It’s a good weekend for fans of one-of-a-kind art and shopping. Check out our top things to do this weekend in Phoenix:

The West Select: A Western Art Exhibition: Through December 28
This year’s version of the popular annual exhibit brings together 37 artists and more than 100 works of art to tell the story of the American West. Paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs from artists around the country showcase the past and present of the region we call home.

From West Select: Billy Schenck, Desert Cactus, 2014. Oil on canvas. 34" x 24" x 2.25”. Image from the Phoenix Art Museum courtesy of the artist.

From West Select: Billy Schenck, Desert Cactus, 2014. Oil on canvas. 34″ x 24″ x 2.25”. Image from the Phoenix Art Museum courtesy of the artist.

The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival: November 21-23
Find that perfect pair of vintage jeans or a one-of-a-kind rug that really ties the room together at this three-day festival. Industrial, antique, and mid-century furniture, decor and fashion will all be available.

Big Heap Vintange Market and Festival

A sampling of the treasures waiting to be found at The Big Heap Vintage Market and Festival.

Holiday Zootique: November 22
Another hot spot for hand-crafted goods is the Phoenix Zoo’s annual ZOOtique. Guests of the zoo will get to peruse holiday gifts—such as dolls, jewelry, glass art, children’s gifts and more—made by local artisans.

Family STAR Night at Challenger Space Center: November 22
Aspiring astronauts and space explorers should head to Challenger Space Center Arizona for a night of family-friendly fun and education. Tours of the interactive facility, stargazing with high-powered telescopes, kid’s rocket building, arts and crafts, and more are all part of the night’s events.

Weekend hike idea: See traces of ancient native civilizations on local trails
Did you know? There are a number of local hiking trails where you can see ancient petroglyphs—rock carvings that are several hundred to 7,000 years old—just minutes away from the city. Check out our recent blog post and find out where to see petroglyphs in Phoenix.

Hieroglyphic Trail Superstition Mountains

Hieroglyphic Trail in the Superstition Mountains (Photo credit: ProTrails.com)

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