What's in your wallet? We're guessing not much. And hey, even if there is, chances are you'd like to keep it. Lucky for those low on funds and looking for a good time, Phoenix has a fair amount of free events happening all the time. From discussions with distinguished artists and cultured community bike rides to social gatherings for startup businesses, here are our top three picks this week for complimentary recreation around town.
Visiting Artist Lecture: Pepón Osorio
At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, stop by Grant Street Studios for a special talk by Puerto Rican artist Pepón Osorio. The acclaimed artist, whose large-scale installations have been featured at Whitney Museum of American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and El Museo del Barrio, will be presented as part of the ASU School of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series. For more information, visit asuevents.asu.edu/visiting-artist-pepón-osorio.
Phoenix Startup Week
Entrepreneurs, unite. Phoenix Startup Week is here to help you get your big ideas off the ground. The community gathering kicked off Monday, February 23, in downtown Phoenix, and will continue to downtown Scottsdale, Tempe, north Scottsdale, and the Arcadia/Biltmore area through Friday, February 27. All-access registration passes are free. The five-day affair offers everything from expert speakers and exhibitors to networking and business tours. For a look at the jam-packed schedule of events, visit phoenix.startupweek.co.
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Community Canal Path Bike Ride
Scottsdale Public Art is celebrating public art event Canal Convergence with some fresh air and a group ride around Old Town Scottsdale. The community bike tour will depart from Soleri Bridge and Plaza, 4420 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 28, and conclude in the same location around 1 p.m. The tour will make stops at multiple installations including Bob Adams' Copper Falls and Erin V. Sotak's My Your Our Water and meet with artists such as Laurie Lundquist and Chris Fennell. For details on the two-wheeled tour through town, visit www.scottsdalepublicart.org.