11 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Friday, August 19, to Sunday, August 21. For more events, see our curated calendar

Everything for sale at Practical Art is handmade by artists and is useful, though you might not be able to bring yourself to use it. PA also hosts exhibitions, and the current stunner, Christy Puetz’s “Hare,” remains on view through Wednesday, August 31. The wee beaded rabbits were inspired by Watership Down.

On the evening of Friday, August 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Feel Good Flow presents a yoga session in the gallery at 5050 North Central Avenue. So come over earlier to look at art, and then consider staying for yoga with refreshments, a DJ, and a long savasana. (And honestly, there’s nothing we hate more than a short savasana. Amirite?) Admission is free; yoga is by donation. Visit or call 602-264-1414. Julie Peterson

Adult Take-Over
Editor's note: This event has been canceled. 

Do your pointy Spock ears perk up at the words, “Cosplay is encouraged”? If so, consider attending the grown-up Adult Take-Over: Alien Party. This is your chance to get all dolled up as your favorite intergalactic character for a night of fun that includes appetizers, a costume contest, a DJ, dancing, a costume parade, and a cash bar. This 21-and-over cosmic geek fest happens from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 19, at the i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 West Pepper Place in Mesa. Tickets are $25 or $45 per couple before August 15, and $30 per person and $55 per couple at the door. Call 480-644-2468 or visit Amy Young

Chandler Art Walk
TechShop Chandler – a community maker space filled with high-tech tools, machinery, and software – will be playing host for Chandler’s free Third Friday Art Walk, happening from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on August 19 at 249 East Chicago Street.

More than 30 local artisans will be showing and selling their wares that night, and you can mingle with some of the makers who use the space. But the event also includes live music, performed by Courtney Cotter King. And food trucks will be joining the fun.

While you’re there, check out Mary Shindell’s Digital Desert/Agave Unfurling, an installation created for the latest IN FLUX multi-city public art initiative. Shindell’s work includes a three-part suspended sculpture created with Lucite, optical fiber, and aluminum that was water-jet cut using TechShop Chandler equipment.

Snag a schedule of upcoming classes, too — in case you feel inspired to start your own project. Visit Lynn Trimble

PHX Wrestling: RISE
Being a wrestling fan who only watches the WWE is like being a fan of music who only listens to Nickelback. Sure, it’s entertaining, but it’s also overproduced, bland, and leaves you feeling empty. Expand your wrestle-fan horizons at RISE. Presented by PHX Wrestling, the event will feature pros like Alexander Hammerstone and Ricky Starks dueling for the title of King of the PHX, Sage Sin and Brittany Wonder fighting in an “anything goes” match, and 20-plus other wrestlers. Sure, the pros on the card don’t have the star power of a Triple H or a Kane. But think of all the indie wrestling cred you’ll earn. Those guys are sellouts anyway.

Get a rise out of RISE at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 19, at the Arizona Event Center, 1300 South Country Club Drive in Mesa. Tickets start at $10. Visit for more. Zach Fowle

My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady
demolished musical theater records when it first graced stages in 1956. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, the story of Eliza Doolittle isn’t a gender-swapped version of Dr. Dolittle; Eliza’s a Cockney flower vendor who gets involved with phoneticist (because that’s a thing) Henry Higgins, who endeavors to make her a lady but must learn to value her as a person.

The blockbuster favorite boasts gorgeous songs, winning characters, and trenchant social commentary. Scottsdale Musical Theater Company adds full sets, a live orchestra, and all the other trimmings. Showtime on Friday, August 19, is 7:30 p.m. at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. Performances continue through Sunday, August 21. For tickets, $33 to $42, visit or call 602-909-4215. Julie Peterson

Marc Maron
If you are used to getting a double dose of the prolific comedian Marc Maron from both his self-titled TV show and his extremely popular WTF podcast, you don’t have to be sad that the former is a done deal, having aired its fourth and final season last month. Maron’s still a prolific pod-person, interviewing a diverse roster of interesting people on the regular, and now he’s taking his wicked wit on the road. His Too Real comedy tour is an opportunity to see the frank and often self-deprecating funnyman in person, as he cleverly dissects topics from relationships to addiction. Enjoy brutally honest humor about the human condition during shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Admission to the 21-and-over shows is $25, with a two-drink minimum. Call 480-719-6100 or visit Amy Young

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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
Janessa is a native Phoenician. She joined New Times as a contributor in 2013. You can connect with her on social media at @janessahilliard, and she promises you'll find no pictures of cats on her Instagram — but plenty of cocktails.
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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