The weekend is here and it’s time to eat, shop and celebrate. See it all on our top our things to do in Phoenix this weekend, including a cultural festival and shop-til-you-drop vintage marketplace:
Arizona Restaurant Week: September 18-27
With more than 150 local restaurants dishing up 10 days of dining deals, it’s the perfect time to try that local place on your foodie wish list. Throughout the week, participating eateries will offer prix-fixe menu selections for $33 or $44—a lot of bang for your buck for a three-course meal. Some locales will also include a beverage with the cost. You can find a breakdown of the dining options, cuisine types, and full menus on the Arizona Restaurant Week website.
Brazilian Day Arizona Festival: September 19
It’s all things Brazil in this colorful cultural celebration of the South American country. Festival-goers can catch indoor demonstrations of traditional dance and Brazilian martial arts, and stir up the sounds of Carnaval in a percussion instrument workshop. Bring a lawn blanket to enjoy live music and dance performances on the main outdoor stage. Food and drink will be available for purchase—don’t miss trying Brazil’s national cocktail, the sweet caipirinha.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St, Scottsdale 85251
Fry’s Free Weekend at the Arizona Science Center: September 19-20
Four floors of exhibits at the Arizona Science Center are yours to explore for free, courtesy of Fry’s Food Stores. Get hands-on with everything from the human brain to hurricanes in the permanent galleries, and let the Center staff show you a thing or two in exciting daily demos. The special admission weekend also features discount tickets to Dorrance Planetarium and IMAX shows.
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85004
El Palacio’s Rockin’ Taco Street Fest: September 19
It’s a beach party (sans surf) at El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina this Saturday, as vendors, musicians, folkloric dance performers and taco stations set up shop for a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. There are beach-themed games and activities for the family, and for those who’d like to indulge, a margarita hut and taco-eating contest.
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market: September 19-20
This market is vintage shopping at its finest—or its rustiest. Featuring the art, furniture, home decor and more hand-picked finds from nearly 180 vendors, the two-day antique-shoppers’ paradise boasts 117,000 square feet of indoor browsing space. Plan to take home design inspiration and more than a few treasures.