9 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

New Times picks the best events in metro Phoenix from Friday, July 1, through Sunday, July 3. For more things to do, see our curated online calendar.

"Caminos: My Story, Our Voices"
Everyone has a story to tell. That is no less true of the Latinx and LGBTQ communities, but in the wake of the tragedy in Orlando people, from allies to leaders, might finally be listening. Really listening.
“Caminos: My Story, Our Voices” is the next installment in Trans-Queer Pueblo’s ongoing “Queer Artivismo” series, an art-as-activism event that encourages conversation and awareness — particularly about the undocumented LGBTQ population. Presented in collaboration with the Arizona Center for Neighborhood Leaders and Maricopa Community Colleges, the night of storytelling includes poetry, a visual art exhibition, and drag performances. The theme, caminos, highlights the journeys guiding everyone forward.

Stories start at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 1, at AZCNL, 816 North First Avenue. Admission is free. “Queer Artivismo” events are safe spaces; for details on the organizations involved and the series, visit and Interested in telling? Contact organizers through An open-mic set will run from 9:30 to 10 p.m. following the program. Janessa Hilliard

Phoenix Mercury vs. New York Liberty
For the first time since 2012, the Phoenix Mercury face the possibility of missing the playoffs. Perhaps things own’t go quite as abysmally as they did in 2012, when Phoenix finished the season 7-27. But the Merc have yet to creep above .500 this year, and time is not on their side. If one of the winningest sports franchises in the Valley wants to keep things that way, they’ll need to see a little more production from their all-star center Brittney Griner, who is having a subpar season thus far. The Mercury host the New York Liberty — a very good road team — at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street, at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 1. Tickets are $9 and up. Visit or call 602-379-7800 for details. Rob Kroehler

"Rue Femme"
Sometimes you can see great art without even having to get out of your car. And no, we do not mean by perusing artists’ websites on your phone. Put that down, please.

It’s by taking in the multiple murals that have become a prominent part of the local landscape. Diverse styles grace the walls of buildings and other available external canvases all around town, with a high concentration in downtown and Central Phoenix. {9} The Gallery owner Laura Dragon is celebrating female muralists by bringing them together for the exhibition “Rue Femme.”

“The street art and murals created by the women who contribute to this movement is fresh, vibrant, and transcends traditional boundaries,” Dragon says. Head indoors to see work by those who also help beautify the outdoors from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 1, at {9} the Gallery, 1229 Grand Avenue. Admission is free. Call 602-354-9557 or visit Amy Young

Nomads No' Mo'
Against all odds, The [SIC] Sense sketch comedy troupe has hung in there for years, hopscotching around Phoenix and remaining reliably bizarre and offensive. The company now has its own space, with a sign on the building and everything. It’s a flippin’ miracle.

Friday, July 1, marks the venue’s grand opening with The [SIC] Sense: Nomads No’ Mo’, featuring door prizes, complimentary refreshments, and a guaranteed lack of David Hasselhoff. (Unless you tell him about it. Don’t be that guy.) Expect some favorite classic sketches and a lot of new ones; some veteran performers and some fresh Sickies.

Showtime is 8 p.m., and performances continue through Saturday, July 16. Tickets are $10 at and $15 at the door, 1902-1909 East McDowell Road. Call 602-214-4344. Julie Peterson

Tongue Tied’s America Eff Yeah! Dance Party
Even hip kids can get patriotic every now and then. This month’s Tongue Tied is all about celebrating the good old US of A at Linger Longer Lounge, 6522 North 16th Street. The popular monthly dance party will include a costume contest for best patriotic garb, face and body painting, a green screen photo booth, cheap beer and BBQ, and free drink tickets, gift cards, and movie tickets, among other fun stuff. Wear your best stars and stripes.

America, Eff Yeah kicks off at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, with songs spinning until 2 a.m. at Linger Longer Lounge. The 21-and-over event’s cover is free before 9 p.m. and $5 after. For more details, see Katrina Montgomery

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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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Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
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Katrina Montgomery
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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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.
Contact: Amy Young