Temperatures are dropping and so are the numbers in your bank account. Never fear, there are plenty of things to do around town that won't turn your pockets inside out. Between monthly salvage sales, holiday light parades, and architecture-aimed exhibitions, we have three top picks for free events this week.
Re-design, re-purpose, and re-sell. Those are the three R's of the Salvage Yard, a warehouse sale happening on the second weekend of every month. The event will offer vintage, handmade, and one-of-a-kind finds perfect for those who prefer to bypass the big department stores in their holiday shopping. The Salvage Yard sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, December 11 through 13, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 14 at Rusty Saturday, 12815 North Cave Creek Road. Visit thesalvageyardaz.com for more information.
View renderings, photographs, drawings, and models of work by Australia-based architect Glenn Murcutt. The exhibition will showcase Murcutt's internationally award-winning principles and designs, with special notice to his early views on sustainable architecture. The opening reception will run from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 12, and the exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, April 4, at the ASU Art Museum. For details, visit asuevents.asu.edu/architecture-place-glenn-murcutt.
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Tempe is turning into tinsel town as the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade returns. SRP will help launch up to 50 brightly lit boats across Tempe Town Lake while Tempe Beach Park will fill with more than a thousand luminarias. The free holiday event begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, and concludes with a fireworks display. For more information, visit www.downtowntempe.com.