5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

South of Gold Mountain

When H.T. Chen & Dancers take to the stage at Tempe Center for the Arts on March 27 and 28 to perform South of Gold Mountain, they'll bring with them a multitude of stories. Through a series of interviews, compiled oral histories, historic photographs and footage, and traditional southern music, the performers will bring to light the lives of Chinese immigrants who ventured to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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The multimedia dance presentation plays at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway.. Tickets are $18 for adults via or by calling 480-350-2822. Becky Bartkowski

"[email protected] Somos"

Chicano, Latino, and indigenous American artists are bringing their own cultural and social issues to the forefront of the canvas with the collaborative exhibition "[email protected] Somos." Hosted by Entre [email protected], this show will feature the works of Native and Latin American artists including Denise Amaya, Gloria Casillas, and Monica-Gisel. "[email protected] Somos" is on view Sunday, April 12, at The Hive, 2222 North 16th Street. An artist reception, featuring a live performance by intermedia artist M. Jenea Sanchez, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 27. A printmaking workshop led by Gabriela Muñoz will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Admission is free. Visit or call 602-254-1641. Katie Johnson

Tweed Ride

Imagine biking through Tempe: Lights sparkling off the lake, wind rushing through your hair, and coarse, wooly fabric rubbing against your skin. If this sounds desirable to you, then we must tip our bowler hats, raise our pipes, and suggest you participate in the annual Tweed Ride. Tempe Bicycle Action Group is leading possibly their most dapper ride on Saturday, March 28. So, ladies and gents, grab your bow-ties and pleated skirts, and meet your mates at 7 p.m. on the corner of Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue in Tempe Beach Park, 54 West Rio Salado Parkway. Pose for a photo and be ready to ride by 7:30 as the group pops in to some of Tempe's best pubs. Evie Carpenter

Cowtown Skateboards' PHXAM

This year marks the 14th edition of the Cowtown Skateboards' PHXAM, where nearly 200 sponsored amateur skaters will gleam the cube for a chance at a top prize of $3000. What started small now attracts talented riders from far-flung places like Canada, Holland, and China. Don't underestimate the fighting pride of hometown heroes like DeShawn Jordan, Armando Lerma, and Steve Snyder who'll mix it up in Cowtown's Throwdown. The top 39 qualifiers from Saturday's qualifying round will head to the semi-finals on Sunday, which is also when all riders are eligible to compete in the $2500 Best Trick Contest.

The Cowtown Skateboards 14th annual PHXAM shreds at Desert West Skate Park, 6602 West Encanto Boulevard. Gates open at 9 a.m. and qualifying heats start at 10 on March 28. The semi-finals continue on Sunday. Visit to find more info. Tickets, $5 per day, are available at Cowtown locations. Jose Gonzalez

Encanto-Palmcroft Home Tour and Street Fair

Mosey south of Thomas Road and west of Seventh Avenue you may notice something unusual happens: The houses suddenly become breathtakingly beautiful. That's because you've entered the Encanto-Palmcroft historic neighborhood. But there's more to this area than just being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And you can plan on finding that out during the Encanto-Palmcroft Home Tour and Street Fair on Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After parking at Phoenix College, 1202 West Thomas Road, grab your ticket ($18 in advance, $20 day of), and prepare to learn the history of the homes, details about the architectural style, and maybe even some stories about people who lived there. Plus, enjoy live music, food from local restaurants, and other festivities. For more info, visit Evie Carpenter

See also: 5 Most Beautiful Historic Neighborhoods in Phoenix

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