Nerd Culture

9 Nerdy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This September

It's back to school for the Valley's student set, but that doesn't mean they're the only ones nerding out. We've found an array things to do that will thrill your inner dork throughout September. And they aren't just for pocket-protector wearing stereotypical poindexters. Instead, they cover pop culture, comic books, historic art, and much more. So whatever inspires you to geek out, we're sure you'll find something here. 

MACH: Hacker Haven
On Tuesday, September 1, Burton Barr Library is hosting a makerspace event for anyone interested in the specifics of what goes on inside your computer. Covered topics will range from the basic — how electricity flows through a computer — to the complex — the Arduino platform and Squishy Circuits. The all-ages event will be held in the MACH1 room from 6 to 8 p.m., and is free. You can call Burton Barr at 602-262-4636 for more information.

Get Lit: Talk Writing in the Reading Room
Order a cocktail and talk literature and writing with the experts on Thursday, September 3, at the Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix. Beginning at 7 p.m., local legend and lecturer of English Rosemarie Drombrowski will lead a discussion of all things literature and literary culture. The talk, held by Four Chambers, is free and open to the public. Specifics are available on the Valley Bar's website.

Tour of the Solar System
For $8, you can take a tour of the solar system led by an expert in the field. At 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 4, the Arizona Science Center will take you through each planet and its distinguishing features in its famous IMAX Planetarium. Visit the Science Center's website for more information.

Ladies Night at Samurai Comics
Women are geeks, too, and Samurai Comics respects that. The comic book shop's Camelback location will host Ladies Night by the Very Awesome Girls’ Phoenix chapter on Saturday, September 5, from 8 to 10 p.m. Guests can participate in trivia, crafting, and Cards Against Humanity, all for free. You must be 18 or older to attend, but the first 25 attendees there will receive a free gift bag. Visit for more information and to find future events.

Okilly Dokilly’s First Show
You’ve seen them on the Internet, and now it’s time to see if they hold up to the hype. Ned Flanders-inspired metal band — sorry, Nedal band — Okilly Dokilly will perform its first show on on Saturday, September 5, at The Trunk Space in Phoenix. Neighborinos welcome, but get there early. The Facebook event page has attracted a lot of attention, and the Trunk Space is notoriously small. You can find more information on the Facebook page or by calling The Trunk Space at 602-256-6006.

Game of Thrones: Hierarchy and Violence
If that season finale left a hole in your heart and you’ve been struggling to find things to do on Sunday nights, we’ve got good news: You can join other Game of Thrones fanatics for free at the Scottsdale Civic Center on Saturday, September 19. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. local scholars will examine themes and topics like violence and power, class and the supernatural, and political history. That’s four hours you get to discuss Game of Thrones and its most prominent messages, and also argue about Jon Snow’s current status. You can find specifics on the ASU event page.

Geeks Who Drink
Do you consider yourself a geek? Do you drink? If you said yes to either of these, you’re in good company. Every Thursday at Endgame on Mill, dozens of trivia and quiz enthusiasts gather at the gamer haven to challenge each other’s knowledge of the obscure. It's free to play and prizes are given to winning teams. Quizzing begins at 7:30 p.m., but start thinking of your team name now. Your competition will include the sophisticated and mature “Winter is Coming and So is Your Mother” and “Harper Lee’s Sex Tape.” For times and sign-up information, visit the Geeks Who Drink website at

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day at the Heard
The Heard Museum is channeling its inner Smithsonian on Saturday, September 26, and offering free entrance for those interested, which obviously means you. Simply go online and order a ticket and you’re all set to spend the day learning about American Indian art and history at one of the Valley’s most popular museums. The event lasts for the museum’s regular Saturday hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, see or call the Heard at 602-252-8840.

Painting in the New World: A Symposium on Spanish Colonial Art
Eighteenth century Latin art, a topic seriously underrepresented in daily conversation, will be the center of a massive discussion on Wednesday, September 30 the Phoenix Art Museum. The large-scale symposium will enlighten attendees about the intricacies of commissioning, creating and critiquing art in colonial Latin America. And as if that’s not enough to convince you, there will also be an unveiling of an iconic Virgin of Guadalupe painting. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., is open to the public, and is free. For more information, visit the Phoenix Art Museum's events page.

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Sara Weber