Things to Do

Six Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Sing your heart out at Thunderbird Lounge this week.
Sing your heart out at Thunderbird Lounge this week. Charles Barth
Summer may be waning, but there's still plenty of summer fun to be had around Phoenix, including a selection of events that won't cost you anything at all. This week, you can check out some art, sing karaoke, or attend a festival, all for zero dollars.

Explore Public Art

Sometimes you just want to kick around and see what’s new on the local landscape. On Wednesday, August 4 (or any day, really), spend some public art time in Tempe, where you can do a self-guided art tour using easy-to-follow maps on the city of Tempe website. Odds are, you’ve strolled past several works of public art without taking notice, so this is a chance to really focus some of the ways local artists are adding their flair to the city. Dozens of artists have created public art works in Tempe — including Jake Early, Laurie Lundquist, and John Randall Nelson. Several are located on and around Mill Avenue, as well as Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Center for the Arts. Lynn Trimble
click to enlarge Slither into CB Live on August 5 for its Harry Potter trivia night. - WARNER BROS.
Slither into CB Live on August 5 for its Harry Potter trivia night.
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Happy Birthday Harry Potter Movie Trivia

If you’ve memorized every Harry Potter film (including the spin-offs) and can rattle off all seven Horcruxes and other factoids from memory, load a few friends into your flying Ford Anglia and head for Desert Ridge Marketplace on Thursday, August 5. CB Live, 21001 North Tatum Boulevard, is hosting a Harry Potter movie trivia night starting at 6 p.m. in honor of the character’s birthday. (And, yes, before you go all Hermoine Granger on us, we realize the official date for the occasion was in late July.) Groups of up to six people will answer five rounds of questions worthy of the OWLs (or “Ordinary Wizarding Levels” to you muggles) examination with prizes being awarded to the top-ranking teams. It’s free to participate but you’re required to RSVP online in advance. Benjamin Leatherman

'Summer Spectacular’ Exhibit

The streets of Old Town Scottsdale have been busy this summer, as people return to restaurants, shops, and other simple pleasures taken for granted before the advent of pandemic life. If it’s been a while since you popped over to that part of town, head over between 6 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, to explore the local arts scene. Royse Contemporary, 7077 East Main Street, Scottsdale, is presenting a “Summer Spectacular” exhibition featuring works by more than a dozen artists based in metro Phoenix — including James Angel, Fred Tieken, Marilyn Szabo, and Casey Wakefield. Collectively, their work provides a fun glimpse into the local contemporary arts landscape. Lynn Trimble
Playboy Manbaby frontman (and TikTok star) Robbie Pfeffer is your host for karaoke at Thunderbird Lounge this week. - TIKTOK
Playboy Manbaby frontman (and TikTok star) Robbie Pfeffer is your host for karaoke at Thunderbird Lounge this week.

Sareena & Robbie's Karaoke Dance Party at Thunderbird Lounge

You want to go do karaoke. You want to hang out at one of the hipper bars in town. These goals don't always align, but they will on Thursday, August 5, when Thunderbird Lounge, 710 West Montecito Avenue, presents Sareena & Robbie's Karaoke Dance Party. Your hosts, Sareena Dominguez and Robbie Pfeffer (of Playboy Manbaby/TikTok fame), will present an evening of low-key karaoke fun on Thunderbird's back patio. The list of 300 or so song options can be found on the Facebook page for the event or in a binder at Thunderbird. Every installment of Sareena & Robbie's Karaoke Dance Party features special guests from around the music community; this week, Raquel Denis and Bogan Via are on the bill. Karaoke gets going at 8 p.m. There's no cost to attend, but you've got to be 21 or over to show up. Jennifer Goldberg

click to enlarge Bring the whole family to check out this month's CreekWest Summerfest. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
Bring the whole family to check out this month's CreekWest Summerfest.
Lauren Cusimano

CreekWest Summerfest

Cave Creek's Frontier Town hosts the CreekWest Summerfest on the first Saturday of every month, so this weekend from 3 to 8 p.m., head over to 6245 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, for a family-friendly event that includes a bounce house, water slides, live music, and drive-in movies. Walk around town to local restaurants like Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue and Local Jonny's for some good food too. Proceeds from the day benefit the Desert Foothills Land Trust. Julie Levin

‘The Uncolonized’ Exhibit

There’s a parallel universe inside a gallery space at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, 1 East Main Street, Mesa, where Texas-based artist Angel Cabrales imagines the Americas in the absence of colonization. Inspired by science fiction, the artist is showing sculpture, installation art, and an elaborate timeline that celebrates “the cultural heritage and technological achievements” of the Americas’ original inhabitants. Sunday, August 8, is your last chance to see this intriguing exhibition, along with three other exhibits at the museum. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Lynn Trimble
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