Our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend include plenty of ways to enjoy food, music and fall sunshine in the city. Learn how you can join a bike parade, celebrate the arts and try out a little yodeling:
PHX Arts and Culture at 30 Years Celebration: October 3
The Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission is recognizing their 30th anniversary with a celebration of the performing arts, and you’re invited to join for free. The full day of activities includes indoor and outdoor dance demonstrations, theater and literary performances, opera, jazz, mariachi, and more, plus hands-on activities from more than 20 participating organizations. Local food trucks will be on hand to help you refuel throughout the day. The event takes place in the Phoenix Convention Center, on stage at the Herberger Theater, and on Monroe Street between Second and Third streets.
SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest: October 3
This classic celebration of Bavarian culture meets a modern local twist. SanTan Brewing Company will be pouring their take on the traditional German lager, while Matisyahu and local favorite Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers hit the stage at night. Come dressed in your best lederhosen and show off your stuff in a brat-eating contest or plethora of beer games.
Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S Arizona Ave, Chandler 85225
Tour de Fat: October 3
If you love beer and bikes, get your wheels tuned up and get to work on a costume. During New Belgium Brewing’s tour to Tempe, a thousand cyclists will take to the streets for a colorful bicycle parade and gather at Tempe Beach Park for stage shows including yo-yo performers, musical acts and more eclectic entertainment.
Tempe Beach Park, 80 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe 85281
Best of Phoenix A’Fare: October 3
Phoenix New Times brings together the cuisine of local restaurants for the Best of Phoenix A’Fare, an annual evening of eating, drinking, and live art and entertainment. It’s a chance to celebrate the businesses that make the city what it is today, and to dine on their delicious offerings. The ticket price includes samples from all 40 participating restaurants plus cocktails, wine and beer.
Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix 85016
Experience the Alps at the Musical Instrument Museum: October 3-4
Just in time for Oktoberfest, the Musical Instrument Museum explores the culture of the Alpine region with traditional instrument demonstrations, family crafts and a yodeling performance, complete with lessons.