You'll have butterflies in your stomach as you stroll amid the myriad monarchs flitting and flapping about in Desert Botanical Garden's Marshall Butterfly Pavilion -- a lush, 2,400-square-foot closed environment built especially to house 'flies. The interactive display is part of DBG's second annual "Mariposa Monarca" exhibit, which is designed to educate Gardengoers about the orange-and-black beauties, from their life cycle to their migration patterns to the ongoing environmental changes that threaten their very existence.
The living exhibit opens Saturday, October 1, and continues through November 6 at DBG, 1201 North Galvin Parkway. "Mariposa Monarca" hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The cost is $2 plus regular Garden admission: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for students ages 13 to 18, $4 for kids ages 3 to 12, free for those younger and for Garden members. Call 480-941-1225 or visit www.dbg.org. -- Clay McNear
Gay Old Time
Looking for a good excuse to drink beer outside? Get your guzzle on at the Rainbows Festival, an urban street fair that celebrates diversity through music and booze. Whether you want to expand your collection of rainbow-colored gay-pride memorabilia or simply enjoy the cooling weather, the festival offers an assortment of entertaining options, from DJs, drag queens, and gay choruses to the Arizona Gay Idol competition. More than 200 vendors will also be on hand hawking a variety of wares. The celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, at Phoenix Heritage Square, 622 East Adams. Admission is free. Call 602-770-8241 or visit www.rainbowsfestival.com. -- Rebecca Zumoff
Catwalk meows at Myst
The chiseled lads of Right Said Fred thought they were too sexy for their shirts, but the Scottsdale Models of "Catwalk for the Cure" will definitely be hot enough for their skirts. The event features DJ Teck Money of MTV's Real World: Hawaiiscratching wax while fresh-faced beauties model fall fashions from local boutiques such as SC Moda and Ruby. No emaciated Kate Moss-alikes here -- these models, like the designers, are keepin' it real. "Catwalk" begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 1, at Scottsdale's Myst Ballroom, 7340 East Shoeman Lane, with the fashion show following at 9. Tickets are $10 to $15, with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Call 480-945-6000 or visit www.scottsdalemodels.com/catwalk. -- Wynter Holden