Find a flavorful festival or free cultural experience on our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend.

Sriracha Festival

September 24

This inaugural downtown festival is enticing fans of rooster sauce to taste and sip their way through signature sriracha dishes prepared by local restaurants.  Entry to the festival comes with as many spicy tastings as you can handle, plus four alcoholic drink samples. The event also features live music and a game area. Sorry, kids—this one’s for ages 21 and up only.

Heritage Square, 113 N 6th St, Phoenix 85004

Brazilian Day Arizona Festival

September 24

Celebrate Brazilian culture with a full day and night of traditional dance and martial arts performances, live music, workshops and more throughout indoor and outdoor stages. And yes, there will be plenty of Brazilian food and drink to enjoy—try street foods such as coxinhas and pastels, and the country’s national cocktail, the caipirinha.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale 85251 
(480) 499-8587

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Photo via Brazilian Day Arizona Festival

Slide Across America

September 23-25

Summer’s not over yet, which means it’s a great weekend to get wet at the world’s largest inflatable waterpark. Slide Across America sports two of the world’s tallest inflatable slides, standing at 42 and 40 feet, along with more than 40 other water slides, zip lines, trampolines and fun for thrill-seekers. Check out the deals for a family four-pack of tickets.

Salt River Fields, 7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale 85258


Ballet Under the Stars

September 22-24 (Continues next week, Sept 29-30)

Experience Ballet Arizona performances for free at locations throughout Greater Phoenix. The show program ranges from classic to contemporary, utilizes an outdoor stage with lighting and costuming, and is a great introduction for families to ballet. This week’s performances will begin at 7 p.m. at the following:

Thursday, September 22 – Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, Goodyear
Friday, September 23 – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills
Saturday, September 24 – Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix

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Ballet Under the Stars with Ballet Arizona

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!

September 24

Explore some of Phoenix’s top museums for free courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine’s annual event. Visit the link above to grab your free tickets, and zoom in on their Arizona map to find participating local museums such as Pueblo Grande Museum, Heard Museum, Rosson House Museum, Desert Botanical Garden and more.

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