Arguably the biggest of bashes is Hell City Tattoo Fest, which brings A-plus tattoo artists to the Arizona Biltmore. But in the event that oogling ink and/or the Suicide Girls isn't on your agenda, here are more options for fun in the Valley this weekend:
RoboCop @ The Royale
The Royale Theater starts the weekend with a dose of '80s dystopia. Paul Verhoer's sci-fi thriller Robocop screens at 9 and 11 p.m. Friday. Admission is $8. In the Academy Award-winning film which also got the Criterion stamp of approval, a morally questionable corporation resurrects a fallen police officer, making him -- spoiler alert -- the titular part man and part machine.
Tempe Art a Gogh Gogh @ Sail Inn
Tempe Art a Gogh Gogh (get it?) celebrates its one-year anniversary starting tonight at 6 p.m.. And the party is gonna be a big one. The event includes performances from local bands Dry River Yacht Club and Hot Birds & Chili Sauce, plus live art from Dumper Foo, Queenloopy and AztecSmurf.
Fire spinners, belly dancers and local independent vendors are also on-hand at the family-friendly shindig. Admission is $10.
Back to School ASU Pool Party @ TBA
The Sun Devils have returned for their fall semester, and there's no better way to embrace the late desert summer than a massive pool party. Took The Night hosts the swimfest, which starts at noon on Saturday, and expects over 1,000 skimpy-suited party people to attend.
The location will be announced the day before the party. And, per its event page, there are three simple rules for attendees: "No Drama. No Glass. No Bullshit." Sounds pretty reasonable.
Beat the Heat AZ Winterfest @ The Venue Scottsdale
Just because it isn't winter yet doesn't mean we can't fantasize about cooler temps. The second annual Beat the Heat fest features 25 craft breweries, including local purveyors Four Peaks, SanTan and Prescott, pour samples of their finest, frosty ale this Saturday.
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Snake an ice cold cruiser or 20 -- the amount a ticket allots for -- from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
Foam Party @ Sandbar Peoria
Tonight in the West Valley, Sandbar Peoria hosts its second foam party of the summer. What's a foam party? Well, it's less complicated than you might think. Here are the basics: Swimsuit-sporting patrons aching to dance do so while covered in foam, similar to bath suds.
The night includes a bikini contest with $500 in cash and prizes. Ladies get in free and the fun starts at 9 p.m.