Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

If you're still trying to come up with a killer costume for the upcoming night of treats and trickery, don't stress. This weekend you'll be able to test out some of your character prototypes at costume parties, DIY festivalsbike and beer celebrations, and Occupy Phoenix rallies alike.

In case you're already set for Halloween, there are a few other events to check out -- no costume required. 

For a mix of both, read on.

Zombies vs. Robots @ Downtown Mesa

Before you're all, "Oh. My. God. Enough with the zombies already," let us direct your attention to the second entity featured in this event walk: Robots! That's right. Tonight Downtown Mesa will morph into a battleground where the undead drag their feet and metal men stiffly strut. While there probably won't be any actual fighting, there will be plenty to keep attendees busy. OneOHOne Gallery hosts a costume contest at 8 p.m., a zombie-inspired local art show at Evermore Nevermore, and The Royale will screen scary flicks.

Golden Rule Tattoo BBQ @ Lost Leaf
Get fed at Golden Rule Tattoo's barbecue outside of Lost Leaf tonight at 7 p.m. Tattoo artists from the parlor, as well as its co-owners, will dish out both veg- and carni-friendly grub for free, when they aren't switching off DJ duties inside the craft brew bar. The Golden Rulers will also have mixed media artwork on display inside Lost Leaf, which will be raffled off along with tat gift certificates.

Calle 16 Party @ The Hive
Part of Phoenix Design Week, Calle 16's party is part gallery show and part celebration of the community-made midtown district on 16th Street. Local artists donated the works on display to help fund the next Calle 16 mural project. Mark 'Ellery' Leach will play live music, food from Barrio 16 will be served, as well as wine. A map of Phoenix murals will be available at the Friday show, which starts at 7 p.m. On Sunday, anyone interested in helping paint the new mural can participate alongside its artists. See more details here.

Front Porch Festival & Old Towne Market @ Glendale Visitor Center
Downtown Glendale shows off its stuff at the 17th Annual Front Porch Fest & Old Towne Market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick up a map at the city's visitor center and spend the day checking out samples from local restaurants, creating make-and-take crafts, and watching demonstrations. The "front porch" portion of the walk takes place at the Cailtlin Court, with shops presenting their goods outdoors. In Old Towne, the happenings are indoors.

Haute Mess @ lollyPOP Vintage
Celebrate lollyPOP Vintage's first birthday disco-style with a '70s-themed costume party on Saturday. The reveler with the best outfit (the hautest mess?) will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to spend at the downtown shop. Drawings for other prizes, including a gift card to Joseph Scott Salon, will reward vintage lovers throughout the evening, which also features the launch of local vendor Gypsies, Tramps, and Tees. Be ready to dance (and shop) the night away. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

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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.
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