Downtown is the place to be for things to do in Phoenix this weekend. We’ve got details on a beer festival, hot dog festival, cultural performances and more:

Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival

July 23

What makes a beer real, wild or woody? It’s all in the process, which you’ll have the opportunity to taste as 60 regional breweries showcase their stuff. Unconventional, flavorful, seasonal and other specialty beers are all up for sampling (there’s a Raspberry Mojito beer by Huss Brewing Co and a Mexican Hot Chocolate beer from McFate Brewing, for example). Your ticket price gets you 20 tastings plus small bites from local restaurants.

Phoenix Convention Center South Building, 33 S 3rd St, Phoenix 85004
(480) 586-6711

Attendees sample a craft brew at Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival

Attendees sample a craft brew at Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival. Photo via Facebook

Wurst Festival Ever

July 23

Short Leash Hot Dogs is hosting what might be the Wurst Festival Ever. Who likes beer, hot dogs and free entrance, anyway? Food and drink samples are $3, and entertainment includes improv performances from Torch Theatre and a pun competition (we heard they’ll be crowning a weiner).

110 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix 85004
(480) 620-8479

Free Summer Sundays at Heard Museum

July 24

Throughout the summer, Heard Museum is offering a free day of admission and cultural performances on the fourth Sunday of the month. Join to explore a renowned collection of American Indian contemporary art and regional history, and catch dance performances and beadwork demonstrations in the afternoon.

2301 N. Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
(602) 252-8840


Yellowhouse Indian Dancers perform on Sunday. Photo via Heard Museum

Guided Parks Events

Maricopa County Parks and Recreation offers ways to stay cool while exploring the outdoors. This weekend features a kayak class at Lake Pleasant, as well as a morning creek-side hike in a riparian area. If you’re ready to hit the desert trails after-dark on your own, check out our PHX Story on moonlight hikes—there will be plenty of light left from Tuesday’s full moon.

All Pro Dad: Father & Kids Experience

July 23; Registration ends July 22

Kids and those who play the role of “father” in their lives are invited to join Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton for a memorable morning of activities, games and positive family bonding, including drills on the stadium turf.

University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale 85305

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