3 Free Things to Do This Week in Metro Phoenix

Looking for something to do during those painful weekdays before your paycheck arrives? It can be hard to find affordable, air-conditioned events that are also interesting, but they do exist. And we're here to help you find them. Though movies, dance performances, and large-scale sporting events don't often come cheap, this week we found one of each. 

Frank at the Desert Foothills Library
Going to the movies can be an expensive endeavor, particularly if you want to enjoy a snack with your film. But if you’re an indie movie fan and don’t have plans between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Friday, August 7, you’re in luck. The Desert Foothill Library is hosting its annual Independent Film Festival and this week will be showcasing Frank, the movie in which Michael Fassbender wears a giant papier-mâché mask and plays in a band. No registration is required — and, don't worry, the popcorn and soda are free as well. 

First Fridays at Phoenix Art Museum
You know what really goes well with visual art? Dancing. On First Friday between 6 and 10 p.m., guests can wander through Phoenix Art Museum and see the current exhibits. But, in addition to the works on the walls, viewers will also periodically witness live performances from CONDER/dance and Jordan Daniels Dance Team. Stop and watch in between absorbing the diverse range of exhibits, including unique photography and historical Latin American pieces. All current exhibits are free after 6 p.m., except for “From New York to Mexico,” which will cost $8 for adults and $5 for kids.

Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest 2015
On August 8, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., the Arizona Cardinals will hold their annual Fan Fest at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Cards fans can participate in various activities and scout out top players (many sign autographs and pose for pics) before the upcoming season. This kid-friendly event also will feature the Red and White Scrimmage, a long-standing tradition of pre-season practice games. As with admission, parking is free.

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