Spend all your money on Black Friday shopping? That's okay. It's an expensive time of year, and we're here to help you out as much as we can by providing the cheapest — actually, free-est — activities that will keep you out and about instead of sulking in broke sadness.
We Are Downtown: Undiscovered Phoenix
On Wednesday, December 2, FilmBar will host a night of film, poetry, and discussions based on little-known lore of downtown Phoenix. The show starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 7. Those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. RSVP here.
This Could Be Happy Hour #2
This Could Be PHX is hosting happy hour on Wednesday, December 2, at Crescent Ballroom. From 5 to 7 p.m., local creatives and changemakers can gather to brainstorm and share ideas for their community and city. While they aren't free, you can get cheap cocktails while you chat. You can find more information on the event's Facebook page.
America's Got Talent Auditions
Talented Valley residents are welcome to show off their skills at the Phoenix Convention Center on Thursday, December 3, for the chance to appear on everyone's favorite talent show/occasional train wreck America's Got Talent. Residents of any age with any talent are encouraged to attend, but each must be able to present said talent in 90 seconds or less. Auditions begin at 8 a.m. Check the official auditions website page for more information and updates.
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Guided tour of "Frida Kahlo: Her Photos"
Local photographers will join curator Janet Cantley in a free guided tour of Frida Kahlo's photography — on loan from the Frida Kahlo museum in Mexico City — at the Heard Museum on Friday, December 4. The tour will include more than 200 photos taken by the artist, a tour of the Heard, and an opportunity to play around with your own photography. RSVP first, then meet at the museum before 6:30 p.m. More details are available on the tour's Facebook page.
Christmas Movies at The Quarter
One of the blessings of Arizona's warm winters is that we can enjoy quaint outdoor activities like the Scottsdale Quarter's Christmas movie marathon. For the first three Fridays of December, the Quarter will project a holiday favorite onto a big screen under the stars. This week's movie, Home Alone, will begin at 7 p.m. To find more information, visit the Scottsdale Quarter's website.