7 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

New Times picks the best things to do in metro Phoenix from Monday, August 22, through Thursday, August 25. For more events, see our curated online calendar

Meet Me Downtown
Need a little Monday motivation? Get moving with Meet Me Downtown, a free weekly social walk courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield and the City of Phoenix, on August 22.

Despite summer sunshine and monsoon madness, for 91 evenings #MMDTPHX has taken participants along a 3.2-mile (5K) loop along the streets and into Margaret T. Hance Park during this casual fitness meetup. Thinking of going the distance? A 1.8-mile extension is a popular option for the group’s avid runners.

Check-in is from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. and the route starts at ends at Copper Blues, 50 West Jefferson Street, inside CityScape. Kids, dogs, and strollers — or kids and dogs in strollers — are welcome. For more information, registration, and a look at the route, visit Janessa Hilliard

Expose UX
It’s all about the experience. Expose UX, a web TV show where startups get advice from a panel of user experience (UX) experts, is touring North America this summer, and Phoenix is on the map. Watch five local startups give 30-second pitches and two-minute demos at Mod PHX, 2828 North Central Avenue, during the public Expose UX taping. Three UX experts will select the winning startup.

See Expose UX live on Tuesday, August 23. VIP tickets are $12 and get you into the event at 5:30 p.m. for pizza and networking. General admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, check out Katrina Montgomery

EALphx Happy Hour
On Tuesday, August 23, you’ll find a few of our favorite things at SunUp Brewing, 322 East Camelback Road. First is the obvious one: beer. And second? That’d be the crew behind Emerging Arts Leaders Phoenix, hosting the fourth in their series of summer happy hours bringing together people from across the Valley’s local arts community. Think visual artists, museum administrators, curators, and those who appreciate the aforementioned people’s work. The aim is to engage in conversation starting at 6 p.m. about what’s happening in the arts community at large while enjoying extended happy hour pricing for beers and $5 appetizers. There’s no cover. Find more information at Becky Bartkowski

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves
The nice thing about the Atlanta Braves coming to Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, on Wednesday, August 24, to play the Arizona Diamondbacks is that they are one of only a few teams who are undeniably worse than Arizona. Prior to this season, hardball prognosticators and pundits cited a bolstered pitching rotation and all-star caliber offense in Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollack as reasons why the D-backs would remain competitive throughout their 2016 campaign. Not so much. The Braves — on the other hand — have stunk from day one, and everyone saw it coming. Even in these dog days of a frustrating season, the D-backs ought to get the better of the busted Braves. Watch what happens at 6:40 p.m. Tickets are $12 and up. Visit or call 602-514-8400 for details. Rob Kroehler

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
Contact: Becky Bartkowski
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.
Contact: Janessa Hilliard
Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
Contact: Rob Kroehler
Katrina Montgomery
Michael runs the Sci-Fridays Book Club at the Poisoned Pen, and volunteers at local pop-culture conventions. He can be found at the occasional prog-rock concert.
Contact: Michael Senft