a culinary class on the prickly pear cactus fruit and whip up your own salsa, jelly and more flavorful treats (after learning how to remove the spines first, of course).