Over the years, downtown Phoenix has become a massive hub for Southwestern urban culture. 

It's impossible to take in all of downtown at once, but you'll find some good places to start here. Whether you're looking to shop and dine on Roosevelt Row, catch a show at The Van Buren, or catch a fly ball at Chase Field, there's something for you to do. Here's a few of our favorite things to do in downtown Phoenix. 


Arts & Culture

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Arts & Culture

Many museums have reopened with cleaning procedures and social distancing guidelines, including the Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, and Arizona Science Center.  

  • Phoenix Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Southwest and home to both contemporary and classic pieces.

  • The Children's Museum of Phoenix engages kids with hands-on, interactive experiences.

  • The Heard Museum is renowned for its collection of American Indian art and artifacts.

  • Geek out at the Arizona Science Center and its fun and educational exhibits for all ages.

  • Opt for a self-guided art walk along Roosevelt Row to see the creative, colorful work of local street artists, and stop in to spaces such as eye lounge.

  • See what life in Phoenix's pioneer days with a guided tour of The Rosson House Museum, a fully-restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian house.

  • You can find all sorts of murals spanning the walls of every corner downtown. Check out some of our favorites here. 



Festivals & Events

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Festivals & Events

You can still visit the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market, or check out one of downtown's parks for a nice picnic. 


  • Lace your walking shoes (or hop aboard a shuttle) for Artlink's First Friday Art Walk, where you can experience the city's spirit and culture while touring more than 70 galleries, venues and art-related spaces.

  • Treat yourself (and your community) by supporting local farmers and artisans at Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market every Saturday morning. 

  • Mark your calendar for events throughout the year, including seeing local and chart-topping music acts at M3F, a three-day music event that takes place each spring, sampling local brews at summer's Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival and various other events. Check out our event calendar for more.


Live Music Venues

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Live Music Venues


  • A converted auto dealership now plays host to a variety of events, from headlining acts to themed dance parties at The Van Buren. 

  • Valley Bar's basement music hall offers a truly underground experience, and their sister venue Crescent Ballroom has earned a hip reputation with nationally-known acts and up-and-coming local bands.

  • Arizona Federal Theatre plays host to both big-name music acts and popular stand-up comedians.

  • The Nash is downtown Phoenix’s hub for all things jazz and offers intimate shows that touch on varied tastes of the genre.


Performing Arts & Theatres

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Performing Arts & Theaters


  • You'll find drama and musical performances in the stunning show hall of historic Orpheum Theatre.

  • Works from classic composers and performances dedicated to the likes of Harry Potter and Star Wars are both regularly on the calendar at Phoenix Symphony Hall

  • Herberger Theater Center and Phoenix Theatre both keep their schedules full with award-winning plays and musicals.

  • Catch a show with the whole family at Valley Youth Theatre. Fun fact: It's where Hollywood star Emma Stone got her start!