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Everything You Need To Do In Phoenix This Weekend

Another beautiful weekend has arrived here in the Valley. Big Boi — hip-hop artist and record producer of Outkast fame — will take the stage alongside The Cool Kids in Scottsdale on Saturday; the Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival is back for a full weekend of veg-friendly fun, and the Desert Botanical Garden’s twice-annual Dogs’ Days is happening. This is everything you could be doing this weekend in Phoenix.


Friday, Jan. 19

See limited-edition works by famous artists at American Fine Street Art

Location: Scottsdale

Cost: Free

American Fine Art in Scottsdale is switching things up with their newest exhibition — “American Fine Street Art.” The fine art gallery in the Scottsdale Arts District is showcasing works from famous street artists such as Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Dotmaster, Invader, and other pop artists like Warhol, Haring, and Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, known for blurring the line between the high and low arts. The exhibit will feature over 100 works, all of which are available for purchase.

Friday, Jan. 19 – Sunday, Jan. 21

Admire classic cars at Barrett-Jackson

Location: Scottsdale

Cost: Advance GA tickets start at $17

Motorhead or not, you can certainly appreciate the beauty of good ole American muscle and the finesse of fine German engineering found at this Scottsdale car auction. Over 1,700 autos are on the docket at Barrett-Jackson this year, including a tricked-out golf cart, a ’90s limousine, multiple scooters and motorcycles, the hard-to-miss 1969 Dodge Charger from Dukes of Hazzard, plus dozens of exotics and luxury cars.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Catch hip-hop legend Big Boi in Scottsdale

Location: Old Town Scottsdale

Cost: $15

You know Big Boi from Outkast and that “Kryptonite” track, but his new material is refreshing and upbeat, namely “All Night,” which you might recognize from that iPhone X commercial. The rapper, songwriter, actor, and record producer will be making a stop at Maya Day & Night Club in Scottsdale as part of the Daddy Fat Saxxx Tour (Sack 2) with special guests The Cool Kids.

Party in the Grove at Queen Creek Olive Mill

Location: Queen Creek

Cost: Free

It’s officially snowbird season. Welcome back our friends to the North at Queen Creek Olive Mill and party in the grove for We Love Canada Week. Queen Creek Olive Mill is offering up a taste of Canada’s finest cuisines through Saturday, which means there will be no shortage of poutine, fried cheese curds, and Molson beer to be had. The olive mill will also showcase live music, more food, and Olive Oil 101 tours from 11am-3pm.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Take your dog for a walk at DBG

Location: Phoenix

Cost: $4 per dog, plus cost of garden admission

The Desert Botanical Garden is opening up their gates to man’s best friend as part of Dogs’ Day at the Garden. The pet-friendly event will feature live music, a “barketplace,” free snacks for your pet, and a cash bar where ample hair of the dog beverages will be available for purchase. We Take Nice Pictures will be on site to take adorable pet portraits, and KateCreates and She Draws will be sketching pet characters throughout the day. There will also be the opportunity for Doga (dog yoga), led by Conscious Community Yoga. Proceeds from dog admissions benefit the Arizona Humane Society.

Saturday, Jan. 20 & Sunday, Jan. 21

Get down with veg-friendly eats at the Vegetarian Food Festival

Location: Scottsdale

Cost: GA pricing is $20; VIP $75

Happening at the Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, this 100% vegan festival is set to feature over 70 vendors and exhibitors, a full lineup of speakers and presenters, plus informative chef demos where you can learn about topics like plant-based cheeses and how to make delicious dairy-free desserts. Valley favorites Hummus Xpress and the Pho King food truck will be slinging their best veg-friendly eats. Balance out all of the food samples with a little hatha or flow yoga, Vegetarian Festival attendees can flex their yogi muscles at one of the multiple instructor-led sessions throughout the weekend event.

Sunday, Jan. 21

Show off your smarts at Trivia Night

Location: Downtown Phoenix

Cost: Free

Each Sunday, Downtown Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom hosts trivia night. Starting at 6pm, trivia fans can try their luck to win prizes like free tickets or gift cards to Stinkweeds Records. Everyone’s a winner with $4 house wine and $1 chips and salsa, just two of the food and beverage specials Crescent offers up on Sunday nights.

Article courtesy of Thrillist.

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