It's time we had the talk about the birds and the freebies. After all, it pays to know the who, what, where, and when behind the Valley's most budget-friendly events. From classic movies in the grass and artsy meet and greets to craft fairs, anniversary parties, and lectures that look down on the Southwest from way up above, here are our top five picks for free in events in metro Phoenix this week.
Biltmore Fashion Park's fall movie series continues with an outdoor screening of the 1940 rom-com starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart. The Philadelphia Story will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7, on the center lawn of the shopping center (near Saks Fifth Avenue). Alcohol is prohibited, but blankets and chairs are encouraged. For details, visit www.shopbiltmore.com.
A Party to meet artist James "Dalek" Marshall
From 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 7, swing by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for a free party to meet James "Dalek" Marshall, the artist behind the colorful new murals at the museum and the future mural Scottsdale Public Art Bell Tower. Visitors will have a chance to meet and greet with Marshall, talk about past and future murals, and help themselves to the cash bar. More details can be found by visiting the event on Facebook.
Join the Pueblo Grande Museum as it hosts a free lecture by author and historian Erik Berg from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5. Berg will bring to life the stories and slides from the 1929 Southwest aerial survey conducted by aviators Charles and Anne Lindbergh and archeologist Alfred Kidder. Aerial shots include Chaco Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and Canyon de Chelly. For more information, visit pueblogrande.com.
UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park is turning two and to celebrate it's throwing a party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 7. Participating stores will be open throughout the evening, handing out free UNION tote bags for every $110 purchase, while shoppers enjoy live music, food, and a raffle to benefit Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). For details, visit the event on Facebook.
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In conjunction with the Grand Avenue Festival and the Phoenix Annual Parade for the Arts, the Bragg's Pie Factory parking lot will host the Grand Avenue Craft Fair. Happening from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., this free event will feature a wide selection of local vendors selling their handmade goods including Just Ruby Clothing, Jar of Buttons, Mer•made jewelry, and Tom Budzak Ceramics. For more information, visit the event on Facebook.