While most of the country hunkers down for the winter, we’re busting out the food trucks and a little old-fashioned Old West fun on our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Street Eats Food Truck Festival
Go on a culinary journey to some of Phoenix’s best tastes, all without leaving the lawn. Over 50 food trucks (think BBQ, gourmet grilled cheese, wood-fired pizza and pretzels shaped like mustaches) will be on hand with $2 sample-sized portions. Brush up on your own cooking skills with chef-led demos, and don’t forget to end the day with a cold treat—it’s set to be a beautiful 73º weekend.
Salt River Fields, 7555 N Pima Rd., Scottsdale 85258
Desperado LGBT Film Festival
Film, art and discussion are the spotlight of this annual festival centering on the experiences of the LGBT community. In addition to the screenings, guests can participate in a director Q&A and opening reception with special guests, and browse local pottery and art.
Free Museum Day at Children’s Museum of Phoenix
The three floors of imaginative, interactive exhibits at the Children’s Museum are open for you and the little ones to explore for free, courtesy of the cast of Sesame Street. Entrance to Free Museum Day is first-come, first-serve, so arrive early to ensure you’ll be seeing Elmo.
215 N. 7th St, Phoenix 85034
Bucking broncos, gunfights, BBQ and a street full of steers: You’ll find it all (and part of your inner cowboy) at Buckeye Days, an authentic western rodeo and cattle drive. Head to the ring to see rodeo feats, or join Dr. Buck’s Wild West Show for old-fashioned stunt shows, gold-panning and dance performances.
Downtown Buckeye, 6th Street at Monroe Ave, Buckeye 85326
Fiesta Mexico-Americana with Los Lobos
Grammy award-winning artists Los Lobos have teamed with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano dancers to present a celebration of the Mexican-American experience. Through a collaboration of festive dance, music and film, the performance intends to entertain and enlighten on Chicano culture and achievements.